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2007-10-01: The UK Chagos Support Association;
2007-10-01: The Chagos Refugees Group;
2007-10-02: Conservatoire des Savoirs Médicaux Traditionnels et Populaires;
2007-10-02: World Peace Prayer Society;
2007-10-03: International Federation of Journalists IFJ;
2007-10-04: The Ajoka Theatre;
2007-10-05: La Via Campesina / International Peasant Movement;
2007-10-06: International Council on Human Rights;
2007-10-07: Global Human Rights Education Database;
2007-10-08: ILGA Intrnational Lesbiasn and Gay Association;
2007-10-09: The Centre for Environment and Food Security CEFS;
2007-10-10: O Ninho;
2007-10-11: human trafficking.org;
2007-10-12: World Coalition Against the Death Penalty;
2007-10-13: The Advocacy Forum;
2007-10-14: Geneva Call;
2007-10-15: Centre for the Study of Human Rights;
2007-10-16: The Narco News Bulletin;
2007-10-16: Pugwash online;
2007-10-17: The Right to Food Campaign;
2007-10-18: Stand-Up-against-poverty day;
2007-10-19: DELTA Development Education and Leadership Teams in Action;
2007-10-20: The Rights Philosophy Forum;
2007-10-21: MPAs as a Tool for Fisheries Management;
2007-10-21: The Jewish Virtual Library;
2007-10-22: World Legal Information Institute WorldLII;
2007-10-23: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School;
2007-10-24: Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy;
2007-10-25: Global Voices;
2007-10-26: Institute for Anarchist Studies IAS;
2007-10-27: The American Muslim TAM;
2007-10-28: FRONTLINE;
2007-10-28: The Future of Freedom Foundation FFF;
2007-10-29: India International Centre;
2007-10-30: National Secular Society NSS;
2007-10-31: Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights;
2007-10-31: Global Partnership for the Prevention of armed conflict GPPAC.

Global Partnership for the Prevention of armed conflict GPPAC

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Linked with Spasenija Moro – Croatia, and with the Center for Peace, Nonviolence, and Human Rights.
The Network: The core membership of the GPPAC network is comprised of regional and international civil society organizations and networks involved in conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. Wherever possible, the network engages in active partnerships with individual governments, intergovernmental organizations, private sector associations and other relevant bodies to pursue conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. (full text).

Homepage;
Sitemap;
News and Events;
Programmes;
GPPAC resources;
Sign-up;
Contact: European Centre for Conflict Prevention, Laan van Meerdervoort 70, 2517 AN The Hague, The Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)70 311 0970, fax: +31 (0)70 360 0194, e-mail, website.

About: GPPAC is the world-wide civil society-led network to build a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. GPPAC works on strengthening civil society networks for peace and security by linking local, national, regional, and global levels of action and effective engagement with governments, the UN system and regional organizations.

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Center for Peace, Nonviolence, and Human Rights

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Linked with Spasenija Moro – Croatia.

According to Marina Skrabalo, an Open Society Institute International Policy Fellow and External Evaluator: “For five years, the Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights in Osijek, Croatia, has worked effectively to support capacity development in eight communities in Eastern and Western Slavonia through a project called “Building a Democratic Society Based on the Culture of Nonviolence.” The project promotes partnerships among a wide array of local state and non-state actors, mobilizes local peace constituents, and integrates “participatory action research” into each stage of its work from needs assessment to evaluation. The project is unique in the post-Yugoslav context as one of the most ambitiously envisioned community-based peacebuilding endeavours, undertaken by an indigenous peace organization and enriched by international, national, and local partnerships.

“The Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights was conceived in 1991 in a basement during the shelling of Osijek when the people seeking shelter there began to discuss peacemaking civic action. The Center has grown into a network with more than 150 members, 30 full-time activists, a budget of more than $2 million, and three basic programs-education, human rights, and peacebuilding. In 1998, it partnered with the Life and Peace Institute from Sweden to obtain funds from the European Union and other private funders for the “Building a Democratic Society Based on the Culture of Nonviolence” project.

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National Secular Society NSS

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Linked with Mina Ahadi – Iran.

Homepage: Those strongly in favour of faith schools often cite the rights of religious parents, as taxpayers, to ensure that their child has State schooling within a school that promotes their faith. However, in areas where faith schools are over-subscribed, there is a real risk that non-religious parents, who are also taxpayers, do not have the same rights of access. Also, should the number of faith schools substantially increase, many parents may lose the right to ensure that their child goes to a community, non-faith, school. Parental choice, although a mantra of the present government, is not without cost: one parent’s choice (and their ability to exercise it) has an impact on the choice of others. Ultimately, with regard to the most popular schools, choice is exercised far more by the schools than by the parents. (Position Statement on Faith Schools, Association of Teachers and Lecturers).

Welcome, excerpt: … The only way to prevent the kind of religious power-seeking that leads to conflict is to make both religious discrimination and religious privilege constitutionally impossible.

We need a secular constitution that will:

  • End the privileged input of religious bodies to policy making and law-making;
  • Keep all public services free from religious control so that that they remain equally available to all on the same terms;
  • Abolish the established church and all its privileges (including 26 bishops in the House of Lords);
  • Put an end to the divisiveness of publicly funded religious schools by making them open to all without discrimination on grounds of religion, or lack of it, and bringing them under local authority control;
  • Abolish blasphemy and similar repressive laws, rather than extend them.

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India International Centre

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Linked with Parshuram Rai – Nepal.

Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds … Mahatma Gandhi.

Homepage;
Sitemap;
Programmes;
Publications;
Member-net;
Library;
Services online;
Contact: India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110003, Telephone: 24619431, Fax: 24627751.

About aims and objectives: Some of the important objectives of the Centre, as proposed in the Memorandum of Association, are:

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The Future of Freedom Foundation FFF

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Linked with James Bovard – USA, with Are Presidents Entitled to Kill Foreigners? and with Breaking Down an Innocent Man.

Mission: The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

Freedom Daily is our journal of libertarian essays, which has been published monthly since January 1990 …
web audio/video- lectures & speaches;
commentaries;
books & tapes;
e-mail update;
Contact. The Future of Freedom Foundation, 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 800, Fairfax VA 22030, Tel. (703) 934-6101, Fax (703) 352-8678, e-mail, web.

About: Declaration of Principles: The United States was founded on the principles of individual freedom, free markets, private property, and limited government. As the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect, individuals have the natural and God-given right to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. It is the duty of government to protect, not destroy, these inherent and inalienable rights.

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FRONTLINE

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INDIA’S NATIONAL MAGAZINE, from the publishers of THE HINDU

Linked with Are Presidents Entitled to Kill Foreigners? and with Breaking Down an Innocent Man.

Homepage of frontline India, as frontline, and also as flonnet.com;
The digital Frontline;
archives;
The Hindu Group Publications;
The Hindu e-books;
images;
Business Line (from the Hindu group of publications);
Contact.

See two of the latest articles:

JAMMU & KASHMIR, Signals from ceasefire, published on FRONTLINE, by PRAVEEN SWAMI in Srinagar, Volume 24/Issue 21 – Oct. 20-Nov. 02, 2007: The United Jihad Council is desperate to join in the political dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir’s future, but it may be too late …

and: POLITICS, No-win situation, published on FRONTLINE, by VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN, Volume 24/Issue 21 – Oct. 20-Nov. 02, 2007: Electoral compulsions and the prospect of some NSG countries opposing the Indo-U.S. deal forced the government’s climbdown …

The American Muslim TAM

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(the Original, established 1989)

Linked with Jamal Saadeddine Ibrahim – Egypt.

In the name of God,The Compassionate, The Merciful – Oh mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (Not that you may despise each other). 49;13

Events;
Recent articles;
in the news;
Topics;
books;
TAM EDITORS AND ADVISORS;
links;
Contact.

About/(TAM info): The American Muslim is dedicated to the promotion of peace, justice, and reconciliation for all humanity. We strive to:

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Institute for Anarchist Studies

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Linked with Ashanti Alston Omowali – USA.

The Institute for Anarchist Studies IAS, a nonprofit foundation established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism, is primarily a grant-giving organization for radical writers. Our aim is to promote critical scholarship that explores social domination and reconstructive visions of a free society. To date, we have funded almost sixty projects by authors from countries around the world, including Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, Lebanon, Chile, Ireland, Nigeria, Mexico, the Philippines, Germany, Uruguay, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the United States. In addition to organizing projects like the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference and the Radical Theory Track at the National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR), we also publish a biannual magazine, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, to cultivate community among those interested in the development of anarchism and offer a “Mutual Aid” list of IAS speakers available for public talks. The IAS is part of a larger movement to radically transform society as well. We are internally democratic and work in solidarity with people around the globe who share our values.

Newsletter;
Brecht Forum;
Archives;
A Scholarly Conference in Montpelier, Vermont, Nov. 2 to 4, 2007 (sorry, registration is closed);
Contact: Institute for Anarchist Studies, PO Box 15586, Washington, DC 20003, USA, e-mail.

About: Anarchism emerged out of the socialist movement as a distinct politics in the nineteenth century. It asserted that it is necessary and possible to overthrow coercive and exploitative social relationships, and replace them with egalitarian, self-managed, and cooperative social forms. Anarchism thus gave new depth to the long struggle for freedom.

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Global Voices

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Linked with Rebecca MacKinnon – USA.

Global Voices is an internship program at the Kennedy School of Government. It is also a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society. Rebecca MacKinnon has founded Global Voices, together with Ethan Zuckerman.

Global Voices online: the world is talking, are you listening?

Meet the authors;
FAQ;
for bloggers;
for media;
Contact.

About: … Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.

With tens of millions of people blogging all over the planet, how do you avoid being overwhelmed by the information overload? How do you figure out who are the most influential or respected and credible bloggers or podcasters in any given country, especially those outside your own?

Our international team of volunteer authors, regional blogger-editors and translators are your guides to the global blogosphere … (full text).

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democraccy CSID

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Linked with Jamal Saadeddine Ibrahim – Egypt.

CSID Boards: The CSID is managed by a Board of Directors (BOD) made up of a diverse group of influential and highly-respected scholars, activists and leaders, including some of the most respected figures in the Muslim community and mainstream North American academia.

The Board of Directors, Old Version;

Homepage (new version);
Publications;
Newsletters;
International Workshops and Conferences;
Usefull links;
Contact.

ABOUT: CSID is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.

The organization was founded in March 1999 by a diverse group of academicians, professionals, and activists–both Muslim and non-Muslim–from around the USA who agree on the need for the study of and dissemination of reliable information on this complex topic …

… There is no narrow ideological or sectarian litmus test for involvement in CSID–the organization has no agenda other than the production and dissemination of rigorous research into Islam and democracy–but its members are united in the conviction that this subject has been widely misunderstood both in the West and the Muslim world, and that this fact has caused much fitnah (discord) among Muslims and continues to hamper attempts at cross-cultural dialogue today. (full text).

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

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Linked with Rebecca MacKinnon – USA.

The Berkman Center’s mission is to explore and understand cyberspace, its development, dynamics, norms, standards, and need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions. We are a research center, premised on the observation that what we seek to learn is not already recorded. Our method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as we go, self-study, and publish. Our mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit.

Teaching; research; advising; advocacy; Newsletter (the filter); Weblogs at Harvard La School; the Berkman Center’s people; Publications; books;
Contact.

About: The Berkman Center is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.

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World Legal Information Institute WorldLII

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Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law – 865 databases from 123 countries and territories via the Free Access to Law Movement.

Diveded in global (all coutries, all databases), regions, other groupings, libraries & projects, catalog (all categories, subjects)them, see in the left column of the homepage.

Privacy Policy;
Disclaimers of Liability;
Help & Training;
Contact.

8th international conference lw via the internet LEXUM, Montreal 25-26 October 2007 (en francais & in english).

The Jewish Virtual Library

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The Jewish Virtual Library’s purpose is to provide information about all facets of Jewish life: Judaism, Jews in the Diaspora, the history of Anti-Semitism, the rise of Zionism and Zionist thought, biographies of prominent Zionists, The Holocaust, Israel and Jerusalem, Israel’s Wars, and Jewish holidays, Who is a Jew?

Startsite;
the library;
bookstore;
Publications;
Latest library news;
Contact.

and many more … like:
On One Foot: A Middle East guide for the perplexed, or: How to respond on your way to class, when your best friend joins an anti-Israel protest, by Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.;

Links:

Library of Congress;

Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress: Spinoza’s Opera Posthuma;

From Publishers Weekly: The Library of Congress has one of the world’s great collections of Judaica … (full text);

From the Ends of the Earth, by Rizzoli on amazon.

MPAs as a Tool for Fisheries Management

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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a Tool for Fisheries Management – new Web site launched in all 6 UN languages

Published on FAO.org, 18 October 2007.

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has launched a Web site to increase knowledge on the contribution of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to fisheries management. This Web site has been developed under a project aimed at supporting the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). One section of the site presents guidelines prepared by FAO on the design, implementation and testing of MPAs as a fisheries management tool.

Sitemap;
Activities;
Statistics;
Geoinfo;
Meetings & News;
Publications;
Glossary;
link to the old fisheries website;
Contact: FAO – FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

About: Mission – The mission of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture. FAO is acutely aware of the fundamental social and economic role played by these two sectors in:

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The Rights Philosophy Forum

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The Rights Philosophy Forum is dedicated to promoting the exploration and discussion of human rights, and the philosophy and rationale behind them …

Top 20 Rights Philosophers, A crash-course in rights philosophy;
Classic Honorable Mentions;
The Modern Debate;
General Philosphy (with links to most known philosophers, and on its left column: favorite philosophy links);
Rights Education;
Rights Resources;
Rights and Law;
editor’s blog;
Join now (contact): for philosophy.

About:
Mission Statement: Many of the practical problems associated with human rights – from civil rights violations, to genocide, to international intervention – stem from fundamental disagreements about ethical philosophy. The Rights Philosophy Forum aims to nurture understanding of competing philosophies, and to encourage everyone involved in the human rights debate to continually refine, strengthen, and even overhaul their own arguments when necessary. At the same time, the RPF hopes to cultivate a sense of cooperation and tolerance in the discussion of human rights philosophy, and to promote a healthy, fruitful interchange of ideas between peoples and countries holding vastly different viewpoints.

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DELTA Development Education and Leadership Teams in Action

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Linked with Nosandla Malindi – South Africa.

DELTA stands for Development Education and Leadership Teams in Action. It is a collective training event to prompt action for social change. Its roots are in Freirean critical awareness, human relations training in group work, organizational development, social analysis and a conceptualization of transformation derived from liberation theology.

The program was originally developed for use in Kenya. It has spread thereafter to other neighboring countries in Africa thanks to mobile training teams. It has also been used in European countries. (full text).

Delta started in 1992 as a project of the Catholic Welfare Development (CWD). In 1995 it became independent from CWD. Delta has been empowering women in the urban and rural areas in the Western Cape. (full text).

I found no own website.

Links:

Google Scholar-search;

Practical Action Publishing.

Stand-Up-against-poverty day

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(english, francais, portuguesa, espanol, deutsch)

Linked with ‘Stand Up against poverty‘ on this blog of October 11th, 2006.

Welcome to the updated Stand Up and Speak Out 2007 website. We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible for you to get involved in Stand Up and Speak Out. You can find events and see if any are planned near you. Hosting your own event is easy when you know the “Three Rs” of Stand Up and Speak Out: Register, Record, Report. Simply come to the Homepage to register your event (Good news, you are already here!) … (full text).

Online Video Announcement: At 14:00 GMT on Oct. 18th (2007). The event will be hosted here.

Join us to hear the officially verified Guinness World Record number for the number of people who took part in the “Stand Up and Speak Out” challenge on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. At 14:00 GMT on Oct. 18, 2007 the event will be hosted at this web address;

The Stand Up blog;
materials in all languages (from arabic material to youth material);
Events;
Updates/Newsletter;
Contacts.

About: ‘End Poverty 2015′, the Millennium Campaign, is an interagency initiative of the United Nations that supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to accountable for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals Working in more than 30 countries, both rich and poor, the Campaign partners with a wide range of partners at the international and local level to inspire grassroots movements toward the achievement of the Goals.

Go to Millenium campaign and click on the links.
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The Right to Food Campaign

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(Hindi-section)

The Right to Food Campaign is an informal network of organisations and individuals committed to the realisation of the right to food in India. We consider that everyone has a fundamental right to be free from hunger. Our shared commitment is expressed in the campaign’s foundation statement. For a brief account of the campaign’s activities so far, here is an introductory note.

Site Map;
Employment Guarantee Act;
Integrated Child Development Services ICDS;
Legal Action;
Related Campaigns;
Contact: Right to Food Campaign, Secretariat, Q – 21-B, Top Floor, Jungpura Extn., New Delhi – 110014, (Ph 011 43501335). E-mail, web-contact.

About: Foundation statement: “The right to food campaign is an informal network of organisations and individuals committed to the realisation of the right to food in India. We consider that everyone has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and undernutrition. Realising this right requires not only equitable and sustainable food systems, but also entitlements relating to livelihood security such as the right to work, land reform and social security. We consider that the primary responsibility for guaranteeing these entitlements rests with the state. Lack of financial resources cannot be accepted as an excuse for abdicating this responsibility. In the present context, where people’s basic needs are not a political priority, state intervention itself depends on effective popular organisation. We are committed to fostering this process through all democratic means.” (full text).

Pugwash online

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Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?

Homepage;
sitemap;
national Pugwash groups;
pugwash UK, the British Pugwash Group;
publications;
reports;
links;
Contact.

About: The purpose of the Pugwash Conferences is to bring together, from around the world, influential scholars and public figures concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems. Meeting in private as individuals, rather than as representatives of governments or institutions, Pugwash participants exchange views and explore alternative approaches to arms control and tension reduction with a combination of candor, continuity, and flexibility seldom attained in official East-West and North-South discussions and negotiations. Yet, because of the stature of many of the Pugwash participants in their own countries (as, for example, science and arms-control advisers to governments, key figures in academies of science and universities, and former and future holders of high government office), insights from Pugwash discussions tend to penetrate quickly to the appropriate levels of official policy-making.

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The Narco News Bulletin

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(informations in english, espanol, portugues, italiano, francais, deutsch, nederlands)

Linked with Hollman Felipe Morris – Colombia.

Reporting on the Drug War and Democracy from Latin America

Homepage: with latest Drug News, today from Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, 2007;

More articles on Narcosphere;

apply for a co-publisher account … and many other links for similar articles and websites, directly from the homepage.

Read: Information Apartheid in Colombia, Independent Media and Authentic Journalism Under the Uribe Administration, by Laura del Castillo Matamoros, Special to The Narco News Bulletin, July 11, 2005.

Centre for the Study of Human Rights

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(the London School of Economics and Political Science of LSE)

Linked with Robin M. Coupland – England, with Weekly Ethical Reflection, and with The Missing.

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights is the focal point of human rights teaching, research and outreach at the LSE. On these pages you can find information about our Human Rights Masters, our CPD courses, research projects and public events. The best way to keep up to date is to join our free electronic mailing list … (full text).

Teaching Programmes;
MSc Human Rights;
Events;
Homepage of LSE, the London School of Economics & Political Science;
Contact: Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK; Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 7686.

About the Centre: The Centre’s mission is:

  • To promote the study of human rights in a dynamic and critically-aware fashion, thereby engaging the interest and excitement of the scholarly community, human rights practitioners, and the wider public;
  • The Centre is ideally situated to act as an educational and scholarly bridge, connecting the aspirations of the human rights community and of human rights activists with the worlds of academe, of economics, politics and of business;
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Geneva Call

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(exists also en espanol, en français, and in arabic).

Linked with Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey – Switzerland, and with Fight against Landmines.

Geneva Call: is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to engaging armed non-state actors (NSAs) to respect and to adhere to humanitarian norms, starting with the ban on anti-personnel (AP) mines. Geneva Call is committed to the universal application of the principles of international humanitarian law and conducts its activities based on the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

site map;
News;
Newsletters;
Gallery;
Contacts.

About: Since 1992, humanitarian organisations, particularly the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), have campaigned tirelessly for the elimination of anti-personnel (AP) mines. These efforts culminated in the adoption of an international treaty in 1997 prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of AP mines, commonly known as the anti-personnel mine ban treaty (MBT).

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The Advocacy Forum

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Linked with Mandira Sharma – Nepal.

(their website is still a bit under construction):
Programmes;
publications;
activities;
photos;
Contacts (scroll down).

Advocacy Forum is a leading non-profit, non-governmental organization working to promote the rule of law and uphold international human rights standards in Nepal. We actively combat the culture of impunity that has thrived without scrutiny for decades by systematically documenting human rights abuses, formally building cases and monitoring detention centers and the information we collect is evidence for the necessary reform of the criminal justice and judiciary systems of Nepal.

In order not to fall victim to Nepal’s dysfunctional legal system ourselves, we regularly extend our findings into the international human rights realm in order to engage internationally recognized legal mechanisms. We work closely with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The International Commission of Jurists and the Asian Human Rights Commission. Recently, Advocacy Forum was an active contributor in the establishment of the Office of The High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal. With the help of these and other concerned agencies, Advocacy forum has put Nepal at the forefront for significant human rights attention.

Started in 2001, by just 6 lawyers, advocacy forum has since grown to have 4 regional offices and 8 district offices in Nepal, and a staff of 104, (41 of whom are lawyers). Despite threats to cease our investigations, Advocacy Forum has continually used the law resourcefully to promote justice … (full text).

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

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(Coalition mondiale contre la peine de mort)

How we work:

  • World Coalition brings together abolitionist organisations committed to working together in line with a common charter. The member organisations meet once a year for the General Assembly to define the World Coalition’s strategy and elect a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee’s member organisations take the necessary decisions to implement this strategy;
  • The General Assembly also elects a member organisation to undertake the work of the World Coalition’s executive secretariat, i.e. its day-to-day management;
  • The World Coalition is financed by contributions from its members and the European Union. It is also seeking financing from other institutional sponsors.

Homepage;
News;
Campaigns;
Networks;
Legal information;
sign the petition;
Contact.

About: The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty aims to strengthen the international dimension of the struggle against capital punishment. Wherever the death penalty is in force, it contributes to reducing and, better still, definitively abolishing death sentences and executions.
To do this, the Coalition facilitates the constitution and development of national and regional coalitions against the death penalty, leads lobbying actions towards international organisations and States, and organises events which have an international impact.
In 2003 the Coalition established October 10th as the World Day Against the Death Penalty.Composed of over 60 member organisations, the Coalition was founded in Rome in May 2002.

human trafficking.org

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a web resource for combating human trafficking

Linked with Maria Inês Gomes Rodrigues Fontinha – Portugal, and with O Ninho.

Homepage: in its left column you’ll find links to specific Asian countries, more resources, links, related issues, updates, initiatives … ;
Expert Corner;
Monthly Newsletter;

Contact: United Voice (Han-So-Ri) for the Eradication of Prostitution in Korea, #203 B/D CISJDm 35 Choongjeung-Ro 2-gam, Seodaemun-Ku, Seoul 120-012, Republic of Korea …
and: Andrea Bertone, Director Human Trafficking.org, (Project of the Academy for Educational Development), Washington, Phone: +1.202.884.8916 DC, e-mail.

Linking Needs with Resources Campaign: Are you an organization combating trafficking that needs resources, funding, or volunteers? Are you a concerned individual or organization who can donate time, money, or resources towards combating human trafficking?

Tell us what you need or what you can provide, and we will try to link needs with resources. Be sure to provide an email address where you can be contacted along with your geographic location.

O Ninho

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Linked with Maria Inês Gomes Rodrigues Fontinha – Portugal, and with human trafficking.org.
Homepage: Aos 14 anos vim para a Europa. Fui posta numa casa com outras raparigas. Obrigou-me a despir. E fez tudo, mas tudo o que quis de mim. Chorei, gritei, implorei. Nada. Ele foi indiferente. Indiferente não. Sorria e os olhos brilhavam. Eram de vidro pensei.

Contactos: Associação “O Ninho”, Rua Luciano Cordeiro nº 59 4º, 1150-212 Lisboa, Telefone/Fax: 213527444, Telefone: 213530273, e-mail.

Informação:

  • O Serviço de Informação informa a população em geral da problemática da prostituição, suas causas e consequências;
  • Combate a mentalidade vigente face à prostituição:
  • Denuncia as desigualdades de oportunidades e injustiças sociais que se encontram nas causas da prostituição;
  • Sensibiliza os poderes públicos de modo a empenhá-los e comprometê-los na tomada de medidas concretas que permitam o desaparecimento da prostituição como problema social.

(saber mais/full text).

The Centre for Environment and Food Security CEFS

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Linked with Parshuram Rai – Nepal, with Hot Spot of NREGA corruption in Orissa (India), with Rural Job Scam – Survey Report on Implementation of NREGA in Orissa, and with Invisible Genocide Of The Poor.

Homepage;
FOOD SECURITY;
Press Release;
articles;
reports;
annual reports;
Photo Gallery;
Contact.

About: The Centre for Environment and Food Security (CEFS) was founded in April, 2001 by some eminent scholars, writers, environmentalists, scientists and activists like Prof. Ashis Nandy, Dr. Kamla Chowdhry, Dr. Pradipto Roy, Mr. Anupam Mishra, Prof. P. S. Ramakrishnan, Dr. T. N. Khoshoo, Mr. P.N.Singh and Mr. Parshuram Ray. CEFS was founded with the broad objective of knowledge-based activism on the issues of poverty, hunger, food security, sustainable livelihoods, sustainable development and ecological security. Research, Advocacy and Campaign on these issues is the core mandate of this NGO based in New Delhi. Parshuram Ray is the Founder Director of CEFS.

CEFS is currently carrying out a research and advocacy project on the political economy of hunger in Adivasi areas of India. In last three years, CEFS has been documenting and carrying out secondary research on the issues of hunger and poverty in tribal areas of India, globalization, agrarian distress, farmers’ suicides and the challenge of sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods.

The main aims and objectives of the Centre for Environment and Food Security include:

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ILGA International Lesbians and Gay Association

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Linked with Aung Myo Min – Burma (in Thailand), with Latest News about Burma, and with UNHRC resolves Burma to allow Paulo Sergio Special Rapporteur.

26 years of activism for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Communities around the world.

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About ILGA: The International Lesbian and Gay Association is a world-wide network of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere.

Founded in 1978, it now has more than 560 member organisations. Every continent and around 90 countries are represented. ILGA member groups range from small collectives to national groups and entire cities.

ILGA is to this day the only international non-profit and non-governmental community-based federation focused on presenting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation as a global issue.

Global Human Rights Education Database

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This year’s Human Rights Day will mark the end of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004). As a recognition of all the excellent work that has been done during the Decade, HREA will launch the Global Human Rights Education Database.
This database includes:

  • a Directory of Organisations involved in human rights education;
  • a comprehensive listing of Human Rights Courses and Programmes offered worldwide;
  • an extensive Annotated Bibliography of human rights education materials that have been produced during the UN Decade for Human Rights Education;
  • a Global Directory of Human Rights Educators.

Most of the data contained in the Global Human Rights Education Database has been collected with your help over the past ten years through our Electronic Resource Centre (since 1998), contributions to the Global Human Rights Education listserv (since 1999), and as part of various editions of HREA’s Human Rights Education Resourcebook (first edition in 1997, second in 2000, third in 2003). The Global Directory of Human Rights Educators provides an additional resource for individuals, communities and organisations that are looking for assistance with their activities or want to exchange information. Through the directory one can identify trainers or curriculum developers, explore potential partnerships, etc.

We hope the Global Human Rights Education Database will become a valuable tool for those working in HRE. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have specific questions (technical or otherwise) about the Database; you can do so by e-mail.

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Resource Centre;

Global Directory of Human Rights Educators;

HREA-Library;

HREA-Links;

HREA-Calendar.

International Council on Human Rights

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(in english, en français, en espanol).

The International Council on Human Rights-Policy was established in Geneva in 1998 to conduct applied research into problems and dilemmas that face organisations working in the field of human rights. The International Council is:

  • strictly independent;
  • international in membership and activity;
  • consultative in its approach.

All Council activities relate directly to human rights … (full text).

Internship Programme: Our next internship programme will start in January 2008. Closing date for applications: 20 October 2007. Download the programme.

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Mission Statement: The International Council on Human Rights Policy will provide a forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking on matters of international human rights policy.

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La Via Campesina / International Peasant Movement

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(en français, en espanol).

Organisation: The International Peasant’s Voice: Who is La Via Campesina? We are the international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. We defend the values and the basic interests of our members. We are an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent of any political, economic, or other type of affiliation. Our members are from 56 countries from Asia, Africa, urope, and the Americas;

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What do we defend? Peasant & family farm-based production! La Via Campesina promotes a model of peasant or family-farm agriculture based on sustainable production with local resources and in harmony with local culture and traditions. Peasants and farmers rely on a long experience with their locally available resources. We are capable of producing the optimal quantity and quality of food with few external inputs. Our production is mainly for family consumption and domestic markets.

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The Ajoka Theatre

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Linked with Madeeha Gauhar – Pakistan.

Homepage: PAKISTAN: CAMPAIGN TO TERRORIZE THEATRE GROUP

1. The pro-Taliban elements and their political patrons have made an issue of an Ajoka play “Burqavaganza’, which was staged in Lahore in March 2007. Five MMA MNAs submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly, which was discussed on 26 April 2007. MMA members used extremely provocative language against the writer/director of the play and director of Ajoka, accused them of ridiculing Islamic injunctions and demanded action against them under blasphemy laws. Although several MNAs from Government and Opposition including women MNAs wanted to speak on the motion but the speaker did not allow them. The Minister for Culture Mr. G.G. Jamal announced that the Government had banned the play and further action will be taken after a report from the Punjab Government is received … (full text).

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A THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Ajoka has been part of the struggle for a secular, democratic just, humane and egalitarian Pakistan for the last 21 years. Few cultural institutions have been able to thrive, even survive, in the climate of hostility and apathy towards performing arts that has existed in Pakistan. Ajoka is an exception.

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International Federation of Journalists IFJ

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(en français, and in espanol)

There can be no press freedom if journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty or fear.

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EFJ European Federation of Journalists; IFJ Asia-Pacific; IFJ Africa-Office.

NUJ Freelance Fees Guide;

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About /introduction:

IFJ is the world’s largest organisation of journalists. First established in 1926, it was relaunched in 1946 and again, in its present form, in 1952:

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World Peace Prayer Society

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Linked with Nishikant Waghmare – India.

Homepage.

All other pages (like Mailing List, peace messages, gallery etc.) are reached with internal links from the homepage and have the same URL.

The Power of Thought: Thought forms create an energetic field strong enough to empower the course of planetary destiny.

The Power of Words: Words carry vibrations strong enough to inspire, heal and transform the human heart as well as the Kingdom of plants, animals and all creation.

The Power of ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’: May Peace Prevail On Earth is an all inclusive message and prayer. It is a meeting place of the heart bringing together people of all faiths, backgrounds and culture to embrace the Oneness of our planetary family.

Our Mission is Simple: To spread the Universal Peace Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, far and wide to embrace the lands and people of this Earth.

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Conservatoire des Savoirs Médicaux Traditionnels et Populaires

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Foundation for Traditional Health Approaches and Knowledge (some pages and texts are translated in english, find the click in the left column inside of each page)

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Le Symposium de Genève présente le Colloque ‘Santé et Développement, santé à la portée de tous, l’avenir des traditions et l’économie de demain’, le samedi 3 et dimanche 4 novembre 2007, Université UniMail Genève Salle MR070 … (texte entier).

Présentation de la Fondation CSMTP:

Plate-forme: Plate-forme de dialogue interculturel dans le domaine de la santé et du bien-être, respectueux de l’être humain et de son environnement.

Réseau: Grâce à la mise en place d’un réseau d’informations documentées et d’échanges, notre Fondation s’emploie à préserver les savoirs médicaux d’ici et d’ailleurs, afin qu’ils deviennent une source de santé pour tous.

Objectifs: Créer des ponts entre les détenteurs de savoirs médicaux issus de cultures différentes, par des rencontres, congrès, publications sur tout support multimédia. Soutenir les efforts de préservation de ces savoirs, notamment en appuyant la réalisation d’études médicales interculturelles, ainsi qu’en encourageant leur répertorisation.

Liens extérieurs:

Association des Praticiens en Thérapeutiques Naturelles APTN;

ASEN – Association Suisse des Ecoles de Naturopathie et Techniques de Santé. Contact.

Ecole de Soins Naturels.

The Chagos Refugees Group

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Linked with Marie Lisette Talate – Mauritius, and with the UK Chagos Support Association.

The Chagos Refugee Group works on behalf of the Chagossian people, who were forced from the islands of Chagos to make way for US and UK military installations. The organization works to promote awareness and recognition of the situation of the Chagossiam people as well as improving the social and economic situation of its members living in exile in Mauritius and Seychelles.

The organization worked towards its goals by pursuing legal action in the US and the UK, seeking to win recognition of the right of the Chagossian people to return to their homeland. At the same time it offers assistance to and cultural activities for Chagossians in exile.

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Contact: Mr. Olivier Bancoult, The Refugees Group, 62, Route de Cassis, Port Louis, Mauritius, Tel/Fax: (230) 213 0216, Email. mailto:obancoultcrg@intnet.mu

about: Today, more than 30 million people live in exile, forced to flee their homes due to war and human rights violations. Increasingly, however, the doors which host communities once opened to the stranger seeking shelter are slamming shut. Across the globe states are increasingly viewing the refugee as a drain on economic resources and a threat to security—a perception intensified by the politics of the “war on terrorism.” In this new political and economic climate, even the international law framework which protects the displaced is in flux.

About the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI):

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The UK Chagos Support Association

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Linked with Marie Lisette Talate – Mauritius, and with the Chagos Refugees Group.

In the 1960s and 70s, Britain secretly and illegally threw the Chagos islanders off their islands, to make way for a US military base. Four decades on their fight jor justice continues. The Government is appealing to the House of Lords to overturn a third court ruling in the islanders’ favour …

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After more than twenty years of debate, the United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a declaration upholding the rights of indigenous people, including their right to restitution or compensation for land that is taken away from them.

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