All Blog Posts Tagged 'Rights' (76)

2022 World Cup sparks labour reform, just not in Qatar

By James M. Dorsey

The 2022 Qatar World Cup may be sparking social change in the Gulf, just not (yet) in Qatar.

Qatar’s winning of the hosting rights for the World Cup gave human rights and trade union activists the leverage they needed to more effectively pressure the Gulf state for reform, if not abolition, of its controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system that puts employees at the mercy of their employers.

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 6, 2015 at 10:01pm — No Comments

What Planet Does He Live On? Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 4.

What Planet Does He Live On? Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 4.


Added by Kathleen Malley-Morrison on July 14, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Piercing Face and Body by Hundreds of Iron Balls: Pellet Guns In Jammu and Kashmir Violating Human Rights

Published: Oxford Human Rights Hub (faculty of law, University of Oxford)

Kashmir Times, 2 July 2015

Ravi Nitesh 22nd June 2015 OXHRH Criminal Justice

It has become a trend in law enforcement that for every problem, there is a single solution: the use of force. This trend extends to Jammu and Kashmir (India), where state authorities are using force as a form of crowd control, arming themselves with lethal and non-lethal weapons and inflicting series injuries on…


Added by Ravi Nitesh on July 2, 2015 at 2:42am — No Comments

Why we should support Raif Badawi

On 17 June 2012, a Saudi Arabian Blogger Raif Badawi was arrested under the charge of “insulting Islam”. Raif Badawi had created “Free Saudi Liberals”, a website which encouraged debates on religious and political issues in 2008. The website promoted the idea of secularism and criticized religious extremism. He was charged of insulting Islam through this website.

The Saudi Supreme Court held him guilty and pronounced a sentence of 10 years in…


Added by Devika Mittal on June 23, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

First PeaceStartup Event held in April 2015 in Bogota to launch tech-based ventures for peace

United to create peace ventures in a weekend

The first PeaceStartup experience in Bogota brought entrepreneurs, innovators and peace-builders together to foster peace through tech-based enterprises

PeaceNexus as one of the supporters reflects on the experience

The first digital enterprise marathon for peace resulted in 3 winning teams being celebrated on Sunday 19th…


Added by The PeaceNexus Foundation on May 5, 2015 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

Human Rights in the globalized world

Human Rights in the globalized world

How we define and defend the Concept of Human Rights at the age of Darkness (the present Era) where globalization on one side, the empowerment of mobs with their unjust signature on the applications of every law and policies on the other side, added with dehumanization of Human existence by the uncontrolled technologies that…


Added by Catherine Stella Schmidt on April 25, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Loodokilani Youth Camp, Maasai Morans Trading the Spear for the Pen.

Loodokilani is a predominantly Maasai area where just like any other Maasai community, cultural practices account for most of the hindrances in the advancement of young people especially girls. Being a nomadic community, the struggle to accumulate and care for the livestock over shadows all…


Added by Rachel Wambui Kungu on April 10, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

When I Grow Up, Combating Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya

Reson is a 12 year old Maasai girl from Kajiado. When she was seven years old, she suffered from a serious case of cholera and to save her life, her mother had to walk for six hours with the child on her back to get to the nearest dispensary. That day Reson came face to face with a doctor and her life was saved.  She has since nursed an ambition of becoming a doctor and is thus working hard in school to ensure she is top of her class to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Next year, Reson…


Added by Rachel Wambui Kungu on April 3, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Charlie Hebdo, Philosophy, and the Rights to Freedom of Speech, Expression, and Press: From the Perspectives of Xenophobia, Multiculturalism, Laïcité, Atheism, Voltaire, and Rousseau

Charlie Hebdo, Philosophy, and the Rights to Freedom of Speech, Expression, and Press:

From the Perspectives of Xenophobia, Multiculturalism, Laïcité, Atheism, Voltaire, and Rousseau

Dr. Rey Ty





Statement of the Problem

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, France, in January…


Added by Rey T on February 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Fostering Cultural Dialogue and Peace

Pax Populi, which means “the peace of the people,” is a people-to-people peacemaking program with a working objective to put the tools of peacemaking into the hands of ordinary people. We see the peaceful resolution of conflicts as one of the most…


Added by Pax Populi on December 30, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Qatar’s hosting of GCC summit in further jeopardy following Gulf states’ handball boycott

By James M. Dorsey

A decision by the handball federations of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to boycott the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship to be hosted by Qatar in January signals the failure of efforts to reconcile the idiosyncratic Gulf state with its regional detractors and casts further doubts on the prospects of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GGC) scheduled to be held in Qatar in December.

The boycott by Bahrain and the UAE, which together with…


Added by James M Dorsey on November 13, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Study asserts that controversial Gulf labour regime reduces global inequality

By James M. Dorsey

With the absence of labour rights in the Gulf under fire as a result of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Gulf states are likely to take heart from a recent study that asserts that authoritarian regimes in the oil-rich Middle East and China have contributed more to the eradication of global inequality than Western nations.

Human rights and trade union activists, targeting Qatar as well as the United Arab Emirates, have succeeded in persuading…


Added by James M Dorsey on November 10, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments


By Other Worlds and the Solidarity and Resistance Collective for the Population of Île-à-Vache

“Destination Île-à-Vache” is a government-driven tourist project planned for a small island off the northern coast of Haiti, Île-à-Vache. Plans include an international airport, golf courses,1,500 hotel bungalows, agri-tourism, and “tourist villages” which will include…


Added by Other Worlds on September 15, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

The Global Disability Rights Movement: Winning Power, Participation, and Access

                                An Interview with Diana Samarasan, Disability Rights Fund

                                                               By Beverly Bell

                                                                August 5, 2014


Diana Samarasan is founder and director of the…


Added by Other Worlds on August 5, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

Palestinian National Conference in Support of Victims of Torture - June 26

Best Easter

The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC)

Cordially invites you to the National Conference:

Towards a Better Future in which Human Rights are Protected



Added by Nabil Hanna on June 24, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Peace without women's rights is not peace: A look at the challenges experienced by women in Afghanistan


Women are at the heart of Afghan society they need to be supported and their rights respected  …


Added by Danielle Bonner on April 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments


Hartal is one of deadliest weapons in Bangladesh used to press political demands. The most common phenomena associated with hartals are violence, deaths, injuries, and people burned alive.  In recent weeks, during hartals by the opposition parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Jamat-e-Islami (JI), dozens of people were burned and many more dozens suffered injuries from attacks by pickets. The…


Added by ABM Mosleh Uddin on November 29, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Attacks on Minorities in Bangladesh: Human Rights Abuses Must Be Stopped

Bangladesh is increasingly becoming a dangerous place for minority communities. On November 2, 2013, Muslim thugs attacked Hindus, who constitute 8% of Bangladesh population, in the districts of Pabna and Lalmonirhat. Another minority group, the Bhuddists, who form 1% of total population, came under gruesome attacks from religious zealots in the district of Cox’s Bazaar from…


Added by ABM Mosleh Uddin on November 10, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Why Peacebuilding is important to me

In September I was asked by the Red Elephant Foundation to write about my peacebuilding and advocacy work and my ambition to help Afghans bring peace to their country.  Here is my frank peace talk entitled “Building…


Added by Danielle Bonner on October 12, 2013 at 4:52pm — No Comments

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