All Blog Posts Tagged 'rights' (248)

Potential UK club acquisition could help Qatar polish its image

By James M. Dorsey

Qatar has booked two recent successes in what has become an uphill struggle to improve its tarnished image: a papering over of its rift with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sparked by Qatari support for the Muslim Brotherhood and reports that it may be interested in acquiring London Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The successes come against the backdrop of a host of news reports that have done little to polish Qatar’s controversial image.…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 21, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments

Gulf human rights declaration increases heat on Qatar to act on migrant workers’ rights

By James M. Dorsey

The adoption of a human rights declaration by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was designed to shield wealthy Gulf monarchies including 2022 World Cup host Qatar from criticism by human rights and trade union activists is likely to increase pressure on the sports-focused Gulf state to significantly alter its controversial migrant labour system.

The declaration by the GCC which groups Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 17, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, THE FIGHT FOR INDIGENOUS LAND AND AUTONOMY IN HONDURAS

By Stephen Bartlett, Agricultural Missions and US Food Sovereignty Alliance, and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds



Photos by Steve Pavey…



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Added by Deepa Panchang on December 10, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Angry Saudi soccer clubs pinpoint Gulf labour market contradictions

By James M. Dorsey

Mounting anger among Saudi soccer clubs at their subjugation to quotas designed to encourage employment of Saudi nationals and reduce dependence on foreign labour illustrates problems encountered by wealthy Gulf countries in balancing the contradictory demands of labour markets, often lopsided demographics, social contracts involving a cradle-to-grave welfare state that creates unrealistic employment expectations, and organizations’ need to hire personnel on…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 4, 2014 at 1:59am — No Comments

CULTIVATING CLIMATE JUSTICE: A TALE OF TWO CITIES



This is part 3 of a four-part article series “Cultivating Climate Justice” which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollution, waste and climate crises, working together for systems change. United across six continents, these grassroots groups are defending…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on December 3, 2014 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Gulf agreement on improved migrant worker conditions unlikely to fend off activist pressure

By James M. Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf nations have agreed on measures to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers who constitute a substantial segment, if not the majority, in a number of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. The measures constitute a bid to fend off more far-reaching demands by human rights and trade union activists who no longer exclusively target Qatar because of its hosting of the 2022 World Cup but the region at large.

The measures…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Likely Qatar deportation of striking workers raises concerns

By James M. Dorsey

Qatar is signalling rejection of demands by human rights and trade union activists to grant trade union and collective bargaining rights to its majority migrant worker population with the detention and likely deportation of more than 100 predominantly South Asian labourers who went on strike to protest low pay as well as poor working and living conditions.

Doha News reported that the workers, among the lowest paid in the wealthy Gulf state, were arrested on…

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Added by James M Dorsey on November 28, 2014 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Activists expand labour and human rights campaign beyond Qatar to include all Gulf states

By James M. Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The activists hope that Qatar may move quicker on promised reforms given that the integrity of the Gulf state’s successful 2022 World Cup bid has again been called into question as a result of world soccer body FIFA’s four-year long corruption…

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Added by James M Dorsey on November 24, 2014 at 1:57am — No Comments

Students with Disability Face Bullies and Inaccessible Toilets in Uganda

 

Students with Disability Face Bullies and Inaccessible Toilets in Uganda  

- World Toilet Day - November 19, 2014



From The Advocacy Project

NEWS BULLETIN 262

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19,…

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Added by iain on November 19, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Qatar at a crossroads: Reform labour laws or risk revived calls for relocating the World Cup

By James M. Dorsey

Qatar, caught in a Catch-22 between a requirement to quickly reform its labour system in a bid to convince human rights and trade union activists that it is serious and the need domestically to proceed slowly, risks losing goodwill it has built in recent years that could further fuel demands to deprive the Gulf state of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

A just published Amnesty International report entitled ‘No Extra Time: How Qatar Is Still Failing on…

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Added by James M Dorsey on November 12, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

Ayotzinapa's Uncomfortable Dead



By Charlotte María Sáenz, Other Worlds



Ayotzinapa’s Uncomfortable Dead[1]



Vivos se los llevaron y vivos los queremos. “Alive, they were taken, and alive we want them back,” became the national and international public’s rallying cry for the 43…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on November 11, 2014 at 1:29pm — 2 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…

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

GENDERING PEASANT MOVEMENTS, GENDERING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

"What peasant and grassroots women want is to build a feminism pertinent to their realities." -Pamela Caro. 

November 4, 2014

Dr. Pamela Caro, Santiago, Chile

Interview Taken and Edited by Deepa Panchang and…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on November 4, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

ON WORLD DAY OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, STRUGGLING FOR LAND IN BRAZIL

Families in a Landless Workers Movement squatter encampment, hoping to win legal title to the land. Photo: Andy Lin.

October 14, 2014



By Beverly Bell



October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on October 15, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments

ON NATIONAL DAY OF MAIZE IN MEXICO, PROTECTING THE SACRED PLANT

Adelita San Vicente Tello speaking at a local celebration of Mexico's first National Holiday of Native and Creole Seeds. Photo courtesy of Adelita San Vicente Tello.

By Adelita San Vicente Tello…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on September 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Plight of Indo-Pak Fishermen and the Need to Appreciate Economic Rights

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The recent decision of the Pakistan Government to release 57 boats of arrested Indian fishermen is a welcome move. India should replicate the same. However, hundreds of boats are still lying unused in…
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Added by Ravi Nitesh on September 8, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Looking for partnership/collaboration on water rights in Mexico D.F / Colaboración: partes interesadas en los derechos de agua

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

We are Ainhoa Martinez and Jessica Sanchez, fellows on the Peacebuilder's programme of the Center for Conflict Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies, located in California, USA. We are researchers from Spain and the United States, taking part in an international team based in Palestine, Ethiopia, Burma and Mexico, whose objective is to gather stories about water conflicts…

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Added by Ainhoa Martinez on June 11, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

“Back to the Grassroots”: Building a Movement for Sexual and Economic Rights

By Anne Lim, interviewed by Deepa Panchang



May 7, 2014

 

2014 International Women's Day community pride march in Quezon City, where GALANG works. The banner slogan roughly translates to “Human…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on May 7, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Forum 2014

InterAction’s Forum is the place global change leaders and practitioners from all sectors come together to innovate and partner for greater global impact. This year, as InterAction celebrates its 30th anniversary and the progress we have made as civil society and partners over the last three decades, we look forward to co-creating our shared vision for the next 30 years – with you.



I hope…

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Added by Jeanne Paradis on April 24, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

GENDER EQUITY FOR RURAL HAITIAN WOMEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH KETTLY ALEXANDRE OF THE PEASANT MOVEMENT OF PAPAY

TAGS - Haiti, social movements, gender, rural issues, women's rights, peasant movements, latin America, community organizing

Interviewed by Beverly Bell, Edited by Jessica Hsu



April 22, 2014

 

The Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) is one of the largest small-farmer associations in Haiti with 70,000 members, of whom close to half are women. MPP was founded in…

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Added by Deepa Panchang on April 22, 2014 at 4:10pm — No Comments

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