All Blog Posts Tagged 'rights' (256)

AFC official ‘happy’ to bar women spectators from stadia

AFC official ‘happy’ to bar women spectators from stadia

By James M. Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending soccer matches in stadia. In doing so, the AFC has confirmed policies adopted by the Asian group as well as world soccer body FIFA that effectively supports autocratic or illiberal democratic regimes in the Middle East and North…


Added by James M Dorsey on January 23, 2015 at 5:02am — No Comments

Soccer soft power: A double-edged sword

By James M. Dorsey

An avalanche of criticism of FC Bayern Muenchen,  a leading soccer brand and Germany’s most successful club, for playing a commercially driven friendly against Saudi Arabia’s FC Al Hilal amid a crackdown on dissent in the kingdom, the public flogging of a blogger and the putting on trial in a court that deals with terrorism charges of two women for violating a ban on female driving highlights the increasing risk autocratic Gulf states run in employing the sport to…


Added by James M Dorsey on January 22, 2015 at 5:51am — No Comments

Upcoming Course: Online Certificate Course on Gender-based Violence (GBV) - 2015 Edition

We wish to inform you that the Global Human Rights Leadership Training Institute (GHRLTI) is now accepting applications for the 10th edition of its Online Certificate Course on Gender-based Violence (GBV), 29th January – 28th February 2015. Please help circulate this announcement.…


Added by Prince Devison on January 21, 2015 at 12:46pm — No Comments


An Interview with Human Rights Organizer Jackson Doliscar

By Beverly Bell

Jackson Doliscar, community organizer and human rights defender.

Some things never change. In Haiti, no matter the century or…


Added by Deepa Panchang on January 12, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

MLK Event Series

Please join The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in partnership with Communities Without Boundaries International (CWBI) for a series of events to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

All events will be held at S-CAR in Arlington, VA. 

For more information about the events, please click here…


Added by S-CAR at GMU on January 9, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Women and Peace: A New Directory Resource

Prajnya volunteers began desk-based research in May 2014 to see if we could identify South Asian women's organisations with an interest also in peace and conflict issues. As the research process unfolded, the evidence was clear that for feminists, truly, the lines between 'peace and conflict' issues and…


Added by Education for Peace Initiative on January 9, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

GCC abandonment of unified labour contract puts onus on Qatar

By James M. Dorsey

A decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that groups wealthy Gulf states to abandon plans to adopt a unified contract for domestic workers increases pressure on Qatar to significantly revamp its controversial labour regime in a bid to fend off efforts to deprive it of its right to host the 2022 World Cup. It also highlights the pitfalls Qatar and other Gulf states have encountered in tinkering with their labour systems amid mounting international…


Added by James M Dorsey on January 6, 2015 at 6:08am — No Comments

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

By James M. Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.

The litmus test for Qatar’s effort to address the most heinous aspects of its controversial kafala or sponsorship system will be a judgement this spring by world…


Added by James M Dorsey on December 28, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

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.…


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…


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


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

Photos by Steve Pavey…


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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




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…


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…


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…


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

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