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Interview de Madame Najat M’jid

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Linked with Najat M’jid – Morocco, and with he BAYTI Association.

Extrait d’un Interview de Madame Najat M’jid, Pédiatre et présidente de l’association Bayti

Publié sur WAFIN.be, par l’équipe Wafin, 29 Septembre 2006.

Wafin.be: Comment est née l’idée de la création de Bayti ?

Najat M’jid: Bayti a commencé ses activités en 1994. Comme vous le savez, le Maroc a ratifié la convention des droits de l’enfant en 1993, et il devait y avoir un bilan en 1995 de la situation des droits de l’enfant. Je m’occupais d’enfants vulnérables mais au niveau santé, et sur le volet éducation, et j’ai découvert qu’il y avait des enfants dans la rue. J’étais très étonnée à l’époque, en 1994, qu’il y ait tant d’enfants dans la rue au Maroc, parce que pour moi c’était inadmissible. Curieuse, j’ai été interpeller ces gamins, et je me suis rendue compte que c’étaient des gamins complètement privés d’environnement familial. J’ai donc suivi un groupe de 40 enfants sur un coup de tête, et je me suis présentée aussi en tant que pédiatre bénévole dans les différentes structures qui s’occupent de ces enfants. Je faisais l’évaluation des structures, et j’ai proposé d’élaborer le rapport sur les enfants en situation de rue pour cette analyse de situation au Maroc, qui a eu lieu le 24 mai 1995, et où il y avait le grand gratin marocain, mais aussi des institutions internationales.

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The HREA.org Learning Center’s upcoming courses

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The HREA.org Learning Center
organises specialised courses via distance education for human rights advocates and educators, staff of social justice organisations, international and inter-governmental organisations, and development professionals.

The application process for courses offered in 2008 has started. Application deadline for courses offered in the first semester is 1 December 2007.

Upcoming courses (find the link on this HREA-website):

first semester 2008

The United Nations Human Rights System (11 February-11 May 2008)
[application deadline: 1 December 2007]

Human Rights Litigation (13 February-20 May 2008)
[application deadline: 1 December 2007]

Le monitoring des droits de l’homme (18 février-18 mai 2008)
[la date limite : 15 décembre 2007]

Einführung in die Menschenrechtsbildung (20. Februar-27. Mai 2008)
[Einreichungsfrist: 1. Dezember 2007]

Human Rights Advocacy (20 February-17 June 2008)
[application deadline: 1 December 2007]

Monitoring Children’s Rights (20 February-27 May 2008)
[application deadline: 1 December 2007]

Rights-Based Programming (27 February-20 May 2008)
[application deadline: 1 December 2007]

second semester 2008

Human Rights Monitoring (3 September-25 November 2008)
[application deadline: 1 June 2008]

Introduction to the European System of Human Rights Protection and Promotion (3 September-25 November 2008)
[application deadline: 1 June 2008]

Research & Evaluation in the NGO Sector (8 September-14 December 2008)
[application deadline: 1 June 2008]

Armed Conflict, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (17 September-16 December 2008)
[application deadline: 1 June 2008]

Programmation basée sur les droits humains (17 septembre-9 décembre 2008)
[la date limite : 1 juin 2008]

Project Development and Management in the NGO Sector (22 September-14 December 2008)
[application deadline: 1 June 2008]

(find the link on this HREA-site).

Wings of Love

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Linked with Nancy Rivard – USA, with Airline Ambassadors, and with Nishikant Waghamare – India, the Asia & Pacific Director of Airline ambassadors.

Text received by mail, by Nishikant Waghmare (and published on SSE Group 3 Blog, by Babu, Ottawa: The Essence of Service, the Story of Nancy Rivard, February 04, 2007).

“Like the in breath and the out breath,” she says, “you gather the light and give it out. That’s just the way it works”. (Nancy Rivard – Airline Ambassadors).

Wings of Love:

Love in action. We’ve all heard the clich� a million times but there’s something about the way Nancy Rivard says it, that it reverberates in your heart for days to come. Maybe it’s because she actually walks the walk and speaks with the confidence of experience; maybe it’s because there is an uncanny sincerity in her demeanor; or perhaps it’s impossible to pinpoint one particular reason.

Whatever the case, if you spend an evening with this World Woman of Peace (1999), you get a flavor of that infectious enthusiasm, a love affair with humanity that fills Nancy’s heart and surrounds her resence. “Like the in breath and the out breath,” she says, “you gather the light and give it out. That’s just the way it works.”

Discover The Love:

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WORKING GROUP ON THE USE OF MERCENARIES

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Received by mail:

From: Press Info OHCHR
Subject: The WORKING GROUP ON THE USE OF MERCENARIES EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER THE KILLING OF IRAQI CIVILIANS INVOLVING EMPLOYEES OF PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY

Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007

Geneva, 25 September 2007: The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries expresses its concern over the indiscriminate shooting in a populated neighborhood of Baghdad, on 16 September 2007, involving employees of a foreign private security company and resulting in the killing of over 10 Iraqi civilians, including children.

The Working Group welcomes the investigations underway to clarify the facts of this and other prior reported incidents of killings of civilians in Iraq by employees of foreign private security companies. It notes that in a number of situations of low intensity armed conflict or post conflict these private security companies have been given immunity through bilateral Government agreements or decrees. Immunity which in many cases becomes a sort of impunity.

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Good news for groups of stateless people after years of stagnation

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Received by mail from HREA the Human Rights Education Associates, and their Newsletter.
Date: 26/09/2007

UNHCR Press release:

GENEVA, September 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed a succession of positive developments in recent months concerning several groups of stateless people across the world, following many years of stagnation. Stateless people are those who for a variety of reasons do not have nationality or citizenship in the state where they are living – or anywhere else – with sometimes devastating consequences.

“There have now been major breakthroughs in three Asian countries – namely Sri Lanka, Nepal and most recently Bangladesh – which, all told, should benefit some 3 million formerly stateless people. There are also significant legal developments currently under way in Brazil,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told journalists in Geneva.

She said that UNHCR, which has a mandate for stateless people as well as for refugees, “warmly welcomes” the recent decision by Bangladesh to confirm citizenship for at least 160,000 of the country’s 300,000 Urdu-speaking population, also known as Biharis.

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9/11 explains the impotence of the anti-war movement

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Published on Countercurrents.org, by Paul Craig Roberts, 14 September, 2007.

An excerpt: … Today, six years after 9/11, money, ideologies, accumulated resentments, and political careers are all allied with the official story line on 9/11. Anyone on a Republican mailing list or a conservative activist list, such as Young Americans for Freedom, knows that fundraising appeals seldom fail to evoke the 9/11 attack on America. The 9/11 attacks gave neoconservatives their “new Pearl Harbor” that enabled them to implement their hegemonic agenda in the Middle East. The 9/11 attacks gave Americans boiling with accumulated frustrations a foe upon whom to vent their rage. Politicians, even Democrats, could show that they stood tall for America. George W. Bush has invested two presidential terms in “fighting terror” by invading countries in the Middle East.

September 11 doubters are a threat to the legitimacy of these massive material and emotional interests. That is why they are shouted down as “conspiracy theorists.” But if the government’s story has to be improved by outside experts in order to be plausible, then it is not irrational or kooky to doubt the official explanation.
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Burma, Protests fast accelerating towards uprising

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Received by mail from HREA the Human Rights Education Associates, and their Newsletter.

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AS-231-2007), September 23, 2007.

The protests that began in Burma during August to voice public frustration and discontent over sharp price rises have in the last week fast accelerated–under the guidance of the Buddhist clergy, the Sangha–towards an uprising to end the country’s military dictatorship.

The monks leading the latest events have declared the formal “overturning of the alms bowl” boycott of the military regime successfully completed–it must be initiated within a three days–and have called upon the monkhood to implement the boycott in accordance with its disciplinary code until lifted. This means a total ban on all religious activities relating to the military government: no donations, no preaching, no funeral rites, nothing.

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L’altermondialisme chez ATTAC France

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Verbunden mit Sommerakademie und Jahresversammlung von ATTAC Schweiz, mit … und speziell noch dieses Buch, und mit economic turmoils & human development on this blog.

P3. Perspectives et difficultés de l’altermondialisme : quelles mobilisations futures pour Attac?

Article publié chez ATTAC France.org, par Jean-Marie Harribey, le 3/09/2007.

Le rôle de cette plénière est double:

  • répondre à la question posée (où en est l’altermondialisme aujourd’hui?);
  • et extraire du foisonnement de réflexions de cette Université quelques idées forces pour armer nos campagnes de rentrée.

Les deux aspects sont liés parce qu’on n’imaginerait pas définir des axes de campagne sans savoir à quel point nous en sommes rendus. Pour connaître l’état de l’altemondialisme, il y a en gros trois méthodes:

  • nous regarder nous-mêmes,
  • regarder les autres composantes de l’altermondialisme,
  • regarder le système qui nous a vu et fait naître.

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Young child survival and development

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Published on UNICEF childsurvival, by Amy Bennett, NY 13 September 2007.

The world has reached an important milestone on child survival. For the first time in modern history, the number of children dying before the age of five has fallen below 10 million per year.

New survey figures reported by UNICEF today show solid progress, with worldwide child deaths at a record low of 9.7 million per year – down from almost 13 million in 1990.

This achievement will add momentum to the push toward the Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2000. Reaching MDG 4 – a two-thirds reduction in the 1990 under-five mortality rate by 2015 – would avert an additional 5.4 million child deaths annually.

Basic health interventions:

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Compilation of Global Principles for Arms Transfers

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First published in 2006 by Amnesty International International Secretariat, Revised and updated 2007.

Download this 24 pdf-pages on control arms (see also their Homepage).

… The Principles are proposed by a diverse group of non-governmental organizations1. The Principles reflect the content of a variety of international instruments including: international and regional treaties, declarations and resolutions of the United Nations and other multilateral and regional organisations, and model regulations intended for
national legislation. Some of the Principles reflect customary and treaty law, while others reflect widely accepted emerging norms. The compilation indicates the best general rules for effective control of international transfers of all conventional arms and ammunition. The rules reflect States’ obligations under international law while also
recognising States’ right to legitimate self-defence and law enforcement in accordance with international standards.

Converging Currents

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Custom and Human Rights in the Pacific

Published on Law-Commission, 16 Oct 2006, (TE AKA MATUA O TE TURE).

Download the 312-pages pdf-document.

Custom and Human Rights are embedded in many Pacific constitutions or statues, yet the two concepts are often percieved as conflicting. The focus of this study is the practical operation of justice mechanisms, including both the courts and the wide range of community justice bodies found in the Pacific. Development of a Pacific jurisprudence will only occur as Pacific nations find ways to better intergrate these two sources of law.

One Million Iraqis Killed

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A Deafening Silence On Report Of One Million Iraqis Killed

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS.org, by Patrick Martin, 17 September, 2007.

3 excerpts: When those responsible for the American war in Iraq face a public reckoning for their colossal crimes, the weekend of September 15-16, 2007 will be an important piece of evidence against them. On Friday, September 14 there were brief press reports of a scientific survey by the British polling organization ORB, which resulted in an estimate of 1.2 million violent deaths in Iraq since the US invasion.

This staggering figure demonstrates two political facts: 1) the American war in Iraq has produced a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions, with a death total already higher than that in Rwanda in 1994; 2) those arguing against a US withdrawal on the grounds that this would lead to civil war, even genocide, are deliberately concealing the fact that such a bloodbath is already taking place, with the US military in control …

… The Democrats oppose the Bush administration’s conduct of the war, not because it has been a bloody and criminal operation, but because it has been mismanaged and unsuccessful in accomplishing the goal of plundering Iraq’s oil resources and strengthening the strategic position of US imperialism in the Middle East …

… What does the pursuit of “success” mean in the context of the reports of 1.2 million violent deaths in Iraq since the US invasion and occupation? It means the devastation of that country will continue until the American and international working class intervenes to put an end to it. (full text).

Plan of Action

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World Programme for Human Rights Education, First Phase, New York and Geneva, 2006.

Material contained in this publication may be freely quoted or reprinted, provided credit is given and a copy of the publication containing the reprinted material is sent to OHCHR and UNESCO.

Download here the 56 pdf-pages

Foreword: The international community is increasingly adopting intergovernmental frameworks at the global level, such as the World Programme for Human Rights Education (from 2005 onwards), which aim at encouraging the development of sustainable national strategies and programmes in human rights education. In particular, the Plan of Action for the fi rst phase (2005-2007) of the World Programme, which is contained in this booklet, focuses on the integration of human rights education in primary and secondary school systems.

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BASJAK’s report on Jammu and Kashmir

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Linked with Paul Beersmans – Belgium, with the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir BASJAK, with UFER International Movement for Fraternal Union among Races and Peoples, with JAMMU AND KASHMIR, A SMOULDERING CONFLICT … , with The Forced Migration Review FMR, with Professor Pandita’s Blog about Kashmir and IDPs, and with … again Kashmir.

The Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir BASJAK publishes its report on the study tour of President Paul Beersmans, to India and the Indian J&K State, from 17 JUNE TO 14 JULY 2007.

This report is given to the sixth session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, September 2007.

You’ll find it on this BASJAK site. (See also their homepage).

Link: International Movement for Fraternal Union among Races and Peoples UFER.

Articles for Indigenous Peoples on our blogs

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Linked with Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta – Australia.

Irati Wanti;

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

The Irati Wanti declaration;

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Public Statement;

DoCIP update 75;

Indigenous Women’s Pushback;

UN indigenous forum tackles land, resource issues;

WEST PAPUA, the forgotten story of a people in crisis;

Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples;

Texts about Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights;

Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples;

Indigenous Webs for Information;

Indigenous Global Intersections IGI;

The World Rainforest Movement WRM;

The Forum for the Defense of Indigenous Rights APOINME.

The Irati Wanti declaration

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Linked with Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta – Australia, with Irati Wanti, with UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and with Articles for Indigenous Peoples on our blogs.

Published on Irati Wanti/Declaration of opposition:

We were born on the earth, not in the hospital.

We were born in the sand. Mother never put us in the water and washed us when were born straight out. They dried us with the sand. Then they put us, newborn baby, fireside, no blankets, they put us in the warm sand. And after that, when the cord comes off, they put us through the smoke. We really know the land.

From a baby we grow up on the land.

Never mind our country is the desert, that’s where we belong. And we love where we belong, the whole land. We know the stories for the land. The Seven Sisters travelled right across, in the beginning. They formed the land. Its very important Tjukur the Law, the Dreaming that must not be disturbed. The Seven Sisters are everywhere. We can give the evidence for what we say; we can show you the dance of the Seven Sisters.

Listen to us! The desert lands are not as dry as you think! Can’t the Government plainly see there is water here? Nothing can live without water. There’s a big underground river underneath. We know the poison from the radioactive dump will go down under the ground and leak into the water. We drink from this water. Only the Government and people like that have tanks. The animals drink from this water malu kangaroo, kalaya emu, porcupine, ngintaka perentie, goanna and all the others. We eat these animals, that’s our meat. We’re worried that any of these animals will become poisoned and we’ll become poisoned in our turn.

Everywhere there is underground water. We know that. It doesn’t matter what station you make the dump on or near. They’ve all got wells. The sheep and cattle have to drink from the bores.

Of course they’ll get poisoned in their turn.

Can’t the pastoralists see that plainly?

The poison the Government is talking about is from Sydney. We say send it back to Sydney. We don’t want it! Are they trying to kill us?

We’re a human being. We’re not an animal. We’re not a dog. In the old days the white man used to put a poison in the meat, throw them to feed the dogs and they got poisoned, straight out and then they died. Now they want to put the poison in the ground. We want our life.

All of us were living when the Government used the country for the Bomb. Some were living at Twelve Mile, just out of Coober Pedy. The smoke was funny and everything looked hazy. Everybody got sick. Other people were at Mabel Creek and many people got sick. Some people were living at Wallatinna. Other people go moved away.

Whitefellas and all got sick. When we were young, no woman got breast cancer or any other kind of cancer. Cancer was unheard of with men either. And no asthma, we were people without sickness.

The Government thought they knew what they were doing then. Now, again they are coming along and telling us poor blackfellas “Oh, there’s nothing that’s going to happen, nothing is going to kill you.” And that will still happen like that bomb over there.

And we’re worrying for our kids. We’ve got a lot of kids growing up on the country and still coming more, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They have to have their life.

We’ve been fighting this radioactive waste, this poison, for more many years. Arguing about it, talking to people, asking people to help us. They might help us, but they’ll really be helping themselves.

Whitefellas have got kids too, we all have to live in the country.

And then, we really couldn’t believe it when we heard them talking about sending the rubbish from all other countries as well! They must really want to kill us! We can’t believe it!

How can you live like that? They’re really aiming to wipe the country out, not just us but all living things in the whole earth!

It’s from our grandmothers and our grandfathers that we’ve learned about the land. This learning isn’t written on paper as whitefellas knowledge is. We carry it instead in our heads and we’re talking from our hearts, for the land. You fellas, whitefellas, put us in the back all the time, like we’ve got no language for the land. But we’ve got the story for the land.

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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Linked with Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta – Australia.

Received by mail from HREA, the Human Rights Education Associates, and their Newsletter – also to be found on this page:

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The General Assembly,

Taking note of the recommendation of the Human Rights Council contained in its resolution 1/2 of 29 June 2006, by which the Council adopted the text of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Recalling its resolution 61/178 of 20 December 2006, by which it decided to defer consideration of and action on the Declaration to allow time for further consultations thereon, and also decided to conclude its consideration before the end of the sixty-first session of the General Assembly,

Adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as contained in the annex to the present resolution.

The General Assembly,

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and good faith in the fulfilment of the obligations assumed by States in accordance with the Charter,

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Haris Ibrahim’s blog: The People’s Parliament

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Linked with Haris Ibrahim – Malaysia, and with “Islam-as I say-tion”.

(We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers – Emmeline Parkhurst).

Homepage;
Contact.

About: My name is Haris Ibrahim. Trained in the law. Late father was Malay and my mum is Ceylonese. I am Malaysian. My ethnic background is relevant in helping me to understand my cultural make-up but is irrelevant in defining my status as a citizen of Malaysia.

Until 2004, I voted for the opposition. In that year, I was taken in by the promises of our present PM. Our PM has not delivered on his promise to be a PM for all Malaysians. I have become increasingly disillusioned with ministers, MPs and judges who have breached the people’s trust and reneged on their oath of office to defend and uphold our constitution.

This blog, then, is about civil society reclaiming its power to determine who are the law-makers in Parliament today who are worthy of the trust reposed in them by the people and if, sadly, we discover there are none presently, to make an informed decision of who we will next install in the people’s parliament.

I have, through this blog, launched a ‘Get to know you MP’ civil society initiative. A brief of the same and a more detailed explanation may be seen at my posts entitled ‘Get to know your MP’ and ‘Get to know your MP : What and How’, and also ‘Update 13‘.

Invitation to submit examples

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Published on HREA/compendium.

Compendium of good practices in human rights education in the school system, including citizenship education and education for mutual respect and understanding,

Invitation to submit examples of good practice (en français)

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the Council of Europe, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
jointly invite organisations and institutions from the OSCE area (Europe, Central Asia, North America) to submit examples of good practice for a compendium that is being compiled in order to further efforts in the area of human rights education, including citizenship education and education for mutual respect and understanding.

Submissions are being accepted for the primary and secondary level schooling sectors, including teacher training institutions.

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ELOHIM

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Un livre écrit par Roger Vigneron, avec le titre ELOHIM, 277 pages pdf, publié en 1993 chez ‘La Vague à l’Âme’, B.P. 22, F – 38701 La Tronche Cédex.

Une copie entière est disponible gratuitement, ou avec cet’URL:

http://ddata.over-blog.com/xxxyyy/0/11/73/62/roger-vigneron—elohim.pdf

Ce n’est pas un livre réligieux, mais un premier début de lecture m’indique une recherche des mots ‘Dieu’ respectivement ‘Elohim’.

A page full of actualities

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Cases cited on ‘SURGIR/informations’, which are short copies of cases cited on the english Women under Muslim Law WUML.

Linked with SURGIR (arise);

in Afghanistan; in Egypt (one); in Egypt (two); in India (one); in International; in Iran (one); in Iran (two); in Iran (three); in Iraq; in Kyrgyzstan; in Middle East; in Malaysia; in Netherlands; in Nigeria; in Pakistan; in Zimbabwe; AND: look also at GenderIT.org.

Sex Offender Laws in the US

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A Human Rights Watch report, September 2007 Volume 19, No. 4(G) – Index:

An excerpt of the Summary: … The reality is that sex offenders are a great political target, but that doesn’t mean any law under the sun is appropriate …

… Human Rights Watch appreciates the sense of concern and urgency that has prompted these laws. They reflect a deep public yearning for safety in a world that seems increasingly threatening. Every child has the right to live free from violence and sexual abuse. Promoting public safety by holding offenders accountable and by instituting effective crime prevention measures is a core governmental obligation.

Unfortunately, our research reveals that sex offender registration, community notification, and residency restriction laws are ill-considered, poorly crafted, and may cause more harm than good:

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More UN links

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6th session of the Human Rights Council, 10 to 28 September 2007;

Information notes for NGOs, Sept. 10, 2007;

Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life;

The GaID-website (global alliance for ICT and development);

International day of older persons, october 1, 2006 – registration;

Africa Europe Youth Summit, 4-7 December, Lisbon, in order to participate, please apply before 21 September. Call for participation, and DOC.

The billion tree campaign;

1-11 October 2007: 54th Session UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, Geneva;

5 October 2007: International Day of Older Persons;

IFS the International Federation of Settlement and Neighbourhood Centres;

Civil Society Consultation on the United Nations’ Draft Guiding Principles, “Extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor”.

New WSIS Civil Society Working Group on Information Networks Governance

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Received by mail:

From: “Dr. Francis MUGUET“,
To: Edu Mailinglist.
Date: 12/09/2007

For contact – links concerning this subjects: UNMSP project;

World Summit On the Information Society (WSIS), Civil Society Working Groups:

Director, Scientific Information Developement Laboratory, Knowledge Networks and Information Society ENSTA, 32 Blvd Victor, 75739 PARIS, cedex FRANCE, Phone: +33 1 45 52 60 19, Fax: +33 1 45 52 52 82, mail, web.

MDPI Foundation Open Access Journals Associate Publisher: web org, web net, mail org, mail net.

WSIS Civil Society Working Group on Information Networks Governance.
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Within the overall framework of the implementation of the recommendations of the World Summit on the Information Society, it appears that political and ethical standards demand the formation of a Civil Society working group. The “Civil Society” must be clarified as a group of people sharing such core values as openness, transparency, public interest, diversity, inclusion and a sincere concern for sustainable development, in bridging the digital divide. “Civil Society” shall not be defined “subtractively” as a group of people who neither belong to the government nor business sectors.

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