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Zimbabwe's human rights record remains poor despite safeguards in new Constitution

The Government of Zimbabwe must guarantee all human rights enshrined in the new Constitution, Amnesty International said in a Human Rights Agenda issued as President Robert Mugabe approaches the 100th day of his new term.  The Government of Zimbabwe must guarantee all human rights enshrined in the new Constitution, Amnesty International said in a Human Rights Agenda issued as President Robert Mugabe approaches the 10

Northern Ireland: A blanket amnesty would be an utter betrayal of victims - 20 November 2013

Headline Title:  Northern Ireland: A blanket amnesty would be an utter betrayal of victims The Northern Ireland Attorney General’s call for an end to prosecutions for killings during three decades of political violence in Northern Ireland is an utter betrayal of victims’ fundamental righ The Northern Ireland Attorney General’s call for an end to prosecutions for killings during three decades of political violence in Northern Ireland is an utter betrayal of victims’ fundamental rights to justice. Media Node:  Northern Ireland Story Location:  United Kingdom 53° 18' 48.1356" N, 7° 33' 30.9384" W See map: Google Maps “The Attorney General’s call today would in effect be the granting of a blanket amnesty for human rights abuses and violations committed by all sides during the three decades of political violence in Northern Ireland. It would be an utter betrayal of victims’ fundamental right to justice.” Source:  ohn Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International. URL:  Northern Ireland: New report slams failure to deal with the past Description:  News Story, 12 September 2013 URL:  Northern Ireland: Time to Deal with the Past Description:  Read the report

Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong tell their stories - 21 November 2013

Headline Title:  Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong tell their stories Almost 4 million Indonesians have officially migrated abroad for work since 2006. The majority of them are women who take on domestic work in private homes. Almost 4 million Indonesians have officially migrated abroad for work since 2006. The majority of them are women who take on domestic work in private homes. Here're some of their stories. Media Node:  Indonesia/HK 2 Story Location:  Hong Kong S.A.R., China 22° 17' 3.6708" N, 113° 57' 0.702" E URL:  Thousands of Indonesian women trafficked to Hong Kong face exploitation and risk domestic "slavery" Description:  News Story, 21 November 2013 URL:  Exploited for Profit, Failed by Governments Description:  Read the Report URL:  Landmark treaty adopted to protect domestic workers’ rights Description:  News Story, 17 June 2011 URL:  Full text of the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Migrant Workers Description:  Read the full convention

With or without EU agreement, Ukraine must eradicate torture - 19 November 2013

Headline Title:  With or without EU agreement, Ukraine must eradicate torture The Ukrainian authorities must make real progress towards eliminating torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officials in line with the country’s international obligations, Amnesty Inte Ukraine must make progress to end torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officials, AI said ahead of the signing of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Media Node:  Ukraine Story Location:  Ukraine 45° 45' 48.3696" N, 34° 32' 27.6576" E “Irrespective of the future of the Association Agreement with Ukraine, the EU must go on pushing Ukraine to comply with its international obligations. Ukraine is an important member of the European and international community. The country’s authorities have voluntarily signed up to all major international human rights agreements – the absolute ban on torture among them. ” Source:  Heather McGill, Amnesty International’s researcher on Ukraine. URL:  Ukraine and the EU: Time to put people first Description:  Document, 19 November 2013 URL:  Ukraine: Police crisis escalates after clash with Kyiv protestors Description:  News Story, 13 July 2013 URL:  Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture Description:  News Story, 11 April 2013 URL:  Ukraine: Don’t stop halfway: Government must use new Criminal Procedure Code to end torture Description:  Document, 11 April 2013

Sri Lanka: World must not abandon Sri Lanka’s victims after CHOGM - 17 November 2013

Headline Title:  Sri Lanka: World must not abandon Sri Lanka’s victims after CHOGM  The international community must keep up pressure on the Sri Lankan government to address its human rights crisis, Amnesty International said as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting ( The international community must keep up pressure on the Sri Lankan government to address its human rights crisis as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) draws to a close. Media Node:  CHOGM concludes Story Location:  Sri Lanka 7° 50' 29.814" N, 80° 51' 33.75" E “Sri Lanka may well regret having hosted the Commonwealth summit which has proved a PR disaster for the government. Most of the focus has rightly been on the country’s appalling human rights record” Source:  Steve Crawshaw, Director of the Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International, said from Colombo Date:  Sun, 17/11/2013 URL:  Sri Lanka’s misguided attempt to ‘win the world’ Description:  Blog, 15 November 2013 URL:  The dangers of reporting on human rights in Sri Lanka Description:  Feature, 15 November 2013 URL:  Sri Lanka: Commonwealth must not turn a blind eye to civil society crackdown Description:  News story, 13 November 2013 URL:  Human rights in Sri Lanka Description:  Briefing, 5 November 2013 URL:  Sri Lanka: Report exposes the government’s violent repression of dissent Description:  News story/report, 30 April 2013

Écoles amies des droits humains – le point de vue d’une jeune militante - 14 November 2013

Headline Title:  Écoles amies des droits humains La jeune militante Courtney Clay parle de sa participation au projet Écoles amies des droits humains dan La jeune militante Courtney Clay parle de sa participation au projet Écoles amies des droits humains dans un établissement scolaire des Bermudes. Amnesty International a organisé plus de 90 projets de ce type dans le monde. Media Node:  Human Rights Education_fr Story Location:  Bermuda 32° 18' 0.1692" N, 64° 46' 28.3152" W “Nous voulions aussi moderniser notre institution (fondée au 17e siècle). Nous voulions changer le système de sanctions, veiller à le rendre plus juste, et éveiller la prise de conscience des droits humains en visant plus spécialement la discrimination et l’intimidation.” Source:  La jeune militante Courtney Clay, Amnesty International- Bermudes “Nous avons commencé à voir la mentalité des élèves changer, de même que nous avons été plus attentifs à ce qui se passait autour de nous au lieu d’être seulement préoccupés de ce que nous savions déjà. Surtout, les élèves ont commencé à penser collectivement et au niveau mondial. Nous prenons conscience que nous avons des droits et devons les défendre, tout en respectant les autres. ” Source:  Courtney Clay URL:  Le projet Écoles amies des droits humains Description:  Pour en savoir plus sur le projet Écoles amies des droits humains d'Amnesty International URL:  En Afrique, l'éducation aux droits humains change la vie des gens Description:  Article, 30 mai 2013 URL:  Des leçons bien retenues – Un nouveau guide pour l'éducation aux droits humains dans le monde Description:  Article, 8 octobre 2012 URL:  Devenir une école amie des droits humains. Un guide pour les écoles à travers le monde Description:  Rapport, 14 septembre 2012

Los derechos humanos en la escuela: la experiencia de una joven activista - 14 November 2013

Headline Title:  Los derechos humanos en la escuela: la experiencia de una joven activista La joven activista Courtney Clay relata su trabajo en el proyecto Colegios amigos de los derechos humano La joven activista Courtney Clay relata su trabajo en el proyecto Colegios amigos de los derechos humanos de Amnistía Internacional en Bermudas, una de las más de 90 iniciativas de este tipo que se están llevando a cabo en todo el mundo. Media Node:  Human Rights Education_es Story Location:  Bermudas 32° 18' 0.1692" N, 64° 46' 28.3152" W “También hemos querido modernizar nuestra institución (creada en el siglo XVII). Queríamos cambiar el viejo sistema de castigo, asegurando que era más justo, y aumentar el conocimiento sobre los derechos humanos con un enfoque particular sobre la discriminación y el acoso.” Source:  Courtney Clay, joven activista de Amnistía Internacional Bermudas “Empezamos a ver que la mentalidad de los estudiantes está cambiando, como también que prestan más atención a lo que está sucediendo a nuestro alrededor, en lugar de centrarse en lo que ya sabemos. En general, los miembros de la comunidad escolar han comenzado a pensar colectivamente y globalmente. Nos dimos cuenta de que tenemos derechos y los defendemos, a la vez respetando a los demás.” Source:  Courtney Clay URL:  Proyecto Colegios amigos de los derechos humanos Description:  Más información sobre el proyecto Colegios amigos de los derechos humanos URL:  La educación en derechos humanos cambia vidas en África Description:  Artículo, 30 de mayo de 2013 URL:  Lecciones bien aprendidas. Una nueva guía promueve la educación en derechos humanos Description:  Artículo, 8 de octubre de 2012 URL:  Convertirse en un colegio amigo de los derechos humanos - Guía para los colegios de todo el mundo. Description:  Informe, 14 de septiembre de 2012

Human rights in schools - a youth activist's perspective - 14 November 2013

Headline Title:  Human rights in schools - a youth activist's perspective Youth activist Courtney Clay describes her involvement with Amnesty International's Human Rights Friendl Youth activist Courtney Clay describes her involvement with Amnesty International's Human Rights Friendly Schools project in Bermuda - one of many such initiatives taking place around the world. Media Node:  Human Rights Education Story Location:  Bermuda 32° 18' 0.1692" N, 64° 46' 28.3152" W “We wanted to modernize our institution (created in the 17th century). We wanted to change the old punishment system, ensuring that it was more fair, and to raise awareness about human rights with a particular focus on discrimination and bullying.” Source:  Youth activist Courtney Clay, Amnesty International Bermuda “We started to see the mentality of students changing as we also pay more attention to what is happening around us... members of the school community have begun to think collectively and globally. We realized that we have rights and stand for them while respecting and being interested in others. ” Source:  Courtney Clay URL:  Human Rights Friendly Schools project Description:  Read more about Amnesty International's Human Rights Friendly Schools Project URL:  Human rights education changes lives in Africa Description:  Feature, 30 May 2013 URL:  Lessons well learnt – New guide promotes global human rights education Description:  Feature, 8 October 2012 URL:  Becoming a Human Rights Friendly School: A guide for schools around the world Description:  Report, 14 September 2012

Shell’s false claims on Niger Delta oil spills exposed - 7 November 2013

Headline Title:  Shell’s false claims on Niger Delta oil spills exposed Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria, with the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region deeply suspect and often untrue, said Amnesty International and the Centre for En Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria, with the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region deeply suspect and often untrue, said Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development. Media Node:  NIGER DELTA niger delta video At a Glance:  Niger Delta oil spillsThere have been more than 600 oil spills in the Niger Delta between January and September 2013 and more than 2,500 between 2008 and 2012. Of the ones in 2013, 471 were from Agip and approximately 140 from shell.  Of those that took place in the period 2008-2012, between 788 and 1,000 were from Shell facilities; 1,690 from Agip and a small number from other operators.Companies blame most spills on sabotage and theft of oil but evidence shows corrosion, equipment failure and under reporting are also causes.  Sources: Nigeria’s National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Shell website, Agip website Story Location:  Niger 19° 57' 44.4132" N, 7° 44' 3.75" E “Shell is being disingenuous about the devastation caused by its Niger Delta operations. This new evidence shows that Shell’s claims about the oil spills cannot be trusted. ” Source:  Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International. “Shell looks to blame others based on investigation reports that, in some cases, amount to nothing more than dodgy dossiers. ” Source:  Styvn Obodoekwe, Director of Programmes at CEHRD. URL:  Bad information: Oil spill investigations in the Niger Delta Description:  Read the report URL:  Wider investigation into Shell's Nigeria operation needed after arrest of contractors Description:  Press release, 26 June 2013 URL:  Nigeria: Oil giant Shell criticized over Niger Delta pipelines ‘sabotage’ claims Description:  Press release, 19 June 2013 URL:  Oil theft in the Niger Delta doesn’t explain all the oil spills Description:  Blog, 24 September 2013 URL:  Shell’s wildly inaccurate reporting of Niger Delta oil spill exposed Description:  News Story, 23 April 2012

Honduras: Candidatos Presidenciales responden a Amnistía Internacional - 5 November 2013

Headline Title:  Honduras: Candidatos Presidenciales responden a Amnistía Internacional En anticipación a las elecciones presidenciales del 24 de Noviembre en Honduras, Amnistía Internacional escribió a los candidatos sobre la necesidad de priorizar los derechos humanos en sus propues En anticipación a las elecciones presidenciales del 24 de Noviembre en Honduras, Amnistía Internacional escribió a los candidatos sobre la necesidad de priorizar los derechos humanos en sus propuestas. Aquí, las respuestas recibidas. Media Node:  Honduras Story Location:  Honduras 14° 50' 44.4876" N, 87° 58' 42.6576" W

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