Human Rights Standards

UN Security Council: Adoption of resolution offers first sign of hope for Syria - 22 February 2014

Headline Title:  UN Security Council: Adoption of resolution offers first sign of hope for Syria   The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimous vote to adopt a resolution addressing humanitarian aid and human rights abuses in Syria is a significant step towards alleviating the suffering in Syria, said Amnesty International.  Media Node:  Syria Twitter Tag:  Syria Story Location:  United Kingdom 35° 17' 9.546" N, 38° 0' 45.702" E See map: Google Maps “The resolution adopted today is long overdue but it throws a lifeline to more than a quarter of a million people living under siege in Syria and 9.3 million civilians in need of humanitarian aid, by offering a tangible sign of hope for an end to their suffering ” Source:  José Luis Díaz, Head of Amnesty International’s UN office in New York. Date:  Sat, 22/02/2014 “The true test will be how far the Syrian government and armed opposition groups will abide by the demands of the resolution. Unless there is palpable improvement in the situation on the ground the resolution will not change things and the Security Council then has to act accordingly.” Source:  José Luis Díaz URL:  UN Security Council must not fail Syria’s besieged civilians again Description:  News Story, 13 February 2014. URL:  Joint NGO Statement on Geneva II Talks Description:  Press release, 22 January 2014. URL:  Syria peace conference must act on allegations of 'industrial-scale' torture and killings in custody Description:  News story, 21 January 2014. URL:  Syria peace conference must end starvation for besieged civilians Description:  News story, 16 January 2014.

Nigeria: World Bank 'dragging its feet' on resettlement package after forced eviction - 21 February 2014

Headline Title:  Nigeria: World Bank 'dragging its feet' on resettlement package after forced eviction A year after bulldozers razed the homes of 9,000 people in a community meant to benefit from a World Bank funded project in Lagos, the state government and the World Bank are failing miserably to l A year after bulldozers razed the homes of 9,000 people in a community meant to benefit from a World Bank funded project in Lagos, the state government and the World Bank are failing miserably to live up to their promise to adequately compensate and resettle them. Media Node:  Badia East Badia East video Story Location:  Nigeria 8° 53' 6.2592" N, 8° 15' 49.3812" E “The community is suffering because of the reckless actions of the Lagos state government and the World Bank’s failure to ensure that those meant to benefit from its projects are not forcibly evicted from their homes.” Source:  Oluwatosin Popoola, Nigeria Researcher at Amnesty International. URL:  Nigeria: Lagos state government must stop wave of devastating forced evictions Description:  News Story, 12 August 2013. URL:  From victim to human rights activist Description:  News Story, 13 December 2013.

Indonesia: Exploited domestic workers urgently need legal protection - 13 February 2014

Headline Title:  Indonesia: Exploited domestic workers urgently need legal protection Millions of domestic workers in Indonesia are at risk of economic exploitation and routine abuse while living in legal limbo without protection, Amnesty International said as the country marks Nati Millions of domestic workers in Indonesia are at risk of economic exploitation and routine abuse while living in legal limbo without protection, Amnesty International said as the country marks National Domestic Workers Day on 15 February.   Media Node:  Indonesia domestic workers Story Location:  Indonesia 0° 46' 44.0652" N, 101° 17' 38.202" E “Domestic workers remain essentially second-class citizens in Indonesia. Millions of them, the vast majority women or girls, are at risk of exploitation and many are abused, but have no legal means of improving their own situation ” Source:  Papang Hidayat, Amnesty International’s Indonesia Researcher Date:  Thu, 13/02/2014 URL:  Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong tell their stories Description:  Feature, 21 November 2013 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: Indonesian migrant domestic workers trafficked to Hong Kong Description:  Report, 21 November 2013 URL:  Landmark treaty adopted to protect domestic workers’ rights Description:  News story, 17 June 2011

California must introduce radical changes to prison isolation - 10 February 2014

Headline Title:  California must introduce radical changes to prison isolation The authorities in California must introduce radical changes to the cruel conditions of the state’s solitary confinement units, said Amnesty International. The authorities in California must introduce radical changes to the cruel conditions of the state’s solitary confinement units, said Amnesty International ahead of a key hearing. Media Node:  California isolation Story Location:  États-Unis 40° 21' 36.918" N, 121° 38' 19.0464" W See map: Google Maps URL:  USA: California prison authorities ‘toying with the lives’ of inmates on hunger strike Description:  News Story, 30 August 2014. URL:  USA: Locked away for decades - the plight of California’s isolation prisoners Description:  News Story, 13 November 2012 URL:  USA: California authorities urged to end shocking conditions in prison isolation units Description:  News Story, 27 September 2012 URL:  Prisoners in isolation in California Description:  Infographic, 27 September 2012 URL:  USA: Isolation Units in California’s Prisons – Facts and Figures Description:  Facts and Figures, 27 September 2012

Nigeria : une victime devenue militante - 13 December 2013

Headline Title:  Nigeria : une victime devenue militante Si Bimbo Osobe avait baissé les bras et renoncé à la lutte, on lui pardonnerait volontiers. Bimbo Osobe est l’une des milliers de personnes qui ont été expulsées de force de chez elles, à Badia-Est, dans l'État de Lagos (Nigeria), le 23 février 2013. Mais elle se bat pour défendre ses droits et ceux des autres. Media Node:  LWM Nigeria_fr LWM Nigeria 2_fr At a Glance:  PASSEZ À L'ACTIONCommunauté de Badia-Est - Les foyers de centaines de familles détruits Twitter Tag:  Write4Rights Story Location:  Nigeria 7° 38' 7.7964" N, 6° 3' 52.0308" E “Beaucoup de gens n’ont plus de toit sur leur tête, beaucoup d’enfants ne peuvent plus aller à l’école, beaucoup de femmes n’arrivent plus à nourrir leurs enfants et beaucoup de pères sont bien en peine de subvenir aux besoins de leur famille. C’est pourquoi j’ai décidé de me battre jusqu’au bout pour défendre mes droits et les droits des autres.” Source:  Bimbo Osobe, habitante de Badia-Est. URL:  Communauté de Badia-Est - Les foyers de centaines de familles détruits Description:  Passez à l'action ! URL:  Une victime devenue militante Description:  Lisez cet article dans LE FIL, le magazine d'Amnesty International URL:  Écrire pour les droits : lorsqu'une idée simple devient une force mondiale Description:  Nouvelle, 3 décembre 2013

De víctima a activista de derechos humanos - 13 December 2013

Headline Title:  De víctima a activista de derechos humanos Habría sido fácil olvidar a Bimbo Osobe si hubiera desistido y pensase que no podía seguir adelante. Bimbo Osobe estaba entre los miles de personas que fueron desalojadas por la fuerza de sus hogares en Badia East, estado de Lagos (Nigeria), el 23 de febrero de 2013. Pero ella se ha rebelado. Media Node:  LWM Nigeria_es LWM Nigeria 2_es At a Glance:  ACTÚAComunidad de Badia East - Centenares de hogares destruidos Twitter Tag:  Write4Rights Story Location:  Nigeria 7° 38' 7.7964" N, 6° 3' 52.0308" E “Muchas personas han quedado sin hogar, muchos niños y niñas ya no pueden ir a la escuela, muchas madres ya no pueden cuidar de sus familias y muchos padres se sienten impotentes por no poder darles sustento. Por eso me decidí a revelarme, para luchar por mis derechos y por los de otras personas hasta la última gota de mi sangre.” Source:  Bimbo Osobe, residente de Badia East. URL:  Comunidad de Badia East - Centenares de hogares destruidos Description:  ¡Actúa! URL:  Escribe por los Derechos: Dos millones de cartas, tuits y textos para cambiar vidas Description:  Noticia, 2 de diciembre de 2013

From victim to human rights activist - 13 December 2013

Headline Title:  From victim to human rights activist It would be easy to forgive Bimbo Osobe if she had given up and felt she couldn’t go on. Bimbo Osobe was among thousands who were forced out of their homes in Badia East, Lagos, Nigeria, on 23 February 2013. But she is fighting back. Media Node:  LWM Nigeria LWM Nigeria 2 At a Glance:  TAKE ACTIONBadia East community; Hundreds of family homes destroyed Twitter Tag:  Write4Rights Story Location:  Nigeria 7° 38' 7.7964" N, 6° 3' 52.0308" E “Many people have been rendered homeless, many children have been unable to go to school, many mothers can no longer cater for their families and many fathers are helpless to provide for them. That is why I have resolved that with the last drop of my blood I will stand up for my right and that of others.” Source:  Bimbo Osobe, Badia East resident. URL:  Badia East community - Hundreds of family homes destroyed Description:  Take action! URL:  From victim to human rights activist Description:  Read this feature in The Wire - Amnesty's campaign magazine URL:  Write for Rights: A spontaneous, grassroots idea that grew into a global force Description:  News story, 3 December 2013

"أرفض أن أتناول بندقية هجومية وأن أوجهها صوب إنسان آخر" - 4 December 2013

Headline Title:  "أرفض أن أتناول بندقية هجومية وأن أوجهها صوب إنسان آخر" منذ أن كان طفلا صغيرا، عرف عمر سعد أن الأمر لن يكون سهلاً عندما يبلغ الثامنة عشرة من عمره لأنه من عرب إسرائيل. من المرجح إلى حد كبير أن يرد الجيش بالإقدام على اعتقال عمر من عرب إسرائيل بعدما رفض الالتحاق بالخدمة العسكرية Media Node:  Israel CO AR Story Location:  Israel 32° 12' 3.6972" N, 35° 12' 0.702" E “لا أريد أن أصبح جزءا من الجيش الإسرائيلي نظرا لمسؤولية الحكومة الإسرائيلية عن الاحتلال (احتلال الأراضي الفلسطينية). وبوصفي من العرب الدروز، فأنا اعتبر نفسي جزءا من الشعب الفلسطيني – فكيف عساي إذاً أن أنضم للجيش الذي يحتل شعبي؟ فأنا لن أبيع معتقداتي وهويتي لأيّ كان” Source:  عمر سعد من عرب إسرائيل ومعترض على أداء الخدمة بدافع الضمير URL:  Conscript facing jail again for refusing to go against his conscience Description:  News Story, 25 March 2013 URL:  Israel: Blind to violations, deaf to obligations Description:  Briefing, 1 October 2013

“Me niego a empuñar un fusil de asalto y apuntar con él a otro ser humano” - 4 December 2013

Headline Title:  “Me niego a empuñar un fusil de asalto y apuntar con él a otro ser humano” Desde que era niño, el joven árabe israelí Omar Saad sabía que cumplir los 18 no iba a ser fácil. Hoy, el jóven árabe israelí Omar Saad podría ser detenido por negarse a ingresar en el ejército israelí y participar en violaciones de derechos humanos contra la población de los Territorios Palestinos Ocupados. Media Node:  Israel CO_es Story Location:  Israel 32° 12' 3.6972" N, 35° 12' 0.702" E “No quiero ser parte de ejército israelí, porque el gobierno de Israel es responsable de la ocupación [de los territorios palestinos]. Como druso árabe me considero parte del pueblo palestino, así que ¿cómo voy a ser parte de un ejército que ocupa a mi pueblo? No voy a renunciar a todas mis creencias y mi identidad por nadie.” Source:  Omar Saad, objetor de conciencia árabe israelí URL:  Un recluta se enfrenta de nuevo a la cárcel por negarse a actuar contra su conciencia Description:  Noticia, 25 de marzo de 2013 URL:  Israel: Blind to violations, deaf to obligations Description:  Documento, 1 de octubre de 2013

‘I refuse to take an assault rifle and point it at another human being’ - 4 December 2013

Headline Title:  ‘I refuse to take an assault rifle and point it at another human being’ Since he was a child, Arab-Israeli Omar Sa’ad knew turning 18 wasn’t going to be easy. Today, Arab-Israeli Omar Sa’ad might be arrested after he refuses to join the Israeli army and participate in human rights violations against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Media Node:  Israel CO Story Location:  Israel 32° 12' 3.6972" N, 35° 12' 0.702" E “I don't want to be part of the Israeli army because the Israeli government is responsible for the occupation [of the Palestinian Territories]. As an Arab Druze I consider myself part of the Palestinian people - so how can I be part of the army that occupies my people? I won’t sell all my beliefs and my identity to anyone.” Source:  Omar Sa’ad, Arab-Israeli conscientious objector URL:  Conscript facing jail again for refusing to go against his conscience Description:  News Story, 25 March 2013 URL:  Israel: Blind to violations, deaf to obligations Description:  Briefing, 1 October 2013

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