Dossier: Squeezed – Space for Civil Society — Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany

  Photo: Niklas Hughes. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. Civil society is part and parcel of all political processes, be they national or international. It can shape political processes, successfully oranise political participation, uncover corruption and human rights abuses – and it will demand accountability from state actors. But all across the…

16 human rights defenders from China to Brazil, and from Chad to Canada awarded Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

 On Thursday (1 December), Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean‑Marc Ayrault presented awards to 16 human rights defenders. Here are profiles of the award winners.   The award winners with Foreign Ministers Steinmeier and Ayrault.© Ronny Hartmann/photothek.de In his speech, Foreign Minister Steinmeier praised the courage and compassion of the award winners© Ronny…

Video: ‘Why Centralised European Internet politics don’t make sense’ — Talk by Ben Wagner, who argued that Internet politics are shaped at the edges rather than the centre

#11np: Thinking from the Edges: Why Centralised European Internet politics don’t make sense netzpolitik Published on 8 Sep 2015 Talk by Ben Wagner (CIHR) at “Das ist Netzpolitik!”-Conference on 4.9.2015 in Berlin about “Thinking from the Edges: Why Centralised European Internet politics don’t make sense”. Most actors trying to influence ’net politics’ in Europe focus…

Talk to Al Jazeera – Israeli lawyer: Palestinians ‘have the right to fight’

Al Jazeera English Published  01.08.2015 The Israeli parliament has passed a new law legalising the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes.For Palestinians in Israeli jails, hunger strikes are a strong mode of protesting detention and occupation.The United Nations, the Palestinian Prisoners Commission and the Israeli Medical Association have all condemned the new law. The country’s…

In Latest Vindication of Snowden, Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Illegal — Common Dreams org

‘We must not allow agencies to continue justifying mass surveillance programmes using secret interpretations of secret laws,’ said Privacy International director Eric King. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal found on Friday that the British intelligence agency GCHQ violated human rights laws by spying on citizens and sharing information with the NSA. (Photo: Stefano Bertolotti/flickr/cc) In the…

India: Marginalized Children Denied Education — Human Rights Watch video

  Veröffentlicht am 21.04.2014 School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Four years after India brought an ambitious education law guaranteeing free schooling to every child ages 6 to 14, almost every child is enrolled, yet…

Desalination plant to be built in Gaza — Yahoo com news

A picture taken on March 20, 2014 shows the implementation of first stone to mark the start of the construction of a major seawater desalination plant in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)   Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – The European Union and UNICEF launched a project Thursday to build…

Alternative Nobel Prize for the Palestinian Raji Sourani — DW de article on the lawyer who won Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, but blacklisted by USA to travel there

Alternative Nobel Prize for the Palestinian Raji Sourani:  “We Just Don’t Have the Right to Give up Hope” ***** The Palestinian lawyer Raji Sourani has been named laureate of the 2013 ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ “for his unwavering dedication to upholding the rule of law under exceptionally difficult circumstances”. Sourani sees the award as an “incentive…

Video: The Power of Rights — Open Society Foundation Org

From New Orleans to Kampala to Jakarta, the Open Society Foundations have long been, and will remain, one of the world’s leading supporters of those defending and promoting human rights. But what do human rights really mean? Kofi Annan, Bono, Amartya Sen, George Soros, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Chris Stone, and many others share their thoughts….