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EU: We report back – Polish development practitioner says NGOs could be champions in the implementation of the rights-based approach 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Kordian Kochanowicz, Capacity Building Specialist, Institute of Global responsibility, Poland shares his own experience on the implementation of the human rights-based approach.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011, followed by Cyprus...

EU: We report back – Czech development practitioner says human rights-based approach is a lens to global issues 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Aurele Destree, Head of Food and Development Policy Programme, Glopolis, Czech Republic gives good ideas on how to put development issues on the agenda of the government by referring to the human right-based approach.About the conference:On the occasion of two New...

EU: We report back – Journalists say media in the New Member States are inward-looking 

Do you know why editors are less responsive to news items about the global South? Do you want to learn how to frame a story to draw the attention of media outlets? Listen to four journalists from the New Member States talking about the role of the media in raising awareness on development issues. Anita Kőműves, Népszabadság, Hungary, Wojciech Cegielski, Polish Radio News Agency...

EU: We report back – Hungarian Parliamentarian says charity is a thing of the past 

In a recording from MRG's Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011, Virág Kaufer, Member of the Hungarian Parliament, says the country's development framework should be based on the human rights-based approach and highlights projects in which cooperation between the New Member States brought good results.On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the...

EU: We report back – Hungarian MEP says human rights-based approach is crucial at both the policy and the programming level 

In a recording from MRG's Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States Conference (held in Budapest in September 2011) Zita Gurmai, Member of the European Parliament, says mainstreaming human rights is a political obligation and a must to successful development policy. The human rights-based approach is also important to improve women’s lives through development cooperation. The MEP says MRG’s publication Integration of the...

EU: We report back – Development officials from DfID and SIDA says human rights and development are interconnected 

Both the Department of International Development (DfID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have had decades of experience in the implementation of the human rights-based approach. Listen to two comprehensive lectures on this method applied in practice from Helena Lagerlof, Policy Specialist Human Rights and Democracy, Department for Policy Support, SIDA, Sweden and Louisa Hrabowy, DfID, the UK.Recorded at Challenges of Development...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

Dominican Republic: Marginalized, harrassed and criminalized 

Spanish language interview with Chandai Estevez of the Dominican Republic, a member of the youth organization Afro-Alianza Dominicana and Executive Secretary of the Circulo de Juventud Afro de las Americas (Circle of Afrodescendant Youth of the Americas)Among the themes covered are age discrimination, youth policy and participation and a particular concern with the racial profiling, police violence, harrasment, extra-judicial killings and  criminalization of regional...

Thailand: Migrant workers exploited amid floods, rights groups warn 

Su Su raised an open palm, motioning a flat line above her chest.“The waters came up to here,” she said.For two weeks, Su Su, a Burmese migrant worker trapped in flooded Bangkok, watched as the dirty waters swelled, until they all but consumed her living quarters.She’s now been homeless for more than two weeks, after the floods shut the compact disc factory where she...

MRG photo story: Uncertain future for Israel's indigenous Bedouin 

In the next few months, the Israeli parliament is expected to legislate on a plan to demolish homes and displace 30,000 Arab Bedouins from the Negev desert of southern Israel. On 11 September 2011, the Israeli cabinet decided to go ahead with the controversial ‘Prawer plan’ that is aimed at providing a full resolution to continuing issues between the state and Bedouin over land...

Israel: Interview with Hanan Al Sanah, a Bedouin womens' rights activist 

Bedouin Arab women face high rates of poverty. They face disproportionately low levels of education and employment compared to other Israeli women. They are discriminated by the state and from within the community due to strict cultural traditions and customs. Hanan Al Sanah is a women’s rights activist who works with Sidreh, a Bedouin women’s organisation. Here she explains some of the major problems...

Israel's Bedouin Arabs at risk: the Prawer plan 

30,000 Arab Bedouin in Israel are going to be evicted from their homes in the next few years as part of a government plan known as the Prawer plan. The plan is expected to be put to parliament shortly. Ravia Abu Rabia, from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, explains what the implications of the Prawer plan are for the community....

Nepal: More violence sparked by inter-caste marriage 

A Dalit family in western Nepal is homeless after their house was burned to the ground. The violence was sparked by anger over an inter-caste marriage, human rights groups say. Rights groups say Ambara Devi Kuma and her children were asleep when assailants barred the doors, then set the building alight. The family was able to flee, but the two-room house was razed to...

Kenya: An Ogiek woman's journey to liberation 

My story is a tale of twists and turns.When I sit down and recall my journey, I could not have anticipated, given my childhood which was full of hardships, that I today would be among those who can garner the courage to stare injustice straight in the face and say, enough. As an Ogiek girl child, accessing education was the last thing on my...

New report: Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program (OPDP) in partnership with MRG produced the following report entitled "Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya". The paper researches early warning indicators of conflict between the different communities, in view of developing ad hoc mechanisms to prevent and/or reduce the intensity of such conflicts in the future. These indicators act...

Minorities at the UN: Ensure Dalit women's political participation in India 

Lee Macqueen of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, represented Dalit women in the recent UN Forum on Minority issues, focusing on Dalit women’s political participation in local governance. She took the floor to highlight the obstacles faced by the marginalized community.Macqueen states that even though one-third of the seats in local government offices or panchayats, are reserved for women, amongst the Dalit...

Minorities at the UN: Improve education for minorities in Zimbabwe 

On 29 and 30 November 2011, MRG's partners took part in the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues as part of MRG's Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) which offers online and practical training and direct advocacy opportunities to minority activists across the world.Misheck Gondo, the National Chairperson of the National Association of Youth Organisations was one of several participants who had taken...

Minorities at the UN: Guarantee the rights of minority women in Kyrgyzstan 

MRG partner, the Institute for Regional Studies (IFRS), based in Kyrgyzstan, participated in MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP), and recently spoke on the topic of guaranteeing the rights of minority women at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues.Luiza Khier highlighted the issues of entrenched gender roles that make early marriages common, often meaning the lack of education amongst young women and therefore affecting...

Minorities at the UN: The socio-economic empowerment of women in Kenya 

Jennipher Kere represented the Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), an MRG patrner organisation in Kenya which works to   empower of women, at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. WIFIP has campaigned for psycho-social rehabilitation of war widows who have faced trauma, internal displacement and face sexual and reproductive health risks.WIFIP points out the particular plight of the women...

Minorities at the UN: Couples in inter-caste marriages face rampant discrimination in Nepal 

Anita Bishanka, project coordinator of the Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), spoke at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues recently on the issue of discrimination faced by couples in inter-caste marriages in Nepal.Bishanka pointed out that Dalit women face multiple discrimination on the basis of caste, gender and poverty. Couples in inter-caste marriages often face discrimination, rendering the...


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