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Changing atitudes – the people with disabilities of Uganda

For the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 2014 we have updated an Upstream Journal article published in 2005 on the rights of the disabled in Uganda.

Most physically disabled people had no access to wheelchairs or crutches. Many were seen by their families as curses or bad omens. In rural areas they’re at high risk of extreme poverty because of the lack of access to education, health care, housing and employment.

Some innovative advocacy at the local level in Uganda.

Some innovative advocacy at the local level in Uganda.

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Update: Iran’s female political prisoners

In May 2010, The Upstream Journal ran an article about the imprisonment of women who had organized the “Million Signatures” campaign for women’s rights in Iran. Now we revisit the situation of those women…

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Poster from Iranian rights group. There are at least 50 women imprisoned for their politics or religion (several are Bahá’í). Here is one example, picked at random: Nasrin Sotoudeh – lawyer and human rights activist, six-year sentence, has served three years. Mother of two. Has launched four hunger strikes behind bars in protest of the unlawful treatment of herself and her family members.

Iran recently executed young Reyhaneh Jabbari. She was hanged on October 25, 2014 after spending seven years in prison for killing a man who attacked her.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard about Iran when it comes to human rights abuse and especially its treatment of women. In May 2010 the Upstream Journal published the story of Bahareh Hedayat and Mahboubeh Karami, among other activists, imprisoned in 2009 for advocating for the “One Million Signatures” campaign to abolish laws discriminating against women. Continue Reading

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“The worst of times” – asylum seekers in Australia

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Refugee Action Protest in Melbourne. Photo Credit: John Englart.

2013 was the first time since World War II that the number of asylum seekers and displaced people in the world reached more than fifty million. In light of the masses of people seeking asylum, Australia’s policy towards asylum seekers has been one of deterrence.
Since the 1990s, Australia has had a policy of mandatory detention of anyone in the country illegally – the only country in the world to do so. International human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the detention camps, in which it is claimed that human rights violations regularly occur. Continue Reading

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Aid and debt follow natural disaster

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Bust of Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator who embezzled $10 billion. International creditors still collect payments from the people of the Philippines because of their loans to his corrupt regime.

After super typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, nations and charities were praised for their quick response. The United Kingdom offered more than $110 million in grants and humanitarian assistance, and the US promised $90.5 million.  They did not offer to cancel debt payments.

In 2014 it is estimated that the Philippines will have to spend $8.8 billion on debt service, almost as much as the $8.99 billion it will spend on infrastructure projects and reconstruction.

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The World Bank disregards international human rights standards

The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline that was more harmful than beneficial.  Photo by Ken Doerr.

The Chad-Cameroon pipeline, a World Bank project that critics say was more harmful than beneficial. Photo by Ken Doerr.

The World Bank is planning to include a policy against discrimination in its new social safeguard standards. This is a big step forward for the institution, because it has refused to adopt explicit commitments to protect human rights in the past.

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De la révolution à la crise : la réalité des femmes syriennes

 Une jeune révolutionnaire syrienne fait des graffitis sur les murs de Damas « l'armée syrienne libre arrive ».

Une jeune révolutionnaire syrienne fait des graffitis sur les murs de Damas « l’armée syrienne libre arrive »

Depuis le début de la révolution syrienne et de la crise qui s’en suivit, les femmes syriennes ont multiplié leurs efforts pacifiques pour assurer la survie de leurs familles et communautés.

Yasmine et Lama* ont accepté de partager leur histoire malgré les probables représailles du gouvernement. Bien que ces deux syriennes ne se connaissent pas, leurs histoires ont plusieurs points communs et démontrent l’importance du rôle des femmes dans cette crise. Continue Reading

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Coûts élevés, petits avantages : les barrages supportés par la Banque mondiale

 Inondations du au constructions du barrages de Yacyreta. Photo par: International Rivers

Inondations du au constructions du barrages de Yacyreta. Photo par: International Rivers

«La Banque mondiale finance des projets de grands barrages, mais fait peu pour aider les personnes qui sont forcées de se déplacer pour faire place aux barrages. Selon le portfolio de la Banque, les statistiques plus récentes indiquent que 1.9 million de personnes on été déplacées et ces chiffres continuent d’augmenter.» (International Rivers) Continue Reading

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High Costs, Small Benefits – World Bank-Funded Dams

Floods due to constructions at Yacyreta dam Photo by: International Rivers

Floods due to constructions at Yacyreta dam
Photo by: International Rivers

“The World Bank funds large dam projects, but does little to help the displaced millions who are forced to relocate. The most recent data available indicates that 1.9 million people are being displaced by projects in the Bank’s current portfolio and that these numbers continue to grow.” (International Rivers) Continue Reading

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La sécurité alimentaire : Nécessaire mais insuffisante?

La souveraineté alimentaire est nécessaire pour les enfants qui souffrent de la faim. (Source: FMSC Distribution Partner - Kenya)

La souveraineté alimentaire est nécessaire pour les enfants qui souffrent de la faim.
(Source: FMSC Distribution Partner – Kenya)

Le débat sur la souveraineté alimentaire est polarisé. Dans le monde diplomatique, la solution à la faim tourne souvent autour de la sécurité alimentaire. Les mouvements populaires, en échange, revendique la souveraineté alimentaire qui vise à donner plus de pouvoirs aux fermiers à petite échelle. Continue Reading

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Food Security: Is It Necessary But Not Enough?

Food sovereignty is mandate for the starving children (Source: FMSC Distribution Partner - Kenya)

Food sovereignty is mandatory for the starving children
(Source: FMSC Distribution Partner – Kenya)

The debate over food is polarized. In the diplomatic world, hunger is more often discussed in terms of food security. Grassroots movements, on the other hand, are more concerned with food sovereignty as they aim at empowering small-scale farmers. Continue Reading

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