NEWSLETTER ON HUMAN RIGHTS #4, March 31, 2014
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.
(#1 June 8, 2008; #2 Feb. 5, 2012; #3 March 24, 2013)
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Contents Human Rights Newsletter #4
Global Human Rights
United Nations Universal Periodic Review, Google Search 2015
World Human Rights Report 2014
Vets for Peace, Wars, Human Rights, and Peace 2013
FinnWatch, Corporate Violations of Human Rights
Mauritanian Human Rights Hero
Giraffe Stick Your Neck Out Heroes
Ann Fagan Ginger, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Is the Law
US Human Rights Network
New York State, Dignity in Schools
GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Universal Periodic Review, Google Search, March 31, 2015
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for H...
The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by ... Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group to Review ...
Basic facts about the UPR. What is the Universal Periodic Review ...
UPR Sessions. According to the Human Rights Council's ...
Documentation. In accordance with the Human Rights Council ...
Through the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights ...
Jump to UN-UPR cycle - . While the first UN-UPR operated on a four-year cycle, the second and current cycle has been extended to four and a half ...
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the Human ... the human rights situation of all UN Member States is reviewed every 4.5 years.
UPR Info is an NGO dedicated to promote the Universal Periodic Review mechanism since ... How the UPR can support the UN Convention on the Rights of All..
United States Department of State
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established by the UN General Assembly in 2006, is a process through which the human rights records of the United ...
United States Department of State
Submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights ... I.2 The United States and the Universal Periodic Review: approach and methodology ........... 3. II.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism was established in 2008 and operates under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Next U.S. Government Universal Period Review To Take Place the second week of ... The U.S. Government submitted their report to the UN on February 2, 2015, ...
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Bulletin of World Report on the Culture of Peace for June 1, 2014
Sunday, June 01, 2014 9:23 AM
Despite the headlines of human rights violations in such countries as
Human rights measures are a good indicator of progress towards a culture of peace in all its aspects. For example, it is not by accident that the domestic workers treaty is being signed and put in force by the countries of
In the case of women's rights, there is good news in the recent ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women. According to Human Rights Watch, “This is a defining moment for women in
With regard to the rights of indigenous peoples,Survival International reports that there were significant gains in the past year in
And with regard to the free flow of information, the adoption by
But even the question of human rights violations often can have both positive and negative sides. For example, at the same time as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others denounced the Venezuelan government for violating the rights of political protesters, the Venezuelan government announced that it was complying with a demand of the the Foreign Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) to establish a National Council for Human Rights. And in the neighboring country of
Unfortunately, most coverage of human rights issues by the mass media are negative, consisting of accusations of human rights violations, often pointed at the "enemy" as a kind of propaganda weapon. This makes human rights coverage more difficult for CPNN, since we insist that our stories concern positive developments. After all, there are plenty of other websites that provide negative news!
Often, the violations of human rights are associated with civil wars or threats of civil wars and sometimes as a result of interventions to support what the American's call 'regime change." In these cases, the accusations can be very hypocritical when the intervening countries accuse the target countries of human rights violations that are caused directly by the country's counter measures, but indirectly by the interventions of the foreign powers. Recent examples include
Finally, here is a case where the negative news can be turned into positive action. A number of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists have called for
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Peace, through struggle,
The CPNN Team
VETERANS FOR PEACE
December 2013: Celebrating Accomplishments and Looking Forward
November was an eventful month for Veterans For Peace! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Armistice Day Actions across the country surrounding November 11th. During the weekend of November 22nd, members traveled across the nation to attend the
of Americas Watch event at
(view pictures from the vigil).
With VFP's official Thanksgiving Statement, we are positioned to discuss
peace and justice topics throughout this holiday season, perhaps with
those outside our typical audience. Fort Benning, GA
As 2013 comes to an end, we continue our work of raising awareness of the Costs of War and promoting a Culture of Peace in our communities. As always, the national office offers you opportunities to take action this month. If you do, please let us know so that we can help publicize your local work. Send photos, videos, and reports to Casey at email@example.com.
December 10th: United Nations Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10th. It commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many of our current national projects revolve around human rights issues. Drone warfare has been largely discussed as a violation of human rights. (Check out the article). The treatment of prisoners in
has also sparked
human rights debates (Read more here).
We can use this day to spread the VFP message and speak out against war
and violence, which by nature, is a violation of human rights. Guantanamo
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
—Article 1, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
—Article 1, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Spread the Message:
· Write An Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor discussing "Human Rights From a Veteran Perspective" or discussing any current projects of VFP related to human rights issues.
· Show a Movie: Invisible Wars and Dirty Wars are two examples. You can also request a copy of Targeting Iran, a film by Andy Norris from the national office for your chapter’s use.
· Educate yourself and spread the message: Amnesty International, United For Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First,
Holiday Fundraiser for Chapters: Sell 2014 Calendars
You've probably seen the beautiful 12 page, 14 "x 11" wall calendar produced each year by the Syracuse Cultural Workers. This year, calendars are available as an educational and fundraising tool for chapters. You can purchase calendars at a discounted rate of $7.50 and sell them at local events for $15 or $20 donations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org information.
SEEKING PEACE FOR JUSTICE
Christmas Truce of 1914
This December 25, 2014, we begin to remember and celebrate the centenary of Christmas Truce of 1914. On Christmas Eve of 1914, ordinary soldiers made temporary peace with their enemies, causing the Western Front to fall silent. The holiday season is a good time to enjoy the music of the soldiers who laid down their weapons and celebrated Christmas together in the trenches of World War I, and to consider how we can bring this story of hope and humanity to others throughout the coming year. December 2014, with the marking of 100 years since this momentous occasion, is an opportunity to pay homage to the peacemakers of 1914. You can get more information about these efforts at email@example.com.
In the spirit of the Christmas Truce, VFP members have often reached out to our former "enemies.” For example, a few years ago there was a gathering of Viet Nam Veterans in
that included NVA and NLF fighters, along with members of Veterans For
Peace. Also, on an ongoing basis, members of the Viet Nam Chapter #160,
Suel Jones & Chuck Palazzo work with the Vietnamese people in a variety of
healing projects. Woody Powell of St. Louis Chapter #61 has co-authored a
book with a Chinese soldier who fought against his unit in Alaska . Most recently, former Board
Members Ken Mayers and Ellen Barfield and current Board Member Tarak Kauff have
met with former Combatants in Korea .
Looking Forward to 2014
In addition to taking action this month, we can look forward at the upcoming year. What are your chapter projects and local initiatives? What are your short and long term goals? How can you achieve these goals? How can national office support your work? In the January e-mail, a short survey will be available to members to provide feedback about the monthly mailers, the calendar, and future plans.
At a national level, we are focused on the strategic plan and building a framework to implement our goals of building peace, seeking justice, and educating the public about the true costs of war. We are also focused on providing support to local chapters and promoting the work of our members. In 2014, action ideas will be sent out to the entire membership nearly one full month in advance. For example, February action ideas will be e-mailed to the entire membership by the first Monday of January. If you have any questions about the calendar, e-mail Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address postal inquiries to:
Veterans For Peace
NESTE OIL SUPPLIER TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE WORKING CONDITIONS
A Finnwatch report on the responsibility of palm oil published in September 2014 has resulted in measures that will improve working conditions.
JOINT THREE YEAR PROJECT COMMENCES TO EMPOWER MIGRANT WORKERS IN THAILAND
Project will empower migrant workers to negotiate better working terms and conditions and improve migrant workers quality of life.
NEWS AND REPORTS BY COUNTRY
WÄRTSILÄ – MEAGRE SALARIES AND INADEQUATE MONITORING OF SUPPLIERS
New Finnwatch report: In High-tech's Backyard – Labour Rights as a Part of Wärtsilä’s Value Chain
ANDY HALL WAS FORMALLY DETAINED AND RELEASED ON BAIL
Finnwatch Researcher Andy Hall Detained in Cell by Thai Court on Natural Fruit Charges Prior to Court Approval for Industry Bail Out, Passport Confiscated Today
THAI INDUSTRY COMMITS TO SUPPORT BAIL OUT
Police to Escort Finnwatch Researcher Andy Hall to Public Prosecutor on 18th June.
FINNWATCH RESEARCHER ANDY HALL TO FACE PUBLIC PROSECTOR ON 18TH JUNE 2014
Finnwatch researcher Andy Hall today met criminal investigators at Bangna Police Station in Bangkok.
FINNWATCH RESEARCHER ANDY HALL TO DEFEND LATEST NATURAL FRUIT CHARGES
Finnwatch investigated the responsibility of tuna and pineapple companies in Thailand.
© Finnwatch 2014
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The U.N. Declaration of Human Rights is the Law: A Guide to U.D.H.R. Articles in Treaties Ratified by the U.S.
Just in time for the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights! This book, published December 10th, 2008, is a useful guide for any activist, law-maker, or citizen concerned with international law.
AS I ENTER THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY, I will carry my pocket “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Is The Law.” It will serve as a critical guide to help me identify the language of treaties ratified by the U.S. that contain specific rights declared in the UDHR. ~ Member, California State Assembly, 27th AD William W. Monning
THIS IMPORTANT BOOK WILL BE A USEFUL TOOL to strengthen enforcement of human rights in the United States. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we can show that these rights are embraced in a treaty the U.S. has ratified, making it enforceable law. It also serves as a clear guide for state and federal officials in our work to secure peace, justice, liberty, equality, and other essential values we hold dear. ~ State Representative, Arkansas General Assembly Lindsley Smith
THE INSPIRING CONCEPTS in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have become the law of the land that we can use in our daily work. That is the message of this handy new book by Ann Fagan Ginger. As we face the problems of 2009 and 2010, we can carry with us this little book and quote the treaty language to declare and enforce our rights. ~ Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Bruce F. Knotts
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS stands alongside the Magna Carta and amendments to the U.S. Constitution as a guidepost for modern civil society in their efforts to treat their citizens as human beings. This book is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the human rights of the people they serve and advocate for.~ Founding Organizer, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and Assoc. Minister, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA. Rev. Daniel A. Buford
THIS BOOKLET PROVIDES A BLUEPRINT for the new Obama Presidential Administration to uphold the commitment of the United States to human rights by practicing at home what it preaches to the nations of the world. Our long-standing principles of domestic civil rights should incorporate more international human rights protocols. ~ Civil Rights Attorney and international Human Rights Advocate; Past President, National Lawyers Guild John C. Brittain
THIS BOOK IS A VERY USEFUL TOOL to strengthen enforcement of human rights in the U.S. 2009. I can use it to encourage colleagues to cite to rights spelled out in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights which are now written into treaties the U.S. has ratified, making them enforceable law.~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid Stephen Bingham
U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
The Network celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8,
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DIGNITY IN SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN, NEW YORK STATE
Sponsored a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting a Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, Dec. 11,
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CONTENTS of #1 June 8, 2008
I. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (UDHR)60TH ANNIVERSARY
Human Rights Organizations
and HUMAN RIGHTS USA
US Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council
US and Habeas Corpus
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Death Penalty: NWA, John Threet
Human Rights Week 2008 at UA
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute’s newsletter, Human Rights Now!
Human Rights Treaties = US Law
Moyn, Human Rights in History
Right to Die Film on Jack Kevorkian
US in UN Human Rights Council 2010
Accountability Improving Globally
Human Rights Education
Contents of #3 March 24, 2013
Local ACLU Human Rights Forum
Universal Rights and Realities
Chomsky, Others Did It Not Us
Kathryn Sikkink, Human Rights Prosecutions
Large Scale Interventions
Bricmont, Humanitarian Imperialism
Murdering Human Rights Advocates in the
END HUMAN RIGHTS NEWSLETTER #4