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Protection of human rights at heart of United Nations, says UN Geneva on 25th year World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil
"We need to work together to ensure that the space, voice and knowledge of civil society is nurtured in all our countries " "the indigenous peoples spoke as an important voice of the forum ... They came in their warpaint; one indigenous woman explained to me that they consider themselves engaged in a fight to save their forest from exploitation and destruction "
A year of successes: Tribal peoples’ reasons to celebrate in 2013 The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"Our first priority is to stop the violation of tribal peoples’ most fundamental human rights " "A group of Human Rights 'elders' has a sign-up page on the Internet to garner a billion signatures this year for the 60th Anniversary ... I appeal to all CPNN readers to assess their feelings about the UDHR and to consider participating in this endeavor."
Saudi Arabia: Activists Challenging Status Quo Eighth-grader crosses California to Conduct Research on Eleanor Roosevelt
"The 48-page report . . . presents the stories of 11 prominent Saudi social and political rights activists and their struggles to resist government efforts to suppress them " "I chose Eleanor Roosevelt because of her work in the United Nations and her role as first lady, and how she stood out against segregation and women's rights."
UNHCR project helps ethnic minority in Fergana Valley get Kyrgyz nationality The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate
"UNHCR's efforts in Kyrgyzstan to help more than 20,000 people of all ethnic groups, including Uzbeks and Tajiks, gain proper identity documents and prevent statelessness " "a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court . . . Guatemala has set an example for the world, away from violence and impunity "
Global conference, including teachers, commits to fight child labour Facing the Past, Moving Towards the Future
"We won’t eliminate child labour until we have universal education. And we won’t get every child into school until we eliminate child labour. " "This was when I realized that these castles provide a platform for both Europeans and Africans alike to face the horrible past of the slave trade and figure out a way forward for all of humanity. "
Docentes en primera línea contra el trabajo infantil Reflection on Non-violent Training Course, Fletcher School June 2011
"No vamos a eliminar el trabajo infantil hasta que no tengamos una educación universal. Y no conseguiremos llevar a todos/as los/as niños/as a la escuela hasta que no erradiquemos el trabajo infantil " "The result of injustices and oppression are the same regardless of where conflict exists, in Palestine, Tibet, Colombia, Burma, and these are just a small number of conflict affected countries."
Conférence mondiale: participant(e)s et enseignant(e)s pour l'éradication du travail des enfants Letter from Kivu, Congo
"Il ne sera pas possible d’éradiquer le travail des enfants avant d’avoir instauré l’éducation universelle. Et il ne sera pas possible de mettre chaque enfant sur le chemin de l’école avant d’avoir éradiqué le travail des enfants " "in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Northern and Southern Kivu), I am in the process of organizing a movement of youth called Youth for Peace, Love and Development "
United Nations launches global plan of action against human trafficking News from JFDHOP (Democratic Republic of Congo)
"The United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons was adopted by the General Assembly on 30 July" "The actions respond to the new and complex situation in the DRC where the country has established democratically elected institutions at both national and provincial levels"
Refugees International Statement on New U.S. Initiative, “Safe From the Start” A letter from the Palestinian Nonviolence Resistance
"New resources directed to the UN Refugee Agency, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies will also bolster their efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. " "throwing stones did not work and suicide bombs definitely did not work. In this new time period we must use the nonviolence method, but even that seems aggressive to the Israeli occupiers"
We are not just Pink or Blue Breaking Them Down: Walls that Block People and Walls that Block Words
"Human gender diversity is a spectrum of colors in which pink and blue, male and female, are both only extremes, options within which we can find a myriad of shades and beautiful colors." "no power can stand up against a mass of people that has crossed the border of despair. That is the lesson of Gaza, January, 2008."
Peace March, 11 August, Biterrois (France) Where Have You Hidden My New Crescent Moon?
"They demand that the International Decade of Culture of Peace and Non-violence should not rest vain words. " " A story that they have to live with all their life — of hoping against hope to find their missing children and often dying without ever finding them."
Marche de la Paix, 11 aout Biterrois (France) Empowering Young People to be Agent of Change
"Ils demandent que la décennie d’une culture de paix et de non-violence décrétée au plan international ne reste pas un vœu pieux. " "About 60-70 people from more than 40 countries in the world are currently participating in the 2nd European Regional Intergenerational Forum, International Leadership Training Program in Italy. This program is informed by the principle of reciprocal consultation, learning and empowerment of young emerging human rights leaders and cross pollination of ideas and ideals. "
Combating Human Trafficking: An Interview with Simone Monasebian [United Nations] Peaceful March on the International Day of People with Disabilities
"The InterDependent interviewed Simone Monasebian, the New York chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which was mandated to handle human trafficking in 2010. " "People with disabilities are powerful if united."
Amnesty International Report 2013: world increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants North-Kivu, Congo: Peace is needed to stop the use of child-soldiers in the clashes
"Respect for state sovereignty cannot be used as an excuse for inaction. The UN Security Council must consistently stand up to abuses that destroy lives and force people to flee their homes. " "ADECOP strongly recommends ... to the international community to ... to remind the Congolese government its commitments as regards the elimination of the use of children in military activities ..."
Rapport d'Amnesty International 2013 : un monde de plus en plus dangereux pour les réfugiés et les migrants 'Colors from Palestine' Calendars and Cards
"L'argument du respect de la souveraineté des États ne peut pas être utilisé comme une excuse pour rester passif. . . Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies doit s'élever inlassablement contre les violations des droits humains qui détruisent des vies et forcent des personnes à quitter leur foyer " "In a simple and forceful way, Naji cuts though all lies and disguises and brings the truth to the people."