Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
One year ago today, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. One year later, extremist violence has displaced more than 3 million Iraqis, many who have sought refuge in the relative safety of southern Iraq. To better reach those at risk, women’s rights activists call on Iraqi government officials to end the suspension of their human rights radio station.
Stephanie K=FCng, MADRE (212) 627-0444, email@example.com;
Annie Gell, BAI Port-au-Prince, Haiti +509-3610-2882, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Report on Sexual Violence in Haiti One Year After the Earthquake
January 10, 2011-New York, NY- Today, MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the IWHR Clinic of CUNY School of Law released a report on sexual violence in Haiti one year after the earthquake, entitled Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: …
Stephanie Küng, MADRE (212) 627-0444, email@example.com;
Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights, (212) 614-6449, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Annie Gell, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Port-au-Prince, Haiti +(509) 3610-2882, email@example.com;
Brian Concannon, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, (617)-652-0876
January 4, 2011, New York, NY - Issuing unprecedented recommendations to the Haitian government, the Inter-American Commission on …
Following the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, Haiti's government, supported by the World Bank, led an ambitious Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)-an operative blueprint for reconstruction. Astonishingly, the PDNA failed to address gender issues. This Gender Shadow report (GSR) provides the missing gender content for PDNA policymakers, donors, civil society groups and all stakeholders involved in Haiti's reconstruction.
MADRE's ally in Pakistan, Shirkat Gah, was one of the first agencies on the scene in many of the worst-hit areas. Mobile medical clinics and food distribution centers have been established, and now Shirkat Gah is focusing on women, especially those who are disabled, nursing or pregnant.
Here is an update on MADRE and Shirkat Gah flood relief efforts in Pakistan.
The United Nations has rated the current flooding in Pakistan as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history. Twenty million people and over one-fifth of the country's area are affected by rising floodwaters. Already, more people are impacted by the Pakistan floods than were affected by the Southeast Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti combined.
July 27, 2010; Port-au-Prince, Haiti - More than six months after Port-au-Prince was leveled by the January 12 earthquake, hundreds of thousands of displaced women and girls live in fear of rape in tent cities that lack lighting, privacy and security.
Early last year, Israel destroyed much of Gaza's rudimentary water infrastructure in a protracted bombing campaign. Since then, an ongoing economic blockade has prevented Gazans from importing materials they need to rebuild the water system. Contaminated drinking water is putting people at risk for cholera, typhoid and other diseases.
Right now, we are working with our partners at the Zakher Association in Gaza to install water filters in communities and kindergartens.
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
99th Session, Geneva Switzerland
July 12-30, 2010
Submitted by: (in alphabetical oder)
New York City, US
TALLER DE VIDA
WOMEN´S LINK WORLDWIDE
Facts at a Glance
Since the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, MADRE has:
* Supported emergency medical relief and delegations of hundreds of doctors, midwives and nurses
* Established mobile clinics that treated more than 50,000 patients
* Provided life-sustaining supplies to over 1000 women who lost their homes and their possessions
* Campaigned at the UN Haiti Donors' Conference for a reconstruction process that is Haitian-led and upholds women's human rights
* Improved security for displaced women and advocated for an …
In Guatemala, as many as 112,000 people were forced from their homes following a devastating volcanic eruption and tropical storm last month. In the communities where our sister organization, the Women Workers' Committee, works, an estimated 800 homes were destroyed, and women and families are now living in local schools and churches.
Earlier this week, we heard from our partner Sandra Gonzalez. She asked us to pass on our thanks to the many MADRE members who responded to the crisis and enabled us to send emergency humanitarian aid to the families in these communities.
In recent decades, human rights advocates have won passage of a system of international human rights treaties, helping to address a wide range of social justice concerns. More and more, local activists are devising ways to use these international standards to make real change at home.
Each major international human rights treaty has a corresponding "treaty body" or committee responsible for monitoring whether its members are fulfilling their obligations.
The Conflict in a Nutshell
- For over 40 years, Colombians have endured an armed conflict over their country's highly concentrated sources of natural wealth, especially land.
- In the mid-1960s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) arose as a peasant movement demanding land redistribution and social reform from the government.
- Since the 1990s, the conflict has been a three-way war: the FARC is battling the government; the government is fighting to eliminate the FARC; and brutal paramilitary groups function symbiotically with the government and Army to protect …
Afghan women have been denied their human rights for decades-the right to education, to work, to health care, to political participation. More than 87 percent of Afghan women cannot read or write. Pervasive violence against women is now considered a "silent epidemic" with roots in the low status of women and fueled by ongoing warfare and political upheaval.
Following are stories of brutality ... and survival. Read how The Afghan Women's Survival Fund and MADRE member support are saving women's lives.
"I am not a toy. I am a human.
MADRE is working as part of a coalition of organizations seeking justice for women in Haiti. The coalition submitted the following statement to the UN Human Rights Council for the upcoming session.
Coalition members include:
Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
University of Virginia School of Law Human Rights Program
Human Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic, University of Minnesota
Lawyers collect rape survivor accounts and plan legal strategy
LAWYER'S EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE NETWORK
PORT-AU-PRINCE - In over a week of on-site interviews and exploration, a delegation of U.S. lawyers, health professionals, and community activists found continued alarming rates of rape and other gender-based violence (GBV) in the displaced persons camps throughout Port-au-Prince since the Haitian earthquake in January.
In the southern highlands of Guatemala people are hungry. Recent prolonged droughts and a drop in remittances due to the worldwide financial crisis have left many families unable to grown or buy food. Guatemala, which has one of the world's worst rates of chronic malnutrition for children under five (an estimated 47%), is facing a worsening food crisis.
To combat this problem, MADRE and Muixil have expanded Farming for the Future, a food security and microenterprise project for Indigenous Ixil women in El Quiché.
A Gender Shadow Report of the 2010 Haiti PDNA
Haiti at a Crossroads
On January 12, 2010 the worst earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere's poorest country. The quake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince, the most densely populated part of Haiti. The death toll has been estimated at over 200,000.
In fact, Haiti was devastated even before the earthquake struck. Nearly 80 percent of Haitians live in extreme poverty, and more than half suffer from malnutrition.