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31 Jan 2006 description
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The following work was completed under the Tsunami relief project, funded by the Stichting Vluchteling and implemented by the Home for Human Rights (HHR). The project covers six villages -- Poonochchimunai; Cheddipalayam; Manachenai; Nasivanteevu; Thurainilavenai; and Pereeyanilavenai.

24 Jan 2006 description
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AdvocacyNet - News Bulletin
Number 56, January 24, 2005

06 Oct 2005 description
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Cheddipalayam is one of many fishing communities that lay in the path of the Tsunami, and 71 of the village's families have petitioned the Home for Human Rights for support. We go out to visit, and find that the families have gathered in a courtyard and are overflowing into the streets. The mood is tense. There is more to this than meets the eye.

Perhaps they are turning their back on the sea. We have heard that some fishermen were so terrified by the memory of the Tsunami that they are looking for other work. But this is not the goal of the Cheddipalayam group.

29 Sep 2005 description
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Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 29, 2005: Tamil Communities on Sri Lanka's east coast are facing discrimination as they seek to claim their rightful share of Tsunami relief aid, according to the Home for Human Rights (HHR), a leading Sri Lankan human rights organization and partner of the Advocacy Project (AP).

During a recent visit to the region, HHR's Director Francis Xavier heard from hundreds of Tsunami survivors who have been denied aid because they were from a lower caste or were viewed as outsiders.

16 Sep 2005 description
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Washington, D.C., September 16, 2005 - As the 2005 elections approach in Afghanistan this Sunday, September 18, a new women's advocacy group has been launched to support women parliamentarians.

01 Aug 2005 description
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Washington, D.C., August 1, 2005 - Early in June, unknown assailants set fire to two of the four tents and much of the equipment for the Godah primary school for girls in the remote province of Wardak Afghanistan. By the end of July, the tents had been replaced, attendance at the school had increased, and the villagers had rallied behind the school.

27 Jun 2005 description
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Washington DC, June 21, 2005: Thousands of refugees seeking asylum in the Ugandan capital of Kampala are being denied assistance and protection by the Ugandan government and the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), according to a new report from the Refugee Law Project (RLP), a Ugandan partner of the Advocacy Project.

23 May 2005 description
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Washington, D.C., May 23, 2005: Shocked by the recent stoning of a 25-year old women for adultery, twenty six Afghan women's groups have called on Afghan scholars and religious leaders to oppose acts of violence against women that are justified in the name of Islam.

The demand was one of several that were issued after a May 5 rally in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The rally brought together over 200 women and was coordinated by the Afghan Women's Network (AWN), a partner of the Advocacy Project.

23 May 2005 description
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Washington, D.C., May 23, 2005: Shocked by the recent stoning of a 25-year old women for adultery, twenty six Afghan women's groups have called on Afghan scholars and religious leaders to oppose acts of violence against women that are justified in the name of Islam.

The demand was one of several that were issued after a May 5 rally in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The rally brought together over 200 women and was coordinated by the Afghan Women's Network (AWN), a partner of the Advocacy Project.

09 May 2005 description
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1. Poonochchimunai
Drainage Channel:

On March 22, 2005, HHR staff in Batticaloa made attempts to acquire the draft plan of the drainage channel, which would serve to drain water from the village to the sea. Staff visited the Department of Irrigation to obtain the drainage plan of Poonochchimunai channel. After a failed attempt to meet with the engineer in charge of the plan, they eventually were able to discuss the plan with him. The engineer explained that he could not submit the plan, as there were alterations to be made to it that would be finished by 26 March.

06 May 2005 description
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Rebuilding after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka

1. Poonochchimunai

Mr. Seeralathevan of Poonochchimunai complained to HHR that his name had been removed by the grama sevaga (village headman) from the list of people who needed food. Due to the accumulation of sea water, his house was damaged; therefore he was still in need of assistance. HHR field workers went to the grama sevaga to inquire about this. He advised HHR staff to talk to the Divisional Secretary regarding this incident.

06 May 2005 description
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Educating Girls in Afghanistan

February 2005 -- The Project, One year Later

Student population -- 892:

Godah primary school (Wardak) - 114 students;
Khel primary School (Wardak) -- 246 students;
Fatima Zahra primary school (Jalalabad) -- 197 students;

25 Apr 2005 description
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Nepalese Civil Society seeks a suspension of aid until democracy is restored

Washington, DC, April 25, 2005: Nearly three months after the King of Nepal seized power in a coup, the country is in the grip of deepening abuse and militarization, according to Dinesh Prasain, a leading member of Nepal's civil society. Mr. Prasain, who is on a speaking tour of the United States, is expressing particular concern at the emergence of village defense committees, which he warned could evolve into "death squads."

Mr.

10 Mar 2005 description
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Washington D.C., March 10, 2005: High in the mountains of Afghanistan, with the snow still on the ground, teachers and pupils at the Godah primary school for girls marked International Women's Day, which occurred on March 8, by preparing for a new academic year after a 3-month break for winter.

The Godah school is at the heart of an innovative experiment in community education that seeks to reverse decades of neglect, illiteracy and discrimination against women in Afghanistan.

25 Feb 2005 description
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Rebuilding after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka

Poonochchimunai

HHR distributed school supplies the school-age children in Poonochchimunai. During the first week in February, HHR's field staff in Batticaloa happened to meet some school children and found out that one student had lied to us.

When we inquired from her parents they said that she had been studying at the Vivekananda Girls' College (Vivekananda Makalir Vidyalayam) and she stopped going to school before the third term exams started.