“I fish every day to feed my children. I fished all weekend but there are no fish, so I can’t raise my children… So I’ll drop this net and pick up the knife… so that they remember us in this bush where we live and where they drill our oil” These were the words of [...]
by Jack Bicker on May 12, 2013
by Jack Bicker on May 5, 2013
Peru’s deputy culture minister has walked out of his country’s government, as energy minister pursues profit over the rights of tribal peoples. Ivan Lanegra, who confirmed his resignation yesterday, considered his position untenable after witnessing repeated attempts by ministerial colleagues to roll back a ‘consultation law’ written to protect the rights of indigenous peoples. The [...]
by Amnesty International on May 4, 2013
The Maldives authorities must commute the death sentences and stop the potential execution of two teenagers who yesterday received capital punishment for a murder allegedly committed when they were under 18, Amnesty International said. The two juveniles were convicted by the Juvenile Court in the capital Male’ over a fatal gang stabbing incident in February. [...]
by fairplanet on April 28, 2013
The refugee crisis sparked by the conflict in Syria is increasingly straining health services in surrounding countries, while refugees are finding it harder to access the quality treatment they need. In a recently published report covering the first three months of 2013 in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, evidence suggests that more than 1 million refugees [...]
by Jack Bicker on April 27, 2013
A new UN task-force has been set up to replace MONUSCO and tackle the DRC’s many armed rebel groups, but without addressing the geo-political realities on the ground, it too may just prove ineffective. The new UN Security Council Resolution 2098, passed at the end of March this year, heralded the creation of a new [...]
by Survival International on April 25, 2013
A ‘lost’ report exposing widespread murderous human-rights abuses against indigenous Brazilians, suddenly reappears after 45 years. Named after its author – Jader de Figueiredo Correia – the report caused international consternation when first published in 1967, in response to investigation initiated by the Brazilian interior ministry. It detailed cases of habitual and unchecked abuses carried out [...]
by Sara Jabril on April 21, 2013
Somalia might no longer be thought of as a failed state: perhaps, today, we can instead refer to it as a fragile democracy. The presidential election of September 2012 heralded the troubled nation’s first, if awkward, steps towards a free democratic vote in several decades. Somalis in and around Mogadishu rejoiced as a new government [...]
by fairplanet on April 17, 2013
Aid agencies warn that a new dam project, and land confiscations for plantations, point toward a social and ecological ‘catastrophe’ in the Ethiopian Lower Omo Valley. Over half a million tribal people in both Ethiopia and Kenya face the total destruction of their way of life as a result of large scale infrastructure and agriculture projects. A [...]
by fairplanet on April 15, 2013
When electricity supplies are temperamental or when equipment is scarce, low-cost infant incubation units prove vital in keeping premature babies alive. Baby Sylvia weighed only 1.5 kg when born at the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in eastern Uganda. Born early, and without the necessary body fat to keep her warm, her temperature soon dropped. She desperately [...]
by fairplanet on April 13, 2013
A last minute appeal against the sale was rejected by a judge in Paris yesterday, resulting in an indiscriminate dispersal of ancient spiritual artefacts originating from Arizona’s Hopi tribe. The auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou yesterday went ahead with the sale of a collection of sacred items, having repeatedly turned down requests by the [...]
by Jack Bicker on April 9, 2013
As 56 year-old British woman Lindsay Sandiford is handed the death penalty for smuggling 4kg of cocaine into Indonesia, Fairplanet launches a new series of articles exploring whether criminalisation and harsh policies of zero tolerance can ever solve the issue of drug use. Her head was stooped into her hands, her body slumped in her chair, her tear-filled eyes unable [...]
by fairplanet on April 7, 2013
Darfur desperately needs help, but not just to repair damage from the horrific 2003 conflict that killed 300,000, destroyed hundreds of villages, and drove 2 million people to refugee camps. Instead Darfur must also overcome the marginalisation and underdevelopment that fueled the conflict in the first place. This weekend, delegates from donor countries and financial [...]
Auf Grundlage der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte wendet sich Amnesty gegen schwerwiegende Menschenrechtsverletzungen. Amnesty ist Teil einer Bewegung, in der Menschen zusammenkommen, um sich gemeinsam gegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen einzusetzen - und zwar nicht abstrakt, sondern ganz konkret und für Tausende, die in Gefahr sind. Amnesty International eine von Regierungen, politischen Parteien, Ideologien, Wirtschaftsinteressen und Religionen unabhängige Mitgliederorganisation.
Jonathan Lutes is an American writer, journalist, translator. Born in Portland, Maine, he has lived and worked in Berlin since 2004.
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker
Die internationale Menschenrechtsorganisation Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker setzt sich für verfolgte und bedrohte ethnische und religiöse Minderheiten, Nationalitäten und Ureinwohnergemeinschaften ein. Wir ergreifen Partei für die Opfer von Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, nennen die Täter und ihre Helfer beim Namen. Auch wenn aus Opfern später Täter werden, schweigen wir nicht. Denn wir stehen zu unserer Leitlinie "Auf keinem Auge blind".
Ildikó Áts (atsil) is a Germany-born Hungarian author, editor, translator and web designer. Her focus is on ecology, human rights and FGM.
Die Schweizer Stiftung Biovision bekämpft Armut und Hunger und setzt sich für die Verbreitung ökologischer Methoden ein, die zur nachhaltigen Verbesserung der Lebensbedingungen in Afrika führen. Biovision leistet Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe und fördert ökologisches Denken und Handeln – im Norden wie im Süden.