December 9, 2016 Over a two-day period in June 2007, flooding in Balochistan, Pakistan destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. This unprecedented flooding was a direct result of defective engineering in the Mirani Dam, built by the Pakistani government in 2001. Horrified by the events, Sharif Shambezi fought tirelessly to secure compensation […]
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Last Tuesday, November 15, we joined nearly 150 other organizations and activists on Twitter to talk about about the importance of gender justice. The Twitter chat, which was structured as a series of questions by Foundation for a Just Society, offered folks who support women’s and LGBTI rights around the globe a chance to talk in real time about gender-focused activism.
An Activist’s Response to the UN Special Rapporteur’s Call to End Violence Against Environmental Human Rights Defenders
November 1, 2016 By Claudia Virginia Samayoa, founder and coordinator Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos – Guatemala (UDEFEGUA). Translated from Spanish by Lydia Cocom. Fund grantee UDEFEGUA works every day to protect human rights defenders in Guatemala – an increasingly difficult feat as violence against activists escalates. In this […]
Shahzad Akbar, the Executive Director and founder of Foundation for Fundamental Rights Pakistan (FFR), was the first lawyer to challenge the US drone strikes in Pakistan and the devastating impact they have had on the lives of innocent families in the region. A corporate lawyer by training, Shahzad had spent most of his career working in close cooperation with the US authorities, working as a prosecutor at Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau and as a consultant for USAID projects in Pakistan. This all changed, however, when a drone strike victim walked though his door in 2010.
Close on the heels of the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the upcoming HABITAT III conference offers the international community a timely opportunity to revisit and revision its commitments to putting human rights at the heart of sustainable urban development. However, the encompassing of human rights into the international development agenda and the timing of HABITAT III come at a point where human rights activists have never been under greater attack. Does this mean that co-operation and collaboration between government and civil society in the advent of the closing space for civil society is no longer feasible?
Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be female. In 2015, 6 women were murdered every day. Unfortunately, entrenched corruption and a culture of machismo—which considers women second-class citizens—mean that the majority of cases of gender-based violence are never investigated.
Within India’s diverse and complex social fabric, the Dalit community has long been the country’s most persecuted, excluded and abused population. Deeply entrenched cultural norms and traditional beliefs around caste in India mean that Dalits – currently an estimated 3.4 million in India – are still seen by many as the “untouchables” who are destined to live and work on the fringes of society. Dalit women face the brunt of this discrimination, and routinely face staggering abuse and some of the highest rates of sexual violence, leaving them vulnerable to poor health and extreme poverty.
In Liberia, West Africa, homosexuality has long been a widespread taboo, and LGBTI people live in fear of being attacked every day. As well as being physically harassed and routinely humiliated publicly, intense stigma around being gay means many people are also often forced from their jobs, homes and communities, and deprived of their basic human rights and dignity.
Mamadou Diallo never imagined he would one day lead the fight for justice in one of the most damming cases of human rights violations in Guinea’s recent history. Yet one day in his early 20s dramatically changed the course of his life. On September 28, 2009, Mamadou joined friends in a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Conakry to demand the resignation of Guinea’s then military rules, Moussa Dadis Camara.