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New FAO database eyes gender gap in land rights

Information on how men and women differ in access to land
Friday 26 February 2010

Photo: ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti A new database launched by FAO puts the spotlight on one of the major stumbling blocks to rural development - widespread inequalities between men and women in their access to land.

The Gender and Land Rights Database, produced in consultation with national statistics authorities, universities, civil society organizations and other sources worldwide, offers up-to-date information on how men and women in 78 countries differ in their legal rights and access to land.

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Philippines : Commission on Human Rights urges Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to shelve aerial chemical spraying

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Right to health, Right to food - The debate on whether or not to allow aerial spraying of chemicals in banana plantations here and in the rest of the country continues with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) calling on President Macapagal-Arroyo to shelve it.

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Never Again!!!

Thursday 10 December 2009 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights
As the world marks the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) today, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) is enraged over the Arroyo administration’s scheming and brazen attempts to elude accountability for its human rights violations and (...) > continue


Renewing Our Heroes’ Struggle for Dignity

Thursday 10 December 2009 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights
The champions of the Philippine Revolution against colonization rose up in arms not just to fight for freedom and independence but also for lands, decent jobs, livelihood, right to education, and, essentially, the right to live humanely. It was an uprising for rights, a cry for dignity. (...) > continue


Local communities affected by large-scale mining projects in the Philippines

Insensitive
Friday 27 November 2009 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) decision to issue an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the 11, 200 hectare Mindoro Nickel Project to be ‘developed’ by the Intex Resources, a Norwegian mining company. [...] Once again, DENR has exhibited the government’s insensitivity to the predicament of local communities affected by large-scale mining and other develoment projects. In its eagerness to invite and please foreign investors, it has betrayed and violated the right to self-determination and the right to participation of its people.

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Creation of the Aoudaghost-Senegal unit – A framework for human rights enforcement

Monday 29 June 2009

Last Tuesday in Dakar, the new coordinator of the Aoudaghost Network Senegal Platform, Kabyr Ndiaye, deplored how slowly the 1996 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was being implemented, some provisions of which have been integrated in the 2001 Constitution.

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DRC: How to promote the construction of a more egalitarian society

Defending disabled people’s rights
Thursday 25 June 2009 by Juristes-Solidarités

To avoid tensions easily grown within a group, some rules must be made to enable the powerless to find their place in the society. The Parousia Association contributes to that by participating in the making of a law more favourable to disabled people, and its initiatives aim at building a lasting social peace in the DRC.

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DRC: How to establish a law clinic in a poor neighbourhood

Thursday 25 June 2009 by Juristes-Solidarités

One of the main actions of the FCDD involves access to justice and the law for all. With the increase of human rights violations, the association decided in 2003 to establish a “law clinic” in Ngaba, Kinshasa, a neighbourhood highly affected by such violations. The initiative often contributes to ease conflicts by offering legal advice and mediation services.

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ULOMARE : 20 years of action in favour of Bukavu inhabitants’ access to electricity

Wednesday 24 June 2009 by Juristes-Solidarités

Created in 1986 in the DRC, ULOMARE aims at fighting injustices and discriminatory treatments faced by the population in terms of access to basic services.

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An ESC rights platform was launched in September 2008 in Togo

Thursday 12 February 2009

An ESC rights platform was launched the 19th, September 2008 in Togo.

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