Amnesty Activism

We wanted that activists of Amnesty International Hungary could have a surface on the Internet where they can get information about the newest actions, campaigns and even Urgent Actions. Regular event: EVERY THURSDAY: ACTIVIST MEETING IN THE SZIMPLA KERT (Budapest Group)

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Two more AI videos (FYI)

2009.06.30. 14:15 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

EU campaign video for 26th June

2009.06.19. 17:08 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

FYI

Amnesty: Wake up, Humans!!! - Video

2009.06.17. 13:59 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Thanks, Manu! :)

International Day in Support of Torture Victims

2009.06.16. 01:33 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Dear Activists,

I am very happy because there are so many interested people in the question of Sziget Festival.
I hope the next occasion will be as attractive for you as the Festival. 26th June 2009 is the International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Amnesty International Hungary will organize a joint action with the Cordelia Foundation. In the evening there will be a film screening in the DocuArt (Raday street, entrance is on the Erkel street) and before (from 14.00 ) we will collect signatures for the Hungarian ratification of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’s auxiliary protocol.

Before the action there will be a meeting in the office at 12.00, to have a few time to talk about the topic.
If you have any idea, relating to an additional street action against torture, please come to the Szimpla Kert on Thursday 19.00.

Amnesty in the Zöld Pardon

2009.06.03. 16:44 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

On 22nd of July Amnesty will be in the Zöld Pardon's Civil Pont. We need 6-8 activist who will be able to inroduce the organization, our campaigns and recruite new members. It is a good party all the time. The info point will open at 19.00, but we will be there from 18.00. I am waiting for your e-mails if you would like to come on the takacs.dora@amnesty.hu.

 

Sziget Festival!

2009.06.02. 14:49 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

We can go to the Sziget Festival this year to promote Amnesty, introduce the campaign topics and collect signatures. I would like to ask everybody who wants to come, to send me back the attached application form. Before the Festival there will be a community building training that will be compulsory for those who will represent AI on the Festival. It will give you an opportunity to get know the others and get a deeper knowledge on the campaign topics (Stop Violence Against Women, Counter Terror with Justice).

I wait for your application on the takacs.dora@amnesty.hu e-mail address. The deadline is 26th June.

Copy the application form and send back in e-mail!!!!!!!!

 

Application form

Sziget Festival 2009

(deadline: Friday, 26th June 2009)

 

 

Name:                                                                                 

Date of birth:                                                                       

Phone number:                                                                    

Address:                                                                               

E-mail address:                                                                    

 

On which days you can come? Put an X or make it visibleJ

11th August, Tuesday (Build the tent, praperation)                 

12th August, Wednesday                                                               

13th August, Thursday                                                        

14th August, Friday                                                           

15th August, Saturday                                                       

16th August, Sunday                                                           

17th August, Monday (packing back to the office)                 

 

I can take part on the training before the Festival (25-26 July)?

               

Yes                                 No

 

If the date is not good, when would it be OK?                            


Date: 2009.

 

 

Raise Your Voice Against Death Penalty! STREET ACTION, 19th MAY!!!

2009.05.15. 15:15 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Street Action! The Multi-Kulti Group of AI HU is organizing a march on 19th May for Troy Davis. This action is not only about the petition for him, but everybody who cannot agree with the death penalty is really welcome to join the action.

At the beginning of this month, the following story shocked Amnesty International worldwide.

Delara Darabi, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who had been convicted of a crime she allegedly committed while aged 17, was executed on Friday 1 May despite a two-month stay ordered by the Head of the Judiciary in her case on 13th April.

Her execution has sparked international outrage.

Amnesty International members around the world took part in actions to pay tribute to Delara Darabi and oppose the death penalty against juveniles in Iran on 8th May.

We mustn’t let these cases go on. Here is an opportunity for you too, to raise your voice against death penalty.

 

Background:

The Troy Davis case concerns the case of Troy Anthony Davis, a former sports coach from the U.S. state of Georgia, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 1991 for the August 19, 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail solely on the basis of eyewitness testimony. No physical evidence linked him to the murder, and the weapon used in the crime was never found. Throughout the trial and subsequent appeals, Davis steadfastly maintained his innocence, claiming he was wrongfully convicted of the crime as a result of false identification.

After he spent 18 years in the deathrow, he is facing again imminent execution. The Global Action Day for Troy Davis is 19th May. It is the time when you can make difference, and raise your voice against death penalty.

The march will be held on 19th May from 3pm-6pm.

The meeting point will be on Vörösmarty tér, at the Lion fountain (close to the exit of the metro)

The route is the following: Vörösmarty tér – Deák utca – Deák tér – Erzsébet tér (next to Gödör) – Hercegprímás utca – Szabadság tér, US Embassy.

If you cannot agree with death penalty, join the action, because we can make bigger impact if there are more people!!!

 

SUCCESS! The Riga Pride can go ahead!

2009.05.15. 14:24 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Thank you for you e-mails. I have been just informed by Linda, one of our activists who is right now in Riga, that thanks to your united action, the Riga Pride can go ahead tomorrow as it was planned before. The more than 75 Amnesty activists who are in Riga, will join to the March to support the Mozaika (the Baltic LGBT organization)

Thank you once more for your fast action regarding the situation. Do not forget, together we can make difference!!!

The Riga Pride is banned... Take Action NOW!!! URGENT!!!

2009.05.14. 13:30 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

As some of you might already know there are concerns over the moves by the several elected representatives of the Riga Council to ban the Baltic Pride march taking place in Riga this weekend. Over 70 AI activists from 23 countries are getting ready to join other activists coming from other parts of Europe to support the three main organisers of the march.

We need to take a very quick action, to put pressure on the Latvian authorities to ensure that the march is allowed to take place as planned.
Please use the attached letter as an email to the Prime Minister of Latvia. The email address can be found below under Name and Address.
However, if you do not wish to send the email from your own email account, please click on the attached link of the Prime Minister office email page and send the email from there.

Prime Minister's Office email page: http://www.mk.gov.lv/en/send/?page=1251

Name and address of Prime Minister:
Valdis Dombrovskis
Prime Minister
Brivibas Boulevard 36,
Rîga, LV-1520

Fax: +371 67280469
e-mail: vk@mk.gov.lv

Just copy in this letter and send! It is very IMPORTANT!!!

 

Dear Prime Minister, 

I am writing to express Amnesty International’s concerns over moves by several elected representatives of the Riga City Council (RCC) to ban the Baltic Pride march, scheduled to take place in

Riga on 16 May 2009. The march is being organised by the Latvian NGO Mozaika together with three other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisations from the Baltic region.  Over 70 Amnesty International activists from 23 European countries are intending to travel to Riga to participate in the march and related events. 

The proposed Baltic Pride march was authorised by the RCC’s Commission on Meetings,

Marches and Demonstrations on 8 May, following a series of agreements between the organisers, the City Council and the police on the march’s venue and the necessary security arrangements. 

On 13 May, however, 34 of the 60 RCC Councillors sent an open letter to the RCC’s Executive Director, Andris Grinbergs, calling on him to revoke the decision of 8 May, on the grounds that the march was offensive to public decency and posed a threat to public security. The 34 signatories have threatened to overrule the decision of the Commission on Meetings,

Marches and Demonstrations in a special vote on the matter.

The banning of the Baltic Pride Event would violate the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and non-discrimination as set out in several international human rights conventions to which

Latvia is party.

According to international human rights law, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association should not be restricted or prohibited simply on the grounds that something might shock, offend or disturb. Therefore, a peaceful assembly may not be restricted merely on the grounds that it might offend an individual or group. Moreover, states have an obligation to protect the right to peaceful assembly even if a peaceful gathering may attract violent counter-demonstrations.


Amnesty International therefore calls on the Latvian authorities to ensure that the Baltic Pride event is allowed to take place under the originally agreed conditions and that the necessary security arrangements are in place to allow for the peaceful celebration of the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Baltic countries and across Europe.


Yours sincerely

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UA: Death penalty in Tibet

2009.05.03. 11:53 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

 CHINA  Losang Gyaltse (m) Loyar  (m)

A böngészője lehet, hogy nem képes ezt a képet megjeleníteni.Two Tibetans, Losang Gyaltse and Loyar, were sentenced to death on 8 April by the Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). It is unclear if they will appeal against their sentence. Ultimately all death sentences are reviewed by China's Supreme People's Court, which has the power to approve, revise or remand death sentences. The two men could be executed within weeks.  

Losang Gyaltse, Loyar and three others were tried in three separate arson cases. Losang Gyaltse was found guilty of setting fire to two clothes shops in Lhasa on 14 March 2008. The shop owner died in the fire.  

Loyar and two others, Gangtsu and Dawa Sangpo, were found guilty of setting fire to a motorcycle dealership on 15 March 2008, which left five people dead. Gangtsu received a death sentence suspended for two years (which is usually commuted to life imprisonment) and Dawa Sangpo was sentenced to life imprisonment.  

In a separate case, a Tibetan man Tenzin Phuntsog also received a death sentence suspended for two years. According to a court spokesperson, Tenzin Phuntsog received a lighter sentence because he had admitted his crime after he was arrested. In China, torture and other ill-treatment remain commonplace, and courts fail to exclude evidence extracted through torture.  

The court spokesperson also said that the five defendants were represented by a lawyer in court, and that proceedings were interpreted into Tibetan, the language spoken by all five defendants. However, Amnesty International is concerned that the men may have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated in custody, and may not have received a fair trial.  

The five were arrested during the unrest in TAR and Tibetan-populated areas in neighbouring provinces in March 2008. A group of lawyers from across China, who signed an open letter volunteering to defend Tibetans detained during the unrest, were warned by the authorities not to take up such cases. According to official Chinese media, at least 30 Tibetans sentenced in relation to the unrest were represented by government-appointed lawyers.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

10 March marked the anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising in 1959, which led to the Dalai Lama fleeing to India. Last year, the anniversary saw a wave of largely peaceful protests in the TAR and Tibetan-populated areas in neighbouring provinces. 

According to official reports, at least 81 people have been sentenced in connection with the 2008 protests. Those previously convicted have received sentences ranging from three-year prison terms to life imprisonment. Most of them have been sentenced for crimes described as "arson”, “looting”, “picking quarrels and provoking troubles”, “assembling a crowd to storm state organs”, “disrupting public service”, and “theft". At least seven people have been sentenced for "espionage" or "unlawfully providing intelligence to an organization or individual outside of China". More than 1,000 people detained in connection with the protests in March 2008 remain unaccounted for, according to the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China. 

China executes more people each year than any other country in the world. There is likely to have been a significant drop in executions during 2007, after the Supreme People's Court review for all death sentences, which had been scrapped in 1982, was restored. According to Amnesty International research China carried out at least 1,718 executions in 2008 and sentenced 7,003 people to death. The Dui Hua Foundation, a US-based non-governmental organization focused on advancing human rights in China, estimates that 6,000 people were executed that year, based on figures obtained from local officials. The official statistics on death sentences and executions are classified as state secrets. China provides no clemency procedures for condemned prisoners after they have exhausted their appeals through the courts.

Obama 100 Street action (photos)

2009.04.30. 12:54 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

The photos of the yesterday street action are available on 2 links. You can check: http://picasaweb.google.com/amnesty.hu/Obama10020090429# and the photos of JD are available on http://lmv.hu/node/3890 check them out! :)

Tomorrow Street Action!!!! URGENT

2009.04.28. 12:25 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Tomorrow, on 29th April Amnesty International Hungary will organize a street action infront of the American Embassy, Budapest.

It will be the 100th Day of the Obama administration, so want to deliver a Mixed Message: We are happy because he closed Guantanamo, but he has to end impunity and close other CIA prisons on different parts of the world!

Join us!!! The demonstration will start at 4 pm on the Szabadsag ter. If you want to meet in advance, come to the office around 3pm and we can go to the Embassy together!

Peace signs throughout the country

2009.03.09. 16:11 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Related to the World March for Peace there will be more Peace and Non-Violence Signs throughout the country. Here is a list of the dates and venues:

Budapest, Garden of Philosophy, 21st March 17.30

There will be a Peace sign with more than 500 participants what will transform in a Symbol of Non-Violence.

Information: Kulánda Johanna, 30/474-92-31, ihjohi@yahoo.com

Budapest, Szent István tér, 21st March 17.30

Similarly to the sign in the Garden of Philosophy, this sign starts also from the Peace sign and will be transformed in a Symbol of Non-Violence. The organizers count with 300 participants.

Information: Boros Kinga, 20/527-10-13, kunogunda89@hotmail.com

Budapest, Hősök tere, 22nd March 18.00 (Amnesty International is an official participant of this event. If you are an activist, and wish to join, please write me a mail to takacs.dora@amnesty.hu )

At the place where the first Peace sign was formed in 2004, this year a Symbol of Non-Violence will be formed by 3000 participants. After the sign there will be a Festival of the World March in the Dürer-Kert. You will be enjoy the music of Ladánybene 27, PASO Sound System, Malacka és a Tahó and Masszív. Entrance fee is 300 Ft.

Debrecen, Kossuth tér, 21st March 18.00

A Peace sign will be with 200 participants. After the Sign there will be calm after party with tea and some chat.

Information: Énekes Zsófia: 30/489-43-70, enekeszsofi@vipmail.hu

Eger, Dobó tér, 21st March

The program will start at 14.00 with two concerts, the Peace sign will be formed at 18.00.

Information: Ferencz Tibor: 30/611-85-64, tibi222@hotmail.com ; Tóth Angi: 20/979-43-30, angalade@citromail.hu

Miskolc, on the square infront of the sports-court, 21st March 18.00

There will be a Peace sign transforming to the Symbol of Non-Violence with 300 participants.

Information: Illés Dolly: 30/553-47-61, d.worldpeace@gmail.com

Pécs, Dóm tér infront of the Basilica, 19th March 19.00

There will be a Peace sign with 150 participants

Information: Kátai Nóra, 30/991-10-07, katainora@yahoo.co.uk

Szeged, Dóm tér, 23rd March 18.00

There will be a Peace sign with 250 participants. After the sign concerts will be organized.

Information: Szukics Nóra, 70/598-17-03, szunori@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript e, Kecskeméty Bori: 20/586-85-82, kiscsillag666@gmail.com

Szentendre, Postás Strand, 21st March, 18.00

A Symbol of Non-Violence will be organized by 72 participants.

Information: Vieland Edit: 70/323-93-37, orion8@dunaweb.huThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

International Days

2009.03.09. 15:07 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

I have collected some International Days that would be relevant from human rights aspect. I ask you to inform me, via e-mail or comment (you can send comment through the "Szólj hozzá" button, above the article) , which day would be the most interesting for you to mobilize the AI activists. It is very important for me to know your opinion!

8th April. Day of Roma people

15th May. International Actionday against Climate change (unfortunately today the climate change has sociological consequences too. On the YouTube you can watch a film about the situation in Bangladesh, shown by the story of 7 people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z9uQcw24Os )

25th May. Day of Africa

4th June. International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

20th June World Refugee Day

26th June UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

If in this period there is a day that is not in the list, but you think it would be important, please also send it to me.

URGENT ACTION!!! (Model letter)

2009.03.08. 14:58 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Write to President Karzai to call on him to protect Women Human Rights Defenders and ensure that they are able to carry out their vital work, without fear of violence and intimidation.

Refer to the model letter below to write letters in English, Dari or Pashtu, or in your own language and addressed to:

President Hamid Karzai

Gul Khana Palace

Presidential Palace

Kabul

Afghanistan

 

 

Dear President Karzai

Re: Protect Women Human Rights Defenders in

Afghanistan

As you may know, 8 March marks the International Women’s Day. In honouring this important anniversary, I am writing to urge you to support the work of Women Human Rights Defenders in

Afghanistan and to immediately take effective measures to ensure that they are able to carry out their vital work, without fear of violence and intimidation.

The October 2001 US-led international intervention in  Afghanistan was accompanied by a pledge by the Afghan government to protect women’s rights and promote gender equality in Afghanistan. Women human rights defenders play a key role in advancing these concerns, for example, by running safe houses for women at risk, raising awareness on child and forced marriages and providing education programmes and family planning services. Sadly, many come under attack for their work, which is often portrayed mistakenly as challenging the religious and social order in Afghanistan.

In many instances women human rights defenders have faced death threats and kidnapping attempts against themselves and their families, as well as physical attacks, including acid attacks. Tragically some, like the journalist Zakia Zaki in 2007, have been killed for raising their voices, while others have fled the country.

I urge you to support the work of Human Rights Defenders and, in particular, take the following steps to:

  • promote and implement the principles in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (1998), including the right to communicate views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms;

  • ensure that Human Rights Defenders are able to discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance of all human rights and draw public attention to these matters without fear of  persecution or punishment;

  • ensure that Human Rights Defenders benefit from an effective remedy in the event of violation of their rights and are protected by law and in practice;

  • promote public awareness of the role and work of Human Rights Defenders;

  • promote awareness among police and other officials of the role and work of Women Human Rights Defenders, including by providing appropriate training to police and other state officials;

  • establish a national plan for the promotion and protection of human rights, including both civil and political and economic, social and cultural rights, and emphasizing their universality and indivisibility, and the role and work of Human Rights Defenders, in line with commitments enshrined in the Afghanistan Compact.

Thank you, in anticipation, for your attention to such an important issue.

URGENT ACTION!!! (Background)

2009.03.08. 14:56 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Afghan government must take firm action to protect women human rights defenders

 

 I am receiving death threats and there was an attempt to kidnap my nine-year old son…The people who were threatening me were clearly saying that I should close the shelter for women at risk and if I don’t, I will see the circumstances.”

Shahla, a women’s human rights defender who runs a shelter for women at risk of domestic and sexual violence and forced marriage

 

The October 2001 US-led international intervention to oust the oppressive Taleban regime was accompanied by a pledge ígéret by the Afghan government to protect women’s human rights and promote gender equity in Afghanistan, but eight years on the condition of Afghan women remains bleak as Shahla’s predicament testifies.

 

There have been some advances in respect for women’s rights since the fall of the Taleban, notably through the establishment of the Ministry for Women’s affairs, a constitution that grants women equal status to men, improved access to education and representation of women in parliament. But Afghan women and girls still face endemic violence, including domestic violence, abduction and rape by armed individuals, trafficking, forced marriages, including ever younger child marriages, and being traded in settlement of disputes and debts.

 

A small number of brave women human rights defenders dare challenge the status of women and promote human rights through a variety of activities such as reporting abuses by local warlords, running safe houses, raising awareness of child and forced marriages and providing education programmes and family planning services.  These courageous women frequently face intimidation and attacks, particularly by powerful elements in society, some of them members of the government, others allied with the Taleban and other anti-government forces. In some cases, these women even suffer attacks from their family members who may be politically opposed or embarrassed by their outspokenness.  In many instances women human rights defenders have faced death threats and kidnapping attempts against themselves and their families, as well as physical attacks, including acid attacks.  Some have fled the country while others have been killed for raising their voice.

 

In 2007, Zakia Zaki, director of Radio Peace in Parwan province and known to be vocal against warlords, was shot dead while sleeping aside her two young sons. Zaki had previously received several death threats after criticising local warlords and the Taleban.  No one to date has been brought to justice for this terrible crime.

 

Laila, a human rights defender working on justice for victims of war crimes told Amnesty International: “Since 2007, I have been under systematic pressure by unknown people who were calling me, sending me emails, following me and threatening to kill me. During the first six months of 2008, there were at least two kidnapping attempts on my children on their way home from school.”

 

A lack of political will, together with discrimination against women in both the formal and informal justice systems, reinforces a climate of impunity and entrenches cultural attitudes and abusive practices that repress women’s rights.  The police, the courts and local jirgas (tribal councils) seldom address women’s complaints and perpetrators are rarely brought to justice for attacking women or violating their rights.

 

Although Afghanistan has signed the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Constitution guarantees equal rights for women and men, the government – along with the international community that provides some 90% of Afghanistan’s income for public spending – has failed to ensure that the human rights of all Afghan women and girls are respected, protected and fulfilled.

 

As a genuine step to advance the status of Afghan women, the government must take immediate and effective measures to ensure that human rights defenders are able to play their vital role in promoting and protecting human rights in Afghanistan, without the fear of violence or intimidation. To mark International Women's Day, take action to demand that women human rights defenders are properly protected in Afghanistan.

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Demand proper protection for women human rights defenders in Afghanistan.

 

Women human rights defenders are coming under increasing pressure in Afghanistan.  Many have faced death threats, kidnapping attempts against themselves and their families, as well as physical attacks.  Tragically, some have been killed for raising their voice, while others have fled the country.

 

Link for online petition

2009.03.08. 14:48 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

You can write our online petition for Liberian women on the following link:

http://web.amnesty.hu/h%C3%ADrek/online-pet%C3%ADci%C3%B3.html

Please help with you signature!

Video Campaign for International Women's Day 2009

2009.03.07. 17:02 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

 Send this video to your friends and put it on your community site profile. The aim is to share the massage with as many people as possible! We need your help!

Amnesty International - Ink

2009.03.07. 16:58 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

 I share a video with you about the importance of the Urgent Actions and Petitions. 

Text of the Petition for Liberian Women

2009.03.07. 16:52 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

(You can find the background information below!)

Your Excellency,

 I am writing to acknowledge the efforts made by the Government of Liberia and international community to ensure the needs of women associated with the fighting forces (WAFF) and girls associated with the fighting forces (GAFF) are met. I understand that a more gendered and comprehensive approach to the final phase of the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (NCDDRR) programme was adopted in October 2008 and that 36 percent of the people participating are women from all 15 Liberian counties. 

However WAFF and GAFF continue to face challenges of reintegrating into society. From July-November 2008, Amnesty International launched a film screening tour of Women of Liberia: Fighting for Peace, which highlights how women and girls continue to face overwhelming difficulties and responsibilities in post-conflict Liberia.  Amnesty International worked closely with LICONGO (a coalition of Liberian organizations), the NCDDRR and two women featured in the film. There were screenings in all 15 Liberian counties targeting WAFF and GAFF, women’s organizations, the Ministry of Gender and other interested parties. Following the screenings, discussions were held with the audience regarding issues raised in the film and what WAFF and GAFF still require for full reintegration.

I congratulate the NCDDRR for including more women’s groups in the rehabilitation process. However, Amnesty International found that women’s groups often lacked training and capacity to fully reach out to WAFF and GAFF. Amnesty International also found that where psycho-social counselling is available, it is extremely limited. Even where women’s organizations are able to provide counselling, they have limited funds and capacity to sustain long term care.

Many women that Amnesty International spoke to continue to experience symptoms and pain from sexual violence and rape, and require medical treatment. Since the war, incidences of sexual violence against women and girls in families, schools and communities continue to rise. Few women have access to appropriate medical care and many are poorly educated, largely untrained and jobless.

I ask that you please consider Amnesty International’s recommendations to continue reintegrating women and girls from post-conflict Liberia into society.

Amnesty International calls on you to:

·         Encourage the NCDDRR to increase the capacity of women’s groups;

·         Ensure that specific gender dynamics related to access to land and housing are considered;

·         Ensure that psycho-social counselling is available in communities to all those (women, men and children) who need them; 

·         Ensure that medical facilities are accessible to women experiencing particular health problems related to their experience of conflict; 

·         Ensure that education and training programmes are accessible and flexibly designed to meet the needs of women and girls, including ensuring that funding is allocated for child care and/or other necessary arrangements, to allow women and girls to participate in training; 

·         Ensure that micro-credit schemes and business training are options within the overall reintegration package.

 Thank you for your attention on such an important issue.

 Yours faithfully, 

Link for the online petition: http://web.amnesty.hu/h%C3%ADrek/online-pet%C3%ADci%C3%B3.html Please help with your signature!!!

 

Women of Liberia: Fighting for Peace

2009.03.07. 16:44 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

BACKGROUND:

Liberia experienced two wars from 1989-1997 and 1999-2003, which culminated with the signing of the Accra Peace Accord in August 2003.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement provided for a Disarmament Demobilization Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process, which with efforts from the UN Integrated Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and other partners including the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (NCDDRR), began in December 2003.  

The disarmament and demobilization phase of the process ended in December 2004, and the reintegration and rehabilitation programmes began in June 2004 and closed in October 2007, with the NCDDRR resuming responsibility for the reintegration programme.

In January 2008, the NCDDRR launched the final phase of the programme. According to the UN, the rehabilitation and reintegration “rest on pillars of formal education, vocational training and social reintegration.” Recognising the significant role that women and girls played in the second war, the DDRR process aimed to adopt a gendered approach to its work.

During the second war an estimated 25,000-30,000 women and girls were associated with the fighting forces, with many women participating as active combatants. They chose to take up arms to protect themselves from sexual violence, to avenge the death of family members, for material gain and for survival. Women and girls played roles as commanders, porters, spies, sex slaves, cooks and mothers.

There were some efforts both by the Government of Liberia and the international community to ensure the needs of women and girls associated with the fighting forces were met by the DDRR programme, and adopted a gendered approach, particularly in the rehabilitation and reintegration phase. Yet, women and girls associated with the fighting forces continue facing challenges in reintegrating into society.

Many women Amnesty International spoke to continue to experience symptoms and pain from sexual violence and rape, and require medical treatment. The climate of violence persisted and incidents of sexual violence against women and girls in families, schools and communities continue to rise even after the war. 

Women continue to have little access to appropriate medical care and many are poorly educated, largely untrained and jobless. Amnesty International found that many of the recommendations made in the Amnesty International report Liberia: A flawed process discriminates against women and girls (AFR 34/004/2008) still have to be addressed.

Call on the Liberian President to ensure the needs of women and girls associated with the fighting forces in Liberia are taken into consideration and met in the last phase of the DDRR program.

Refer to the model letter below to write letters in English, French or in your own language and address them to:

 

The Liberian President

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Executive Mansion

P.O. Box 9001

Capital Hill, Monrovia

Republic of Liberia

World March for Peace

2009.03.02. 15:16 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

In 2009 there will be more events previous the World March for Peace. The first occasion where we ask you to come, is the Symbol of Non-Violence will be on 22nd March in Budapest. Right now I can tell you only this date, but there will be more similar events in more towns of the country. As soon as I get more information of concrete dates, I will inform you.

Amnesty International globally support the March and most of the related events too, so as an Amnesty activist feel free to participate on them.

If you would like to know more about the topic, or you would like to take your part from the organizing session, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail (takacs.dora@amnesty.hu)

Untill that here is video about the March:

 

 

Let's start it!

2009.03.02. 14:20 | dorisz1987 | Szólj hozzá!

Dear Activists and anyone who is interested!!!

The Universal Decaration of Human Rights (UDHR) had been ratified more than 60 years ago. This declaration is the collection of all those rights that are valid for all human beings with no regards on their religion, sex, sexual preferences, nationality or economic situation.

It is a very sad fact, that after more than 60 years we can be witnesses of grave human rights abuses in different parts of the Globe.

Amnesty International is an international NGO that is working for the acknowledge of human rights and has a vision of a world where the rights, written in the UDHR and in the internationnaly accepted human rights charters, are valid for everyone.

Because Amnesty is a movement, we just cannot operate without such people who do not want to listen in silence the news about victims of human rights abuses, but want to act for the difference. We need creative ideas and personnal opinions from everyone, because we can make our work more efficient only with your help.

We would like to wake up in Hungarian people the awareness that even one person can make difference and make one's life better.

If you believe in human rights, and you would like to do something for them, visit this blog frequently and stay informed about the actual activities where we need all of them, because if there are more people we can make a bigger impact.