7th EU–South Africa Summit held, Focusing on EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership

The 7th European Union–South Africa Summit has been held successfully and leaders agreed on a number of steps to reinforce bilateral and regional relations, focusing on the implementation of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership. This includes economic and trade cooperation and pursuing the improvement of business climate and opportunities for investment and job creation which are of mutual interest. Leaders also discussed common global challenges, such as climate change, migration, human … [Read more...]

World Summit pledges to protect Human Rights Defenders

To develop a plan of action for how to protect and promote the work of activists fighting for rights, human rights defenders from across all corners of the world gathered this week in Paris for the Human Rights Defenders World Summit. Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo said, "The level of danger facing activists worldwide has reached crisis point. Every day ordinary people are threatened, tortured, imprisoned and killed for what they fight for or simply for who they are. … [Read more...]

Amnesty International upset with suffocating Fines on Russian Independent Media, NGOs and Activists

Amnesty International recently said that there is a wave of unfair, excessive and suffocating fines levied on independent Russian media, NGOs and human rights defenders represent a new assault on human rights in Russia. Director of Amnesty International's Office in Moscow, Natalia Zviagina said, “Once again the Russian authorities are targeting independent organizations and individuals – but this time their weapon is suffocating fines. Using a host of draconian laws, the authorities are levying … [Read more...]

Western Nations express concern on major crackdown on NGOs in Pakistan

Western nations, including the United States and European countries, have expressed "serious concerns" about a crackdown on aid groups. At least 18 international aid agencies, most of them working on human rights issues, were ordered to leave Pakistan over recent months after being refused registration. The countries have written a letter to Khan, saying the groups did not get a proper explanation for why the government had ordered them out and they criticized a "lack of transparency"in the … [Read more...]

45th CFS Plenary Session in Rome to influence World Food Policies

The upcoming 45th plenary session of the CFS approaches will be held on Rome, Italy on October 13-14, in which global struggles for food and nutrition are linked to the local dimensions. This forum also serves as a space to weave and consolidate positions and key messages to be delivered at the CFS Plenary Session, taking place at the FAO headquarters in October 15-19. A delegation of more than 300 participants from various civil society sectors is therefore expected to soon gather in Rome. … [Read more...]

ACANU announces Prizes for ‘Excellence in Reporting’ and ‘Reporting on Human Rights Issues’

The creation of two new international journalism awards, the  "ACANU Prize for Excellence in Reporting", and the "ACANU Prize for Reporting on Human Rights Issues" has been announced by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU). According to the ACANU statement in the press release, "The awards are being created in connection with the planned celebration of ACANU's 70th anniversary in 2019, and are meant to honour outstanding reporting on the international organizations … [Read more...]

Canadian Filmmaker and Kenyan NGO announced as laureates of UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize 2018

The 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-violence will be awarded to the filmmaker Manon Barbeau (Canada) and the NGO, The Coexist Initiative (Kenya). The US$ 100,000 monetary value of the Prize will be divided equally between the two laureates. The award ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 16 November 2018. An international jury recommended the two laureates in recognition of their work in human rights, promotion of … [Read more...]

2018 Right Livelihood Award Laureates Announced

The Right Livelihood Award widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ has announced its 2018 laureates at the International Press Centre at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. This years’ Honorary Award goes to anti-corruption champions Thelma Aldana (Guatemala) & Iván Velásquez (Colombia). The three cash awards go to civil and human rights defenders Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair (Saudi Arabia), the farmer Yacouba Sawadogo … [Read more...]

Coalition of 80+ NGOs urged for New Principled way towards Peace

Coalition of 80+ international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has published a report claiming that the Oslo Accords have failed to create a pathway to peace for Israelis and Palestinians. The NGOs call for the world to commit to a new principled path towards peace, focused on human rights and accountability of all parties. The report's publication marks the 25th anniversary of the Accords, a set of agreements signed by The Palestinian Liberation Organisation and Israel in September … [Read more...]

2nd Call for Proposals for Human Rights Fund launched!

Second Call for Proposals for the Human Rights Fund has been launched by the Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has country-specific drawing rights to the global Human Rights Fund (HRF) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Human Rights Fund’s objectives are to identify strategic priorities for Human Rights engagement, find suitable local and international partners for this work, and set up projects with these partners based on the … [Read more...]