Topic: Human Rights Community

Staying safe: security resources for human rights defenders

Join New Tactics for this important dialogue on Staying Safe: Security Resources for Human Rights Defenders from July 21 – 27, 2010. Human rights defenders are often met with oppression, discrimination and violence. Human rights work is powerful and necessary; it is important to identify strategies and methods for protection of these defenders. This dialogue will bring together practitioners that work with human rights defenders developing security strategies to share important resources and tools for the human rights community.

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Los organismos de derechos humanos: documentos emblemáticos

The collection “Human rights organizations: emblematic documents” covers certain moments in the history of the human rights organizations which compose Memoria Abierta, with representative documents referring to events, activities and debates.

It consists of over 50 documents which, together with information relating to the context in which they were produced, provide a trajectory of these organizations, the strategies adopted in each stage, their standpoints when faced with different situations and the joint activities developed. This collection, moreover, aspires to categorize the value of the files insofar as learning the history of our country is concerned.

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Oxford and UNDP launch a better way to measure poverty

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University and the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new poverty measure that gives a “multidimensional” picture of people living in poverty which its creators say could help target development resources more effectively.

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Srebrenica-exhumation : a forensic reconstruction of the 1995 genocide

A new exhibit on the Srebrenica genocide opened at OSA Archivum in Budapest on June 2. Based mainly on documents accumulated during the fifteen years of criminal investigation, as well as archival material on the identification of human remains, the exhibit is a forensic reconstruction of the genocide and other mass atrocities committed by units of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) on the civilian Muslim population of the Srebrenica enclave, then a UN protected safe haven, in the period of July 11-18, 1995. More 8,000 men and boys were systematically killed and dumped into primary mass graves, which were later reopened and the remains scattered in secondary graves to make their identification more difficult.

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Human Rights Web Archive

The Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research (CHRDR), part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, is pleased to announce the development of the Human Rights Web Archive. As part of Columbia’s larger initiative to collect free and at-risk web resources, the Human Rights Web Archive is dedicated to preserving web-based information of importance to the global community of human rights researchers, students, policymakers and advocates.

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Tactics that Tickle: Laughing All the Way to the Win

Yes, we are working to change serious problems, but that doesn’t mean this work should not use humor as a tool to accomplish our objective! Humor is a powerful nonviolent tactic that has the ability to prevent and counter activist burnout, engage more supporters, and increase the chance of getting media attention. It can give you an opportunity to put your opponent in a dilemma – no matter what he does, he has lost. In this dialogue, practitioners will share advice and resources on using humor, and many examples to inspire you.

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Choosing the Right Approach to Document Violations

The on-line dialogue Documenting Violations: Choosing the Right Approach, organised by New Tactics, took place from 27 January to 2 February 2010. The complete dialogue and a summary of the discussions are available.