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My rapists were rewarded, says Somali woman cleared of making false claims

My rapists were rewarded, says Somali woman cleared of making false claims

| March 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

Rape victims will stay silent, warns Lul Ali Osman Barake in first major interview since acquittal, as her attackers remain at large

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Link between violence and HIV must be made explicit, say African ministers

Link between violence and HIV must be made explicit, say African ministers

| March 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

Ministers from Liberia, Zimbabwe and Ghana shed light on reality of violence and infection in their countries, as campaigners at UN conference press for action

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African Diaspora Returns ‘Home’ to Claim its Place at the Top of the Pile

African Diaspora Returns ‘Home’ to Claim its Place at the Top of the Pile

| March 6, 2013 | 2 Comments

The continent may be rising but don’t fool yourself that going back will help anyone other than yourself Another day, another “Africa rising” type e-zine pings its way into my inbox. Just as my mouse picks it up and places it in its proper place in junk, my phone lights up with yet another Facebook […]

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Kenya sees huge election turnout but violence mostly limited to separatists

Kenya sees huge election turnout but violence mostly limited to separatists

| March 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Uhuru Kenyatta leading rival Raila Odinga in early results but tight race could lead to runoff vote and rerun of 2007 clashes

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Intimate Partner Violence: Women As Victims of Love

Intimate Partner Violence: Women As Victims of Love

| March 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Viviane Ifeoma in Lagos “It was a misunderstanding I had with my husband not violence, there was no violence between us, Azuka replied, when I told her I needed to write her story. Her experience is  a very peculiar one. She had no physical assault from her husband but from her brother-in -Law. Azuka’s […]

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ChickPea Cakes with Spicy Herb Sauce

ChickPea Cakes with Spicy Herb Sauce

| February 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

I saw this recipe on the Kitchenette Blog owned by Brittany and couldn’t resist sharing it. Head on over to Kitchenetteblog.com to view the full recipe, but first, here are the ingredients you’re going to need – INGREDIENTS: 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed scant 1/2 cup chickpea flour zest & juice of […]

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Love and Chocolate: Dark is Simply Better

Love and Chocolate: Dark is Simply Better

| February 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

February is an awesome month! It is the month of love and romance and all fuzzy feelings. There’s days all throughout the month of February to remind us to love parts of us. There’s Valentine’s Day, a day on which we celebrate our romantic loves. There’s Black History month – celebrated every day throughout the month of February. […]

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Your Rose is Trying to Tell You Something

Your Rose is Trying to Tell You Something

| February 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over the years, we have come to associate roses with romance. But did you know that a rose can make the perfect meaningful gift outside of being a simple romantic gesture? Red Roses Say: “I love you” of course. We all know that. Crimson red roses (or any other flower) represent respect, passion and beauty. […]

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Protect Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

Protect Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

| December 5, 2012
07 December 2012

Call on the Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to defend and recognise the work of human rights defenders

Members of “Ladies in White,” wives and mothers of political prisoners, demonstrate during the dissident group’s weekly march after mass in Havana, Sunday July 11, 2010. © AP Photo/Javier Galeano

 

Human rights defenders in the Americas play a vital role in exposing and combating human rights violations. Many have paid a high price for their courageous efforts to break cycles of injustice, discrimination and impunity.

In Brazil, Laísa Santos Sampaio has received repeated threats after campaigning for the protection of the Amazon.

In Colombia, Popular Women’s Organization members have been targeted for death threats, harassment and physical attacks because of their work on women’s rights.

Members of the Ladies in White in Cuba have been repeatedly subjected to short-term and arbitrary detention and harassment in reprisal for their campaigning on fundamental freedoms.

Guatemalan defender Yolanda Oquelí survived an attempt on her life as a result for campaigning for her community’s environmental rights.

Since 2011, members of Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) have faced a rising number of death threats, harassment and attacks for fighting against impunity.

Mexican migrants’ rights defender Fray Tomás González continues to face harassment and intimidation.

Despite the lack of effective protection for themselves and their families and widespread impunity, they continue their struggle.

Support them by signing the petition to their President below

Dear President,

I call on you to:

  • publicly recognize the legitimate and fundamental role of human rights defenders in your country
  • take all measures to support human rights defenders in continuing their work, while effectively protecting them against abuses
  • ensure that allegations of human rights abuses against human rights defenders are properly investigated and those responsible brought to justice.

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