Remove Obstacles to the Work of Women’s Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders and civil society organisations working to protect the human rights of women and gender equality perform an essential role in Europe. They provide much needed assistance to victims of gender-based violence, combat discrimination against women, contribute to peace-building and hold authorities accountable for fulfilling their human rights obligations. Unfortunately, as I learned at a roundtable with a group of women’s rights defenders in Vilnius in July, they also face serious obstacles in their work…
Attempted Murder and Torture #NoDAPL

11/2016 8pm Mountain time: Attempted murder and torture: The US government is trying to kill brave water defenders by hypothermia. It is 20 degrees at Cannonball ND where Water Defenders are being soaked with high pressure water cannon. The US govt is responsible for injuries and any deaths that happen. They are not only allowing this, they are facilitating it. Media blackout, empty words and brutal repression are complicit in genocide. Send brave Water Defenders strength of prayer and solidarity. Share and make calls:
National Guard 701.333.2000;
ND Governor’s office 701.328.2200;
Army Corp of Engineers 202.761.8700;
Amnesty International 212.807.8400

Use your technology. Time. Creativity. Networking. Spirit. Intention. Energy. Compassion. We all must stop the atrocity happening here and now. In the world. Government must express OUR collective peaceful, kind, loving, hopeful, dignified will!

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“Defending human rights in Honduras is a crime. They are criminalizing the right to our [indigenous] identity and sense of self.” -Berta Cáceres, 2013

Gunmen brutally murdered Berta Cáceres, award-winning leader of the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), in La Esperanza, Honduras on March 3, 2016. Almost immediately, the Honduran authorities jumped to the conclusion that she must have been killed in a robbery. Read more.

Breaking one of Canada’s best kept secrets: MMIW

Audrey Huntley will be speaking at the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on the Defence of Women Human Rights Defenders, April 24-26, The Hague.  
Canada is not often seen as a place where widespread human rights violations against the indigenous population occur on a regular basis.

Much of the international community’s perception of this country is still that of pristine nature and polite inhabitants with health care.

In fact, Canada’s indigenous population is over-policed and under-protected, both men and women are incarcerated at rates much higher than the non-indigenous population and face police violence and deaths in custody all too often.

Yet our own mainstream media is finally no longer able to ignore one of this settler colonial country’s best-kept secrets: Ongoing genocidal violence against the indigenous population — and more specifically the targeting of indigenous women, girls, transgender and two-spirited people.

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When Women Human-Rights Activists Are in Danger, It’s Women Who Come to Their Rescue

“In many regions of the world, women working to foster nascent democratic movements or champion human rights face imprisonment or worse… More often than not, the individuals doing the complicated, dangerous work of assisting the activists are also women. One such organization, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), coordinates everything from liaising with embassies and the United Nations to matching imperiled activists with potential relocation partners." 

Last year, AWID worked to assist 160 women human rights defenders globally, and in the first quarter of 2015 has taken on 37 cases.

Oh so I had a thought. If there was an episode where the lions turned humanoid (they’d probably still have the ears and tails tbqh) but it’s not just them becoming a bunch of hot ladies (but that would be awesome). What if they became a very close representation of someone that the paladin loves. For example, green would probably look like Matt tbh cause Pidge misses him so much. Lance’s would be his mom tbh cause that boy is sad (or Allura lmao). But oh good lord black would look almost exactly like Keith (except as a girl?). Could you imagine the lions transforming and black just drops down with a shitty asian mullet and purple freakin eyes. She’s even got the cropped jacket and Shiro is just standing there like “haha what?”

The very sight of a child brings joy to our heart and a smile on our face. #praytoEndAbortion #prolife

Six female human rights defenders you should know

“As a human rights activist, I know too well the unwavering determination needed to defend the rights of society’s most vulnerable and marginalised.

For many activists and human rights defenders, especially women, this struggle for freedom often comes with persecution, imprisonment, exile and political attacks. 

As attacks on women human rights activists and defenders continue to rise, I think this is a perfect time to celebrate the women who have and continue to ‘Make It Happen’, who are champions for the freedom of others.

These women are fierce, courageous and inspire fear in the governments and groups that try to silence them.

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Her Mother Was Murdered For Fighting For Human Rights — Here’s What She Wants You To Know

Berta Cáceres had warned the world that she could be murdered.

The human rights defender and environmental activist went up against many powerful interests in Honduras, from the big energy companies to the military. For her years of work with the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Berta, an Indigenous Lenca woman, had been awarded the international Goldman Environmental Prize just last year.

Most recently, she had led the fight to stop major dam projects on the Río Gualcarque, a river that is a source of water, food, medicine, and spiritual identity for the Lenca people. But in the country, which has one of the highest murder rates per capita in the world, such work made her a target for violence. She was careful to warn her children about that, too, repeating that message to them right up until the day before she was murdered in her home.
“The last thing my mom said to me was: ‘Look, mamita, if something were to happen to me, don’t be afraid. You know that in this country, they can do anything to you. But you shouldn’t be afraid,’” Laura Zuñiga Cáceres, the activist’s youngest daughter, recently told Refinery29. “Those words were her last words to me. Now they’re like my banner to continue the fight for justice that she deserves.”

On March 3, after she organized a major conference of Indigenous and environmental activists, gunmen stormed into Berta Cáceres’ home in La Esperanza, Honduras. She was hit by at least four bullets, The Guardian reported. And although five people were arrested in her murder, Cáceres’ family and colleagues are still fighting to hold accountable the powerful people they believe ordered her to be killed.

Which is why, Cáceres said, she needed to fight for justice for her mother far beyond the borders of Honduras. She joined other activists on the It Takes Roots People’s Caravan last month, speaking outside of the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Cáceres shared her story with Refinery29 in Philadelphia.

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Honduras: Indigenous Leader Murdered Despite Police Protection
Several unknown assailants broke into Caceres' home early Thursday (March 2 2016) and killed her. She was a prominent Indigenous and social movement leader.

Berta Caceres, the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, or COPIHN, was killed by unknown assailants early Thursday morning. 

 teleSUR correspondent in Honduras, Gilda Silvestruci, confirmed that Caceres was killed at 1:00 a.m. local time inside her home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibuca. 

 Caceres was leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and was a staunch human rights defender. She won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015. 

 “Berta Caceres is one of the leading indigenous activists in Honduras. She spent her life fighting in defense of indigenous rights, particularly to land and natural resources,” said Karen Spring, Honduras-based coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network, in a statement. “Her death will have a profound impact on the many Lenca communities that she worked with, COPINH, the Honduran social movement, and all that knew her.”

By a nearly unanimous vote, the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives has voted to adopt a new policy barring psychologists from participating in national security interrogations. The resolution puts the APA on the side of international law by barring psychologists from working at Guantánamo, CIA black sites and other settings deemed illegal under the Geneva Conventions or the U.N. Convention Against Torture, unless they’re working directly for detainees or independent third parties defending human rights. Tune in to Democracy Now! for our special report from the APA’s annual meeting.

I’d like to add, in light of recent conversations going around Tumblr, that is it perfectly all right to blog about what you don’t like. If you don’t understand a ship, or a character, or a show, and you want to post about it, feel free. Because in the end, it’s your blog and you can post whatever you want. 


Don’t tag it. Don’t tag your anti-ship stuff with the ship name. Don’t tag your character hate with the character name. Tag it anti ~ship~ or ~character~ hate. Let people who like the thing like it. 

And people who like something–as long as those who don’t aren’t being mean about it, leave them alone. This goes for morally grey characters, too. If you’re fascinated by their complexity, that’s cool. But if other fans of the show or movie or book find them less redeemable than you do… that doesn’t mean they don’t understand the character, or that they need to read the books again. It means they view the character differently than you do, and that needs to be okay. 

I do stand by what I said: I will accept whoever wins the presidency and comfort those affected by it one way or another. I will respect differences of opinion and I will protect the moral integrity of humanity by defending basic rights and freedoms.

However, do not let this election tear you down now. The fight is not over.

I urge my followers and anyone reading this to truly and deeply educate yourself on the Electoral College voting system. We do have a chance, despite it being small.

No matter what, do not let your hope die. Whether it be granted relief after January or after four years, hold on to your hope and continue to fill yourself with knowledge, happiness, and peace.