Choike Newsletter - 26 March 2010

A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Fri Mar 26 2010

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-> Beijing +15 - fifteen year review of the Beijing Platform for Action
>From March 1 to 12 2010, government delegations attended the UN
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in order to assess progress made
in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). Women's
organizations met at the Global Beijing + 15 NGO Forum for Women.

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-> Closed Zone: a short film on the Gaza Strip
One of the creators of Oscar-nominated animation Waltz With Bashir has
made a short film to alter Israeli perceptions of Palestinians in the
Gaza Strip. A 90-second film Closed Zone has been launched online in
support of the human rights group Gisha, which advocates freedom of
movement for Palestinians.

-> People left without water around Coca-Cola Plant in India
The Coca-Cola company has continued to operate its bottling plant in
Kala Dera in Jaipur, India even as the area has been declared a drought
area last summer and the groundwater levels are falling sharply –
leaving the largely agrarian community with severely restricted access
to water.

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Social urban forum calls for social justice in the city
In March 2010, the city of Rio de Janeiro hosts the V World Urban Forum
(WUF). Organized by the UN Habitat Agency, the WUF has been dominated by
official delegations that responded to multilateral organization
discourses and speeches. It has also been unable to open space to social
movements that resist the implacable logic of entrepreneurial cities and
large projects, especially in peripheral countries. For these reasons,
the Social Urban Forum seeks to build collectively a perspective of
another city.
Source: Social Urban Forum

Putting gender economics at the forefront
It is time to put an end to the gender blindness of current economic
policies concludes a new occasional paper by the international civil
society network Social Watch entitled “Putting gender economics at the
forefront. 15 years after the IV World Conference on Women”. The
publication is launched March 9 2010 in New York to mark the 15th
anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for
Source: Social Watch
More information in "Beijing +15 - Fifteen-year review of the Beijing
Platform for Action":

In a fierce new world
"The huge challenge that we have experienced in the last 15 years to
ensure that the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) survives in the
formal texts of the United Nations is symptomatic of the complex
advocacy demanded by this fierce new world. We cannot be discouraged,
but we cannot also be naively optimistic, including about the capacity
and clarity of social movements".
Source: DAWN Net
More information in "Beijing +15 - Fifteen-year review of the Beijing
Platform for Action":

The cost of reserves: developing countries pay the price of global
financial instability
A report by Eurodad highlights the lack of appropriate regulation and
the global monetary (dis)order that have been at the heart of the
current financial crisis.
Source: Eurodad
More information in "The global financial crisis: implications for the

The road towards a declaration on peasants' rights in the framework of
the right to food
On 16 March, the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee presented a
Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food
to the Human Rights Council. The right to food is "the right to have
regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means
of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and
sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people
to which the consumer belongs, and which ensures a physical and mental,
individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear".
March 2010.
Source: UN-NGLS
More information in "Agriculture and food sovereignty":

Bringing human rights to bear in times of crisis
The report "Bringing Human Rights to Bear in Times of Crisis: A human
rights analysis of government responses to the economic crisis" aims to
deepen our understanding of how governments have conducted themselves
and how effective economic policies have been in defending and
strengthening the enjoyment of human rights in a time of multiple and
interlocking social and economic crises.
Source: ESCR-Net
More information in "Economic, social and cultural rights - ESCR":

Despite recession, global arms race spirals
The global financial crisis has not deterred some of the world's
developed and developing nations from bolstering their military arsenals
with expensive new weapons systems, including sophisticated fighter
planes, combat helicopters, submarines, armoured vehicles and air
defence systems.
Source: IPS - TerraViva
More information in "Disarmament":

What happened in Copenhagen and the way forward
The failure of Copenhagen was not a failure of the multilateral process.
On the contrary, Copenhagen failed because the open, transparent and
intergovernmental process of negotiations under the United Nations
system was discarded and set aside deliberately by the developed countries.
Source: DAWN
More information in "Climate change":

4. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

-> Center of Human Rights and Social Development
The vision of the CHRSD is to be a leading international center for
learning and research in Human Rights, and its relationship to peace and
development, with a focus on Asia. It is located at Mahidol University
Salaya Campus, Nakornpathom Province. Thailand.

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Economy and Financial Affairs

->Washington dictates terms to devastated Haiti
Bush and Clinton preached capitalism as the solution to Haiti's
problems, pressing President René Préval to lift restrictions on the use
of land by foreign NGOs and corporations.
Source: World Socialist Web Site

Human Rights

->5th World Urban Forum focuses on 'right to the city'
Today, more than half the world's population lives in cities. Every
year, hundreds of thousands are uprooted when neighborhoods are cleared
to make way for “development”. On 22-26 March, the fifth session of the
World Urban Forum takes place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to
address these issues.
Source: Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions

->Bangladesh: fire survivors call for justice
Following a horrific factory fire that killed 21 employees of a garment
factory in Bangladesh, the factory workers are demanding swift reforms,
a criminal investigation and compensation for the victims.
Source: Maquila Solidarity Network

Human Rights - Sexual diversity

->Malawi: country not safe for homosexuals
Malawi is quickly becoming unsafe for homosexuals as the country’s
police service recently launched a campaign to hunt down and arrest
prominent people who are suspected of being gay.
Source: IPS - TerraViva


->Reclaiming public water 10 years after the 'Water War'
The Reclaiming Public Water Network held its first global strategy
seminar since the network was launched in 2005. See the video debate
amongst global social movement leaders as they assess progress and
challenges in the dynamic international movement to reclaim public water.
Source: TNI

->World people's conference on climate change takes place in Bolivia
An alternative “people’s conference” on climate change in the Bolivian
city of Cochabamba in April will seek to advance an international global
warming referendum.

->GM contamination a crime against humanity
The authorization of GM corn crops in Mexico and the attempt by the FAO
to legitimize this practice are strongly questioned by tens of
organizations meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the parallel activities
to the FAO Conference.
Source: Real World Radio

Environment - Gender

->Climate change: The UN's boys' club
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's decision to appoint a 19-member,
all-male high-level advisory group on Climate Change Financing (CCF) has
triggered strong protests from women's groups and non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) outraged by the composition of the panel.
Source: IPS


->Beijing +15 joint civil society statement
A statement jointly released by civil society organizations and actors
in New York concerning the Beijing +15 process review at the Commission
on the Status of Women has been endorsed by more than 120 signatories.
Source: WIDE

->CSW Marked by Political Uncertainties
When a two-week meeting on gender empowerment concluded at U.N.
headquarters, there were several lingering questions crying out for answers.
Source: IPS/TerraViva


->Uganda: law threatening access to medicines gets EU support
The European Union is funding the drafting of Uganda’s controversial
Counterfeit Goods Bill, a proposed law that has caused an outcry as it
threatens access to life-saving generic medicines in Uganda.
Source: IPS

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->Clean energy for South Africa, not coal
The World Bank has proposed to give a US$3.75 billion loan to Eskom to
build a number of new dirty coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

->End evictions in Mali
Dozens of families on the outskirts of Bamako, the capital of Mali, are
under threat of being evicted from their lands by the Government in
favour of a housing project. The cultivation ban, ordered in July 2009,
jeopardizes their right to adequate food.
Source: FIAN

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