Choike Newsletter - 9 June 2010

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->World people's conference on climate change and the rights of mother earth
The Bolivian government convened the 'World People's Conference on
Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth'on April 19-22 in
Cochabamba, Bolivia. Civil society organizations and movements had
active participation in this conference.

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->Sex workers in India demand rights and health care

->Video: The story of bottled water

->South Africa: racial tensions unveil polarized nature of society

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New gender toolkit for international finance-watchers
It is crucial that international finance-watchers hold the IFIs and
commercial banks accountable for their policies and actions that impact
gender justice and women’s rights worldwide. IFI policy-based loans
disproportionately harm poor women, who often become “shock absorbers”
for neoliberal economic reforms like trade liberalization, privatization
of public enterprises, government retrenchment, social spending
cutbacks, user fees for essential services and financial sector reforms.
A new guide developed by Gender Acion gives tips for submitting a gender
discrimination compalint to an IFI accountability mechanism.
Source: Gender Action
More information in "Gender in economics":

Freedom Flotilla: Beatings, abuse, doctored evidence emerge
Although Israel successfully controlled news of its deadly commando raid
on the Free Gaza flotilla during the first crucial 48 hours of media
coverage, emerging evidence from witnesses and survivors is challenging
the Israeli government's version of events including claims of medical
treatment being withheld; beatings and abuse of passengers who never
resisted; the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) doctoring audio and
selectively editing videos.
Source: IPS
More information in "War crimes in Gaza":

Women and climate change in Cochabamba
An analysis of the Peoples’ Agreement that emerged from the World
People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth,
held from 20 to 22 April in Cochabamba (Bolivia) may lead us to think
that the gender issue was not present at that Conference. Although in
general terms it may be true that a gender perspective was not
substantially incorporated into the conclusions of the working groups,
gender language can be found in some of the texts.
Source: Latin American Focal Point of Women for Climate Justice, Gender CC

Be the seed
With the Cochabamba Conference, held after the Copenhagen UN climate
conference and organised eight months before the next Conference of the
Parties (COP) in Mexico, the Bolivians have created a vital opportunity
at all levels: at the level of social and political movement, at the
governmental level, and most importantly, in the public sphere and in
the imaginations of peoples everywhere.

Mexico’s state of impunity
When international human rights observers rounded a curve on a remote
road in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, they found the way blocked
by boulders. They decided going forward would be dangerous. But they
didn’t know that going back would be deadly. Layers of impunity and
injustice have covered crimes in Oaxaca for years writes journalist
Laura Carlsen.
More information in "Civil and political rights":

Civil society groups denounce World Bank proposal for win-win land grabbing
La Via Campesina, FIAN, Land Research Action Network and GRAIN, together
with over 100 allied civil society organizations, are issuing a loud
appeal to stop the current wave of land grabbing that is taking millions
of hectares of farmland away from rural communities across Africa, Asia
and Latin America. Their appeal coincides with the release of a new
World Bank report that confirms the massive extent of the current land
grab assault and puts forward seven "principles" to make these land
deals socially acceptable.
Source: GRAIN
More information in "Agriculture and food sovereignty":

Where are the women in Haiti's reconstruction?
Women and gender issues were glaring in their absence from the March
31st Haiti International Donors' Conference held in New York when
billions of dollars were pledged to finance Haiti's reconstruction.
Haiti's National Plan of Action, the blueprint guiding reconstruction
efforts and resource allocation, was based on a Post-Disaster Needs
Assessment (PDNA) that failed to address gender dimensions of Haiti’s
proposed strategies for reconstructing macroeconomic, social,
environmental policies, as well as infrastructure and governance.
Source: Huairou Commission
More information in "Financing for Development":


Human Rights

-> After the massacre: The global impact of the Gaza flotilla crisis
"When the histories are written, it is certain that Israel's Flotilla
Massacre will be remembered as a key battle in what Richard Falk, the
UN's Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Territory, calls
Israel's 'war of legitimacy'" writes Phyllis Bennis.
Source: TNI

->25 years on, Bhopal tragedy victims still crying for justice
Twenty-five years after an industrial gas leak from the factory of a
U.S. multinational firm in this ancient Indian city killed thousands and
impaired nearly half a million, victims are still crying for justice.
Source: IPS

->Pakistan: freedom of expression on internet must be respected
The Lahore High Court on 19 May ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication
Authority to block the social network website Facebook and hundreds of
other international pages in response to a Facebook user calling for an
“Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”. This decesion violates international
human rights law.
Source: ARTICLE 19

->Call for papers on regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights
Conectas Human Rights (Brazil), the Centre for Human Rights of the
University of Pretoria (South Africa) and the Centre for Legal and
Social Studies (CELS, Argentina) invite all interested parties to send
in their contributions for the Special Issue of the Sur Journal on
Regional Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights.
Source: Sur Journal

Economy and Financial Affairs

->G20 finance Ministers risk tipping global economy back into recession
Global Unions have attacked the outcome of the G20 Finance Ministers and
Central Bank Governors meeting in Busan, Korea, on 5 June saying their
decisions risk undermining recovery, whilst they have failed to move
forward the agenda for re-regulating financial markets.
Source: ITUC

->Poor countries should have a seat at G20 table
The global economic crisis highlighted the necessity of transforming
global economic governance. But least developed countries (LDCs) have
little voice in this process. It is time they are allowed a seat at the
meetings of the Group of 20 industrialised and emerging economies.
Source: IPS

Sexual diversity

->Malawi and homophobia: The fight for the full inclusion of everyone
Like many people around the world, Sokari Ekine is ‘elated’ by the news
that Malawian gay couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, have
been pardoned and freed. But, asks Ekine, ‘How can we claim justice has
been done when the law used to convict the couple has not been
successfully challenged?’
Source: Pambazuka

->Zambia: intolerance threatens health, rights
Recent homophobic statements by religious leaders and government
authorities risk undermining Zambia's fight against HIV/AIDS Human
Rights Watch said in a letter to Zambian leaders.
Source: HRW


->Online forum on religion, gender and politics
Religion is playing an increasing role in public life across the globe.
The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) as well as the
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and
the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) are engaged in research projects on
the role of religion and gender equality. To make their voices heard
they set up this online forum to debate and share views.
Source: Open Democracy

->Making Latin America’s cities women-friendly
Fear of street harassment prevents women from freely moving around,
hinders their personal development, in terms of studies, work or
recreation, and has an isolating effect on them. The regional programme
‘Cities Without Violence Against Women, Safe Cities For All’aims to work
with local governments to ensure equal access to public spaces, and help
design and build cities that are safer for everyone.
Source: Young Feminist Wire

->Brazil: moves to legalise abortion shut down by campaign
Politically awkward when it comes to negotiating alliances and
congressional support from the right, the decriminalisation of abortion
has been dropped from a Brazilian government human rights plan and from
the election debate.
Source: IPS

->Writer/consultant required on gender and climate change
BRIDGE, an organization based in the UK that supports gender advocacy is
currently recruiting an overview report writer for the forthcoming
Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change.
Source: BRIDGE


->GM in the public eye in Asia
Public agricultural research on genetically modified crops in Asia is
becoming less about the needs of ordinary people and small farmers and
more about scientific control and corporate interests. For Asia’s small
farmers is there really any difference between a national GM crop and a
transnational one?
Source: Grain

->Community rights should be at the centre of resource use in Africa
Africa is fast becoming the Promised Land for emerging powers –as in the
cases of Brazil, China and India- trying to outcompete the old colonial
powers in the scramble for the riches of this continent. A meeting
organized by the Liberian Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)
addressed natural resource extraction and community rights.
Source: WRM

->Preparations for 2012 sustainable development conference kick off
Preparations began for a United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development in 2012 to review the implementation progress and gaps of
the historic outcomes of the 1992 "Rio de Janeiro Summit" on environment
and development as well as other relevant UN meetings.
Source: Third World Network

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->No role for World Bank in management of climate finance!
A window of opportunity has opened up at the UN climate negotiations in
Bonn to keep the World Bank from managing global climate finance.
Pressure on the US government is key.

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