Choike Newsletter - 8 June 2009

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-> Human rights defenders in DR Congo under threat, says UN expert
An independent United Nations expert has called on the Government of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to protect human rights workers
and prosecute those who threaten or attack them.

-> World environment day highlights climate change
The World Environment Day slogan for 2009 is “Your Planet Needs
You-Unite for Climate Change”. It reflects the urgency for nations to
‘seal the deal’ at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen
some 180 days later in the year. A statement by the Women Environmental
Programme (WEP) - Nigeria states the organization’s concerns for the
gender dimensions of climate change and its impact on Africa.

-> Abortion provider George Tiller murdered at church
The killing of a doctor who performed abortions—and saved many women’s
lives—may be the result of a culture of religious extremism around the
issue of abortion. Is violence the inevitable result of hate speech?

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-> Peoples’ voices on the crisis
The event to take place on Saturday 20 June 2009 in New York will bring
together people from the South and the North, from the US and abroad,
women and men, workers and unemployed on the eve of the UN Summit
Conference on the Economic and Financial Crisis.

-> United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis
and its Impact on Development
The conference will take place 24-26 June 2009 at the UN Headquarters in
New York. Governments agreed to hold the Conference at the ‘highest
level’ (i.e. Heads of States and Heads of Governments), which will
comprise four consecutive thematic roundtables involving participation
of other stakeholders, including civil society, and will result in an
intergovernmentally agreed outcome document.

-> Previous events:

Developing countries fight for say at UN crisis meet
The postponement of a major U.N. General Assembly conference to address
the global economic crisis and its impact on development is seen by some
civil society groups and analysts as a sign of the conflicting interests
between the world's richest and poorest countries.
Source: IPS/Terraviva
More information in "UN Conference on the world financial and economic
crisis and its impact on development":

The location of the full stop
These days, the General Assembly is addressing the issues that really
matter such as the global crisis and its devastating impact on savings
and jobs the world over. And since this is a negotiation in which the
stakes are high, the success or failure of the summit to be held in New
York in June does not depend on where to place a comma ... but on where
to place the full stop.
Source: Agenda Global/La diaria

One step forward
The Paris Ministerial Meeting of the Leading Group on Innovative
Finances for Development, has recently mandated a study group to
determine the feasibility of creating a currency transaction levy. This
is a step forward but much remains to be done: for this idea to become a
reality, it is necessary that Finance ministers find the way to
implement what the Foreign ministers agree upon.
Source: Social Watch
More information in "Financing for Development":

It's not just the economy, it's a human rights crisis
While it is too early to predict the full impact on human rights of the
profligacy of recent years, it is clear that the human rights costs and
consequences of the economic crisis will cast long shadows. It is also
clear that not only have governments abdicated economic and financial
regulation to market forces, they have failed abysmally to protect human
rights, lives and livelihoods. This is a human rights crisis says the
new Amnesty International Report 2009.
Source: Amnesty International
More information in "Economic, social and cultural rights - ESCR":

Call for "global jobs pact" amidst rising job losses
In its latest Global Employment Trends update of May, the ILO has
revised upwards its unemployment projections to levels ranging from 210
million to 239 million unemployed worldwide in 2009. The report notes
that the economic crisis is detrimental for both women and men, whether
they are at work, looking for work or outside the labour force. Women
are often in a disadvantaged position in comparison to men in labour
markets around the world.
Source: South-north Development Monitor (SUNS)

A new debt crisis? Assessing the impact of the financial crisis on
developing countries
The IMF and World Bank, which are being called on to help solve the
crisis through greater lending, have themselves often been central to
the problem of debt. It is impossible to see, without really radical
reform, how these institutions can play a constructive role in bringing
the crisis to a sustainable and just solution.
Source: Jubilee Debt Campaign
More information in "External debt":

IMF conditionalities: A repeat of history?
The global financial crisis had led to a resurgence in lending by the
IMF which has suffered a sharp decline in its lending in recent years as
countries avoided the institution due largely to the harmful
conditionalities attached to its loans. But the institution seemed to
have failed to learn from its past mistakes in handling the previous
financial crises in 1997-98 and continued to prescribe contractionary
policies in countries which had turned to the institution for funds to
either stimulate their economies or to avoid a serious downturn.
Source: Third World Network
More information in "International Monetary Fund - IMF":

State-sponsored homophobia 2009
With Panama decriminalising homosexuality in 2008 and Burundi for the
first time in its history criminalizing homosexuality in 2009, the world
now counts 80 countries with State-sponsored homophobic laws: 72
countries and 3 entities (Turkish Cyprus, Gaza and Cook Islands) punish
consenting adults with imprisonment, while 5 countries (Iran,
Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and parts of Nigeria and Somalia)
punish them with the death penalty.
Source: ILGA
More information in "Homophobia":

Putting it right: addressing human rights violations against Zimbabwean
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU), an NGO working on providing
specialist assistance in research and advocacy in the field of human
rights, democracy and governance, released a video and written report
documenting political and human rights violations against women in Zimbabwe.
Source: Research and Advocacy Unit
More information in "Gender-based violence":

Strengthening protection for children in armed conflict
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict's new policy paper, "UN
Security Council Resolution 1612 and Beyond: Strengthening Protection
for Children in Armed Conflict", details concrete actions that the
United Nations Security Council should take to ensure that children
caught in armed conflict are protected from violence and related threats
to their security and well-being.
Source: Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict
More information in "Children's rights":

Global food responsibility
Policies enacted by the United States and the European Union, and
aggressively pushed through global institutions during the last several
decades, laid the ground for the ongoing food crisis, finds a new report
by CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies,
and the Institute for Agriculture Policy (IATP).
Source: IATP - CIDSE
More information in "Agriculture and food sovereignty":

UN accuses Israel of Gaza 'negligence or recklessness'
The first investigation into the three-week war by anyone other than
human rights researchers and journalists held the Israeli government
responsible in seven separate cases in which UN property was damaged and
UN staff and other civilians were hurt or killed. However, the UN
secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, rejected the report's call for a full
and impartial investigation into the war, and refused to publish the
complete 184-page report. Only Ban's own summary of the report has been
released. Israel rejected the inquiry's findings, even before the
summary was released, as "tendentious" and "patently biased".
Source: The Guardian
More information in "War crimes in Gaza":

Racism, boycott and a big dose of hypocrisy
The only issue discussed relating to United Nations Durban Review
Conference on racism seemed to be Ahmadinejad and the Euro/North
American boycotters. It could have been a chance to highlight other key
issues like racism against vulnerable groups such as the Roma and the
Dalit or the importance of reparations for descendants of the
European-Atlantic slave trade. Yet again the racist reality that is life
for Palestinians was hidden beneath the political rhetoric.
Source: The Electronic Intifada
More information in "Durban Review Conference 2009":

Rocky road ahead at Bonn climate talks
Climate negotiations kick off in Bonn from 1-12 June under the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is set to be
intense and highly contentious as Parties chart the outcomes for the
Conference of Parties in December this year.
Source: Third World Network

Indigenous Peoples: “Another world is possible” only if…
The 2009 World Social Forum was organised by the WSF at Belém in Brazil
because it is in Amazonia, which is under ecological threat, and because
it is one of the world’s last great locations of nature in all her
abundance. Equally however, Amazonia is also symbolic at a world level
of the existence and struggles of indigenous peoples – who have been
colonised and exploited by settler societies for centuries and today
remain under intense threat across the planet.
Source: CACIM & National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers -
NFFPFW (India)
More information in "World Social Forum (WSF)":

5. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

Burma Lawyers' Council
They promote and assist in the educating, implementating, restoring, and
improving basic human rights, democratic rights, and the rule of law in

Civil society group on Financing for Development
The Doha Non-governmental organization Group on Financing for
Development (DNG) is an international coalition of civil society
organizations serving as the NGO facilitating body to the official UN
Financing for Development (FfD) process and engaged in the monitoring of
the various agenda items of the Monterrey Consensus.

Gender & Development
Journal published to focus specifically on international gender and
development issues, and to explore the connections between gender and
development initiatives, and feminist perspectives.

Global Action on Aging - GAA
GAA is an organization with special consultative status with the United
Nations Economic and Social Council. It reports on older people's needs
and potential within the global economy and advocates by, with and for
older persons worldwide.

Women's UN Report Program & Network - WUNRN
Non-governmental organization to implement the conclusions and
recommendations of a United Nations Study on Freedom of Religion of
Belief and the Status of Women From the Viewpoint of Religion and

-> NGO directory

Indigenous peoples

->Up to 100 dead in Amazon clashes
Up to 100 Amazon natives have been killed after Friday's military
crackdown on protesters in Peru and the situation is expected to worsen,
says a Canadian Indigenous rights activist.
Source: ABC News

Human Rights

->Rich countries, poor countries (and the W-8)
The agenda of this year's G8 meeting in Italy is expected to be topped
by the global crisis. In order to dramatize the need for more aid in
education and health in developing countries, OXFAM has organized the
W-8: eight women leaders from developing countries.
Source: Social Watch

->UN hearings to be held on Gaza war crimes
A UN team investigating possible war crimes in Gaza says it will hold
public hearings with victims of the conflict in Gaza and Geneva later
this month.
Source: BBC News

->Sri Lanka: UN rights council fails victims
The United Nations Human Rights Council on May 27 passed a deeply flawed
resolution on Sri Lanka that ignores calls for an international
investigation into alleged abuses during recent fighting and other
pressing human rights concerns.
Source: Human Rights Watch

Sexual diversity

->Another blow for Gambian homosexuals
President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has once again denounced homosexuality
at a recent tour in Banjul, suggesting that the practice will not be
tolerated in that country.
Source: Behind the Mask

->IGLHRC asks the Iraqi government to protect LGBT people
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has sent a
letter to the Iraqi Minister of Human Rights, Wijdan Salim, requesting
that she takes specific measures to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) Iraqis and prevent hate crimes against those
perceived to be gay.
Source: IGLHRC

Economy and Financial Affairs

->Corruption: 128 organisations call for an effective review Mechanism
The UNCAC Coalition believes that the United Nations Convention against
Corruption (UNCAC), with its worldwide membership and comprehensive
anti-corruption framework, is key to dealing effectively with global
Source: UNCAC Coalition

->Global exit strategy from crisis needed, symposium concludes
A two-day symposium that drew broad commentary on the impact of the
world economic crisis emphasized that the global downturn requires a
response that takes all countries and peoples into account.
Source: UNCTAD


->Tajudeen Abdul Raheem: a giant is lost on African Liberation Day
Political scientist and pan-African campaigner Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem
died on 25 May in a car accident on his way to Nairobi Airport. Firoze
Manji writes.
Source: Pambazuka


->New land grab blog
GRAIN has launched a new blog that offers a comprehensive information
tool on the global land grab for outsourced food production.
Source: GRAIN

-> Climate crisis: Politicians must find just solutions
On World Environment Day, leaders of industrialised nations have been
criticised for failing to do their homework on climate change.
Source: FoeI

-> All news

-> Urge leaders to attend UN crisis summit

-> Civil society campaigns for the UN crisis summit

-> Sign-on letter calling for repayment of climate debt
Support the call for the repayment of the climate debt and to advocate
for this at the upcoming climate negotiations in Bonn that begin on June
1st 2009.
Source: Third World Network

->Sign the International Appeal to Reject Transphobia and to Respect
Gender Identity
Join 300 organisations in 75 countries, 3 Nobel Prize Laureats and many

->Put the brakes on an unfair Europe-Central America trade deal
Email the European negotiators who are involved in this deal and ask
them to put the breaks on these negotiations.
Source: World Development Movement

->Zero Evictions for Palestinians, NOW
Appeal to international solidarity action denouncing Israel's continual
policies of eviction and demolition carried out against the Palestinian
Source: International Alliance of Inhabitants

->15 and Counting
Demand better access to sexual health services and education for
everyone, regardless of your age, gender or where you live.

-> All campaigns

8. IFIs Latin American Monitor

-> This initiative aims at contributing to the Latin American and global
IFI campaigns for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions by
translating key information, producing and disseminating news and
analysis, thus promoting dialogue and collaboration between key actors.
This project is possible thanks to the support of Mott Foundation.

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