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InfoChange News & Features

Govt rejects environment clearance to Vedanta

In a setback to Vedanta Resources, the Indian government has rejected environment clearance to its $ 1.7 billion bauxite mining project in Orissa after accepting the recommendations of a key panel clearing such ventures India’s environment ministry has rejected Vedanta Resources Plc’s proposal to mine bauxite in the eastern state of Orissa. Citing reasons for the denial of clearance, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said “there has been a very serious violation of the Environment Protection (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 August 2010

InfoChange News & Features

India recognises ‘other’ gender in voter lists

India’s Election Commission has given transgenders an independent identity by letting them state their gender as ‘other’ on ballot forms. Thus far, transgenders have been forced to describe their gender as being either male or female. Their recognition as an independent group is the first step towards official recognition of a community that has so far remained on the margins of society. Read (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 November 2009

Transnational Institute (TNI)

United Nations and Transnational Corporations: a deadly association

The United Nations is failing in its duty to control the abuses of transnational economic power, argues Alejandro Teitelbaum. The recent report by John Ruggie, special representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights, represents a setback in attempts to establish international control over the activities of transnational corporations. I. The United Nations Organisation (UN) was created in order to keep the peace and defend human rights and dignity. Some important (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 April 2007

Human rights in Syria : Pelosi’s silence

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Damascus this week caused quite a stir. Before she even landed in Syria, the White House was calling her decision a « really bad idea ». Pelosi’s spokesman was quick to defend the visit by saying that the speaker intended to use her trip « to discuss a wide range of security issues affecting the United States and the Middle East ». No one doubts that security is essential in the region. But Pelosi appears to have committed the same mistake as other (...) read

date of on-line publication : 6 April 2007

Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)

Financing development in the Arab region : a case of a region at crossroads

> Financing for democracy : an oxymoron? The role of donors in supporting emerging democracies and civil society

The Monterrey Consensus that resulted from the International Summit on Financing for Development in 2002 highlighted several key actions to be worked upon in the process of enhancing the mobilization of needed funds for achieving the global development goals. The Summit convened in a period when several considerations in the global and regional policy-making process, and on the economic, political, and security fronts, were being rearranged upon the attacks of September 11, 2001. In fact, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 2 March 2007

World Day Against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2006 : The death penalty is a failure of justice

This year the World Day, organised by the World Coalition, is devoted to the theme “The Death Penalty: A Failure of Justice”, drawing attention to violations of international standards, including the right to a fair trial, in cases in which the death penalty is applied. FIDH considers that all executions are a failure of justice. The injustice is further increased when the judicial processes leading to the taking of human life are beset with errors. In this context FIDH, in collaboration (...) read

date of on-line publication : 12 October 2006


Are Human Rights Universal?

> New Internationalist 332, March 2001 (...)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is half a century old, but critics are still asking whether anything in our multicultural, diverse world can be truly universal. Some ask, isn’t human rights an essentially Western concept, ignoring the very different cultural, economic and political realities of the South? Can the values of the consumer society be applied to societies that have nothing to consume? Isn’t talking about universal rights rather like saying that the rich and the poor both have the same right to fly first-class and to sleep under bridges? At the risk of sounding frivolous: when you stop a man in traditional dress beating his wife, are you upholding her human rights or violating his? The fact is that there are serious objections to the concept of universal human rights which its defenders need to acknowledge honestly, the better to refute them.  read

date of on-line publication : 17 November 2005

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