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Human Rights

Le mouvement international pour l’élimination du travail des enfants Stop Child Labour a rédigé un manuel présentant des expériences menées à travers le monde dans le but de partager et pour inspirer d’autres acteurs à mettre en oeuvre et à soutenir l’approche géographique des zones libres de tout travail d’enfant. Les 25 (5 x 5) éléments essentiels présentés dans ce manuel ont été définis sur la base des expériences et stratégies des ONG, syndicats et membres des zones libres de tout travail d’enfant à travers le monde.

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change.

Urgency Required focuses on urgent issues of gay and lesbian liberation, taking a historical perspective and reflecting worldwide geographic diversity. Employing the term ‘LGBT-persons’, the acronym used for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, it explores concepts and strategies for taking steps towards decriminalization and equal rights and treatment regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Taking a comprehensive view on sexual violence

On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old woman was brutally beaten and gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi. She died from her injuries thirteen days later, and in the weeks that followed, waves of protests took place across India. People came out in large numbers, seeking justice and demanding freedom (azaadi) for women- freedom from violence, and freedom to wear what they want, to walk the streets at night. They asserted the need to protect women’s rights, not their bodies.

Travelling to and for liberation(s): Reflecting on the first day of Movements Rethink

<p>The&nbsp;second in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013.</p>

Safe abortion is considered a stigma and no-go area by many people in the world. Therefore, safe abortion is neither widely accessible nor acceptable for a majority of women and girls. This comes with a cost, as unsafe abortion is a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity, in particular in developing countries. The socio-economic costs of unsafe abortion, are beyond costs for individual women and girls. It also includes costs for their households and families, for health-care systems, and for the broader development of communities and societies.

Hivos' opening plenary at Human Rights Funders Conference

On 28 and 29 January 2014, the annual International Human Rights Funders Conference was held in San Francisco. The conference brings together major, global funders of Human Rights work, including Hivos, to stimulate discussion and the possibility for joint standpoints on pressing human rights issues.

Justice for Iran report helps UN break global silence on rape of virgin girls in Iranian prisons

In her comprehensive report ‘Pathways to, conditions and consequences of incarceration of women’, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Professor Rashida Manjoo, makes ample reference to the report by Hivos partner Justice for Iran, ‘Crime and Impunity: Sexual Torture of Women Prisoners in Islamic Republic. The UN report shows how human rights abuses and violence prior to, during, and after imprisonment affects women of all ages and cultures.

There is an apparent low profile war going on against progressive circles in Honduras, and this edition of Envio magazine demands that the international community take notice. It reports on an international expert meeting in which Hivos teamed up with CEJIL, ERIC and Jueces por la Democracia to talk about impunity, freedom of expression and Justice. The goal of the event, held in october 2011, was to support Honduran human rights activism with reflextions and lessons from neighbouring countries.

Monday the 28th of February, an important step was made in the fight against impunity in Guatemala: 30 years after the mass atrocities against indigenous people took place and 15 years after victim groups like AJR started preparing their case, the law suit against former de facto head of state Efraín Ríos Montt has finally started. He will be indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity. During Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, an estimated 200,000 people were killed, of which a UN-sponsored Commission on Historical Clarification estimated that 93% can be attributed to state security forces. Due to a declared amnesty in 1996 peace agreement and a grim political reality, until today, impunity reigns over the Central American country. The court’s determination to withstand all objections from the defense and move on with the case, on the basis of a thorough analysis of relevant recent international jurisprudence, is an act of courage, considering the enormous public pressure from right-wing media and the threats behind the scene. Grassroots organizations and lawyers from NGOs like the Centre for Legal Action and Human Rights – CALDH fighting to get the military command of those days to trial, have been supported by Hivos for many years. We congratulate them with this major step and will keep on monitoring the developments.