Thursday, June 30, 2011

UN: Office of the High Commissioner: Human rights / Counter terrorism

30 June 2011

Human rights / Counter terrorism: 

The new UN listing regimes for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

Statement by the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter terrorism,
 Martin Scheinin

GENEVA – On 17 June 2011, the Security Council adopted two landmark resolutions that result in a major reform of the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorist sanctions regime. The listing of terrorist individuals and entities by a Committee of the Security Council, and the duty of all states to subject anyone on the list to a freezing of assets and a travel ban has grown from Resolution 1267 (1999). That resolution was limited in time and space, as it merely targeted the then Taliban regime of Afghanistan, to put pressure upon it to hand over terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. 

Due to the threat posed to international peace and security by the Taliban harboring bin Laden, the resolution was a proper measure under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

A highly problematic step was taken through resolution 1390 (2002) which, under Chapter VII of the Charter, converted the Taliban list into a global consolidated list of Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists, without any temporal or geographic limitations. Coupled with the permanent, or at least indefinite, duration of the resulting sanctions, these features led the Special Rapporteur to conclude that the Security Council is acting ultra vires, beyond its powers, by maintaining under Chapter VII its consolidated list of Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists.

The terrorist blacklist has been subject to consistent and growing criticism, including by certain judicial bodies and the Human Rights Committee, for its human rights shortcomings. Issues of fair trial and due process, right to privacy, freedom of movement and right to property have been raised and litigated.

The Security Council has proven to be responsive to criticism. A series of reforms have been decided to remedy at least some of the shortcomings and to bring elements of due process into the terrorist listing. Prior to the June 17 resolutions, Resolution 1904 (2009) was the most important of the reforms, establishing the office of a Delisting Ombudsperson and a tight time frame for the consideration of delisting requests.

Despite the reforms, the Special Rapporteur has maintained the position that the procedures for terrorist listing and delisting by the 1267 Committee of the Security Council do not meet international human rights standards concerning due process or fair trial. 

Therefore he takes the view that as long as proper due process is not guaranteed at the United Nations level when listing individuals or entities as terrorists, national (or European Union) courts will need to exercise judicial review over the national (or European) measures implementing the sanctions.

The Special Rapporteur’s assessment of the new Resolutions 1988 and 1989 is the following:

The two resolutions separate the Taliban and Al Qaeda sanctions regimes from each other. The 1267 regime, originally created for the Taliban, is converted into a global Al Qaida terrorist listing regime. The Taliban will be covered by the new Resolution 1988 which is based on a territorial limitation, the identification of the situation in Afghanistan constituting a threat to international peace and security.

While the new Taliban sanctions regime under Resolution 1988 is easier to reconcile with Security Council powers under Chapter VII of the UN Charter than the preceding global Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorist listing regime, it is a retrogressive step in relation to the human rights concerns expressed and the reforms already undertaken within it. In particular:

  • The grounds for delisting (paragrah 18) are openly political.  They cover “individuals that meet the reconciliation conditions agreed to by the Government of Afghanistan and the international community”, which include “respect for the Afghan Constitution”.
  • The Delisting Ombudsperson, introduced through Resolution 1904 (2009) as a dimension of independent review in relation to the consolidated Taliban and Al Qaida terrorist list, will have no role in the new Taliban sanctions regime.

In relation to the modified 1267 sanctions regime, that under Resolution 1989 now relates only to persons or entities associated with Al Qaeda, the reverse observations apply:

  • The Special Rapporteur remains critical of the view that the criminal terrorist network generally known as the Al Qaeda would, without geographical or temporal limitations, constitute a permanent threat to international peace and security in the meaning of Article 39 of the United Nations Charter and hence trigger the powers of the Security Council to introduce under Chapter VII of the UN Charter mandatory measures, legally binding upon all Member States.
  • The Special Rapporteur commends Resolution 1989 for the important measure of removing the consensus requirement from delisting decisions. Under Resolution 1989, the Delisting Ombudsperson or the designating State can de facto exercise delisting powers by default, unless the 1267 Sanctions Committee by consensus decides to retain the listing. 
  • However, this important improvement is compromised by the possibility of any member of the Security Council to refer a delisting recommendation by the Ombudsperson or by the designating State to the full Security Council, where its normal decision-making rules will apply. This means that delisting will require the votes of nine out of the 15 members of the Security Council and can be blocked by the veto of any of the five permanent members.

In the assessment of the Special Rapporteur, the Al Qaeda sanctions regime under Resolution 1989 does not, judged by the letter of the resolution, remedy the human rights shortcomings expressed in relation to the earlier Consolidated List. Judicial challenges at national and European levels are likely to continue. 

Due to the unsatisfactory level of due process guarantees such as disclosure of information and a right to an effective remedy, the strengthened role of the Ombudsperson is unlikely to satisfy national or European courts that the safeguards at the United Nations level are sufficient, so that these courts could allow deference instead of exercising their jurisdiction over the national or European measures for the implementation of the sanctions.

However, if it turns out that Security Council members are prepared to secure all the following conditions, the assessment may change:

  • any listing proposal requires the submission of the full set of information that is used as the substantive basis for the listing proposal;
  • the person or entity subjected to the listing proposal has the right and practical means to effectively challenge the proposal;
  • the Delisting Ombudsperson has access to the full set of information used for the listing; 
  • the delisting recommendations by the Ombudsperson or delisting proposals by the designating State are in practice respected, so that they are not overturned through a consensus decision by the 1267 Committee or referred to the full Security Council.

If these conditions are met in the implementation of Resolution 1989, the Special Rapporteur finds it likely that national or European courts will require listed individuals or entities to exhaust the delisting procedure of the Ombudsperson before exercising their jurisdiction in relation to the national or European implementing measures.”


Martin Scheinin was appointed Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, by the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights in August 2005.  His six years of service as Special Rapporteur will come to an end on 31 July 2011. 

The mandate was renewed by the Human Rights Council in October 2010.  As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any Government and serves in his individual capacity. He is Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

As Special Rapporteur he has addressed the issue of terrorist listings on a number of occasions, including by appearing before the 1267 Sanctions Committee, as part of his country visits and in several of his thematic reports, including:

    UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy 

    Information/media requests: 

    Nikolaus Schultz

    UN Human Rights:

    Monday, June 27, 2011

    Gaza, We Are Coming: Greek officials attempt to block U.S. Boat to Gaza

    On Saturday, 25 June, the French boat, Dignity / Karama, left the port of l'ile Rousse in Corsica, France, to meet up with at least nine other vessels sailing to Gaza to challenge Israel's illegal blockade. 

    Israel's best efforts to stop the boats at port, including pressure on governments, threats against insurance and communications companies, intimidation of human rights defenders, frivolous lawsuits and other underhanded tactics, have thus far failed. 

    The Freedom Flotilla has set sail. In the coming days the rest of the vessels in the flotilla, two cargo ships and seven other passenger boats, will leave from various ports to a meeting point in international waters from which the boats will sail all together towards Gaza. They will carry nearly three thousand tons of aid and hundreds of civilians from dozens of countries, including members of parliament, politicians, writers, artists, journalists and sports figures, as well as representatives of indigenous peoples and various faith groups. 

    Some of the vessels are facing delays admittedly initiated by bogus complaints from the Israel Law Center, attempted sabotage of some boats, as well as administrative obstacles created by the Greek government in response to Israeli pressure. 

    There is no question that Israel's near hermetic closure of the Gaza Strip is illegal; this has been affirmed again and again by numerous international human rights bodies including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.  When prompted by the flotilla effort, international consensus has been unequivocal in the demand for the Israeli siege to end. 

    There is no question that Israel's closure policy has had a devastating effect on the occupied people of Gaza. This has also been well documented. The only question is why does the international community of states allow Israel to keep violating the law and rights of the Palestinian people with impunity? 

    Recent steps taken by Israel to address the concerns raised in the public eye by the Freedom Flotilla II - Stay Human initiative, including last week's announcement of authorization for construction materials for 1,200 homes and 18 schools in Gaza, prove that flotillas work. However, this is not enough, as our effort is not simply about increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza. It is about freedom for Palestinians in Gaza and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories. 

    Calls by some world leaders for flotilla organizers to use "established channels" to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza show a fundamental disregard for Palestinian human rights. The Palestinian people do not want handouts from the international community; rather they demand liberation - a call we must all support. 

    Therefore, despite intimidation, pressure, and threats of violence from the Israeli government, which is not ashamed to boast that it will use snipers and attack dogs against unarmed civilians, we will sail. 

    We call on our governments to do their utmost to protect their citizens as we take to the sea, without weapons, protection or threat of force, in defense of freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. 

    What You Can Do: 

    Call upon the Greek government not to become complicit in Israel's illegal actions by succumbing to this pressure, and to join France in standing unopposed to the flotilla.

    • Call:
    • Huwaida Arraf, Athens +30-694-781-5798
      Greta Berlin, Athens +33 607 374 512 
    • Email: Greek Embassy in DC, asking them not to cave in to any Israeli or US pressure not to let the US Boat sail. at   

    Gaza, we are coming.  


    Sunday, June 26, 2011

    Pakistan: A New Perspective 3D

    Click the links in bold below for a 3D experience of Pakistan

    “Let us trust each other,” roared the Governor-general designate and added; “Let us judge by results, not by theories. With the help of every section –I see that every class is represented in this huge gathering –let us work in double shift if necessary to make the Sovereign State of Pakistan really happy, 
    really united and really powerful.” 

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Speech at a Dinner Party given by the late Mr. Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah at the Karachi Club on 9th August, 1947.

    In a span of over two years, based on interviews, heated and tolerant discussions, my own research, speaking and writing about and with Pakistan; I have come to know a nation through the eyes and voices of Pakistanis. I revert to the vision Jinnah had of Pakistan. I understand politically and historically why his idealism never flourished; yet I find insurmountable beauty through landscapes, culture, architecture, history, artists, activists and people of Pakistan.

    The world is ablaze. People are born while simultaneously dying. Nations are revolting. I have witnessed and experienced in many nations, grave religious and cultural intolerance, lack of education [although educated on a collegiate level], mass media propaganda, ignorance and apathy.  In a world of negative, how many focus on the positive?

    Pakistan equals the combined land areas of France and the UK. It is the 36th largest nation by area with a coastline along the Arabian Sea. Land borders include: Afghanistan, China, India and Iran. Pakistan means Land of [the] Pure in Urdu [national language] and Persian.

    Ethnic groups consist mainly of: Punjabis, Pashtuns,Sindhis, Muhajirs, and Balochs. Pakistan is home to refugees from Afghanistan, India, Iran and Africa, as well as cultures that reside in Pakistan from other nations causing Pakistan to be a country abundant in diverse faith, language, music, art and literature.

    Experience a 3D positive perspective of Pakistan.

    Pakistan is the 2nd most populous Muslim majority nation, consisting mainly of Sunni and Shi’a sects of faith, as well as: Sufism, Hinduism, Christianity, Ahmadi, Sikhism, Parsi, and Buddhism. Pakistan is multilingual with more than 60 languages spoken, most prevalent are: Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, and English.

    Pakistan claims some of the tallest mountain peaks in the world. This nation is home to Mughal architecture and archaeological remains in The Indus Valley to the empire of Alexander the Great. Landscapes in Pakistan allow for variety of trees and plants to flourish. The animal life in Pakistan reflects the varied climates of the land.

    Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan is not utilized as a building block nor guiding
    force by the current government of Pakistan, its leaders nor its foreign affiliates.  Jinnah’s idealism is alive in the passion of the youth of Pakistan. I have witnessed youth [ranging from ages 16-28] over extending themselves during emergent and dangerous situations [all current, unsolved and ongoing] such as:

    • Amina Masood Janjua and Missing Persons
    • Solidarity with Kashmir
    • Palestinian Solidarity
    • The IDF Mavi Marmara Attack
    • The Trial of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
    • U.S. Drone Attacks
    • The Margalla Crash
    • 2010 Pakistan Floods
    • Death of Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti [regarding blasphemy law]
    • Unrelenting bombing within Pakistan [specifically Karachi and Peshawar]
    • Solidarity with the Arab Uprising
    • Justice for The Sialkot Brothers
    • PNS Mehran
    • Emergency Education
    • Solidarity with Physicians
    • Death of Osama Bin Laden
    • Death of investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad [one of many]
    • Death of Sarfaraz Shah in Karachi

    Tragedy has become an “expected” part of existence in Pakistan.

    My view of the people of Pakistan is one of immense strength, perseverance and tolerance for occurrences that should never be tolerated. My experience is a direct result of speaking to journalists, political activists, social media, youth organizations, and adults who are there to guide youth. As a journalist and a human being, it is incomprehensible to fathom existing in a nation where the wrong rights are utilized and the right rights are ignored.

    Pakistan, A New Perspective, cannot be realized without ideological tolerance, proper education, control of foreign powers, and consensual rights and equality for all people. I have immense respect for people who do speak, protest, work, exist and survive in a land I view as culturally diverse, rich in history, agriculture, literature, art, journalism. language, faith and courage.

    “I have no doubt that with unity, faith and discipline we will not only remain the fifth largest State in the world but will compare with any nation of the world….You must make up your mind now. We must sink individualism and petty jealousies and make up our minds to serve the people with honesty and faithfulness. We are passing through a period of fear, danger and menace. We must have faith, unity and discipline.”

    - Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Reply to North Western Railway Officers
    welcome address, Karachi, 28 December 1947.

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    Anuradha Koirala: CNN documentary: Nepal's Stolen Children

    WATCH below: Buffalo NY: Maiti Nepal

    WATCH: PBS Documentary:
    The Day My God Died

    CNN-TV documentary: Anuradha and Maiti Nepal:  NEPAL'S STOLEN CHILDREN

    Watch the premiere on Sunday, June 26th (times below) Reported by Demi Moore 

    Combating child sex trafficking in Nepal: 

    Last November, Anuradha won CNN Hero of the Year.  CNN has made a documentary about sex trafficking in Nepal: Maiti Nepal and Anuradha are the beating heart of it.

    groupof teens

    • CNN US:
    •  6/26      8pm ET / 5pm PT
    • 6/26      11pm ET / 8pm PT
    • 6/27      2am ET / (6/26) 11pm PT

    • 6/26      20:00 Berlin & Johannesburg  
    • 6/26      21:00 Berlin & Johannesburg  
    • 6/27      02:00 Berlin & Johannesburg  

    • 6/26      22:00 Abu Dhabi
    • 6/26      23:00 Abu Dhabi
    • 6/27      04:00 Abu Dhabi  

    • 6/26      20:00 Hong Kong
    • 6/27      02:00 Hong Kong
    • 6/27      03:00 Hong Kong
    • 6/27      08:00 Hong Kong 
    • 6/26      17:45 Kathmandu
    • 6/26      23:45 Kathmandu
    • 6/27      00:45 Kathmandu
    • 6/27      05:45 Kathmandu
    • CNNi MEXICO CITY: (in English on CNNi)
    • 6/26      1pm Mexico City
    • 6/26      2pm Mexico City
    • 6/26      7pm Mexico City

    • CNNi LONDON:
    • 6/26      19:00 London
    • 6/26      20:00 London
    • 6/27      01:00 London

     Brigitte Cazalis-Collins and Joe Collins
    Friends of Maiti Nepal 

    Story of Maiti Nepal 

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    "Please tell the world about my girls." -  Anuradha Koirala

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Buffalo: WAM Summer Jam: (Writers, Artists, Musicians) June 29th

    Proud to announce on JUNE 29th WAM (Writers, Artists, Musicians) will be celebrating their 2 year anniversary at 464 Art Gallery!

    Don't miss this 2 YEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY at WAM Summer Jam!

    Featuring performances from past WAM acts, as well as gallery of work from NOMAD artists. There will be a community painting project, photo booth, live outdoor music in the backyard (bring a blanket!) and the release of NOMAD Art & Lit Magazine Issue 5. We can't wait to celebrate with you all!


    Andrew Daniels & Tony Trippi
    Dan Borodzick
    Mel Latimer
    Mark & Colin from Coterie of Stern
    Megan Callahan
    Andrew Delmonte.

    Event Name:
     WAM Buffalo (Writers Artists Musicians)

    Date:  Wednesday June 29th - 6PM START

            464 Art Gallery
            464 Amherst Street
            Buffalo, NY
    *Additional details:

    *Facebook event:

    WAM Buffalo
    Writers Artists Musicians Event

    Sponsored by:

    NOMAD Art & Lit Magazine

    Free Henry!

    Please check out WAM, a monthly Writers/Artists/Musicians' creative mixer/showcase which encourages conversation and collaboration.  With a focus on live & local, WAM features new performers and artists each month along with Open Mic & live art projects, which guests are invited to participate in.

    This event is
    free and open to the public.  The last Wednesday of every month, join WAM for drink specials and amazing homegrown talent!

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    The 9th Music is Art 2011 Festival: Press Conference: June 23


    Music is Art 2011 Festival

    Join us for a special press conference to announce plans for the 2011 Music is Art Festival. 

    Public Press Conference 

    The 2011 Music is Art Festival marks the 9th year of bringing together over 50 local bands, displaying artists and photographers, dancers, live art demonstrations, DJs and the ever popular Kids Village.

    Join us Thursday at the Shakespeare stage in Delaware park as we reveal the festival:

    • date
    • location
    • theme
    • poster art
    Then stay for the 7:30 p.m., free performance of The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

    Where, When:

    Shakespeare Stage at Delaware Park
    (Rain location: the Marcy Casino)
    Buffalo, New York 14222
    Thursday, June 23rd
    7:00 PM

    Music is Art
    121 Humboldt Pkwy
    Buffalo, New York 14214

    The Organization:

    Music is Art is a not for profit (federal 501c3) organization founded in 2004 by The Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo native Robby Takac. MiA operates through a board of directors, staff, partner organizations, sponsors, and many, many volunteers.

    Executive Director

    Tod A. Kniazuk

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    International Federation of Journalists Backs Pakistani Journalists

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) supports the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in rejecting of the Pakistan Government’s terms for appointing a judicial commission to investigate the abduction and murder in late May of journalist Saleem Shahzad.

     The Government announced on June 14 that it would appoint the Chief Justice of the Federal Sharia Court, Agha Mohammad Rafique, to head the commission.

    However, the PFUJ insisted the inquiry must be led by a fully independent Supreme Court justice. 

    Appointments to the Supreme Court are made by the President on the recommendation of the court’s Chief Justice, and are permanent appointments. Justices of the Federal Sharia Court are directly appointed by the Government on an ad hoc basis for a limited tenure of three years.

    The PFUJ had demanded the Government set up a commission headed by a Supreme Court judge by June 10. The demand was supported by the IFJ and other organisations around the world.

    “The inquiry into Shahzad’s murder must be as independent and transparent as possible, and recognised as such by the wider population. It is therefore necessary that the inquiry be headed by a Supreme Court justice,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

    The PFUJ, an IFJ affiliate, said journalists would proceed with a 24-hour sit-in outside the Federal Parliament from 3pm on June 15, and would boycott national and provincial assemblies for two days. Similar protests will be held at provincial assemblies in Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi.

    PFUJ president Pervaiz Shaukat told a press conference on June 14 that the Government was not paying heed to the demands of journalists for full investigations to bring killers of journalists to justice and to end the culture of impunity for the murders of media personnel across all provinces of Pakistan. 

    PFUJ secretary-general Amin Yousuf said journalists would only accept a judicial commission headed by a Supreme Court judge.

    Journalists in Pakistan have voiced outrage since the body of Shahzad was found about 150km southeast of Islamabad on May 31. Shahzad disappeared in Islamabad on May 29, two days after he published on Asia Times Online an investigative report into alleged links between Al-Qaeda and Pakistani naval officials.

    At least four more Pakistani journalists have been reported killed in connection to their work during 2011.

    -     Asfandyar Khan, of the daily Akhbar-i-Khyber, died in a bomb blast, Peshawar, June 11.

    -     NasrullahAfridi, of Pakistan Television (PTV) and the Urdu daily Mashriq, murdered in targeted car-bomb blast, Peshawar, May 10.

    -     WaliKhan Babar, of GEO TV, murdered by unknown gunmen, Karachi, January 13.

    -     IlyasNazar, of the Baloch-language Darwanth, found dead in Pidarak, Balochistan, January 5, after abduction on December 28.

    Following the June 11 twin-blast in Peshawar, trainee reporter Shafiullah Khan, of TheNews, is reported to be in a critical condition in hospital, suffering burns to 70 per cent of his body.

    For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0919

    The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

    Find the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific

    Find the IFJ on Facebook here

     International Press Card: Dont Leave Home Without It: Apply Here 

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Canadian Boat to Gaza: The Tahrir:Together We Will Break the Siege


    The Tahrir is sailing with Freedom Flotilla II - Stay Human.  30 delegates from across the country are preparing themselves for a difficult but necessary voyage.  

    We are also assembling a dedicated group of volunteers across the country who will remain in Canada, supporting the launch of the flotilla, tracking and communicating with the Tahrir once it sets sail, handling media and public actions regionally and nationally. 

    We are asking you to continue contributing to the Canadian Boat to Gaza so the Tahrir and its passengers can sail with all the necessary equipment and security devices needed for this difficult trip.

    The people of Gaza are waiting for us.  
    Witness Gaza

    Together We Will Break the Siege!


    Chers ami-e-s,

    Dans quelques semaines, et ce grâce à vous, le Tahrir va naviguer avec la Flottille de la liberté II – Rester humains. Une trentaine de délégué-e-s du Québec et du Canada se préparent actuellement pour un voyage difficile mais nécessaire. Nous continuons à travailler avec nos partenaires internationaux à l’organisation finale de tous les aspects du projet. Nous avons aussi mis sur pied une équipe de bénévoles qui resteront ici pour appuyer la flottille, notamment en maintenant la communication avec le Tahrir durant son voyage, en assurant les liens avec les médias et en coordonnant les actions publiques qui s’organiseront un peu partout au pays.

    Vous avez peut-être entendu parler d’une poursuite légale pour empêcher le bateau de partir. Sachez que celle-ci ne nous arrêtera pas et que nous continuons à nous préparer afin d’atteindre notre objectif, Gaza, d’ici la fin juin.

    Jusqu’à maintenant, nous avons recueilli environ 340 000$ en dons provenant de gens comme vous. Contrairement à des affirmations diffusées par certains medias, nous réaffirmons que tout cet argent a été donné par des citoyens et des citoyennes, des organisations communautaires et syndicales, sans appui gouvernemental ni exemption fiscale. Il s’agit donc d’une initiative citoyenne authentique à laquelle toutes ces personnes croient fermement.

    En plus du bateau lui-même, qui absorbe la majeure partie des coûts, il y a plusieurs autres dépenses incontournables pour un projet d’une telle importance et d’une telle difficulté. Il nous faut notamment de l’équipement de communication qui doit être plus sophistiqué que prévu afin de répondre aux besoins des médias qui seront à bord et éviter les possibles interférences israéliennes. Nous devons aussi assumer des coûts pour le combustible, les réparations, l’équipement de sécurité, etc. Rappelons aussi que nous avons dû prendre un bateau plus gros que prévu afin de permettre à plus de personnes de participer à l’opération et d’envoyer plus d’aide humanitaire à Gaza.

    Pour toutes ces raisons, nous avons besoin de 50 000$ supplémentaires pour assumer tous les coûts du projet. Nous vous prions donc de contribuer à nouveau au Bateau pour Gaza afin que le Tahrir et ses passagers puissent naviguer en toute sécurité et avec tout l’équipement nécessaire à un tel voyage.

    Nous comptons sur votre appui dans cet ultime effort. La population de Gaza nous attend. Si vous n’avez pas encore contribué, nous vous prions de le faire maintenant. Si vous pouvez faire une contribution supplémentaire, n’hésitez pas. Et bien sûr, demandez à vos amis, votre famille et à vos collègues de contribuer. Les dons peuvent être effectués par le biais notre site Internet à

    Ensemble, nous allons y arriver!
    L’équipe du Bateau canadien pour Gaza

    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    The Oslo Freedom Forum: Dawn of a New Arab World


    The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) today releases the first set of videos from the 2011 Oslo Freedom Forum.  Engaging and provocative presentations and panel discussions are now available via YouTube.   HRF invites viewers to share these videos with friends, create discussions in the comment sections, and embed them wherever possible.  

      Justin Hardy - Healing Kashmir

    The first set of set of videos includes nine discussions from this year’s conference:

     Jody Williams - The Power of One
    The full program will be released over the next two weeks, including talks and conversations from Mona Eltahawy, Shirin Ebadi, Alejandro Toledo, Zoya Phan, Leymah Gbowee, Barbara Demick, James Fallon and Belisario Betancur. Updates and announcements will also be shared on Twitter and Facebook.

     Maryam al-Khawaja - Dawn of a New Arab World

    Talks from the 2009 and 2010 conferences are live at www.OsloFreedomForum.comincluding speeches from Elie Wiesel, Yoani Sánchez, Benjamin Skinner, Kasha Jacqueline, and Julian Assange.

     Thomas Glave - Ending Anti-Gay Violence in Jamaica

    Founded to address today’s most challenging humanitarian issues, the Oslo Freedom Forum brings some of the world’s most remarkable individuals together from academia, advocacy, business, media, politics, social entrepreneurship, and technology to collaborate on how best to make an impact on the world around them.   

     Mona Eltahawy - Evolution of Censorship

    About The Oslo Freedom Forum 

    The Oslo Freedom Forum was founded in 2009, by HRF to bring humanitarian issues to the top of the global agenda.  The three-day annual forum highlights the stories of human rights advocates from around the world through engaging presentations in order to raise awareness, bring focus to closed societies, prompt inspired discussion, and empower an international community to affect change. 

     Wael Ghonim presents live from Cairo via satellite

     John Peder Egenæs of Amnesty International Norway

    Global media liaison:
    Martha Pulido
    Office: +1 212 377 358
    Mobile: +1 646 441 1468