“Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive.” A very interesting talk by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming: http://bit.ly/1rTOT5M
The Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish, who has been held captive by the Syrian regime since 2012, and the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression receive the 2015 Award for the Courageous Word (Preis für das Unerschrockene Wort 2015) from the Luther Cities.
In its 2015 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014: “Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents.” http://index.rsf.org/#!/
“With close to four million refugees, the scale of the crisis is overwhelming. This report tells the stories of the real people behind the numbers, in their own words.” Amnesty International UK released a staggering report on Syrian refugees. http://bit.ly/1DdhnS6
Pakistani lawyer and women’s right activist Dr. Asma Jahangir receives the Right Livelihood Award 2014, together with Basil Fernando (Asian Human Rights Commision, China) and Bill McKibben (350.org, USA).
“Girls are not property. They have the right to determine their destiny.“ Today, the world’s first Girl Summit is taking place in the UK. http://bit.ly/1qMLkDK
“The world has made extraordinary progress in helping children survive their first, most vulnerable years.” http://childlivesmap.com/
“The number of serious humanitarian crises resulting from armed conflicts has reached alarming levels.“ The German aid agency Welthungerhilfe has published its annual report.
With the Olympic Games taking place in Sochi, Russia, new videos and reports of repressions and violence against LGBTs surface.
The Guardian is mapping women’s rights in an interactive graphic, country by country.