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, by Bitterlemons

A one, two or three state solution?

Two Palestinian views
– The only alternative to two states is conflict
by Ghassan Khatib
Israel is interested in and working on a future for the Gaza Strip that is different from that of the West Bank. Read more
Two Israeli views
– One state definitely not an option (…)

, by Pambazuka

The destruction of African agriculture

Biofuel production is certainly one of the culprits in the current global food crisis. But while the diversion of corn from food to biofuel feedstock has been a factor in food prices shooting up, the more primordial problem has been the conversion of economies that are largely (…)

, by AWID

Why Soldiers Rape

An alarming number of women soldiers are being sexually abused by their comrades-in-arms, both at war and at home. This fact has received a fair amount of attention lately from researchers and the press — and deservedly so.
But the attention always focuses on the women: where they were when (…)

Sanitation: A Human Rights Imperative

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

This booklet addresses the: Benefit of treating sanitation in human rights terms, Legal basis of the right to sanitation, State obligations and standards for differing environments, and Priority actions for governments and other stakeholders.
While there has been some progress on the (…)

, by Bilaterals

Pacific civil society organisations statement on trade justice

Pacific NGOs, churches and trade unions working on trade justice issues are concerned about the push for free trade agreements in the Pacific and the grave risk that these agreements pose for our people. For much of the past decade Pacific Island Countries have faced pressure from our developed (…)

, by Haayo-Mediatic

Communication experts endorse alternative media

About 120 communication experts, meeting in Accra, have endorsed a blend of modern information and communication technologies with traditional and other alternative media forms to disseminate information for development in the globalised world.
The participants, from Africa, the Caribbeans and (…)

ESCR-Net Collective Report on Business and Human Rights - 2008


ESCR-Net’s Corporate Accountability Working Group is pleased to announce the release of its Collective Report on Business and Human Rights.
Presented directly to Members of the 8th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during the first week of June 2008, this Collective Report on (…)

, by CETRI

The Challenges for Fernando Lugo

Par Andrew Nickson

Fernando Lugo’s triumph in the Paraguayan presidential elections is historic, not only because it is the first time in the world that an ex-bishop has won a presidential election, but also because it marks the end of the Colorado Party’s hegemony, after more than sixty years in power. After his (…)

Recovering internationalisme, Creating the new global solidarity

Institute of Social Studies, January-March 2008, Creative Commons

Peter Waterman (London 1936) is a veteran activist-researcher in and on labour, social movements, the old and new internationalisms. Amongst his recent previous books have been Globalisation, Social Movements and the New Internationalisms (London/New York, 1998/2001) and Los nuevos tejidos (…)

Fair law: legal proposals to improve corporate accountability for environmental and human rights abuses

Filip GREGOR, Hannah ELLIS, European coalition for corporate justice (ECCJ), May 2008, 33 p.

The first Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) can be traced back in law to the industrial age, amongst a backdrop of vast improvements in global transportation, rapidly expanding manufacturing industries and emerging notions of free trade. New legal structures were required to accommodate the huge (…)

Legislative opportunities to improve corporate accountability at EU level

European coalition for corporate justice (ECCJ), May 2008, 20 p. (pdf)

The European Coalition for Corporate Justice was founded in 2005 with a mission to promote an ethical regulatory framework for European business, wherever in the world that business may operate. The European Coalition for Corporate Justice’s members represent a diverse range of groups from (…)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

Sustainability issues in the tea sector: a comparative analysis of six leading producing countries

Sanne van der Wal, June 2008, 110 p. (pdf)

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, after water. For a number of developing countries it is an important commodity in terms of jobs and export earnings. Tea production is labour intensive and the industry provides jobs in remote rural areas. Millions of livelihoods around the (…)

, by Infochange

Green reasons for red rage

By Richard Mahapatra

An expert group of the Planning Commission establishes a strong correlation between social unrest and the spread of Naxalism and poverty, landlessness and inequitable management of natural resources
An expert group on development challenges in extremist-affected areas (read: Naxalite-affected (…)

, by Choike

Oil companies in developing countries

A large body of evidence suggests that rich oil resources obstruct democracy and equitable economic growth in developing countries because of a lack of transparency, and therefore accountability, in oil revenues paid by oil companies to governments.
The human rights implications of the (…)

, by Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)

Q&A: Advocating open source drugs

T. V. Padma

Brahmachari: "Why should we worry about intellectual property protection for infectious diseases and diseases of the poor?"
Leading geneticist Samir Brahmachari explains why India should kickstart a new ’open source’ approach to drug discovery for diseases like TB.
Samir Brahmachari is one (…)

, by ESSF

Burma, victim of the ’War on Terror’

When I phoned Aung San Suu Kyi’s home in Rangoon yesterday, I imagined the path to her door that looks down on Inya Lake. Through ragged palms, a trip-wire is visible, a reminder that this is the prison of a woman whose party was elected by a landslide in 1990, a democratic act extinguished by (…)

, by AISF

Amnesty International Report 08

World leaders owe an apology for failing to deliver on the promise of justice and equality in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted 60 years ago. In the past six decades, many governments have shown more interest in the abuse of power or in the pursuit of political (…)