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Sudan: “Crimes” in Blue Nile State
While the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rigths Navi Pillay both have condemned Bashir’s government attacks on South Sudan, another war on civilians continues nearby within Sudan.   The bombing campaign of Sudan’s Khartoum government has killed, maimed, and injured untold numbers of civilians since September 2011 and
Source HLRN (24 April 2012)
Sudan Governor: “Deliver them swept clean, rubbed, crushed...”
The governor of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan has been filmed addressing troops before a battle with rebel fighters urging them to "take no prisoners."   In footage obtained by Al Jazeera, Ahmed Harun, the state governor who has already been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in Darfur,
Source Al Jazeera (31 March 2012)
22 HR Experts Urge Rio+ 20 Accountability
Twenty-two UN human rights mandate holders have issued an open letter to governments meeting at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (the Rio+ 20 Summit), 20–22 June 2012. They point out the risks that commitments made at Rio will remain empty promises without effective monitoring and accountability. The experts make
Source HIC-HLRN/OHCHR (26 March 2012)
Conference: Global Land Grabbing II, October 2012.
The organisers invite papers that offer rigorous and innovative analysis based on recent, original field research. Doctoral students and younger researchers, particularly from the global South, are especially encouraged to participate. The deadline for submission of abstracts to landpolitics@gmail.com is 31 May 2012. For full details see the Call for Papers

Institute of Development Studies.

(25 March 2012)
ANC @ 100: Lessons Palestine Can Teach Us
As a South African who has lived and suffered under Apartheid and spent nearly thirty years of my adult life in its jails for resisting it, I can and do humbly claim to know something about the meaning of Apartheid. You do not get to journey as far and as
Source Ahmed Kathrada, CityPress (25 March 2012)
South Sudan: Humanitarian Disaster Unfolds
Washington, DC - Less than a year since South Sudan`s independence, thousands of people in the region continue to face the stark realities of secession. As an impending famine and daily violence grow in severity, the governments in Juba and Khartoum remain mired in disputes over borders and oil revenues. Among the

David Elkins

(17 March 2012)
Ministers to Speed Water & Sanitation Access
On 13 March, ministers from participating countries to the 6th World Water Forum made a common Declaration, based on preparatory discussions. This declaration emphasises the acceleration of the implementation of obligations linked to Human right to water and sanitation, the guarantee of everyone well being and health, focusing on the most

World Water Forum

(14 March 2012)
Ministerial Declaration @ 6th WWF
1. We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations assembled in Marseille, France, on 13 March 2012 at the Ministerial Conference of the 6th World Water Forum, “Time for Solutions”, are determined to address water challenges at all scales. Recognizing the Ministerial Statement and other outcomes of the 5th World Water

World Water Forum

(14 March 2012)
J.P. Morgan Chase`s Ugly Family Secrets Revealed
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase`s credit card services division, relying on multiple current and former Chase employees. One of them, Linda Almonte, is a whistle blower whom I`ve known
Source (14 March 2012)
Environmental Impact of Urban Poverty
It was while I was watching Karl Pilkington on “Idiot Abroad-The Bucket List”, that I began thinking about shanty towns and their environmental impact.  Karl in his idiot savant-ish way stated what should have been the obvious to all of us. “There’s not really much that you can change, is there? 
Source Grainne Rhuad, Subversify (09 March 2012)


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