Human rights abuses

Addressing the vulnerability of children in the trafficking context

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 12:06am

Several organisations, such as the OSCE Anti-trafficking Coordinator and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, have recently warned about the increased risks of trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Several organisations, such as the OSCE Anti-trafficking Coordinator and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, have recently warned about the increased risks of trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Children are one of the most vulnerable victims and deserve particular attention.
  • FRAs guide on children deprived of parental care found in an EU Member State other than their own provides practical suggestions for different professionals on how to respond to the protection needs of children from the moment they are identified as victims or at risk of trafficking, until the implementation and monitoring of a durable solution for the child.
  • The guide, published last year together with the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator, is now also available in Croatian.

Ukrainian Director Creates Super-hero Movie in Covid-19 Lockdown on One Dollar Budget

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 3:00pm

KIEV, Ukraine, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ukrainian film-director Vasyl Moskalenko has filmed a superhero movie, Apple-Man, during Covid-19 lockdown, in his own 150 square feet bedroom.

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  • KIEV, Ukraine, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ukrainian film-director Vasyl Moskalenko has filmed a superhero movie, Apple-Man, during Covid-19 lockdown, in his own 150 square feet bedroom.
  • With only two people on set, and on a one dollar budget, the voiceover for Apple-Man was also provided by Marvel VO actor, Stefan Ashton Frank.
  • The Director played all twelve characters in the movie, while the other person on set was the Director of Photography, Volodymyr Kratinov.
  • Vasyl Moskalenko is the director of the movie, "Synthetic Love", which received 20 festival awards in USA, Canada and Great Britain.

Avani and Challenging Heights win 2020 Juliette Gimon Courage Awards

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON, DC and LONDON, April 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Fund for Children announces the winners of its 2020 Juliette Gimon Courage Awards today, recognizing innovative grassroots organizations Avani in India and Challenging Heights in Ghana for work to advance childrens rights despite extreme challenges.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, DC and LONDON, April 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Fund for Children announces the winners of its 2020 Juliette Gimon Courage Awards today, recognizing innovative grassroots organizations Avani in India and Challenging Heights in Ghana for work to advance childrens rights despite extreme challenges.
  • Now an international advisor on child rights, he and the Challenging Heights team are determined to end child trafficking in Ghana.
  • At great personal peril, Challenging Heights staff and volunteers rescue children from slavery and provide them with comprehensive rehabilitation services.
  • Global Fund for Children gives the annual Courage Awards through the Juliette Gimon Fund for Courageous Leadership a more than $1 million endowment made possible by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and other donors in honor of Juliette Gimon.

Armenian Genocide 105th Anniversary: President Trump Tightens Turkey’s Grip over White House Policy on the Armenian Genocide

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3:57pm

Armenian Genocide denial is a policy manufactured in Ankara, exported to America, and enforced in Washington by President Trump, said Armenian National Committee of America ANCA Executive Director Aram Suren Hamparian.

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  • Armenian Genocide denial is a policy manufactured in Ankara, exported to America, and enforced in Washington by President Trump, said Armenian National Committee of America ANCA Executive Director Aram Suren Hamparian.
  • Despite last years near-unanimous Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide, President Trump has, once again, granted Turkish President Erdogan an openly anti-American dictator a veto over honest U.S. remembrance of Turkeys WWI-era genocide of millions of Armenians and other Christians, continued Hamparian.
  • Having promised an America First presidency, President Trump has pursued a Turkey First policy on the Armenian Genocide.
  • Having vowed to restore U.S. leadership, he has, instead, outsourced American human rights policy to a foreign dictator, concluded Hamparian.

Armenian Genocide 105th Anniversary COVID-19 Humanitarian Response

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 3:00pm

To commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a coalition of Armenian community organizations in Southern California launched a nationwide fundraiser in support of Feeding America to provide 1.5 million meals to Americans in need, in honor of Near East Relief and the innocent victims of genocide.

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  • To commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a coalition of Armenian community organizations in Southern California launched a nationwide fundraiser in support of Feeding America to provide 1.5 million meals to Americans in need, in honor of Near East Relief and the innocent victims of genocide.
  • The American people and the Armenian nation are inextricably bound thanks to the courage and generosity of the American public in assisting the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, remarked Saro Kerkonian, Chair of the Armenian Genocide Committee.
  • These resolutions marked the first official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States, ending decades of genocide denial at the behest of Turkey.
  • Both the House and Senate resolutions firmly rejected Turkeys ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide, and encouraged public education about the Armenian Genocide and the role of the United States in the humanitarian response.

"Over 1 million Zakat beneficiaries through the Refugee Zakat Fund", UNHCR reveals, urging continued Islamic Philanthropy contributions amid COVID-19 emergency

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:37pm

Other donations to the UNHCR Refugee Zakat Fund were from individuals, institutional partners and philanthropists.

Key Points: 
  • Other donations to the UNHCR Refugee Zakat Fund were from individuals, institutional partners and philanthropists.
  • On March 25th, UNHCR appealed for $255 million for its urgent push to curb the risk and lessen the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks on vulnerable communities.
  • The Refugee Zakat Fund was launched by UNHCR in 2019, as a trusted, compliant and effective distributor harnessing the power of Zakat to transform the lives of the most vulnerable refugee and IDPs.
  • Since its first year of inception in 2019, the fund has assisted more than one million vulnerable beneficiaries worldwide.

Swedish Match Restarts Manufacturing in the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 5:19pm

STOCKHOLM, April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 20th Swedish Match AB announced that the cigar operations of its subsidiary, Swedish Match Dominicana, would be temporarily suspended from March 23rd with a targeted date of April 6th to resume operations.

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  • STOCKHOLM, April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 20th Swedish Match AB announced that the cigar operations of its subsidiary, Swedish Match Dominicana, would be temporarily suspended from March 23rd with a targeted date of April 6th to resume operations.
  • Manufacturing operations have resumed today with one shift and the resumption of any additional shifts is dependent on the national curfew being lifted or altered.
  • While many aspects of the COVID-19 situation remain fluid, we currently do not anticipate any material impact on our ability to meet anticipated demand.

Non-Profit Victims' Advocacy Group More Too Life Unveils Vigorous Action Plan to Help Human Trafficking Victims During Worldwide Health Crisis

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 1:47pm

Victims of all forms of human trafficking are often overlooked, shunned, and forced to live and work in dangerous, dehumanizing conditions.

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  • Victims of all forms of human trafficking are often overlooked, shunned, and forced to live and work in dangerous, dehumanizing conditions.
  • Acclaimed non-profit organizationMore Too Lifeand its founder Dr. Brook Parker-Bellohave worked tirelessly to offer programs and resources that get survivors off the streets.
  • Today,More Too Lifeis taking decisive action to ensure the organization receives the support it needs.
  • Dr.Bello, a leading expert against human trafficking and a survivor herself understands firsthand how dire the situation is.

AJC Welcomes Appointment of Senior Romanian Official for Fighting Antisemitism

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 9:00pm

NEW YORK, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the appointment of Silviu Vexler as Romania's High Representative for Fighting Antisemitism, Protecting the Memory of the Holocaust, and the Development of Jewish Life.

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  • NEW YORK, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the appointment of Silviu Vexler as Romania's High Representative for Fighting Antisemitism, Protecting the Memory of the Holocaust, and the Development of Jewish Life.
  • His appointment by the government received broad bipartisan support in the Romanian Parliament.
  • Creation of the position follows similar measures taken by several European governments that have established senior level posts to coordinate the fight against antisemitism.
  • AJC, the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, has maintained an international association agreement with FEDROM since 2006.

Two Hat Supports EARN IT Act and Multi-Country Voluntary Code to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Online

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 8:54pm

The announcement came alongside the creation of a separate, international initiative, pushing the technology industry to embrace a voluntary code to further combat this offensive material online.

Key Points: 
  • The announcement came alongside the creation of a separate, international initiative, pushing the technology industry to embrace a voluntary code to further combat this offensive material online.
  • Two Hat is at the forefront of supporting safety by design and working with communities to improve child protection through content moderation and site image filtration.
  • Two Hat also has an understanding of the work of New Zealand officials in the wake of the Christchurch massacre.
  • The fight against online child sexual abuse imagery cannot be a solitary effort.