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Human rights groups' open letter to David Cameron on surveillance

Human rights groups' open letter to David Cameron on surveillance

'National security should never be used to justify preventing disclosures of illegalities or wrongdoing,' says coalition

Qatar committed to safeguarding human rights

Qatar committed to safeguarding human rights

Qatar is working in full swing to guarantee human rights to everyone who enters the country, whether as citizen, resident or passer-by,” Sheikh Ahmed told the 18th Asia Pacific Forum (APC) annual conference yesterday.

World's leading human rights body condemns civil society crackdown

The world’s top human rights body has condemned the global crackdown on civil society and called on all governments to protect and support the work of non-governmental organzations and human rights defenders.

Govts fail to create favourable conditions for civil society, says new report

Govts fail to create favourable conditions for civil society, says new report

A new index published today by the global civil society network, CIVICUS, shows that many governments around the world are failing to keep their promise to create an environment that allows citizens to mobilise and participate in civil society.

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Civil Society

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Civil Society

Dozens of Activists and Journalists Jailed, Restrictive Laws Adopted. The Azerbaijani government is engaged in a deliberate, abusive strategy to limit dissent. The strategy is designed to curtail opposition political activity, limit public criticism of the government, and exercise greater control over nongovernmental organizations.



Expert Views and Articles on Human Rights

Inequality seen as bar to development
With the richest 1% of the population now owning 40% of global assets, and the bottom half sharing just 1%, inequality is fast being recognized as a stubborn underlying obstacle to development.

Ho Hum…On to Brisbane
Two days after the official communiqué was released, the St. Petersburg G20 Summit has virtually disappeared from media commentary. It is quickly becoming the most forgettable of the five G20 summits held to date. If this result was due to a lack of important issues facing the global economy, this may be understandable. Sadly, this is not the case. The reality is that the G20 may be becoming forgettable as a forum to provide the global economic leadership that it was created to achieve.

VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children



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