Heifer International [to 28 June 2014]

Heifer International [to 28 June 2014]

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Pierre Ferrari @HeiferCEO • Jun 26
Today: follow @SidaiAfrica @Dorinebolo @Agrilinks @mkangiri in for #AskAg chat. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1a7dz

Heifer International @Heifer • Jun 25
“To us, the livestock is an instrument of peace and lasting change,” Galo said. http://hefr.in/1nFsLfi

Heifer International @Heifer • Jun 25
See how small-scale farmers are using Village Banks to save money for their families: http://hefr.in/1nEYmh2

International Rescue Committee [to 28 June 2014]

International Rescue Committee [to 28 June 2014]

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC • Jun 26
PHOTO STORY: Syrian refugee kids team up for @ZaatariCamp’s #WorldCup tournament: http://bit.ly/1pmstPU Go #TeamIRC!

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Emmanuel d’Harcourt @DocEdH • Jun 25
Want to end sexual violence in conflict? Start at home. My take on #FastSlow: http://bit.ly/1qwdFLG #timetoact @theIRC

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC • Jun 25
IRC is monitoring situation in Waziristan, northwestern Pakistan, in which over 400,000 have already been displaced: http://bit.ly/1q9P4yK

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC • Jun 24
#Water is #happiness! In 2013 alone, the IRC gave 1.4 million people access to clean drinking water… http://instagram.com/p/ppE1DgMMue/

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC • Jun 24
IRC is pleased to discuss the ‘Humanitarian Dimensions of Urbanization’ at #ECOSOC today w/ @UNOCHA @UNHABITAT @WorldBank &

IRCT [to 28 June 2014]

IRCT [to 28 June 2014]

Statements & declarations
Fighting Impunity: IRCT statement on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26-06-2014
Today marks the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Every year, on the 26 June, we come together to honour those who have been tortured with a message of support. We come together to show the world that victims of torture are not alone and to renew our vision of a world without torture.

This day also marks 27 years since the UN Convention against Torture came into effect as the prime document in which torture is declared a crime and in which the state is declared responsible.

However, in the last 27 years, as in the last hundreds of years, in all regions of the world torture was committed every day against men, women and children. In most cases no one was prosecuted and punished for those crimes. Those crimes were committed with impunity.

Impunity can be defined as the failure of the state to fully investigate violations; to bring to justice and punish perpetrators; to provide victims with effective remedies; and to take all necessary steps to prevent the violation to happen again.

Impunity also means we have failed the victims of torture. Impunity means that nothing prevents torturers from repeating their crimes. It sends a clear message to torturers that their crimes are tolerable. When torturers are unpunished, there is a risk that torture will grow into a widespread or systematic crime perpetrated by many.

Impunity for the crimes of torture is a major problem around the world today. From the USA to India, from Mexico to Moldova, from Australia to Egypt, human rights organisations have been flagging widespread impunity for years. Yet the problem remains. Impunity remains an important impediment for the prevention of torture.

But there is hope.

We can see the power of this global movement against torture, with hundreds of organisations around the world joining in their support for victims. The 26 June campaign is now bigger than ever. Our movement — the dedication, skills and motivation of those who seek a world without torture — is stronger than ever.

Together, we can remove the obstacles and end impunity: we can create political will to fully investigate crimes of torture and to bring perpetrators to justice; we can advocate for the inclusion of torture as a crime in national penal codes; for the reduction of the use of immunities and statutes of limitations; to encourage the extradition of alleged perpetrators; and to advocate for courts to apply international law and the principles of universal jurisdiction. Together we already achieved the Istanbul Protocol, the leading international instrument for the effective investigation and documentation of torture.

Now more needs to be done.

This year’s slogan is: “Those who tortured you to speak, now want you silent.” Indeed, silence is a friend of impunity. But today, the global movement against torture is breaking that silence.

Hundreds of events are taking place at this very moment around the world. Peaceful demonstrations, press conferences, concerts, radio shows, panel discussions and many other events are taking place, and thousands of people are, in many languages, finding ways to fight impunity locally.
So today, with thousands of others around the world, we raise our voices against impunity for the crimes of torture. Torture survivors have the right to justice. We have the right to a world without torture.

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News
CCTI: 10 years of fighting torture in Mexico
26-06-2014
The IRCT wishes to congratulate Mexican member centre Colectivo contra la Tortura y la Impunidad (CCTI) on their 10th anniversary, which coincides with the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture…

News
IRCT welcomes appointment of member staff to European anti-torture body
25-06-2014
Therese Maria Rytter, Chief Legal Advisor at Danish member centre DIGNITY, has been appointed to the European Committee on Prevention of Torture (CPT) to an initial three-year term. The IRCT warmly welcomes the appointment of Ms Rytter who has an outstanding record in fighting torture and extensive expertise in detention monitoring and rehabilitation for victims of torture and ill-treatment…

IRCT @IRCT • Jun 26
#26June day against torture is HERE. Follow us and @withouttorture for all the latest updates #NoMoreImpunity

IRCT @IRCT • Jun 26
Sec-Gen Victor Madrigal-Borloz begins Danish member Dignity panel discussion on #26June and #NoMoreImpunity

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 28 June 2014]

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 28 June 2014]

Ebola: Massive Deployment Needed to Fight Epidemic in West Africa
June 23, 2014
NEW YORK/BRUSSELS—Bringing the spreading Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa will require a massive deployment of resources by regional governments and aid agencies, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, warning that it has reached the limit of what it can do to fight the deadly outbreak.

Ebola patients have been identified in more than 60 locations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, complicating efforts to treat patients and curb the outbreak. MSF is the only aid organization treating people affected by the virus, which can kill up to 90 percent of those infected.

“The epidemic is out of control,” said Dr. Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. “With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other areas.”
Since the outbreak began in March, MSF has treated 470 patients—215 of them confirmed cases—in specialized treatment centers.

However, MSF is having difficulty responding to the large number of new cases emerging in different locations.

“We have reached our limits,” said Janssens. “Despite the human resources and equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites.”…
…MSF currently has some 300 international and national staff working in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. It has sent more than 40 tons of equipment and supplies to the region to help fight the epidemic.

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MSF International @MSF • Jun 24
#CARcrisis : Humanitarian impasse in a Muslim enclave http://bit.ly/1wrxNS7

MSF International @MSF • Jun 23
A woman dies every hour in #Pakistan from complications giving birth. #MSF tries to mitigate this reality. http://bit.ly/UAoBgs

Operation Smile [to 28 June 2014]

Operation Smile [to 28 June 2014]
Upcoming Mission Schedule
July 2 – 6 | Piura, Peru
July 4 – 5 | Cali, Colombia
July 5 – 11 | Svay Reign, Cambodia
July 7 -11 | Hanoi, Vietnam
July 16 – 21 | Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
July 16 – 20 | Barranquilla, Colombia
July 21 – 24 | Hanoi, Vietnam
July 23 – 26 | Santo Domingo, Ecuador
July 28 – Aug 1 | Novosibirsk, Russia

June 27, 2014
Oscar-nominated Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter Amir Windom to Deliver Keynote Speech at Operation Smile’s 2014 International Student Leadership Conference in Limerick Ireland
“The purpose of the week-long leadership conference is to enrich each student’s perspective of the value of service within their communities and help develop their skills as future philanthropic leaders,” said Operation Smile’s Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee.

Partners In Health [to 28 June 2014]

Partners In Health [to 28 June 2014]

Jun 25, 2014
Working in Global Health: Medie Jesena
Medie Jesena, a nurse educator working with our Rwandan sister organization, shares advice for working in global health. Read More ▸

Jun 23, 2014
Mosquito-Borne Virus Sickening Thousands in Haiti
Chikungunya, a virus that causes fever and joint pain, is affecting people in Haiti. Read More ▸

Partners In Health @PIH • 1h
Nurse mentors are accompanying the next generation of health care leaders in Haiti: http://bit.ly/1mlyWTe