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Peru approves ‘historic’ indigenous rights law

via Survival International | Wed August 24, 2011
On Tuesday night, Peru’s Congress unanimously approved a ‘historic’ new law that guarantees indigenous people’s right to free, prior and informed consent to any projects affecting them and their lands.

Government Plans Blanket Ban on Child Labour

via Daiji World | Mon August 22, 2011
The central government of India is contemplating a blanket ban on child labour, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal informed the Rajya Sabha Friday.

U.S. Bans Rights Abusers, Strengthens Effort Against Atrocities

via Radio Free Europe | Mon August 08, 2011
To help 'ensure that the United States does not become a safe haven for serious violators of human rights,' U.S. President Barack Obama today issued a proclamation barring the entry of individuals said to be involved in systematic violence, war crimes, and other severe rights violations.

Open Gay Ban Repealed

GNN staff | Wed July 27, 2011
U.S president Barak Obama has certified a repeal on the 'DADT' (Don't Ask, Don't tell) policy within the U.S military forces. The policy is due to end by September 20 this year.

Indonesia to recognize rights of forest communities, indigenous peoples

via Mongabay | Fri July 15, 2011
Indonesia will 'recognize, respect and protect' the rights of traditional forest users, including indigenous people, as it works to slow deforestation, reports the Rights and Resources Initiative, a coalition of NGOs.

Law on Domestic Violence a Step Forward for Women’s Rights

via IPS | Thu July 14, 2011
Domestically abused women who are financially dependent on their abusers can now report the crime with the assurance that they will be able to get financial and medical support from the state, thanks to the country’s new law on domestic violence.

Internet activism stop F1 race in Bahrain

Thu June 23, 2011
The Internet activism community obtained a victory in their rally against Formula 1 race in Bahrain. In the wake of the last month’s tumultuous upheaval in the Near East many regimes have been questioned on their human rights records.

$4.3bn international pledge to fund child vaccinations

GNN staff | Tue June 21, 2011
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) conference in London, UK, last week saw an unprecedented amount of donations. The hopes had been to collect $3.7bn to further the cause of childhood vaccinations and immunizations in the developing world. Instead, Gavi received a combined amount of $4.3bn.

Rescuing children from a trash dump

Story contains video via CNN | Sun June 12, 2011
Elena Duron Miranda once witnessed children eating and collecting items from a trash dump in Bariloche, Argentina. Today, her nonprofit, PETISOS, helps keep about 200 children out of the dump and enrolled in school.

Global Organizations Announce $8.4 Mil Grant to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

via Triple Pundit | Fri May 27, 2011
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at least 4 million people who make a living off of recycling.

A place where girls matter

via MSNBC | Wed May 25, 2011
In Kenya's largest slum, the Kibera School for Girls is providing little girls with the chance of their lives—a refuge from abuse and hunger.

Uganda anti-gay bill pushed out of parliament

via Gaurdian | Fri May 13, 2011
Uganda's anti-gay bill has been deemed out of time for the current sittings of parliament and its proponents are unlikely to be able revive it for some time.

Ugandan parliament drops bill that would jail gay people for life

via The Guardian | Wed May 11, 2011
A bill calling for gay people to be imprisoned for life has been dropped by the Ugandan parliament after worldwide condemnation.

Buffalo being returned to Montana tribes

via Reuters | Mon May 09, 2011
For the first time in nearly 140 years, the Indian tribes of northeastern Montana are preparing for the return of wild buffalo that are descended from herds that once thundered across the vast American West.

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