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History: French democracy in Algeria (Photos)

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Les crimes de La france le pays des droits de l’homme, pays de la liberte et de la paix, pays de la liberte d’expression en Algerie.
The crimes of France, the country of human rights in Algeria.

Between 1830 and 1847

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“We need more, not less democracy” and “Intelligence services have failed us” by Jacob Appelbaum (Video)

Journalist and researcher for the Tor project, Jacob Appelbaum talks about technology, freedom and resisting surveillance at the World Forum for Democracy.

Read a transcript of the speech here: https://goo.gl/WSE3mK

This video is published as part of an openDemocracy editorial partnership with the World Forum for Democracy.

China: For my Blue Brothers (Video)

info-pictogram1 Follow former Chinese journalist He Zhongzhou as he struggles to support migrant workers and protect their rights.
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Dole: time to take a stand on human rights

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Source: http://action.sumofus.org

Eight years in prison and a $10 million fine. That’s what Andy Hall faces in only five days time — just for exposing multiple human and labour rights violations including child labour, passport confiscation, forced work, violence and abuse in a Thai pineapple factory.

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NIQABI LADY WINS TV HIJAB DEBATE (VIDEO)

info-pictogram1 Yet another ‘ban the burqa’ debate on tv featuring 2 muslim women. It is good to see the moderator takes a fairly neutral stance, and doesnt favour one side over the other. Once again, we see an uncovered woman, Mona Eltahawy, with a distorted sense of reality try to force her personal opinions on the whole world, and it is great to see that she is completely dominated by a woman wearing a niqab. Hebah Ahmed not only dispells all of her false arguements, but also raises some important points that clearly make her the winner of this ‘ban the burqa’ debate.

Punishing the Palestinians? (Video)

info-pictogram1 Military says there is a personal price to pay when carrying out attacks against Israelis. Shiulie Ghosh speaks to Avi Bell – a professor of law at Bar-Ilan University and a specialist in international and property law; Bill Van Esveld – an Israel and Palestine researcher at Human Rights Watch, and a specialist in human rights law and armed conflict; and Jeff Halper – director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers from Gaza

Israel has been refusing to allow employees of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to enter the Gaza Strip in order to conduct their own independent investigations into the fighting, using various bureaucratic excuses.

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By: Amira Hass

Source: http://www.haaretz.com

Both human rights organizations have been trying to obtain permission from the Civil Administration to enter Gaza since July 7. Two different reasons have been cited for the refusals: The first is that the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip is closed and no entry permits are being granted until further notice; the second is neither group is registered with the Social Affairs Ministry as a humanitarian aid organization.

In fact, Erez was open throughout most of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which began on July 8. Among others, journalists, United Nations employees and Palestinians needing medical care or returning from abroad (with special permits), were allowed to pass through.

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9 ways to get involved in the BDS movement

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Source: http://www.bdsmovement.net/get-involved

Initiated by an overwhelming majority of Palestinian grassroots organisations in 2005 and inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is now a widespread international movement.

BDS is proving capable of winning mass support and persuading companies, cultural institutions, artists and governments to join or observe the boycott of Israel.

The successes and growth of the global BDS movement has only been possible because of the creative and determined action by conscientious people and organizations and unions across the world.

The BDS movement is supported and led by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and we’ve put together this set of ideas on how to support in the BDS movement.

Get involved today and help to build the international BDS movement against Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.

  1. Boycott goods of Israeli companies as well as international companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations

The most basic step is to stop buying products and services of Israeli companies and, whenever feasible, of international companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations. Try to encourage your friends, family and community to join you in doing so.

It differs from country to country, but the most common Israeli exports include:

– fresh fruit and vegetables such as Jaffa citrus fruits and Israeli Medjoul Dates
– Ahava cosmetics
– SodaStream drinks machines
– Eden Springs bottled water
– Golan Heights Wineries and other Israeli wines

There are many international companies that are complicit in Israeli violations of international law. Examples include HP, Caterpillar, Volvo, Hyundai, among many others.

Trying to boycott the products of every single company that participates in Israeli apartheid is a daunting task that has a slim change of having a concrete impact.

It makes more sense to focus on optimal targets that are being targeted as part of national or international campaigns. Consumer boycotts are most effective when part of a broader campaign against a particular product or aiming to pressure a retailer to stop selling a particular Israeli product.

Get in contact with a BDS organisation in your area to find out what companies and products are being targeted and how to support local campaigns. If no such organization exists, start your own campaign, in coordination with well-recognized BDS organizations.

  1. Follow us on social media and help spread the word

There are new BDS successes and developments nearly every day. Help to magnify the impact of the BDS movement by following us on Twitter and Facebook and sharing news of BDS successes on social media.

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You can also sign up for our regular newsletter and email updates.

  1. Learn more and share information about the BDS movement

Check out and consider sharing the pages in the Learn section of this website, including theIntroduction to BDS, and the list of successes of the BDS movement since 2005.

You can Tweet about the BDS movement and follow developments using the hashtag #BDS.

  1. Get involved in your area

There are vibrant organisations and campaigns in towns and cities all over the world that make an enormous contribution to boycott campaigns and the BDS movement as a whole.

Enter your details into our Get involved with a local BDS campaign form to be put in touch with a nearby group and start getting involved in local campaigning today.

  1. Take action online

Online petitions and letter writing actions can be an important part of building pressure, especially when they are part of vibrant local campaigning too.

Check out bdsmovement.net/takeaction to find out about on-going online actions. If you have your own suggestions for BDS campaigns, please share them with us through email.

  1. Campaign against your own community’s complicity in Israel’s violations of international law

Israel is only able to maintain its occupation and apartheid system because of the massive, unconditional support it receives from international governments, companies and institutions, such as universities.

Get in touch for ideas on how to research and campaign against links between your local community and the companies and institutions that enable Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies. Divesting pension or investment funds from companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations is a major component in many such campaigns.

  1. Encourage an organisation you are a member of to endorse BDS

All across the world, trade unions, student unions, NGOs, faith groups and other organisations are getting behind the BDS movement, launching their own BDS campaigns and divesting any shares they hold in Israeli companies or international companies such as Veolia, G4S and HP that are implicated in Israeli occupation and apartheid.

Persuading a union or association that you are a member of to endorse the Palestinian civil society’s BDS call can be a long-term project but is a particularly effective way to reach large numbers of people and build mainstream support for the boycott movement.

  1. Organise a boycott action at a retailer that sells Israeli goods

Boycott actions such as a protest or creative flashmob can be a great way to build awareness and support for the boycott of Israel and to pressure a retailer to stop stocking a particular product or Israeli goods in general.

Check out CODEPINK’s guide to organising a creative boycott action targeting Israeli cosmetics company Ahava. The guide works well for actions targeting other complicit products and companies too.

  1. Share this list

Help to inspire others to take action by sharing this list via social media.

Egypt’s Rabaa Massacre A ‘Crime Against Humanity’, Human Rights Watch Report Finds (Video)

info-pictogram1 On the anniversary of last year’s Rabaa Massacre, Human Rights Watch has released a report that finds the killing of more than 800 people by Egyptian forces to be planned and methodical.