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Amro Selim: The MENA Region’s Water Crisis: Avoiding Potential Water Wars

You can find the article in Arabic here: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/ar/fikraforum/view/MENA-water-crisis-scarcity-conflict-refugees

29 Jul, 2020

PANDEMICS: MISOGYNISTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS AND COVID-19

Global reports are telling that women and children are caught in dual pandemics – the COVID-19 and the shadow pandemic of increased violence against women and children. Wearing masks is a new norm for many, making the COVID-19 pandemic interventions visible. What haunts us is the knowledge that there are women and children trapped or captive in the COVID-19 stay-at-home-directive who survived torture perpetrated by private actors such as a spouse or parent(s). Such non-State torture victimization is an unacknowledged crime in Canada and in many other nations. Such missing knowledge places caring for women and children so tortured at further risk of being misunderstood and further isolated. Offered are insights into non-State torture caring and addressing how to care for our Nova Scotian community in the aftermath of the worst massive gun femicides and homicides ever committed in Canada.

29 Jul, 2020

WARNING SIGNS DISMISSED – FROM MISOGYNY TO FEMICIDE

This article suggests how the RCMP did not consider (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) being warned that the mass shooter was a violent and dangerous man. Years before the mass shooting of April 2020, a neighbourhood woman reported to the RCMP how three men had witnessed the shooter assault and scream at his female partner when he had her on the ground strangling her. Additionally, reporting the shooter had guns. She also said most neighbours rejected her warnings; some became victims of the killer. Three brief stories of women are included. One told of police intimidation when reporting a woman was being assaulted by a man. Two women spoke of being strangled once by an intimate partner. Red flag warning signs indicative of pending and rising danger for femicide are listed as are the dangers of strangulation.

29 Jul, 2020

WHAT’S A MISOGYNIST? IT’S THE CHOICE TO BE A HATER OF WOMEN!

Research on domestic perpetrators illustrated that between 4-20 percent are serial spousal assaulters and do commit “sadistic crimes.” The article shares women’s stories of serial domestic assaulters, torturers, and mass shooters. Gun possessions increase the risks for femicide and are used to terrorize and to rape with. This is illustrated by the inclusion of a woman’s drawing. Worldwide research identified a patriarchal bias exists towards women. The list of overcoming the patriarchal bias of subordination and oppression focussed on Canadian women’s fight for the right to vote—Nova Scotian Suffragettes and Indigenous women; winning that women be declared “persons”, and women’s right to open a bank account without obtaining their husband’s signature. This bias continues to ignore or minimize serial assaults and torture of women perpetrated in the domestic private sphere. This article focuses on Nova Scotian efforts to disrupt and prevent the risks of further femicides and mass shootin

29 Jul, 2020

Amro Selim: The Security Council faces a serious challenge to resolve water conflicts in the MENA region

Residents of the Middle East and North Africa region face a serious crisis on the doorstep, which is the scarcity of water resources, which is expected to lead to an acute water crisis, followed immediately by a food crisis hitting the peoples of the region, which will leave large-scale famines that come on the green and land, as well as chaos in various Areas of life may be followed by widespread conflicts and violence. The Security Council must urgently and definitively intervene to carry out its main mission to maintain international peace and security, before things develop out of control and the region becomes a real threat to the whole world.

26 Jul, 2020

Amro Selim: The MENA Region’s Water Crisis: Avoiding Potential Water Wars

You can find the article here in Arabic: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/ar/fikraforum/view/MENA-water-crisis-scarcity-conflict-refugees

26 Jul, 2020

WE CAN DO THIS! ELIMINATING SYSTEMIC SEXISM, MISOGYNY, MEN’S VIOLENCE AND FEMICIDE.

Addressing systemic sexism and misogyny are central to a Canadian federal-provincial independent public inquiry of the April 2020 mass shootings. How the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) understands and responds to complaints of male violence against women is required given RCMP Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau stated misogyny exists within their police culture. Herstorical insights of political and judicial systemic sexism and misogyny include, for instance, when in 1982, Margaret Mitchell stood in the House of Commons announcing “one in 10 Canadian husbands beat their wives regularly.” Misogynistic laughter, heckling, and “vulgar jokes” attempted to silence her. Another herstorical misogynistic reality shared was of a judge who fined a man $200 for the torture of his female partner but $500 for possessing illegal venison. A diagram distinguishes an assaulter’s power and control and violent actions from those of the torturer’s organization of their dehumanizing torture acts was

26 Jul, 2020

ACTIONS OF HUMAN EVIL – ON THE NOVA SCOTIA MASS SHOOTER AND OTHERS LIKE HIM

In 2014 we joined 40,000 other individuals in the first forensic research project involving general public participation. The outcome was the development of the Depravity Standard. This Standard does not define who is depraved; instead, it categorizes the degree of depravation perpetrated. It categorizes the criminal’s intent, actions, attitudes, and choice of the person(s) victimized. Twenty-five specific elements are listed under these four categories. We applied these four categories and 25 elements to the April 2020 mass shooter’s behaviours. A transformative Canadian federal-provincial public independent inquiry needs to consider this perspective. Also, if it is comforting to families and the communities so grievously horrified to describe the depravity of this mass shooter’s crimes using the word “evil” this is acceptable truth-telling. Healing is helped when having the language that fits explaining and expressing one’s ordeals suffered.

26 Jul, 2020

FEMICIDE AND MISOGYNY: ADDRESSING THESE FEMINIST CONCERNS IN THE MASS SHOOTING PUBLIC INDEPENDENT INQUIRY.

This article explains using the term femicide versus homicide is necessary. Because socially and legally naming femicide distinguishes the relational circumstances of the women and girls killed in comparison to the relational circumstances of the men killed. Although the primary killers are male, in Canada intimate partners, a non-parent family member, and a parent are identified as the killers of women and girls. Men are killed by casual and criminal acquaintances or by a stranger. Twelve femicidal red flag risks warning are listed, distinguishing and defining misogynistic- based risk warning from those related to the shooter himself. The mass shooter, who committed the most massive shooting rampage in Canada’s history, in April 2020, exhibited nine of the 12 red flag risk warnings. These had been ignored by the police and the community. He shot and killed 12 women, one female youth, and nine men.

26 Jul, 2020

GI Faces of Assassination virtual book and campaign launch

GI is announcing the launch of the campaign “Assassination Witness” and landmark book “Faces of Assassination – Bearing Witness to the Victims of Organized Crime”. This book assembles 50 profiles of those who have been assassinated by criminal groups since the start of the millennium. It is a compilation of men and women who have been murdered because they confronted, weakened or threatened criminal groups. On Monday 15th June the GI will be holding a virtual launch event at 2pm CEST. Link to join the online launch: https://youtu.be/AWxX4L956Dg.

12 Jun, 2020

IADL Open Letter

The Open Letter demanding an end to unprecedented house arrest of Human Rights Attorney Steven Donzinger can be found here.

02 Jun, 2020

GI Assassinations Watch project

On June 15 the Global Iniative will be launching this Assassinations Watch project.

02 Jun, 2020

Criminologists Without Borders Commentary Column

There is a new commentary column on the website of Criminologists Without Borders. It is designed to provide information and opinion on global isues relating to crime and justice.

02 Jun, 2020

IADL Event #NoLockdownOnRights

A webinar by the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines took place on May 29th.

02 Jun, 2020

IADL Virtual Meeting

A virtual Meeting-Conference on COVID-19 and International Cooperation took place on May 29th.

02 Jun, 2020

Articles by Persons Against Non-State Torture

Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald have written two articles on mass shootings, femicide and strangulation in Nova Scotia.

The first article can be found here
The second article can be found here.

20 May, 2020

UN75 People's Declaration and Plan for Global Action

The virtual UN seminar on “The Future We Want and the UN We Need.” produced a brief report which begins: "With registered participants from 75 countries around the world, and over 600 attendees each of the two days, and many more joining through YouTube and Facebook Live, “We the peoples” sent a strong message to the UN and Member States that a stronger multilateral system is needed as a matter of urgency, and that the UN75 High Level Event on 21 September needs to be the catalyst for the transformative changes urgently needed to successfully address 21st century global challenges." The report can be found here.

20 May, 2020

Global Initiative - Detour on the Road to Kyoto

The world is in a state of crisis. Health systems are under strain, businesses and employees are struggling, and ordinary life for many is simply on hold, or going downhill fast. We are yet to see the full extent of the spread of the virus, but restrictions are already bringing life and work to a standstill, as countries desperately try to protect their health systems, economies, and societies, and hopefully prevent some of the worst health outcomes. Meanwhile, as part of the response, governments are gaining new powers to control populations and restrict movement and activity, and heavy-handed responses are already in evidence.

08 May, 2020

Dominicans for Justice and Peace: Responses to COVID 19

The special newsletter on COVID 19 for Europe and the Middle East can be found here.

A concept note from the Dominican Family for Justice and Peace and Care of Creation - Philippines on COVID 19 can be found here.

08 May, 2020

Elmoustkbal Organization for Media and strategic Studies: Article about an International Commission of Inquiry formed to investigate the sudden appearance Covid-19

By- Amro Selim – Chairman of Elmoustkbal for media and policy studies – Member of The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

You can find the article here in English.

You can find the article here in Arabic

27 Apr, 2020

GI Road to Kyoto Podcast - The Alliance and Civil Society

The Road to Kyoto is a podcast series from the GI-TOC with some of the leading experts who study and track organized crime and related issues, in the context of the upcoming United Nations Crime Congress. In episode 3 Anna Alvazzi del Frate, the Chair of the Alliance, talks about the role of civil society in preparation of the 14th Crime Congress.

21 Apr, 2020

Global Initiative - Road to Kyoto: Organized crime at the 14th UN Crime Congress

The Road to Kyoto is a podcast series from the GI-TOC with some of the leading experts who study and track organized crime and related issues, in the context of the upcoming United Nations Crime Congress. The Congress usually takes place every 5 years, and the next one was due to be held in Kyoto, Japan, in April 2020. It has now been postponed to an undetermined future date to the COVID-19 outbreak. This podcast looks into some of the key issues that will be discussed and debated at the Congress, such as cybercrime, drugs policy, human rights, and the role of civil society in preventing and countering organized crime.

07 Apr, 2020

Global Initiative #CovidCrimeWatch

#CovidCrimeWatch is a new initiative by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime that explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on illicit economies across the globe. Every week we will publish a selection of stories from across the world that examine the relationship between the global health crisis and organized crime. From a slowing down of the drugs trade, to an increase in counterfeit goods, the spread of the virus will have dramatic consequences for the world of organized crime. For more information see: #CovidCrimeWatch

-Crime and Contagion: This brief is a result of information garnered from our networks and civil-society partners in the field, and draws from a comprehensive review of reporting on the impact of the coronavirus on c

07 Apr, 2020

IADL statement on COVID-19: Lift all unilateral coercive measures

The International Association of Democratic Lawyer demands that COVID-19 serve as a call for global solidarity rather than economic war and devastation through lifting of all unilateral coercive measures.

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) is a non-governmental organization with consultative status in ECOSOC and UNESCO. Founded in 1946 to promote the goals of the United Nations Charter, IADL and its affiliated organizations throughout the world have consistently fought to uphold international law, promote human rights and address threats to international peace and security. From its inception, IADL members have protested racism, colonialism, and economic and political injustice wherever they occur. For more information see: IADL

28 Mar, 2020

PRI briefing note issued on Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

The briefing focuses on healthcare and human rights of people in prison in relation to the spread of COVID-19 available here: Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison.
PRI looks into a number of issues, including the right to health and hygiene, contacts with the outside world, risks associated to quarantine, isolation or limitation of movement within detention facilities, as well as fair trials and the right to legal counsel, and access to places of detention for monitoring. PRI also highlights the need for all jurisdictions to take emergency measures to reduce prison populations, including emergency releases of individuals on pre-trial detention. We underline under which conditions such could happen.

16 Mar, 2020