Get Ready for the 2014 Trade Tsunami

Public Citizen

Hard work, smart planning and perseverance made 2013 a year of inspiring fair-trade activism.

Lori Wallach

econVibrant grassroots activism and dogged D.C. advocacy resulted in a new level of public and congressional concern about the perils of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In November, three of every four Democrats – and a remarkable number of Republicans – publicly stated their opposition to Fast Track trade authority. The extreme procedure is seen as critical by TPP’s corporate boosters because it could railroad the TPP through Congress despite growing concerns about many aspects of the pact. Continue reading Get Ready for the 2014 Trade Tsunami

South Sudan leaders must prevent ‘disturbing’ spread of violence

20 December 2013
Amnesty International

Warring factions in South Sudan must immediately rein in their troops to prevent further attacks on civilians, Amnesty International said amid violence that has erupted across the country.

There is mounting evidence that troops and armed civilians from South Sudan’s two largest communities, the Dinka and Nuer, are carrying out targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic background. Continue reading South Sudan leaders must prevent ‘disturbing’ spread of violence

South Sudan: Church Leaders Call for Calm, Reconciliation in Troubled Nation

JUBA, December 19, 2013(CISA) -Church leaders in South Sudan have called for calm and reconciliation amid the ongoing violence in parts of the country.

In a statement sent to CISA on December 18, the church leaders said that the political differences between leaders within Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the country should not be turned into an ethnic problem. Continue reading South Sudan: Church Leaders Call for Calm, Reconciliation in Troubled Nation

Human Trafficking Battled by Text Messages

Washington Post

Jeffrey MacMillan - Jennifer Kimball is a data coordinator at the Polaris Project and works with a texting service that trafficking victims can contact for help.
Jeffrey MacMillan – Jennifer Kimball is a data coordinator at the Polaris Project and works with a texting service that trafficking victims can contact for help.

By Mohana Ravindranath
A few months ago, a worker monitoring a hotline for the Polaris Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to combating human trafficking, received a text message from an 18-year-old woman in distress.

The woman, a sex-trade worker, was trapped in a motel room with her pimp and she secretly used his cellphone to send a text seeking help. The Washington-based group moved quickly to alert authorities, who ultimately arrested the pimp. Continue reading Human Trafficking Battled by Text Messages

Congo army accused of abuses by United Nations

Guardian

UN report points to use of child soldiers, executions and sexual violence while M23 rebels still actively recruiting in Rwanda

Congo is struggling to defeat armed militia in its eastern provinces. Photograph: Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images
Congo is struggling to defeat armed militia in its eastern provinces. Photograph: Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images

Recently defeated M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have continued to recruit fighters in neighbouring Rwanda while the Congolese army has been involved in human rights abuses and corruption, according to a confidential UN report.

“The group has documented that M23 received continued support from Rwandan territory,” the UN Group of Experts said in its final report to the security council’s Congo sanctions committee, which was seen by Reuters on Monday. Continue reading Congo army accused of abuses by United Nations

Open letter from religious and lay stewards of the goods of creation in Latin America

We are religious and lay men and women from Latin America moved by the critical  situation of our peoples vis-à-vis the extractive industry-they are impacted day after day by the destruction of  Creation, by the indiscriminate exploitation of  common goods, and by the repression and exclusion that causes social conflicts, infringes human rights, and destroys vital ecosystems.

We seek to develop joint strategies to respond to this complex reality, illuminated by the Gospel.

In November 2013 we met in Lima as an exploratory group. This initiative emerged out of the  concrete experiences  of  those who are working where there is conflict over extractive projects. Continue reading Open letter from religious and lay stewards of the goods of creation in Latin America