Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2013
Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the 20th anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.
Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
Human Rights Day is celebrated globally, at the headquarters of the High Commissioner’s office in Geneva, in New York and in more than 50 other countries.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Locked up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfers & the Private Prison Industry. New report exposes private prisons profiting from sending prisons far from home
Section IV: Interstate Prisoner Transfers Undermine Family Connections and the Right to Rehabilitation
“I’ve moved so many times to be with him.” – wife of Alaska prisoner transferred multiple times
Scholars argue the most punitive aspect of incarceration is physical separation, with prisoners and their families simultaneously enduring the punishment of incarceration.]Undoubtedly, this punishment is exacerbated when prisoners are shipped from their home state.
How Libraries Can Help--------
by Megan Sullivan on September 3, 2013
In part because prison and jail authorities have no mechanism to identify children, and in part because no agency is tasked with tracking them, millions of minor children of incarcerated parents often remain invisible in our communities. Because of the stigma of incarceration, families are reluctant to out themselves; consequently, people who interact with these children and their families are often unaware of their predicaments. Yet public libraries are in a unique position to provide a safe haven. They can quietly provide books, media, and other resources that children and families can discover on their own, and they can offer events or opportunities for family and community learning.--
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) with information about how to donate.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance
For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques. Nothing could demonstrate the urgency of this situation more than therecent revelations confirming the mass surveillance of innocent individuals around the world.
To move toward that goal, we’re pleased to announce the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. The principles articulate what international human rights law – which binds every country across the globe – require of governments in the digital age. They speak to a growing global consensus that modern surveillance has gone too far and needs to be restrained. They also give benchmarks that people around the world can use to evaluate and push for changes in their own legal systems.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up — but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills.
“All children need nurturing and plentiful opportunities to develop during their crucial first eight years,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Foundation. “Today's complicated world can strain families' ability to ensure their children are receiving all the stimulation and care they need to develop to their full potential.”