Peace & Security

Colombia, more than three decades of toxic sprayings. Enough!

September 2014

It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial sprayings in Colombia, demanding the current government to definitely defer an ecocide and incompetent policy.

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

September 2014

Arming the so-called "moderate" opposistion in Syria doesn't mean supporting the good guys. It means sending arms to the Free Syrian Army.

Should NATO be helping Ukraine face Russia?

September 2014

The debate about the role of NATO in Ukraine is starting too late: Western leaders already made a fatal decision to back the new Kiev government no matter what it is doing and no matter what the real situation is on the ground.

Prospects of Quito's Public Water and Sanitation Company's Compliance with the Human Right to Water

Juan Carlos Romero
September 2014

The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador enshrines the rights of nature and the human right to water. Juan Carlos Romero, former official at the water public utility EPMAPS, argues that guaranteeing the human right to water is not only about providing a service, but also requires mainstreaming environmental, social, financial and political sustainability into the company's activities.

Social movements celebrate historic UN vote against impunity

June 2014

Twenty country members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, representing a population of 3.8 billion people, voted today in favour of a historic resolution to build a binding treaty against TNC human rights abuses.

Don’t Go Back to Iraq!

June 2014

This is how wars begin.

Now is the time to call for a Binding Treaty

June 2014

Maxime Combes of Attac France interviews Gonzalo Berron and Brid Brennan on the eve of the debate at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the need for a new legal framework to end corporate impunity.

Economic Power, Democracy and Human Rights

June 2014

The 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened in Geneva on June 10th. A major focus on the UNHRC agenda is the issue of binding regulations for Transnational Corporations (TNCs). This demand has been raised by Ecuador and 84 other governments in a Statement to the UNHRC last September 2013.

Pope Francis in Palestine

Foreign Policy In Focus
June 2014

There were plenty of important statements from Pope Francis during his recent three-day trip to Palestine and Israel—including a plea for “justice,” a traditional call for peace and a reference to the “State of Palestine”—but at the end of the day it was all about the photo-ops.

5 Concrete Steps the US Can Take to End the Syria Crisis

May 2014

This article is based on discussions under way among a number of national peace and justice and anti-war organizations.

The civil war in Syria grinds on, and conditions for Syrian civilians—those inside its borders as well as the millions forced to flee to neighboring countries—continue to deteriorate. As global and regional powers not only fail to help end the war but actively engage in arming and funding all sides in the fighting, we in civil society must sharpen our demands for a different position from that of our governments.

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