A Palestinian teenager died Thursday after she was unable to pass through an Israeli checkpoint on the way to the hospital during a medical emergency. 
Nour Mohammad Afaneh, 14, died in an ambulance while in critical
condition on her way to a Bethlehem hospital. She had been suffering from severe pneumonia and was physically disabled.
On the way to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, the ambulance arrived at the Container Road checkpoint north of Bethlehem and found it closed.
The ambulance attempted three other routes to reach the hospital but it was too late and the young girl died before arriving.
Her funeral will be held Thursday. The wall is not a concentration camp but still has the same effects.
Shouldn’t Christian countries be ashamed of stories like this? How many people in the next few weeks will hear about Bethlehem during the countless Christmas plays? Unfortunately nobody would
reflect upon the tragic and desperate situation that people living in that area have to face every day. The consequences of the Israeli occupation are serious and inhumane and it is time that our ‘Christian civilised society‘ takes a stand against these absurdities.
14 year old Afaneh should be alive and free to enjoy life and her family and friends like all the other children in the world. This Christmas rather than concentrate only on shopping, we should think more about
our world that we accept as a matter of fact and maybe, just maybe, we should think about some possible actions we can take in order to change it for the best.
That can be a better Christmas for everybody!
 
 
Recently three women who were held as slaves for over 30 years were freed in the UK. The case highlights the problem of slavery in a shocking
manner . It seems that our passive and detached attitude towards social and humanitarian issues is enabling ‘old’ problems such as ‘slavery’ to spread amongst our society.  The case has led to a growth in awareness of the issue of slavery. British MP Frank Field says the case is the tip of the iceberg and made the connections of domestic worker abuse and slavery, often a factor in more commonly heard cases.

Right now there is a bill before the parliament the will require a maximum life sentence for those found guilty of slavery. We are demanding that the Cameron government make this a priority and put in place protections for those suffering at the hands of modern day slavers.

 Sign petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/220/929/044/crack-down-on-the-growing-problem-of-slavery/?z00m=20675533

 
 
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Mayerlis Angarita, a survivor of the armed conflict in Colombia and member of the
Narrating for Living Foundation, says:
 “It is a struggle that enables us to grow as women and society at the local level, because that is where you gain ground, where you build the foundation of society’.

The conflict began in the late ‘40s between guerrilla groups and traditional political parties, but that was exacerbated by the rise of drug trafficking and the emergence of paramilitary groups in the latter part of the twentieth century. The power of words as a healing mechanism has helped Mayerlis to overcome the wounds left by the armed conflict. As an adolescent she became part of community and regional efforts to ensure the vindication of human rights. She came to understand the importance of sharing memories, however painful, so that life may go on. Working together with other female leaders in the region, Mayerlis set about the task of planting a field of corn, a cultivated field that became a
permanent forum for dialogue, allowing other women to tell their life stories, and to describe the difficulties they had to overcome as female survivors of armed conflict.
Dialogue and the sharing of experiences became a healing experience for some women and they became aware of human rights. These workshops in 2004 culminated in the Narrating for Living Foundation, an organization that preserves the historical memory of female survivors of conflict. Currently, the Narrating for Living Foundation brings together 840 female survivors from the Montes de María area in northern Colombia.
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Colombians have had to endure a long list of human rights abuses such as kidnapping, torture and forced displacement over nearly 50 years of civil conflict. One of the least acknowledged and addressed abuse is the use of sexual violence against women by the different armed groups.

More info:
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14988443
See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2012/11/planting-the-seeds-of-healing-moving-from-words-to-actions-to-restore-the-rights-of-female-survivor/#sthash.iSniKHHA.dpuf


 
 
The universal declaration of human rights states that everyone is entitled to medical care in order to sustain an adequate standard of living for the health and well-being of himself and his family. The men, women and children of the Idugo Island have no access to health care and are dying every day from illnesses that could be so easily prevented. Idugo Island in Mozambique, with an estimated population of over 8,000 people, currently has no health centre or maternity facility of any kind. For the most part, people use traditional medicines (plants and herbs) for health purpose and women give birth at home without any medical intervention. But, in the case of serious illness and pregnancy complications, they have to travel by canoe to the nearest hospital across the river in Macuse. If a boat is not ready and/or the tide is out, women can end up having to go into labour on the crossing and sadly, both mothers and their new born babies have been known to die en route. Thus, the need for a maternity facility is viewed by all the islanders, men and women alike as urgent and essential.
Zalala Beach Lodge ( http://zbls.org/ ), a sustainable tourism development project based adjacent to the Idugu Island in the province of Zambezia, has been working over the last 5 years to support livelihoods and address the needs of the islanders who’s human rights are not being met. They need your support. Providing a health facility staffed by trained medical staff will save the lives of many. Access to a simple saline solution would prevent the deaths of young babies as a result of diarrhea each year (the major cause of infant deaths). Simple malaria diagnostic tests will reduce lives lost to this disease as a result of limited access to treatment. The early diagnosis of TB and HIV/AIDS and provision of appropriate anti-retroviral treatment will also save lives. Follow link to donate, anything you are able to give will be greatly appreciated. 

http://zbls.org/health-centre-appeal/


 
 
A slave is defined as someone who is forced to work through mental or physical threat, owned or controlled by an employer, dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought or sold as property, or anyone who is physically constrained or has their freedom of movement restricted.
Slavery can take on different forms, including debt bondage, where people become bonded labourers to pay off a loan for which the amount owed, in most instances, never depreciates. Others are born into slavery with the status passed from mother to child in what is known as descent-based slavery, while many are trafficked into slavery.
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It is something that effects men, women and children. Many child slaves are used as
domestic workers, forced into labour, trafficked for sexual exploitation or used as child soldiers. Then there are the women and children forced into marriage. This category is often also coerced into sexual and domestic work. In this picture children sold as slaves.

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Slavery exists in one form or another in almost every country.
The first Global Slavery Index, created with the aim of raising
 awareness about the persistence of slavery and helping governments tackle it,
 estimates that 30 million people are today living as slaves. Many of these modern-day slaves have been trafficked into sex work and unskilled labour. Recently a Moroccan teen committed suicide  after her family forced her to marry her rapist. When a man rapes a woman or girl, the justice authorities say, you have a choice in Morocco— you can marry the girl or go to prison. According to Article 475, a rapist can avoid a prison sentence by marrying his victim. In Moroccan society, a woman who loses her virginity — even by rape — is considered unmarriageable .The cultural attitude toward a girl that is no longer a virgin is that she is now worthless. For families who cannot afford to financially support an unmarriageable daughter arranging for her to marry her assailant may feel like the only solution.
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/22/moroccan-teen-marriedtoherrapistcommitssuicide.html

                     The Great Anti-Slavery Meeting of 1841
What is really shocking is the fact that after all the centuries of intellectual and educational progress recognised to the western countries, suddenly in a city like London , epitome of the cutting edge modern progressive city , three women were found living as slaves for many years!

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25065080
 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/slavery-abduction-cases-uk-worldwide-south-london-women

At Stay Human we feel that young people all over the world are at risk and we want to encourage solidarity amongst them in order to fight these wrong pre-conceptions and traditions. We strongly believe that freedom is the basic human right without which human nature loses its essence.
 
 
The Democratic Republic of Congo is infested with extreme cases
of rape, gender violence, gang rape, genital mutilation, sexual slavery, and insertion of objects into cavities.
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Tia M. Palermo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Preventive
  Medicine, Graduate Program in Public Health, and colleagues, found in their
analysis that more than 400,000 women ages 15 to 49 experienced rape between 2006 and 2007 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That is equivalent to 1,152 women raped every day, 48 women raped every hour, or four women raped every five minutes. “These estimates of the incidence or rape are 26 times higher than the 15,000 reported by the United Nations for the DRC in 2010,” says Dr. Palermo. The majority of women were attacked in their own homes and most attacks happened during the evenings and nights or while women go to collect water and wood.

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Impunity reigns within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and despite the government’s acknowledgement that its own security forces constitute
one of the main groups of perpetrators, comprehensive reforms to the security sector have not been enacted. Known perpetrators of mass human rights violations remain within the army and major hurdles remain to provide the Congolese with a security force that is a protector rather than an instigator of gender
violence.

Here at Stay Human we believe that women should have their human rights protected all over the world. Women should be treasured by the human community because they are the source of life. Let's break the silence on these atrocities and support our sisters globally.

For more info:
http://www.stoprapeinconflict.org/dr_congo
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/12/48-women-raped-hour-congo

 
 
Is the new proposal of the  Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and
Policing Bill in the UK criminalising unintentional annoying words and
 behaviour ? 
It seems that there is a high risk of affecting fundamental
civil liberties of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and freedom of private life. There have been protests from a range of influential bodies including Liberty, Justice, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights.
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The new Bill effectively gives power to the police or local authorities, for example, to be granted injunctions against a person aged 10 or over merely on the basis of whether:
a) engaging  in conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person, and
b) be prevented  from engaging in anti-social behaviour.


The potential for state interference with basic freedoms is therefore enormous. The question is what is considered   anti-social behaviour and annoyance to any person ? Is it a subjective and very much vague interpretation of human behaviour ?
In view of the many reservations and concerns expressed by a wide cross-section of legal experts and politicians it is vital that the nature of the new injunction to tackle anti-social behaviour be urgently
reviewed.

 
 
It is a dream for many human rights activists but we are so often given false hope about President Obama closing Guantanamo Bay, however, it seems that things really are getting moving.
In the next few days the Senate is expected to vote on a new bill
called the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA).
So what does this bill actually mean?
Well, it does quite a few things. The first one is that it will give the President greater authority to responsibly shut down Guantanamo detention facility. It means that the lengthy restrictions on transferring and releasing prisoners in Guantanamo will be reduced.
Furthermore, it will allow detainees in need of urgent medical care to
be moved to a military medical facility in the United States temporarily for treatment. The other plus this bill enables is that it will give the Secretary of Defence some new powers concerning the Guantanamo. For example, it will also allow the Secretary of Defence to transfer detainees to third world country and finally if the Secretary authorises it, to transfer them to the United States for trial, if it is in the national interest. So it isn’t the bill that we have all be waiting for which would lead to the termination of Guantanamo Detention Facility but it is a massive step in the right direction and is giving the detainees the chance to a trial, transfer and medical care.


For more information visit: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/closing-guantanamo

 
 
5th of November ,Trafalgar Square so many masks! It is not Venice and it is not a happy circumstance. This is London being part of a global protest.
Over 400 marches in 150 different countries to remind us that protest and civil disobedience are our rights and essential means in order to progress and flourish. Improvement can be achieved only through a dialectic change.
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  • People are tired and unhappy
    so they invade the streets. The Government has the
    duty to listen and
    change.



 
 
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Let’s talk more about good
reasons for boycotting Neste’ .
Employing 224,541 people in 479 factories worldwide, Nestle is not only Switzerland’s largest industrial company but also the world’s largest food company. Nestle’ provides jobs and opportunities for a state that promotes racism and apartheid: Israel. This company has done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy supporting its military system that daily abuses and persecuted innocent Palestinians.

Nestle' has also attracted criticism for its use of genetically modified
ingredients, and for its cocoa and coffee-buying policies which encourage slavery.  Nestle' purchases cocoa from the Ivory Coast where cocoa plantations use child slavery. To say that Nestle is unethical is an euphemism! 
Nestle’s benefits to the Israeli economy don’t stop with just factories and jobs. The Research & Development centre in Sderot contributes to community development through numerous charities and educational projects.
These educational projects relieve the Israeli government of having to furnish a budget for educational advancement. At the same time, because they are carried out by a private company, they can be directed to the benefit of Jewish Israelis only. It is through such private efforts that the Israeli state can claim to act democratically – treating all its citizens equally – while Palestinians are flagrantly discriminated against. Ignoring these important factors when shopping, we facilitate this process of exploitation and degrade of Palestine and Palestinian people. Ignoring the fact that most of these factories are in an occupied land means that we contribute and strengthen the occupation itself.
Next time you visit your favourite supermarket check the label and think!
STAY HUMAN !!!