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Mazen Darwish

The Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish, president and founder of Hivos’ partner the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), has won the 2013 Bruno Kreisky Prize for Services to Human Rights.

The Bruno Kreisky Award is a biennial award created in October 1976 on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Bruno Kreisky, an Austrian politician who served as Foreign Minister from 1959 to 1966 and as Chancellor from 1970 to 1983.

Biogester construction

Hivos, through its Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) has, to date, facilitated the construction of 25,000 biogas digesters in six African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Senegal. ABPP is now reaching 125,000 people, a feat it has achieved in just four years. Kenya is the best performing country, with Tanzania Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Uganda in close succession. .

One of Bolivia’s sex workers organizations, Organización de Trabajadoras Nocturnas (OTN), has called for the legalization of sex work in Bolivia and for sex workers to be granted retirement benefits and health insurance. A bill on the subject will be debated in Bolivian parliament in this year. The text of the bill has been published by La Razón, a local newspaper.

Winter promotional folder

The exhibit ‘Winter’ brings a combination of poetry and politics to the Central Asian Pavilion, while the project ‘Pirate Cinema’ is showing independent films by Hivos partners at an installation in the Maldives Pavilion.

Khalil Matouq

Syrian lawyer and human rights defender Khalil Matouq, who has defended hundreds of political prisoners, journalists and prisoners of conscience, was detained on 2 October 2012. Shortly before his disappearance, Khalil Matouq had been acting as one of the defence lawyers of the staff and visitors of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), a partner of Hivos.

On 1 September 2013, Edwin Huizing will become the new executive director of Hivos. He will succeed Manuela Monteiro, who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past decade.

In a meeting held on the 28th of May, the government of Costa Rica presented its Open Government Action Plan 2013-2014 for the first time to civil society organizations since having joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

4 participants at the meeting

Civil society Principal Recipients who manage grants from the Global Fund in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean met for the first time in Mexico City from 22 to 24 May. The meeting was organised by Hivos and UNAIDS in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Mexico, FUNSALUD and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).

With deep sadness Hivos learned about the passing away of Shivananda Khan, founder of Naz Foundation International (NFI) and APCOM, the Asia-Pacific Coalition on male sexual health. Shiv was one of the great leaders in the fight against HIV and Aids among MSM and transgender communities.

On May 10, 2013, three transsexuals were beaten by a group of taxi drivers in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Two managed to escape, but ‘Gabriela’ was violently assaulted. Police officers refused to help the victims after the attack. 

The regional office of Hivos in South America condemns this brutal attack that shows the lack of pluralism, diversity,  tolerance and respect towards people and movements that fight for their rights to sexual and gender identity.

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