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With support from Hivos, two international watchdog organisations have published a new tool: "Claiming Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Resource Guide to Advancing Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Using the Optional Protocol and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Optional Protocol and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights".

Liberian students at IT centre

The Africa Technology and Transparency Initiative (ATTI) has entered into partnership with iLab Liberia, the country’s foremost tech space. iLab Liberia is a non-profit computer laboratory providing access to cutting-edge technology, expert IT assistance and free training sessions that are tailored to suit the country’s ICT demands. The incubation space also hosts tech events and serves as a networking space for tech enthusiasts and professionals working in the country’s IT industry.

Detention cells in Zambia

Zambian gay activist Paul Kasonkomona was arrested last Sunday following an appearance on a television talk show in which he expressed support for the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people. Kasonkomona was charged under section 178(g) of the Zambian Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, for “soliciting in a public place for an immoral purpose”. This offense, derived from the English Vagrancy Act of 1898, was repealed in England in 1956 but remains in force in Zambia.

Homophobia in South America is manifested on a daily basis through various forms of exclusion, invisibility and rejection of sexual orientation and gender identity. On April 4, the city of Sucre, the capital of Bolivia, was the scene of an irrational act against sexual and gender diversity. Officials of the municipality of Sucre removed the 20 pictures of the Sexual and Gender Diversities exhibit that had been installed the day before in downtown Sucre.

Map of SEATTI region

Starting from 1 April 2013, the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI) officially invites civil society organizations in the Southeast Asia region, particularly from Indonesia and the Philippines, to submit their Expressions of Interest (EoI) in promoting the use of technology to enhance transparency in public institutions.

Hivos partners Radio Progreso and COFADEH in Honduras have collaborated on the new documentary, “La ley del más fuerte” (The Law of the Strongest). The documentary is an in-depth account of the work of human rights defenders in Honduras, especially in the region of Bajo Aguán. It covers the challenges the defenders face in an environment marked by intimidation, physical attacks and the impunity that characterizes these violations.

Group photo of IG training participants

The quest for an open Internet in the Arab countries, free of government control, has led Hivos to engage internet users from the region in the global discussion about Internet Governance and the specific policies toward the Internet environment in their countries.

From 16 to 19 March 2013, Hivos held an onsite training in Tunis on Internet Governance and policy in partnership together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom’s Tunisia office.

World Bank Group investments in oil, coal, and gas lending

The new President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, has spoken repeatedly in the last five months about the severe consequences of climate change for people in developing countries. Hivos and other civil society groups have welcomed this position. However, it is now the time for Dr. Kim to lead the World Bank Group in following those words with action. That is the message that nearly 60 development, environment, faith-based, human rights, and community groups conveyed in a letter to Dr.

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efrain Ríos Montt (1982-83) and his then chief of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, are on trial in Guatemala for genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges arise from systematic massacres of the country’s indigenous population carried out by military and paramilitary forces during the country’s brutal civil war.

Minister Ploumen receives report

At the end of 2012, the Evert Vermeer Foundation travelled to Tanzania to assess the role and impact of Dutch and European biofuel policy on developing countries. Their report, "Fuelling progress or poverty? The EU and biofuels in Tanzania", co-founded by Hivos, was presented on 27 March 2013 by Hivos partner Fair Politics to Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen.