Amnesty International has published its new report on the human rights situation world-wide.
You can find an introduction here:
The details about single countries can be accessed via the following link:
More on the key issues of this year as Freedom of Expression, International Justice, Corporate Accountability and Middle East and North Africa can be found on this page
I also included the amnesty-international news on this page on the right side bar together with the headlines from democracy now. That way it is quite easy to stay up to date with news about human rights and political issues!
The ‘Lead Peace’ – seminar in Stockholm over Easter was very refreshing and interesting. For those of you who would have liked to go but were not able to (there were lots at least three times more applications than places), here a short report about topics and some pictures:
First a short summary again of the cycle creating the four steps in practicing nonviolent communication – which was shortly introduced in the seminar again and practiced during the whole training:
Concentrate on specific behaviours instead of inferring what others intend. Be as specific as possible and only relate to what you observed oposed to judgements and evaluations. Judgements and evaluations can easily block your empathy and the empathy of others (instead it is more likely they will hear criticism) if not handled with care and awareness. View full article »
Due to some feedback I received it appears that some unfortunate misunderstandings have arisen in respect to the article I wrote below, which I would like to shortly clarify here as follows:
1. As stated in the article, I do not condone any form of violence against human beings whatsoever, including of course terroristic attacks.
2. I never wrote and did not mean to be understand in a way that would endorse the methods or ideology of Al Quaida or Osama bin Laden.
3. All articles on this blog, as stated on the “About” page, are personal points of view, shared stories, informations and contents and do not reflect the views of the whole No More Team as a whole unless specified otherwise.
Warm regards to all readers
Georg from the No-more-war team
To catch up with the world I was saddened by todays ‘news’ that Osama bin Laden had been killed. I just want to take this moment to express my sincere condolences to his relatives – noone should die by another mans hand. Once again, violence was used to deal with a conflict – killing another man was once again excused by important values as justice. Some took the stance to speak of revenge, justice’s perverse counterpart.
I will quote a part of Tom H. Hastings book ‘Nonviolent Response to Terrorism’ which I just read during my stay in Sweden:
“Imagine an international community in which Osama bin Laden might have presented his complaints about overbearing U.S. influence in his native land, Saudi Arabia. If the people of the U.S. truly understood the offensiveness of foreign influence the Saudi people felt, perhaps the people of the U.S. might have ended their support for politicans who voted military aid to the Saudi regime. If a despotic royalty loves U.S. military hardware, an oppressed population will eventually hate the nation enabling the oppression.” (p. 57-58) View full article »