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Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Autumn 1992
The Human Rights Conferences on GreenNet
A word from Amnesty Int.- British Section
New West African Connections
UN is again apparently placing its money where its mouth is with the
UN World Conference on Human Rights scheduled for next June in Vienna.
There is, however, some indecision as to whether NGOs will be present.
This will be discussed at a pre-Vienna meeting in Geneva in September,
at which we hope APC will be present. According to the General Assembly,
the conference "should provide an assessment of progress in the
universal enjoyment of human rights and the obstacles hindering this
UN's only previous World Conference on Human Rights was held 23 years
ago. Since then, the international law of human rights has developed
dramatically, although its implementation remains weak and underdeveloped.
If it is decided that NGOs are to be present, the World Conference in
1993 provides an important opportunity for NGOs and governments to develop
strategies and mechanisms to give teeth to the existing framework.
Human Rights Conferences on GreenNet
the deteriorating situations in Eastern Europe and Africa, it is advisable
to keep a very close check on the human rights conferences, in these
two cases, particularly yugo.antiwar and reg.africa. This group of conferences
is now expanding and covers a wide range of areas and issues.
word from Amnesty Int.- British Section
present, we are concentrating on working out the best way to maintain
the Urgent Action conference (ai.uan) in conjunction with the US section
of AI. Information more relevant to participants on GreenNet, such as
UK embassy addresses, will soon be provided.
find the humanrights conference ( hr.news ) particularly useful. Having
this enormous amount of information about human rights issues collected
together in this way allows for easy retrieval and indeed much of its
contents are distributed to other staff members at AIBS. Oh, and the
email is indispensable!"
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West African Connections
continues to play an important role as the 'gateway' between our partner
systems in Africa and the rest of the world.
changing political climate in sub-saharan Africa is gradually offering
a little more leverage to NGO's, and various NGO coalitions are beginning
to organise themselves strongly both nationally and regionally across
the continent. Karen Banks recently travelled to Senegal, The Gambia,
Ghana and Nigeria to visit our partner systems in Senegal (enda.gn.apc.org)
and Ghana (ghastinet.gn.apc.org) and installed, with the assistance
of Moussa Fall from ENDA Senegal, a small host in Banjule, The Gambia
(African Centre For Human Rights and Democracy Studies) and an additional
system in Accra, Ghana (Friends Of The Earth - Ghana).
and regional communications are a priority for the flourishing NGO movements
in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria and the 'small host' technology
we are working with proves itself to be most appropriate for local conditions
and needs whilst offering, at this time, the cheapest form of electonic
mail. The international links via GreenNet are also important and can
save local groups up to 80% of their normal international telex, fax
and phone bills.
'host' in Senegal - ENDA Senegal - is an international NGO with branches
in 6 other countries in The South and an office in Paris. ENDA Senegal's
six 'teams' work in the areas of Pesticide Control, Consumer Rights,
Biodiversity, Energy, Gender Studies and Agriculture and cooperate closely
with the fifteen NGO's now connected electronically to the ENDA host.
to the success of and confidence in the local host a conference organised
by another Senegalese NGO - PACT -incorporated information sharing by
electronic mail training workshops and demonstrations into its programme.
This allowed NGO's from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast
to see at first hand, the application of electronic mail in NGO information
sharing. Greeting messages were received from Nairobi, Johannesburg,
Washington and London electronically during the email demonstration
host in The Gambia, operated by Hannah Forster, now connects twice weekly
to the ENDA host and they hope to cooperate on research programmes,
specifically in the area of Women's Rights and Child Abuse.
of the Earth Ghana is also connecting twice weekly to GreenNet and will
soon support 6 local NGO's based in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. One of
FOE-Ghana's priority programmes will be to cooperate with environmental
NGO's in Kenya and Nigeria with the objective of exchanging, electronically,
briefing and research papers in the areas of climate change, species
protection and aforestation programmes.
Green Environmental Movement in Nigeria, based in Lagos, has expressed
interest in hosting the national node in Nigeria. A number of local
NGO's are now pooling resources with the hope of establishing a host
at GEM to serve a wide range of progressive groups in Nigeria including
environmental groups, trade union groups and community based self-help
30 July 1996
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