Human rights

Girl using a tablet

Is the digital gap growing or shrinking?

Over 50% of the world population uses the Internet. 2016 is the year this incredible hallmark was reached. But what happens with the other half? 

Refugees about to sink. Photo: Wikimedia

“Come Now!” campaign will pressure institutions to ensure the reception of refugees

The purpose of the campaign is to make sure Spain welcomes at least the 17,337 refugees to which it committed itself.

Isabel Baixeras, the legal expert who drafted the injunction

Isabel Baixeras: “We are the first European nonprofit organisation to denounce the failure to comply with the commitment to receive refugees”

Stop Mare Mortum, and Isabel Baixeras at the helm, demands that the Spanish Government adopts precautionary measures to guarantee the relocations imposed from Brussels before the month of September.

Jose Peñín, Communications Manager of SOS Racisme Catalunya. Photo: Youtube

Jose Peñín: “The rise in populist and xenophobic speeches is instigating discriminatory attitudes”

SOS Racisme Catalunya takes care of the people who experience racism and helps them to report those situations with campaigns aimed at generating awareness.

LGBTI flag. Photo: Wikimedia

Which non-profit organisations work in the LGBTI field?

There are many different organisations around the world standing for human rights and fighting to recognise the LGBTI community.

Flyer against Donald Trump. Image: Pixabay

Amnesty International sees the risk of xenophobic speech against human rights as spreading

The international organisation has published its Annual Report for 2016/2017, with particular emphasis on hate speech, which it claims could give rise to fear and division.

David Forniès, head of Knowledge at CIEMEN. Photo: CIEMEN

David Forniès: “Stateless peoples continue to suffer the negation of rights, discrimination and even violence”

CIEMEN works to raise awareness and promote the Catalan national reality in the world, to spread knowledge about stateless peoples and also to defend their rights.

Mum feeding his baby. Photo: Save the Children

Save the Children warns that child poverty has increased by 8.4% in the last decade

The "Underprivileged" report examines five key areas in which it noted inequalities in the development of children: work, social security, housing, education and health.

Donald Trump, President of the US. Photo: Michael Vardon, Flickr

Amnesty International condemns Trump’s activities against refugees blockage

The organisation protecting human rights claims that Trump’s decisions, which judge people according to their religion, promote a rhetoric of hate.

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Bikes, the means of transport integrating refugees in London

The Bike Project reuses second-hand bikes, repairs them and gives them to people who are fleeing their countries of origin. Every year, 13,500 asylum seekers arrive in the British capital. 27,500 bikes are abandoned during the same time period.

Notfairbnb.es platform. Image: Notfairbnb.be

Belgian NGO launches a website to raise awareness on homeless people

Notfairbnb.be mimics the look of Airbnb and offers sleeping over soiled mattresses or plush canal side terraces to attract funds. 

Sergei Stroitelev. Photo: Facebook

Sergei Stroitelev: “I am convinced that social photography can change people lives by raising awareness”

The Russian photographer has won the 20th International Prize for Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña, organized every year by Doctors of the World. The winning project shows how terminally ill children try to survive every day in a hospice in Saint Petersburg.

Cold wave. Photo: Twitter

Cold snap becomes dangerous for refugees in Greece

Harsh weather conditions make it unsustainable for hundreds of asylum seekers living in camps.  

Golfo Azzurro sailed on 24 December / Photo: Oriol CanalsGolfo Azzurro

No rest for Proactiva Open Arms during Christmas

The Catalan NGO, on a new and larger vessel than Astral, plans to rescue 35,000 people in the Mediterranean this winter, a figure that is similar to last year’s.

Supporters of the campaign

Civil society calls for Catalonia to become a land of welcome

The campaign “Casa nostra, casa vostra” (Our home is your home) aims at encouraging Catalan institutions to take action in light of the migration crisis.

Jesús Carrión, an activist from RETS and the coordinator of the Col·lectiu Ronda / Photograph: Suport Associatiu

Jesús Carrión: “As long as transnational corporations continue to violate human rights, they really cannot talk of CSR”

Jesús Carrión, an activist from RETS and the coordinator of the Col·lectiu Ronda, defends the need to establish international treaties that force corporations to respect these rights.

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