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Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:00am
Headline Title:  Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR 05 March 2014

 

Thousands of people forced to flee the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now facing another humanitarian catastrophe in neighbouring Chad, said Amnesty International. The rainy season is due to start shortly and unless shelter, food and medical facilities are urgently made available, their already desperate situation will quickly deteriorate. 

 

A delegation from Amnesty International has spent the last two weeks interviewing survivors of violence in CAR and visiting the sites where they are staying along the Chad / CAR border and in the capital N’Djamena. The delegates found thousands of people who had been neglected by the authorities and humanitarian agencies, many suffering from severe malnutrition and with no shelter other than the shade of trees. Among them were a large number of children, many separated from their families in the chaos, and in urgent need of assistance. 

 

“The situation is quite dire. We saw people who had been living in the open for weeks waiting for promised assistance. The rainy season is about to start, rendering many areas inaccessible, and bringing the added threat of waterborne diseases,” said Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International. 

 

“It is unacceptable for thousands of men, women and children who were forced to leave CAR fearing for their lives, to die here in Chad for lack of even the most basic assistance. It is important that the Chadian government and the international community including the UN agencies urgently assist these people and ensure that they have security, access to food, medical services, and adequate shelter.” 

 

Some of the sites where people are seeking refuge are dangerously close to the ongoing violence in CAR. Sido, in the south-east of Chad, is less than a kilometre from the border with CAR and hosts more than 8,000 people 

 

Having camps so close to the border is also contributing to increasing insecurity and vulnerability of refugees. One woman told Amnesty International that the Seleka commander who had attacked her in CAR had now moved into the camp she had fled to. Another refugee told the organization that he fears for his life after recognising at least four ex-Seleka fighters among the population of the site he was staying in. 

 

“There is a real sense of fear in the camps as people from all sides of the conflict find themselves living alongside perpetrators of human rights abuses. It is an extremely dangerous situation, and with no security in place it’s just a matter of time before the conflict spreads,” said Christian Mukosa. 

 

The team encountered only a few representatives from the Chadian authorities and humanitarian agencies and most people are forced to fend for themselves. 

 

“The Chadian Government must take responsibility. They sent their army into CAR to rescue Chadians whose lives were in danger, but now they are sending them to communities without the resources to look after them,” said Christian Mukosa. 

 

It is now clear that the Chadian government is struggling to cope with the huge numbers of people coming in. It is urgent that the international community coordinates efforts to assist the authorities to avoid a new humanitarian crisis. 

 

It is also important that a coherent system is put in place to identify refugees and ensure that they receive the international protection they deserve. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Chadian authorities must coordinate and ensure that the process starts in all sites as soon as possible. 

 

Thousands of people forced to flee the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now facing another humanitarian catastrophe in neighbouring Chad, said Amnesty International.

Media Node:  Chad evacuees from CAR Twitter Tag:  CARcrisis Story Location:  Chad 9° 17' 11.274" N, 25° 29' 17.8116" E “The situation is quite dire. We saw people who had been living in the open for weeks waiting for promised assistance. The rainy season is about to start, rendering many areas inaccessible, and bringing the added threat of waterborne diseases.” Source:  Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International Date:  Wed, 05/03/2014 “It is unacceptable for thousands of men, women and children who were forced to leave CAR fearing for their lives, to die here in Chad for lack of even the most basic assistance. ” Source:  Christian Mukosa URL:  CAR: Urgent action needed by the UN Security Council to address crisis Description:  News story, 28 February 2014 URL:  Life in the midst of horror in the Central African Republic Description:  Feature, 18 February 2014 URL:  Central African Republic: Ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings Description:  News story/briefing, 12 February 2014 URL:  Counting bodies in the Central African Republic Description:  Blog, 12 February 2014

Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:00am
Headline Title:  Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR 05 March 2014

 

Thousands of people forced to flee the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now facing another humanitarian catastrophe in neighbouring Chad, said Amnesty International. The rainy season is due to start shortly and unless shelter, food and medical facilities are urgently made available, their already desperate situation will quickly deteriorate. 

 

A delegation from Amnesty International has spent the last two weeks interviewing survivors of violence in CAR and visiting the sites where they are staying along the Chad / CAR border and in the capital N’Djamena. The delegates found thousands of people who had been neglected by the authorities and humanitarian agencies, many suffering from severe malnutrition and with no shelter other than the shade of trees. Among them were a large number of children, many separated from their families in the chaos, and in urgent need of assistance. 

 

“The situation is quite dire. We saw people who had been living in the open for weeks waiting for promised assistance. The rainy season is about to start, rendering many areas inaccessible, and bringing the added threat of waterborne diseases,” said Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International. 

 

“It is unacceptable for thousands of men, women and children who were forced to leave CAR fearing for their lives, to die here in Chad for lack of even the most basic assistance. It is important that the Chadian government and the international community including the UN agencies urgently assist these people and ensure that they have security, access to food, medical services, and adequate shelter.” 

 

Some of the sites where people are seeking refuge are dangerously close to the ongoing violence in CAR. Sido, in the south-east of Chad, is less than a kilometre from the border with CAR and hosts more than 8,000 people 

 

Having camps so close to the border is also contributing to increasing insecurity and vulnerability of refugees. One woman told Amnesty International that the Seleka commander who had attacked her in CAR had now moved into the camp she had fled to. Another refugee told the organization that he fears for his life after recognising at least four ex-Seleka fighters among the population of the site he was staying in. 

 

“There is a real sense of fear in the camps as people from all sides of the conflict find themselves living alongside perpetrators of human rights abuses. It is an extremely dangerous situation, and with no security in place it’s just a matter of time before the conflict spreads,” said Christian Mukosa. 

 

The team encountered only a few representatives from the Chadian authorities and humanitarian agencies and most people are forced to fend for themselves. 

 

“The Chadian Government must take responsibility. They sent their army into CAR to rescue Chadians whose lives were in danger, but now they are sending them to communities without the resources to look after them,” said Christian Mukosa. 

 

It is now clear that the Chadian government is struggling to cope with the huge numbers of people coming in. It is urgent that the international community coordinates efforts to assist the authorities to avoid a new humanitarian crisis. 

 

It is also important that a coherent system is put in place to identify refugees and ensure that they receive the international protection they deserve. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Chadian authorities must coordinate and ensure that the process starts in all sites as soon as possible. 

Thousands of people forced to flee the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now facing another humanitarian catastrophe in neighbouring Chad, said Amnesty International.

Media Node:  Chad evacuees from CAR Twitter Tag:  CARcrisis Story Location:  Chad 9° 17' 11.274" N, 25° 29' 17.8116" E “The situation is quite dire. We saw people who had been living in the open for weeks waiting for promised assistance. The rainy season is about to start, rendering many areas inaccessible, and bringing the added threat of waterborne diseases.” Source:  Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International Date:  Wed, 05/03/2014 “It is unacceptable for thousands of men, women and children who were forced to leave CAR fearing for their lives, to die here in Chad for lack of even the most basic assistance. ” Source:  Christian Mukosa URL:  CAR: Urgent action needed by the UN Security Council to address crisis Description:  News story, 28 February 2014 URL:  Life in the midst of horror in the Central African Republic Description:  Feature, 18 February 2014 URL:  Central African Republic: Ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings Description:  News story/briefing, 12 February 2014 URL:  Counting bodies in the Central African Republic Description:  Blog, 12 February 2014

Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:00am
Headline Title:  Chad/CAR: New humanitarian crisis for those fleeing violence in CAR 05 March 2014

 

Thousands of people forced to flee the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now facing another humanitarian catastrophe in neighbouring Chad, said Amnesty International. The rainy season is due to start shortly and unless shelter, food and medical facilities are urgently made available, their already desperate situation will quickly deteriorate. 

 

A delegation from Amnesty International has spent the last two weeks interviewing survivors of violence in CAR and visiting the sites where they are staying along the Chad / CAR border and in the capital N’Djamena. The delegates found thousands of people who had been neglected by the authorities and humanitarian agencies, many suffering from severe malnutrition and with no shelter other than the shade of trees. Among them were a large number of children, many separated from their families in the chaos, and in urgent need of assistance. 

 

“The situation is quite dire. We saw people who had been living in the open for weeks waiting for promised assistance. The rainy season is about to start, rendering many areas inaccessible, and bringing the added threat of waterborne diseases,” said Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International. 

 

“It is unacceptable for thousands of men, women and children who were forced to leave CAR fearing for their lives, to die here in Chad for lack of even the most basic assistance. It is important that the Chadian government and the international community including the UN agencies urgently assist these people and ensure that they have security, access to food, medical services, and adequate shelter.” 

 

Some of the sites where people are seeking refuge are dangerously close to the ongoing violence in CAR. Sido, in the south-east of Chad, is less than a kilometre from the border with CAR and hosts more than 8,000 people 

 

Having camps so close to the border is also contributing to increasing insecurity and vulnerability of refugees. One woman told Amnesty International that the Seleka commander who had attacked her in CAR had now moved into the camp she had fled to. Another refugee told the organization that he fears for his life after recognising at least four ex-Seleka fighters among the population of the site he was staying in. 

 

“There is a real sense of fear in the camps as people from all sides of the conflict find themselves living alongside perpetrators of human rights abuses. It is an extremely dangerous situation, and with no security in place it’s just a matter of time before the conflict spreads,” said Christian Mukosa. 

 

The team encountered only a few representatives from the Chadian authorities and humanitarian agencies and most people are forced to fend for themselves. 

 

“The Chadian Government must take responsibility. They sent their army into CAR to rescue Chadians whose lives were in danger, but now they are sending them to communities without the resources to look after them,” said Christian Mukosa. 

 

It is now clear that the Chadian government is struggling to cope with the huge numbers of people coming in. It is urgent that the international community coordinates efforts to assist the authorities to avoid a new humanitarian crisis. 

 

It is also important that a coherent system is put in place to identify refugees and ensure that they receive the international protection they deserve. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Chadian authorities must coordinate and ensure that the process starts in all sites as soon as possible. 

 

Thousands of people forced to flee the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now facing another humanitarian catastrophe in neighbouring Chad, said Amnesty International.

Media Node:  Chad evacuees from CAR Twitter Tag:  CARcrisis Story Location:  Chad 9° 17' 11.274" N, 25° 29' 17.8116" E “The situation is quite dire. We saw people who had been living in the open for weeks waiting for promised assistance. The rainy season is about to start, rendering many areas inaccessible, and bringing the added threat of waterborne diseases.” Source:  Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International Date:  Wed, 05/03/2014 “It is unacceptable for thousands of men, women and children who were forced to leave CAR fearing for their lives, to die here in Chad for lack of even the most basic assistance. ” Source:  Christian Mukosa URL:  CAR: Urgent action needed by the UN Security Council to address crisis Description:  News story, 28 February 2014 URL:  Life in the midst of horror in the Central African Republic Description:  Feature, 18 February 2014 URL:  Central African Republic: Ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings Description:  News story/briefing, 12 February 2014 URL:  Counting bodies in the Central African Republic Description:  Blog, 12 February 2014

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/5/14

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Talking Points Memo: The origins of the ‘religious freedom’ movement that exploded onto the national scene last week. ThinkProgress: Fox host Tucker Carlson appears on Alex Jones show, declares that government hands out spoils ‘based on skin color’. Indiana Daily Student: Under the guise of revered values, Traditional Youth Network promotes far-right ideology reminiscent of […]

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

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Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

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Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

My Body My Rights: Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings

Amnesty International - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:25am
Headline Title:  Tokyo-based artist joins campaign with 'hyperreal' body paintings 06 March 2014

The images are striking. A woman holds the key to her own body; another woman’s wrist disappears, gives way to a blister pack of contraceptive pills; a pile of books are embedded in a man’s back.

These are some of the illustrations painted on real bodies by Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho to kick-start “My Body My Rights”, Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

Hikaru Cho designed each "hyperreal" painting specifically to represent a human right denied to thousands across the world.

“You have the right to choose who you love, who you have sex with and what kind of family you want to create, decide if and when to have children, to learn about sex and relationships, have access to healthcare, and to live free from rape and sexual violence. I hope my art can help young people across the world start a conversation about those rights,” said Hikaru Cho.

The 20-year-old artist became an internet sensation in 2013 under her nickname ‘Choo-San’ for her “hyperreal” body art. Based in Japan, Hikaru is currently a second-year student of Visual Communication and Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

“We chose to work with Hikaru as we all loved her unique approach to art. Many of the images are deliberately left open to interpretation – we wanted to avoid being too literal and encourage debate amongst people,” said Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity programme.

Amnesty International’s ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign seeks to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

 

Your browser does not have the necessary plugin to display this content.

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined Amnesty International’s new global campaign on sexual and reproductive rights with her "hyperreal" body art.

Media Node:  Hikaru Cho art Hikaru Cho backstage At a Glance: 

Take part in our competition!

Write, draw, paint or even take a selfie to express what My Body My Rights means to you. You can submit this via our Tumblr page tweeting using the hashtag #MyBodyMyRights or by posting on our global Facebook page

Twitter Tag:  MyBodyMyRights Story Location:  Japan 35° 43' 58.6884" N, 139° 44' 36.0492" E URL:  My Body, My Rights: Take Action! Description:  Take Action! URL:  Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide Description:  News Story/Briefing, 6 March 2014. URL:  My Body, My Rights: Country Cases Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence Description:  Feature, 06 March 2014. URL:  Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis Description:  News Story/Report, 20 February 2014.

NPR Faces Listener Backlash After Scott Lively Interview

SPLC Hatewatch - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 2:12pm
Evangelical crusader Scott Lively, who is credited with inspiring anti-gay legislation in both Uganda and Russia, was interviewed last week on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” program by host Michel Martin to discuss Uganda’s harsh new statute outlawing homosexuality. The interview, which lasted over 10 minutes, included the usual doses of Lively’s incendiary rhetoric, […]

Anti-Catholic Cult Hit With Half Billion-Dollar Judgment

SPLC Hatewatch - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:16pm
Christhiaon Coie has spent 43 years waiting for the day when the brutal, Catholic- and gay-hating cult leader who she says raped her and numerous other girls, some of them as young as 8, would get his just desserts. Last week, that day finally arrived. In Miller County, Ark., a judge ordered a church run […]

Mark Regnerus, Author of Discredited Anti-LGBT Study, Testifies in Federal Court

SPLC Hatewatch - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:32am
It’s been a busy couple of days for University of Texas at Austin sociology professor Mark Regnerus, whose methodologically flawed and thoroughly discredited study with suspect ties has provided ammunition for anti-LGBT groups and policies since its 2012 publication  in the United States and around the world. The study even appeared on flyers used by […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/4/14

SPLC Hatewatch - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:32am
Salon.com: The psychology of hate: How we deny human beings their humanity. Crooks and Liars: How LaRouchites manage to keep fielding candidates posing as Democrats. Right Wing Watch: Why are conservative pundits and media outlets embracing anti-Semitic tabloids? The Grio: Uganda’s vicious anti-gay laws have their roots in America’s battle over gay rights. Bismarck Tribune: […]

Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown

Amnesty International - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:05am
Headline Title:  Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown 03 March 2014

 

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

 

Maryam Shafi’ Pour had been a member of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi’s presidential campaign during the 2009 elections. 

 

“That a student could be jailed for seven years merely for peacefully expressing her views or supporting an opposition politician defies belief. Maryam Shafi’ Pour should be immediately and unconditionally released and allowed to continue her studies. She should not spend the next seven years languishing in Evin Prison,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. 

 

Earlier the student had been barred by the authorities from completing her university education because of her political activism at university. Many other students are still denied the right to pursue their education because of their peaceful human rights or political activism. 

 

During a wave of protests that followed Iran’s 2009 elections scores of students were arrested and faced vaguely worded charges on national security grounds, in a clampdown on dissent.  Maryam Shafi’ Pour is the first student arrested on such charges since President Hassan Rouhani came to power last year. 

 

“Maryam Shafi’ Pour’s conviction is a chilling reminder of how little Iran’s human rights record has changed since 2009, when students were arrested in droves during post-election unrest,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui. 

 

“Iran will be at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council at the end of March rejecting any criticism of its human rights record but, as long as people like Maryam Shafi’ Pour are sent to prison, this will be little more than rhetoric and business as usual for the Iranian authorities.” 

 

Maryam Shafi’ Pour was arrested on 27 July 2013 after obeying a summons to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison in Tehran. After her arrest she spent over two months in solitary confinement, with no access to a lawyer. On 2 March 2014, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran found her guilty of “spreading propaganda against the system”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, and “membership of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education” which is not officially recognized by the Iranian authorities. 

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

Media Node:  Karroubi Story Location:  Iran 32° 20' 0.8124" N, 51° 24' 57.6576" E “That a student could be jailed for seven years merely for peacefully expressing her views or supporting an opposition politician defies belief. Maryam Shafi’ Pour should be immediately and unconditionally released and allowed to continue her studies. She should not spend the next seven years languishing in Evin Prison.” Source:  Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International

Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown

Amnesty International - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:05am
Headline Title:  Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown 03 March 2014

 

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

 

Maryam Shafi’ Pour had been a member of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi’s presidential campaign during the 2009 elections. 

 

“That a student could be jailed for seven years merely for peacefully expressing her views or supporting an opposition politician defies belief. Maryam Shafi’ Pour should be immediately and unconditionally released and allowed to continue her studies. She should not spend the next seven years languishing in Evin Prison,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. 

 

Earlier the student had been barred by the authorities from completing her university education because of her political activism at university. Many other students are still denied the right to pursue their education because of their peaceful human rights or political activism. 

 

During a wave of protests that followed Iran’s 2009 elections scores of students were arrested and faced vaguely worded charges on national security grounds, in a clampdown on dissent.  Maryam Shafi’ Pour is the first student arrested on such charges since President Hassan Rouhani came to power last year. 

 

“Maryam Shafi’ Pour’s conviction is a chilling reminder of how little Iran’s human rights record has changed since 2009, when students were arrested in droves during post-election unrest,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui. 

 

“Iran will be at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council at the end of March rejecting any criticism of its human rights record but, as long as people like Maryam Shafi’ Pour are sent to prison, this will be little more than rhetoric and business as usual for the Iranian authorities.” 

 

Maryam Shafi’ Pour was arrested on 27 July 2013 after obeying a summons to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison in Tehran. After her arrest she spent over two months in solitary confinement, with no access to a lawyer. On 2 March 2014, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran found her guilty of “spreading propaganda against the system”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, and “membership of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education” which is not officially recognized by the Iranian authorities. 

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

Media Node:  Karroubi Story Location:  Iran 32° 20' 0.8124" N, 51° 24' 57.6576" E “That a student could be jailed for seven years merely for peacefully expressing her views or supporting an opposition politician defies belief. Maryam Shafi’ Pour should be immediately and unconditionally released and allowed to continue her studies. She should not spend the next seven years languishing in Evin Prison.” Source:  Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International

Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown

Amnesty International - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:05am
Headline Title:  Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown 03 March 2014

 

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

 

Maryam Shafi’ Pour had been a member of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi’s presidential campaign during the 2009 elections. 

 

“That a student could be jailed for seven years merely for peacefully expressing her views or supporting an opposition politician defies belief. Maryam Shafi’ Pour should be immediately and unconditionally released and allowed to continue her studies. She should not spend the next seven years languishing in Evin Prison,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. 

 

Earlier the student had been barred by the authorities from completing her university education because of her political activism at university. Many other students are still denied the right to pursue their education because of their peaceful human rights or political activism. 

 

During a wave of protests that followed Iran’s 2009 elections scores of students were arrested and faced vaguely worded charges on national security grounds, in a clampdown on dissent.  Maryam Shafi’ Pour is the first student arrested on such charges since President Hassan Rouhani came to power last year. 

 

“Maryam Shafi’ Pour’s conviction is a chilling reminder of how little Iran’s human rights record has changed since 2009, when students were arrested in droves during post-election unrest,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui. 

 

“Iran will be at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council at the end of March rejecting any criticism of its human rights record but, as long as people like Maryam Shafi’ Pour are sent to prison, this will be little more than rhetoric and business as usual for the Iranian authorities.” 

 

Maryam Shafi’ Pour was arrested on 27 July 2013 after obeying a summons to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison in Tehran. After her arrest she spent over two months in solitary confinement, with no access to a lawyer. On 2 March 2014, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran found her guilty of “spreading propaganda against the system”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, and “membership of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education” which is not officially recognized by the Iranian authorities. 

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

Media Node:  Karroubi Story Location:  Iran 32° 20' 0.8124" N, 51° 24' 57.6576" E “That a student could be jailed for seven years merely for peacefully expressing her views or supporting an opposition politician defies belief. Maryam Shafi’ Pour should be immediately and unconditionally released and allowed to continue her studies. She should not spend the next seven years languishing in Evin Prison.” Source:  Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International
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