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by AGORA moderator
9 January 2018
This winter, Sami reindeer herder Risten Aleksandersen and her family are facing a major threat to their age-old way of life. The Aleksandersens have raised, herded and slaughtered reindeer as a central part of their indigenous culture for generations. But now a huge wind farm and property developments are encroaching on the land their reindeer use for grazing on the island of Kvaloya in Norway’s far north.
 
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by AGORA moderator
8 January 2018
Rural Sri Lankan women have a better chance to fight for their rights by winning positions in local government.
 
More rural women will stand in local elections on Feb. 10 after parliament passed a law last year that local governments must have a 25 percent quota for female election candidates.
 
Women represent 52 percent of Sri Lanka’s population but their representation in local politics has been the lowest among South Asian nations.
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by AGORA member
20 December 2017
"Dear beneficiaries, partners, followers and friends,
 
"As projects start, are implemented and come to an end, they must inevitably be closed.
 
"At the end of a well-implemented project, a feeling that more could have been done remains. Such projects are missed even before their conclusion, and it takes time to move on.
 
"Our project is now closing, and so much has been accomplished, that is impossible to enumerate all “...
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by AGORA moderator
19 December 2017

Human Rights Impacts of Extractive Industries on Indigenous Peoples

Widespread human rights violations associated with extractive projects on the lands of Indigenous peoples pose a serious challenge to sustainable development. As an expanding sector and a potentially important contributor to GDP, extractive industries are at the centre of many countries’ development strategies. However, while benefits from extractive projects accrue primarily on...

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by AGORA moderator
18 December 2017
DECLARATION FROM THE GENERAL DEBATE ON
THE IMPERATIVE FOR FAIRER, SMARTER AND MORE HUMANE MIGRATION
Endorsed by the 133rd IPU Assembly
(Geneva, 21 October 2015)
 
We, parliamentarians from over 135 countries gathered in Geneva at the 133rd IPU Assembly, debated The...
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by AGORA moderator
18 December 2017
Human rights abuses against parliamentarians reached a new high in 2017, according to Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) statistics. Parliamentarians from Cambodia, Maldives, Turkey and Venezuela alone, where the political situation has been worsening in recent times, account for 35% of the cases.
 
Cases of abuses against women MPs have also reached a record...
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by AGORA moderator
14 December 2017
Strengthening Public Accounts Committees Considered at South-South Exchange
 
Wellington, New Zealand — Strengthening the functioning of Public Accounts Committees (PAC) is essential for Pacific Parliaments to effectively scrutinize public finances.
 
The role of PACs in most Pacific countries covers two key aspects of the...
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by AGORA moderator
13 December 2017
First opposed, then endorsed. It’s now pledged, but called “unworkable.”
 
In Canada the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is not ratified, nor from a legal perspective even really understood.
 
The history of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous rights has been a sordid one. But all that...
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by AGORA moderator
13 December 2017
WINDHOEK-(MaraviPost)-The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum (PF) has set model law intends to guide regional states on electoral processes.
 
The model law is expected to be adopted by regional states parliament which will be embedded into already existed parliamentary laws.
 
Key components in...
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by AGORA moderator
12 December 2017
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world’s smallest gender-equality gap, and for about as long gender studies professor Gyda Margret Petursdottir has been asked how the Nordic island nation became such a paradise for women.
 
Her reply: “It isn’t.”
 
Iceland has a female prime...
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