Human rights and protection

Human rights and protection

ACT members work for justice for all, and particularly for the poor and oppressed. Promoting human rights and addressing rights violations is crucial to promote development. Many ACT members have adopted human rights-based approaches throughout their development, humanitarian and advocacy work.

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Human rights key to lasting peace in Colombia

Human rights key to lasting peace in Colombia

May 02, 2013

Colombia's recent progress in promoting human rights is promising, but the country still has a long way to go in meeting its obligations in this area.

Unequal access to clean water threatens international peace

Unequal access to clean water threatens international peace

Mar 22, 2013

Unequal access to clean water still remains one of the world’s biggest abuses of human rights and challenges to development – creating millions of avoidable illnesses and deaths every year.

Governments must accelerate efforts to eradicate violence against women

Governments must accelerate efforts to eradicate violence against women

Mar 06, 2013

UN member states must fulfil their obligations to tackle the causes and consequences of widespread violence against women and girls – which have devastating effects not only on victims, but also on progress toward sustainable international peace and development.

Faces of Darfur reveal realities of camp life

Faces of Darfur reveal realities of camp life

Feb 20, 2013

See the human impact of nutrition, water, medical and other programmes in the faces of Darfur civilians living in camps for the internally displaced.

International community must step up for Syrian civilians

International community must step up for Syrian civilians

Jan 30, 2013

With reports that a fresh wave of 21,000 Syrians had arrived in Jordan's Za’atari camp in the last week of January alone, the international community must pledge the funds needed to address this mounting crisis.

Conflict in Mali threatens to deepen humanitarian crisis across Sahel

Conflict in Mali threatens to deepen humanitarian crisis across Sahel

Jan 28, 2013

The conflict in Mali is creating a new wave of civilian displacement that is straining already scarce resources and deepening the humanitarian crisis in Mali and neighbouring countries.

Syrians forge solidarity to survive harsh winter in Jordan

Syrians forge solidarity to survive harsh winter in Jordan

Jan 16, 2013

As Syria’s civil war drags on, those who have fled the violence for neighboring countries face an increasingly difficult time surviving as winter storms bring snow and freezing temperatures to much of the region.

Campaigners link right to food with climate justice

Campaigners link right to food with climate justice

Dec 10, 2012

The inextricable link between climate change and food security within a human rights framework is being discussed by the international community with increasing urgency.

New arrivals translate into growing needs in Ugandan camp

New arrivals translate into growing needs in Ugandan camp

Dec 05, 2012

Continued fighting between rebel forces and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has resulted in growing numbers of Congolese refugees in Uganda and Rwanda.

ACT general secretary visits Syrian refugees

ACT general secretary visits Syrian refugees

Dec 04, 2012

As the Syrian refugee crisis escalates, ACT General Secretary John Nduna compels the international community to redouble its efforts to provide essential, life-saving services.

Scenes from Goma illustrate mass displacement

Scenes from Goma illustrate mass displacement

Dec 03, 2012

UN OCHA estimated last week that an additional 140,000 people have been displaced in and around Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, since rebels took the city on November 20.

ACT members step up advocacy and aid in DRC

ACT members step up advocacy and aid in DRC

Nov 23, 2012

ACT members have been working around the clock to craft a unified strategy to address the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

ACT ready to respond in Gaza

ACT ready to respond in Gaza

Nov 19, 2012

ACT Palestine is ready to mobilise humanitarian assistance in Gaza for the victims of the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel.

ACT speaks out on Syria

ACT speaks out on Syria

Nov 15, 2012

On the eve of his visit to the region, ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna calls for peace, respect for international law and adequate funding to address the mounting humanitarian crisis in the region.

Guatemalan mother seeks justice through UN review

Guatemalan mother seeks justice through UN review

Oct 25, 2012

The same week that human campaigner Blanca Rosa Quiroa de Hernández attends a United Nations review of civil rights in Guatemala, she also comes excruciatingly close to finding the remains of her son who disappeared 28 years ago.