Caitlyn Jordan Virginia Dandan, an independent expert on human rights and international solidarity for the United Nations Human Rights Council, lectured on solving local issues on an international level.This is especially important in developing countries, Dandan said, since they may not have the means required to solve a problem.“Many countries lack the financial resources and lack the human resources necessary to handle problems on their own,” she said.Yet international solidarity is still important in more established countries, Dandan said.“Even in wealthy countries, there are still pockets of poverty that remain,” Dandan said. “In trying to eradicate inequality and discrimination, what country in the world can do this on its own? They need international cooperation.”This international cooperation is universally beneficial, Dandan said.“Countries are still interdependent with each other,” she said. “They are still interrelated in what they’re doing.”Dandan said fighting human rights violations through international solidarity would make the causes of these violations clearer to other countries dealing with similar issues.“International solidarity tries not only to encourage human rights, but is able to get to the root causes of the violations of human rights at the international level,” she said.The movement aims to help all countries involved by promoting the values of the United Nations, Dandan said.“The collective purposes and actions of international solidarity must be directed towards fostering the three pillars of the United Nations, which are peace and security, development and human rights,” Dandan said.Luigi Crema, a visiting Kellogg fellow from the University of Milan, provided commentary on Dandan’s talk and discussed her role in the United Nations.“She is trying to take an idea from the limited boundaries of a political body and move it towards international needs,” he said.The global fight against terrorism is an example of international solidarity, since many countries acknowledge the threat terrorism poses and have worked together in an attempt to eliminate it, Crema said.“This fight embodies a political view that is global and not just local,” Crema said.Everyone can participate in international solidarity by remaining aware of global issues and becoming involved in attempts to eradicate these issues, Dandan said.“Those hopes that you have for your own individual tomorrow must include a very real engagement with what is happening around us,” she said. “Let us not give [future generations] a world where they have no more choices to make because they have to live with what we have done today.”Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, international solidarity, Kellogg Center for International Studies, UN Human Rights Council, United Nations, Virginia Dandan Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity for the United Nations Human Rights Council Virginia Dandan spoke about the importance of international solidarity in a lecture Thursday afternoon sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Dandan said the goal of international solidarity is to allow local issues to be solved on an international level.“International solidarity is a platform that broadens the participation of implementing human rights across borders,” Dandan said.
MEDIA RELEASE: EUTHANASIA – FREE NEW ZEALAND.Application for a change to New Zealand Law on assisted suicide and euthanasia is not in society’s best interests.“Lecretia Seales is a courageous woman, afflicted with a terrible disease. It is impossible not to be moved by her tragic situation. Yet her application to the High Court for a ruling on whether current N.Z. laws in respect of euthanasia and assisted suicide breach her rights under the Bill of Rights Act, although intended only to relate to her case, will, if successful, in the long run adversely affect the rights of many others in our society” says Professor David Richmond, a spokesperson for Euthanasia-Free New Zealand.“Ms Seales’ request is superficially a simple one based on personal choice and autonomy. Unfortunately the issues are far more complex for society than that”, he said. “Current laws were drawn up to guarantee citizens the right to life. If Ms. Seales’ actions were to lead eventually to the decriminalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide as she apparently hopes they will, citizens will be guaranteed the right to State sanctioned death – presumably at the hands of doctors. Our observation of how these things work in Holland and Belgium where euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal does not encourage us to think that significant abuses, including being killed without a specific request, will not occur”, he said. “There are compelling reasons for leaving the law as it is whilst concentrating on providing every care possible to relieve suffering in dying and upholding the dignity of those close to death.”Euthanasia–Free New Zealand hopes that this court action will result in a fresh impetus in our society to uphold the right of every citizen including the most vulnerable of us: the elderly, those with disabilities, the dependent and those near the end of life, to respect, care, support, honour – and life.ENDS
Ireland have no choice but to chase glory at Rugby World Cup 2015 after lifting the RBS 6 Nations title, according to flanker Chris Henry. Instead Henry has called on Ireland to start their build-up to next year’s World Cup in England without delay. “I think we have to capitalise on this now in terms of the World Cup,” said Henry. “We’ve got such a massive run-in to the World Cup now, that when we get together next we’ve got to focus on that. “I feel a lot of us have improved individually in the last eight weeks under Joe, and that’s what we need to keep doing. Because of the quality of player we have, there’s no telling how far this team can go. “I want to use it as a springboard for myself as well, personally. Every time I go out there I put pressure on myself. I’ve just loved every minute.” Henry’s deft offload opened a half-gap for Johnny Sexton to scythe home for the fly-half’s first of two tries in the edgy victory over France. The combative flanker revealed he has worked hard to add a level of finesse to his renowned fiendish breakdown acumen. “I just thought I needed to get it away, then Johnny did all the hard work,” said Henry. “The feeling overall is just incredible. I don’t usually give one-handed offloads but I just thought we had the advantage, so I’m relieved it worked.” Hailing the impact of boss Joe Schmidt, Henry now wants Ireland to take advantage of the shrewd head coach’s analytical approach in future. “It gives you a lot of confidence because you know you’re in excellent hands with his preparation and his attention to detail,” said Henry. “He’s been incredible to deal with, you’re on your toes and you have to know your stuff. “But you want a coach that challenges you and we certainly are, all the time with Ireland under Joe. “The pressure is on you to know your stuff. But once you do know all that, it gives you huge confidence to go out and do what he wants.” Brian O’Driscoll brought down 15 glittering years of international rugby as Ireland edged out France 22-20 in Paris to claim the Six Nations on points difference. Iconic centre O’Driscoll stamped his authority in world rugby with a superlative hat-trick in Paris in 2000, and helped Ireland claim their first win in France in 14 years on his final international appearance. And Henry admitted Ireland’s class of 2014 will forever look back with pride on their part in O’Driscoll’s 141st and final international turn. “I think definitely we will look back and one day, say: ‘I was there’,” said Henry. “I feel very privileged and honoured to be able to play in his last game, and to play so many games with him. “It’s a fantastic feeling to win it with his last day, but also very sad too. “It’s going to be strange when we go to the next camp and he’s not going to be there, but unfortunately that’s the way life is. Things have to move on and I’m just so privileged to be able to play with him.” While all Ireland will salute the passing of a modern great, Henry said Joe Schmidt’s squad must not allow themselves to dwell on the memories. Press Association The Ulster loose-forward intends to use his breakthrough international tournament as a springboard for more regular Ireland recognition. The 29-year-old seized the opportunity left by Sean O’Brien’s season-ending shoulder injury to claim Ireland’s openside berth throughout the Six Nations.
The 15-year-old won her final qualifier against an opponent ranked 115 places above her.Earlier Stan Wawrinka Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic , Victoria Azarenka and Garbiñe Muguruza were all among the winners on the latest day of action in senior sections the first Grand Slam event of the year.The action in Melbourne continues until January 31st.