Monthly Archives: July 2010

FWC selected by EC for a 3-year peace project in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Future Worlds Center, a CCMC member, has been selected by the European Commission, to lead a three-year peace project in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. “This is a great honour for Cyprus and for peace builders in the region to be recognised for their efforts and expertise”, says Future Worlds Center, as it facilitates a structured dialogue workshop in Cyprus from 26–30 July to empower Israeli and Palestinian civil society actors.
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Crowd Voice

CrowdVoice is a user-powered service that tracks voices of protest from around the world. Raise your voice for causes you support with information you submit. At the moment the website has information on human rights violations in Sudan, prisoners of conscience in Iran, Israel’s raid on the Gaza flotilla, Kurdish human rights, and more.

CrowdVoice is a project by, an independent grassroots digital network that leverages the power of new media to facilitate its struggle against oppression in the Middle East and North Africa. Mideast Youth is driven by its passion for civil engagement, freedom of speech, and employing innovative solutions to pervasive and persistent human problems.

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“50 best human rights blogs”

We came across this online list of the 50 blogs for following human rights news. Some are a bit dubious but others are a great source of activism and social witness from around the world. Check it out, and RSS to some of the ones that interest you. We particularly liked Amnesty International’s Blogs and Ashoka Peace.

50 Best Human Rights blogs online

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KISA: collecting used clothes, shoes for reuse and recycling


Bags made from recycled packaging

Greek text follows

CCMC member KISA (Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism) is collecting used textiles for purposes of providing them to people who need them, for fundraising and promotion of recycling. They are collecting clothing, paired shoes, household textiles such as curtains and linen, handbags and belts. Unfortunately they cannot accept any dirty or wet clothing, carpets, mats, off cuts of material, single shoes.

The items will be processed in collaboration with Anakyklos Perivallontiki, a non-for-profit environmentalist organisation and either provided to people in need, used in bazaars with proceeds going to KISA, or sent to countries facing emergency situations. The items that cannot be reused as second hand clothes will be recycled in order to produce wiping cloths, fibres for new clothing, insulation material and other products. Only a small part, around 2%, will end up in landfill. By offering your items you can help contribute to diminishing garbage that otherwise would end up in landfill, thus economising on resources and manpower as well supporting KISA’s activities and support services to migrants, refugees and their children.

To find out more, and to visit KISA to drop off your items, please contact: KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism Tel : 00357 22 878181  or email email: 

Η ΚΙΣΑ μαζεύει χρησιμοποιημένα ρούχα παπούτσια και άλλα υλικά

Η ΚΙΣΑ έχει αρχίσει τη συστηματική συλλογή χρησιμοποιημένου ρουχισμού με στόχο την διάθεσή τους σε άτομα που τον χρειάζονται, την οικονομική ενίσχυση της Οργάνωσης και την προώθηση της ανακύκλωσης. Μαζεύουμε: · Ρούχα και ζευγαρωμένα παπούτσια, ανδρικά, γυναικεία και παιδικά · Λευκά είδη, όπως κουρτίνες και σεντόνια · Τσάντες · Ζώνες Δεν μαζεύουμε: · Λερωμένα ή βρεγμένα ρούχα · Χαλιά · Αποκόμματα υφασμάτων · Αζευγάρωτα παπούτσια

Τα υλικά αυτά θα τυγχάνουν της πιο κάτω διαχείρισης, σε συνεργασία με τον «Ανάκυκλο Περιβαλλοντική», μη κερδοσκοπικό περιβαλλοντικό οργανισμό: Θα γίνεται συλλογή στα γραφεία της ΚΙΣΑ, Θα μαζεύονται τακτικά από προσωπικό του Ανάκυκλου, θα ζυγίζονται και θα καταβάλλεται ένα ποσό στην ΚΙΣΑ (ανά κιλό) και ανάλογα με την ποιότητα του υλικού, ο ρουχισμός θα είναι διαθέσιμος για αποστολή σε χώρες όπου υπάρχει επείγουσα ανάγκη, όπως φυσική καταστροφή, πόλεμος κ.ο.κ. Προσφέροντας τα χρησιμοποιημένα ρούχα και παπούτσια σας, συμβάλλετε στη μείωση του όγκου των σκουπιδιών που καταλήγουν στις χωματερές, εξοικονομώντας πόρους και ανθρωποώρες,  στη δημιουργία ενός καθαρότερου, υγιεινού περιβάλλοντος και στην οικονομική ενίσχυση των δράσεων της ΚΙΣΑ, που περιλαμβάνουν τη δωρεάν προσφορά υπηρεσιών στήριξης σε μετανάστες, πρόσφυγες κ.λπ., προγράμματα για παιδιά κ.ά.

KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism
Tel : 00357 22 878181  email:

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Online Journalism Courses

As part of CCMC’s global outlook on media, our radar has just picked up ICFJ Anywhere, a series of online journalism courses run by the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ). Topics include digital journalism, investigative reporting, covering labour issues, international coverage of religion, business and economics.

Tensions Increase as TC Authorities Announce Economic Austerity Package

The Turkish Cypriot (TC) authorities announced a proposed austerity package in the first week of June. The package, which could see taxation on pensions and additional taxes on salaries, increased tensions among the public as it came shortly after the bankruptcy of Cyprus Turkish Airlines (CTA), and its sale to Turkish carrier Atlas Jet.

The Unions’ Platform comprised of 34 trade unions, pensioner associations, NGOs and some political parties protested the current authorities’ proposed measures and selling of CTA.  Almost 5,000 protestors gathered outside the TC central authorities’ building on 5 June, after announcing a half day general strike. The crowds shouted slogans against the authorities and calling for their resignation. Some groups were holding banners which said “Turkey, we don’t want your package, your money and we don’t want your servants”; “If  CTA goes, we will go to Larnaca”. Eggs, plastic bottles and tomatoes were thrown on the building walls during the rally, breaking a window and dying the walls in yellow and red.

Almost one hundred policemen were protecting the building, whom the protestors invited to join their side, saying “You are our brothers this time but it might not be the same in the future, you should join us”. The protestors left after announcing that they will go on strike indefinitely unless the authorities withdraw the measures. The protestors also warned the authorities that any future protests and rallies “won’t be this peaceful in the future”.

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