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7 November 2005

Applying Islamic Principles in the Twenty-first Century - Nigeria, Iran, and Indonesia (David Smock, usip.org, 09/05)
Report 150 of the United States Institute of Peace highlights three projects in Muslim countries which reinterpret Muslim principles in a way which might interest some of us...

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On "Gender and Peace building" people exchange their views on issues related to gender, conflict, peace, security, and development.

Petion-ville sit-in seeking release of women political prisoners blocked by police who dispute their authorization

Marcella Adey points out how women were barred from a sit-in outside Pétion-Ville prison calling for the release of female prisoners by the Haitian police.

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Dialogue on Treaty Body Reform and Proposals for a Unified Standing Treaty Body
The National Human Rights Institutions Forum launches a new debate for a new Treaty Body.
Susanne Zwingel's article for openDemocracy last week showed how a harmonisation of reporting mechanisms might be well served by CEDAW.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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