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Mapping Discrimination Reports

UPR: India, 27th Session, 2017

Executive Summary Through their collective community monitoring project, End Maternal Mortality Now – initiated to bring down the rate of maternal deaths in Assam, India – ICAAD, Nazdeek, and PAJHRA can confirm that India still faces serious problems in regard to the violation of women’s right to […]

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UPR: United States of America (USA), 22nd Session, 2015

Executive Summary This report examines the United States’ (U.S.) compliance with its international human rights obligations in the protection of minorities and vulnerable groups from hate crimes and related discrimination. During the U.S.’ first cycle through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), amongst 27 recommendations to the U.S. […]

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UPR: Tajikistan, 25th Session, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: Tajikistan Executive Summary The prevalence in Tajik society of conservative strains of Islam, combined with traditional practices predicated on the subservience of women and a lack of government action, has led to overwhelming structural discrimination against women. This is […]

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UPR: Samoa, 25th Session, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: Samoa Executive Summary Drawing on ICAAD’s research, this submission highlights issues of structural discrimination that impact women and girls in Samoa. The research examines Samoa’s compliance with its international human rights obligations on the issue of violence against women […]

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UPR: Sierra Leone, 24th Session, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: Sierra Leone Executive Summary Drawing on ICAAD’s research, this submission highlights issues of structural discrimination that impact women and minorities in Sierra Leone. The research examines Sierra Leone’s compliance with its international human rights obligations on the issues of: […]

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UPR: Solomon Islands, 24th Session, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: Solomon Islands Executive Summary  Drawing on ICAAD’s research, this submission highlights issues of structural discrimination that impact women and minorities in the Solomon Islands. The research examines the Solomon Island’s compliance with its international human rights obligations on the […]

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UPR: Nauru, 23rd Session, 2015

Since its last UPR Review, Nauru has taken some concrete steps to combat gender inequality and violence against women. Issues remain in terms of amending legislation to include a specific domestic violence law; better data collection; and ensuring that gender stereotypes and cultural norms don’t impact accountability […]

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UPR: Austria, 23rd session, 2015

Despite the presumptions that come with its status as a developed Western European state, Austria has been criticized over its weak implementation of measures to reduce sexual and gender based violence against women and increase the protection of minorities and their rights. One of these is the […]

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UPR: Rwanda, 23rd session, 2015

The report examines Rwanda’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, covering among other issues, gender based violence, gender equality, and treatment of ethnic and religious minorities. Rwanda continues to face a legacy of cultural tradition that subordinates women. Males remain in firm control of the household and its […]

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UPR: Spain, 21st Session, 2014

The report examines Spain’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, covering: gender based violence, treatment of ethnic and religious minorities, treatment of  immigrants, unlawful detention, and law enforcement abuse. Focus of the Spain UPR 2014 Report: Violence Against Women / Reproductive Rights Situation of Ethnic Minorities Situation […]

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#RaiseYourShield

This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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