Perspectivas / Perspectives

Religious Liberty at the US Supreme Court

  • Wall Street Journal
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The US Supreme Court will open hearings to rule on originally anti-Catholic Blaine Amendements now affecting other churches as well

Washington DC, Apr.13.─ Can a church be cut out of a state funding program merely because it’s a church? That’s the question on Wednesday when the Supreme Court hears arguments that could determine whether state laws that discriminate against religious groups violate the First Amendment.

In 2012 Columbia, Missouri-based Trinity Lutheran Church applied to participate in the state’s Scrap Tire Grant Program, which gives money to schools or other groups that want to resurface playgrounds with recycled tires to provide a safer surface. The program is neutral and secular and provides around a dozen applicants with playground renovations each year.

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Crean en Madrid un Registro de las Asociaciones cubanas de la sociedad civil independiente dentro de Cuba

  • Gerardo E. Martínez-Solanas
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Madrid, Abril 9 (─ El jueves 6 de abril se reunieron en Madrid destacados cubanos procedentes de Cuba con miembros del Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH), entre los cuales se encuentra nuestro WebMaster, Ernesto Ortiz. El OCDH organizó este evento para lanzar la iniciativa 'Registro de Asociaciones cubanas de la sociedad civil', motivados sus miembros por las trabas políticas y jurídicas existentes en la isla que entorpecen o impiden la labor de cualquier grupo de la sociedad civil independiente del gobierno, negándole las autoridades toda visibilidad y reconocimiento público.

En su convocatoria anunciaron que “a modo simbólico, realizaremos la primera inscripción en el Registro de Asociaciones de la sociedad civil cubana con la Asociación Jurídica Cubana (AJC)”. Con esta iniciativa rompen desde España la censura del gobierno castrista a las asociaciones independientes de la sociedad civil cubana.

La AJC no es reconocida legalmente en su país, pero acaba de estrenar este nuevo registro impulsado desde Madrid por el Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) que desarrolla esta nueva estrategia orientada a esquivar la censura y los obstáculos que interponen las autoridades cubanas a los trámites de creación y funcionamiento de organizaciones no vinculadas al aparato del Estado.

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War & famine in Africa: Return of the third horsemam

  • The Economist
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Hunger & indifference Famine menaces 20m people in Africa and Yemen ─ War, not drought, is the reason people are starving   

Panyijia/Maiduguri, Mar. 30.─ Outside a thatched hut in Panyijiar, in South Sudan, Nyakor Matoap, a 25-year-old woman, clutches the youngest of her three children. Dressed in a silky emerald shawl, she hides the baby, named Nyathol, underneath its folds. Her other children crowd happily enough around her legs. But the baby is in a bad way. Though almost a year old, he is scarcely larger than a newborn. When he cries, it is quiet and gasping, his tiny ribs pushing out his chest. His swollen head lolls uncomfortably on his emaciated frame. Asked whether he will survive, she replies simply, “I do not know.”

Before 2013 Mrs Matoap cultivated a patch of land near Leer, some 80km (50 miles) further north. But then civil war broke out in South Sudan, and her husband went to join rebel fighters. In August last year, government forces came into her village. They pulled the men out of their huts and shot them; the women fled. She found herself in the murky waters of the Sudd, a vast swamp which spreads either side of the White Nile. For seven months she has lived off wild fruit and the roots of water lilies. She last saw her husband in 2015, when her son was conceived. 

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UNHCR and UK supporting South Sudanese Refugee Response in Sudan

  • South Sudan News Agcy.
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Khartoum, March 8, 2017 (SSNA) — The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed a recent contribution of £2 million (approximately US$2.5 million) to its One among many refugee campsprogramme from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

UNHCR is using the funds to purchase non-food items, such as blankets, sleeping mats and cooking kits, which help refugees, cook and collect water for basic survival. The kits will be prepositioned and provided mainly to newly arriving South Sudanese refugees in White Nile and East Darfur states, as well as other areas, in coordination with Sudan’s Commission for Refugees (COR).

Since January 2017, over 35,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan surpassing the initial expectations of UNHCR and its partners.

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Sociedad civil y democracia: los retos de Cuba y las experiencias latinoamericanas

  • Democracia Participativa
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La invisibilidad es una de las grandes dificultades que tiene la sociedad civil para poder potenciarse frente a los demás y legitimarse frente a sus propios compatriotas

Montevideo, Marzo 11 (─ El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) y el Instituto Manuel Oribe convocó el 9 de marzo en Montevideo a un amplio y diverso grupo de panelistas en el evento “Sociedad Civil y Democracia: los retos de Cuba y las experiencias latinoamericanas”, en un coloquio realizado en el Hotel Four Points de esta capital. Este es el tercer encuentro que se realiza en América Latino bajo los auspicios del OCDH como parte del programa para promover espacios e iniciativas de la sociedad civil en Cuba. Los dos eventos anteriores se realizaron en Panamá y México Presidente Lacalley se encargaron del papel del sector no estatal en la economía nacional y de las políticas sociales, respectivamente.

La introducción estuvo a cargo del ex-presidente de la República Oriental del Uruguay Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera (1990-1995).

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