In memoria - Cecilie Nustad (1939-2018)

The Karibu Foundation grieves the loss of our founder and vice-chair,
Mrs. Cecilie Nustad.  Cecilie passed away on July 11th, 2018 in Norway.  The full statement can be found below.


Hope for a new era on the Korean Peninsula, but militarization continues

Voices from the South - June / July 2018
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Sung-hee Choi of the Save Jeju campaign in South Korea reflects on the new developments on the Korean Peninsula, specifically the meetings between South and North Korea, as well as North Korea and the United States.  While Sung-hee sees signs of hope for peace in the region, she points to the continued struggle ahead to confront increasing militarization in the region.  This includes the need for continued nonviolent resistance towards the naval and air-force base projects on the island of Jeju, off the coast of South Korea.  Activists on Jeju have now passed their 4000th consecutive day of nonviolent protest against the projects.


The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) & the Challenges to the Migrant’s Movement

Voices from the South - May 2018
In December 2018, the UN is expected to formally adopt the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)” in Morocco.  The GCM will be the first global framework to comprehensively address issues related to the hundreds of millions of people in the world who change their country of usual residence (with the exception of refugees).  The agreement between states is expected to  present a framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility.  In addition, it will deal with a broad number of aspects related to international migration, including the humanitarian, developmental, human rights-related and more.  In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Aaron Ceradoy of the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) in Hong Kong describes the GCM, outlines some of its strengths and flaws, and points to advocacy goals from the perspective of grassroots migrants.


Resistance to the ‘La Colosa’ gold mine

A success story from Colombia
After a 10-year nonviolent campaign coordinated by grassroots activists and international support, the town of Cajamarca in Colombia voted with a 97.9% majority to say “No” to the world's third largest mining company's (South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti) plans for the development of what was thought to become the world’s fifth highest gold producing mine (per annum) in the world:  the "La Colosa" gold mine.   The company has now halted its project entirely, is pulling out, and says that it accepts the validity of the vote.

We speak with Mariana Gómez Soto (Yes to Life, No to Mining’s Latin America coordinator in Colombia), about the referendum, how it has affected political life in Colombia, and how this success story in Cajamarca has inspired other movements in the region and around the world.   


Struggling in Jerusalem: Sahar Vardi's Story

New #IDefendRights platform launched
Hear the personal story of Sahar Vardi (From Karibu's partner networks SEDQ, a global Jewish network; and Imbala, a group of Jerusalem activists and artists), and her decision to become a human rights defender, on the new "I Defend Rights" platform.


Locating the Voice of African Civil Society in South-South Cooperation

Fahamu (Kenya) conducts African civil society perception study
Mr. Edwin Rwigi (Programme Officer for the Kenyan based organization Fahamu) reflects on the recent study conducted by Fahamu on African perceptions of emerging powers on the continent. The study aimed to gauge the extent that African civil society members are working on policy issues related to the presence of emerging powers such as China, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Golf States on the continent, as well as to gauge how grassroots civil society leaders perceive the presence of these countries in their communities.

Fahamu conducted interviews and focus group discussions with grassroots civil society leaders in Tanzania and Uganda, as well as conducted an online survey with responses from 26 African countries. Edwin reflects on the results of the study, and presents the recommendations for action related to monitoring and holding accountable the presence of emerging powers on the continent.

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