Friday, October 26, 2007

Grantees Selected for the 2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia (GDHRPA)

Congratulations to the six (6) organizations below chosen as grantee for the 2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia.The selection was made by a committee after carefully assessing the merits of the submitted proposals.Memorandum of Understanding will be sent to the grantees to seal approval to the the terms and conditions of the grant.

The 2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia (GDHRPA) supports work that contributes to promoting Democracy and Human Rights and building of international solidarity. The grant is awarded to non-government organizations in Asia who continually play a significant role in strengthening people’s participation and empowerment in creating a civil society that respect human rights and protect democracy and peace and encourages international solidarity.

2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia
List of Grantees

a) Short-term grant - 2 organizations will be supported for specific project, which is up to
one year term ₩3,000,000.00 (single tranche)

WSCF AP Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Manual
World Student Christian Federation Asia Pacific (WCSF AP)
Hong Kong, SAR
Necta Montes Rocas (Regional Secretary)

Bringing CEDAW to the People: A Public Education Project on the CEDAW Convention and Issues Relevant to Women in Singapore
AWARE - Association of Women for Action and Research
Tashia Peterson (CEDAW Coordinator)

b) Mid-term grant - 2 organizations will be supported for specific project, the project can be
implemented for 2 years ₩2,500,000.00 per year (single tranche) or Total of KRW 5,000,000.00

Our Rights: Foundation of Human Development and the Future
TFDP - Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
Quezon City, Philippines
Sr. Crescencia Lucero, SFIC (Exec. Director)

Alternative Education and Community Development for Displaced Children along the Burmese border, Mae Sot
Bangkok, Thailand
People's Partner for Development and Democracy (PPDD)
Anna Malindog (Executive Director)

c) Organizational grant - 2 organizations will be supported for their operating expenses for
specific project, the project can be implemented for 2 years ₩300,000/monthly for 2 years
or Total 7,200,000.00

Forwarding Democracy and Equality by Building Capacity of University Students in Malaysia
Malaysia Youth and Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)
Ooi Tze Min ( Sec. of Administration)

Forwarding Rights and Democracy by Building Capacity of Communtiy-based Youth in Malaysia
EMPOWER
Maria Chin Abdullah (Director/Pres)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia

Announcement!
2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia


Background

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994 by the surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims, families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. The International Cooperation Team (ICT) undertakes the Foundation's international solidarity work throughout Asia and implement this project.

Description

The 2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia (GDHRPA) supports work that contributes to promoting Democracy and Human Rights and building of international solidarity. This grant shall be awarded to non-government organizations in Asia who continually play a significant role in strengthening people’s participation and empowerment in creating a civil society that respect human rights and protect democracy and peace and encourages international solidarity.

Three types of funding are available: (US$ 1 = KRW 918.40, as of 11 October 2007)

Term

Description

Amount

a) Short-term grant

2 organizations will be supported for specific project, which is up to one year term

3,000,000 (single tranche)

b) Mid-term grant

2 organizations will be supported for specific project, the project can be implemented for 2 years

2,500,000 per year (single tranche) for 2 years

c) Organizational grant

2 organizations will be supported for their operating expenses for specific project, the project can be implemented for 2 years

300,000/monthly for 2 years



Other Information

In the past The May 18 Memorial Foundation have been supporting organizations with a yearly support amounting to ₩300,000 for the last two years. Those organizations includes:
• Asia NGO Center in Philippines.
• Advocacy Forum in Nepal.
• YPKP in Indonesia.
• PPDD in Thailand.

The National League for Democracy in Korea was given support for ₩200,000 yearly.

Focus

For this year the GDHRPA funding shall focus on the following:

• Publication, Education, Training and Research in the field of Democracy and Human Rights in Asia.
• Peace, Conflict Resolution, Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Labor Rights in Asia.
• Database and Net-work building.

Eligibility

• Applications only for the new project are eligible.
• Organizations or institutions who have been working on the above field for more than 3 years (applications from GO are not eligible).
• Eligible projects are those based in Asia.
• Organization grant is not available for individuals.
• Projects should not receive funding from other source (the foundation discourages co-founding from other funding sources).

Qualification

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their organization:
• is duly registered, has a constitution/by-laws, a clear management structure, efficient and effective financial control or systems.
• existing program on Democracy, Peace and Human Rights.
• demonstrate the capacity to effectively monitor project implementation, come up with regular evaluation and accomplishment (outcomes, output, and impact) reports once a year.


Application Procedure

2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia will be closed on 19 October 2007. Related documents should be submitted as follows:

• Application Form (refer to the attachment).
• Project Proposal
• Financial or Accounting and Audit System (Internal or External Audit).
• Record of Funds for the last 2 years.
• Organizational profile, brochure and other related documents.

Application for funding must be submitted by post or e-mailed to may18found@gmail.com. Selected applicants will be informed on 24 October 2007. Insufficient application will not be accepted.

Contact Information

Mr. Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
may18found@gmail.com
surnadal@hanmail.net
Mobile: +82 10 4462 6650
The May 18 Memorial Foundation,
518 Memorial Culture Hall,
Postcode 502-260
Sangmudong Seo-gu, 1268
Gwangju, Korea Republic

Click link to download application form:
http://eng.518.org/main.html?TM18MF=B04&bc_table=ENG_NOTICE&form_act=V&bnum=34&page=1

Friday, October 05, 2007

Blogging Thency's Email - The RED STRINGS

Dear all,

Warm greetings....hope everyone is doing well and in the best of health.

Earlier today, in one of my yahoo groups I came across an email from someone who felt that the circulation of emails, regarding Burma and requests for others to send e-mails urging the concerned parties to take some action with regards to the situation in Burma as spam. I wonder if anyone else feels like this.....I must say that email and the way it was worded kind of shook me.

I mean if you think it's spam, don't pass it on..... Oh well...I guess everyone has their own reasons for reacting the way that they do....Has anyone here come across reactions like that?

On a different note.....there is something I would like to share......I do wonder sometimes if some of the things we do can actually make a difference......but then....I just feel that you know if an action no matter how small....can give people a sense of solidarity and people want to do it...and no one is being harmed then why not......

So on that note...I came across this group that has initiated this action of wearing red solidarity strings as a show of support and solidarity. I thought I'd just pass it on. No compulsion here.... :) It's okay if you are unable to join this or if it's not your cup of tea...but do pass this on to others who might be interested......Thanks a million.......

lotsasunshineluvhugsmuacks,
thency

ps : sorry for crossposting :P

<<>>

Why Red Strings?
═══════════
***************
In the Buddhist tradition, wearing a monk-blessed string around the wrist is for a blessing or for good luck. We would like people to show support for the monks and people of Burma by wearing red string bracelets as an enduring symbol of the struggle for Burmese freedom. We chose red because it is similar to the color of the monks' robes and because it is the color already associated with this movement.


How Can I Participate?
═══════════════
********************

PLAN A: Bring string to your local temple and ask the monks to bless it. Tell them why and offer a donation, if you can. Be sure to bring enough for your friends!

PLAN B: The website rhttp://www.redstringsforburma.org will soon be available where you can order a blessed string, if you cannot access a temple yourself.

Traditionally, the ritual involves one friend tying the string around another's wrist with a blessing or a wish. The blessing lasts as long as the bracelet, so you wear the bracelet until it falls off, You can give away as many as you desire and you can receive all that are offered. Most importantly, keep it red for solidarity and remember to tell people why you are wearing it -spread the word!


What If I Can't Find A Temple?
══════════════════════
*****************************
Find the nearest temple at http://www.buddhanet.net/wbd/


Some Simple Guidelines:
*************************

**Please, do not wear the string as an anklet as this is disrespectful in Buddhism.**

**For the same reason, please remember to remove your shoes before entering a temple.**

**Everyone: show respect to the monks' "higher" status in Buddhism by remaining lower -if they are sitting, you must not be standing**

**Try to wear bracelet on your right wrist so as not to confuse with kabbalah**

Show Your Support for the Monks!

Thanks everyone who helped with the idea,
cheers! Kim McConnell

Global protests call for UN Security Council action on Burma/Myanmar

Media Release: Embargoed until 00:01 Saturday 6th October

(includes advisory details for international events)

Global protests call for UN Security Council action on Burma/Myanmar:

Thousands/Hundreds expected on streets of YOUR CITY

Tens of thousands of campaigners are expected to take to the streets of capital cities around the world today (Saturday), including YOUR CITY, to call for urgent UN action on Burma/Myanmar.

The campaigners are standing in for the monks under arrest and those who would be shot if they tried to protest in Burma/Myanmar.

“Our friends and families in Burma cannot take to the streets so today we will do it for them. We may be far away but that does not mean we are powerless - we must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and keep the world’s attention focussed on their plight,” said Myo Thien, a Burmese refugee who fled the country in 2003.

Protests will start at 12-noon in dozens of countries around the world and on five continents (for a list of events and contact details please see editor’s notes).

The international day - supported by the Burma Campaign, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Trade Union Congress, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Avaaz, the US Campaign for Burma and hundreds of other groups - is calling for UN Security Council action to address the crisis.

Campaigners are also urging the international community to do more to keep the pressure on the Burmese/Myanmar government until the military crackdown ends and all political prisoners are released.

“Because the media pictures have gone and we can’t see what’s happening does not mean the crisis has ended, far from it. Now is the time we need to draw attention to what’s happening behind closed doors or atrocities will increase. Today we’re saying we haven’t forgotten you, we are watching,” said a spokesperson for the campaign.

Around the world campaigners will wear red headbands in solidarity with the monks under arrest and tie these onto government buildings, religious shrines or key landmarks to signify the thousands of lives currently hanging in the balance.

In INSERT YOUR CITY, the day of action will be INSERT DETAILS OF YOUR EVENT (This should include times, location and an explanation of the photo opportunity)

“The NAME government must do more to end this crisis. The media pressure may have decreased but the people of YOUR COUNTRY are saying we expect you to act to end the violations of basic human rights,” said INSERT LOCAL ORANISERS NAME, who is organising the INSERT CITY events.

Editors Notes:

For more details or interview please contact:

INSERT YOUR COUNTRY: YOUR PHONE NUMBER


Country, City

Event

Start Time. [Date is 6th October unless stated otherwise].

Contact: Phone/Email

AUSTRALIA,

Melbourne

Bring banners, placards,

saffron colored shirts.

12.00

Amnesty International Australia + 61 2 92 17 76 00

www.amnesty.org.au

For all others:

Australian Burmese Network

+61 (0) 422463178

AUSTRIA, Vienna

Rally: Monk Gyosei Masunga will 'play the drums - for peace in Burma' at Stock im Eisen (near Stephansplatz). Wear red

12.00

Austrian Burma Campaign

+43 (0) 699 1000 7645

BELGIUM, Brussels

March at Place de la Liberté.

12.00

Amnesty International Belgium (fr)
+ 32 2 538 81 77
www.aibf.be

Arnaud Collignon acollignon@aibf.be


Clarence Jameson cjameson@aibf.be

CANADA,

Toronto

Candlelight vigil and march which will begin in front of the China Consulate.

12.00

Mynthura Wynn: 416-533-3656 or C: +! 416-882-3868, Ulla Laidlaw: +1 416-605-2588, Carol Lee:+1 647-588-9758

CHILE,

TBD

TBD

TBD

DENMARK, Copenhagen

Rally at Chinese Embassy

10.00,

5th Oct

TBC

FRANCE, Paris

Rally at Parvis des droits de l'homme du Trocadero

12.00

Vassaly Sitthivong contact details to follow.

GERMANY,

Berlin

TBD

TBD

TBD

HONG KONG

TBD

TBD

TBD

INDIA, Bangalore

New Dehli

Pune

March

March

March

12.00

12.00

18.00

Dr. Zawwin Aung

Burmese Trade Union Leader

+91 9871 578 569

drzawwinaung@gmail.com

IRELAND, Dublin

Rally with flowers at O'Connell Bridge

12.00

+353 1 286 0497

JAPAN

TBD

TBD

TBD

LUXEMBOURG

TBD

TBD

TBD

MALAYSIA,

Kula Lumpur

Rally at KLCC (entrance near the Menara Maxis)

20.00 5th Oct

Moon Hui and K. Shan + 60 3-77843525, +60 3-79552680

suaram@suaram.net

MONGOLIA, Sukhbaatar

Multi-faith rally

11.00

Amnesty International Mongolia
+976 11 324 705
www.amnesty.mn

NEW ZEALAND,

Wellington

Rally at Civic Square

12.00

Andrea Valentin avalentin@business.otago.ac.nz

Amnesty International NZ
+ 64 4 499 3349
www.amnesty.org.nz (for Christchurch and Dunedin)

NETHERLANDS

TBD

TBD

TBD

NORWAY, Oslo

Demonstration, wear red

12.00

Kathrine Sund, contact details TBD

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town

Rally at the Company Gardens

12.00

Craig Ackermann widebluecraig@gmail.com

SOUTH KOREA, Seoul

Rally at Burmese Embassy

12.00

TBD

SPAIN, Barcelona

Day of Action for Burma

12.00

Concha Pinós birmaniaporlapaz@yahoo.es

+34 639419772

birmaniaporlapaz@yahoo.es

http://birmaniaporlapaz.blogspot.com/

SWEDEN, Umea

Rally at Mimerskolans Bollplan

12.00

Markus Maunula, info@burmakommitten.org

+46 47 22 47 92 37

SWITZERLAND, Geneva

Rally at 1242 Satigny

12.00

Assoc. Suisse-Birmanie

+41 12-13564-9

asboffice@bluewin.ch

THAILAND, Bangkok

TBD

TBD

TBD

TAIWAN, Taipai

Rally at National Taiwan Democracy Hall, wear red

12.00

Peter Dearman

dearpeter@gmail.com

USA,

San Francisco

Washington DC

Justin Herman Plaza

March from Burmese-

Chinese- Indian embassies

12:00

TBD

Thelma, Campaigns Coordinator

U.S. Campaign for Burma

1444 N Street, NW, Suite A2

Washington, DC 20005

Tel: (202) 234 8022

Fax: (202) 234 8044

Web: www.uscampaignforburma.org

UK,

London

March with monks from Tate Museum, wear red

11.00

Gemma.mortensen@crisisaction.org

+44 (0) 20 7324 4748,

+ 44 (0) 7791 586 211

Mark Farmaner The Burma Campaign UK

+44 (0) 7941 239 640, +44 (0) 207324 4713


ENDS

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Free Burma!


Information

Event Info
Name:
Support Burma: International Bloggers' Day
Host:
Support the Monks' protest in Burma
Type:
Time and Place
Date:
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Time:
1:00am - 11:55pm
Location:
Wherever you are
City/Town:
Rangoon, Myanmar

Description

Details on http://www.free-burma.org/


***********************************************
Here is how to take part in tomorrows (4th oct) action.


1. Publish a posting (Bulletin Board, Forum, Blog, Social Network, Static Website…) on the 4th of October with the header: “Free Burma!”

2. If possible Tag it with "Free Burma"

3. Choose a grafic from here:
http://free-burma.org/graphics.php

4. Link to www.free-burma.org there your readers will find some informations about the campaign and Burma and a participant list which you can join.

5. Write a Text or anything about burma if you like

6. Register your name and url in the participants list here:
http://free-burma.org/index.php

7. Tell your friends

***********************************************

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.

Here, we are coordinating a effort of these bloggers and webmasters. The links in the german section of this paragraph show how the idea came into being.

You can keep up with the changes to this wiki by pointing your feedreader to http://freeburma.stots.de/feed.php

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

International Bloggers Day for Burma


Free Burma!
International Bloggers' Day for Burma on the 4th of October.
International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma.
We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words "Free Burma!".

Video