The Carleton chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), a media development organization that helps train journalists all over the world, is ready for another exciting year!

We’re essentially a group of Carleton students passionate about journalism and global issues and if any of this appeals to you- we would love to have you on our team.

We organize events to fundraise for JHR projects, write human rights related content for our website and meet to talk about world issues and what we can do about it.

In the past some of the projects we’ve fundraised for voice recorders to be sent to Africa and a journalism scholarship for a student in Northern Canada. We’ve organized events such as spoken word nights, a Hollerday benefit concert, speaker panels and coffeehouses and have new exciting plans for the year to come.

With an enthusiastic exec and first-ever editorial staff, Carleton JHR 2014/15 is headed to a year packed with amazing events, speakers and connections with fellow students. And we’ll be updating it all here on our website.

Stay tuned.

Garrett & Erica
CJHR 2014-2015

Romeo Dallaire: Legacy in the Senate

Romeo Dallaire: Legacy in the Senate

By: Erica Howes

Senator Roméo Dallaire
Senator Roméo Dallaire

Romeo Dallaire is a name we associate with leading the movement of humanitarianism or as the fearless Canadian who tried to save the broken bodies and last bits of Rwanda. We picture the cover of his best-selling book about the genocide or the posters advertising Canada’s advancements in humanitarian aid. Romeo Dallaire essentially defines the term ‘international hero’.

But as June 17 marked the final day of Dallaire’s time in the Senate, it’s not his international image that’s being recognized. For the past nine years, Dallaire has spent thousands of hours in committee meetings and debates in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill. He has made hundreds of speeches to fellow Canadian Parliamentarians and helped pass bills of national security.

“I have an awful lot of work ahead of me, and it was important for me to leave at this point,” Dallaire said at his resignation, explaining his focus will be on his international projects.

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Targeting and Being Targeted, Made Easier

By Megan McClean

She was 16 years old.

The Edmonton police gave her a hotel room. They assumed she would be safe there until they could find her secure housing.

One hour after leaving the hotel, the police went back to check on the young girl. There were men in her room. She was already back in business.

“We’re not sure if she contacted her pimp or if he was looking for her, but she had a hotel room to work out of and someone had access to a computer,” recalled Jacqui Linder, founder of Chrysalis, a volunteer-run corporation that operates Canada’s only national human trafficking hotline.

The teen turned out to be a missing person from Ontario. She had been taken to Edmonton by an unknown man and sexually exploited for about a year before she was returned to her family, Linder said.

In a country not typically associated with human trafficking, situations like this are not uncommon. An Ottawa program called Project imPACT recently identified 140 women who said they are being forced to perform sex acts in the city – the youngest victim was 12 years old.

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Ottawa woman recalls her experiences during the Persian Gulf War


Left to right: Farhan Syed, Zaina Syed, Jaad Syed and Houda Hassoun
Left to right: Farhan Syed, Zaina Syed, Jaad Syed and Houda Hassoun

She is a software designer who lives in a two-storey house in Ottawa, but news of conflict in the Middle East, from the ongoing civil war in Syria to violent political turmoil in Egypt, transports Houda Hassoun to childhood memories of how the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War left her homeless.

Before the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War, Hassoun, 36, said she lived in “a small, one-bedroom apartment in the city of Kuwait” with her parents, Moufid Hassoun and Chada Karroum, and her three siblings. Moufid and Karroum were of Lebanese descent.

“Every summer, my mom would take us to Lebanon,” said Hassoun, from a couch in her spacious living room. During a summer vacation to Tripoli, Lebanon, Hassoun’s family received news that they would not be able to return to Kuwait.

“I remember it very clearly,” Hassoun recalled, as she gazed into the distance. “It was the summer of 1989. I was 11.” Hassoun said her family was preparing to go to the beach, when her grandmother called her mother and said, “ ‘There’s something on the news about Iraq taking over Kuwait.’ ”

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Still Missing

A #Bringbackourgirls sign. Photo by Erica Howes.
A #Bringbackourgirls sign. Photo by Erica Howes.


300 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped,
Headlines shook the world and twitter hashtags littered our screens.
But one month later,
It’s not newsworthy anymore. It can only be trending for so long,
before people forget or wish too much that they could.

Although 300 girls are still missing,
A news story cannot use the world “still.”
Sometimes the worst news of all, is that nothing has changed.

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Through Kiev: A Photo Project by Marlon Roseberry-Bünck

A photo story by Marlon Roseberry-Bünck that focuses on Kiev, Ukraine, and how the city and its residents have been affected by the conflict. For more of Bünck’s work, please visit his website: http://www.marlonbuenck.com/  


Opinion: Even turnips get a week

By: Patrick Butler

Reprinted with permission from The Telegram. Originally published in The Telegram in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on April 19, 2014.

Three years ago, Mary Walsh, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most prolific comediennes, appeared on CBC’s “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” to talk projects and politics with Canada’s slouchiest talk show host.

The interview was taped around the same time as International Women’s Day. Walsh, a long-time women’s advocate, gave her two cents on the commemoration.

“International Women’s Day — even turnips get a whole week,” Walsh scoffed.

“Root vegetables get a week. Nuts get a month. But International Women’s Day. One day, one day,” she said.

One day for the planet’s 3.5 billion women. It sort of trivializes the whole thing, doesn’t it?

Well, today is Earth Day, the planet’s annual environmental protection bonanza.

According to Earth Day Network, over a billion people are expected to participate in today’s celebrations, making it the largest civil observance in the world. With any luck, Earth Day will bring awareness to environmental issues, teach students about climate change and its effects and make people think about their own carbon footprint and personal impact on the environment.

But like International Women’s Day, it’s only one day, which seems to dilute the importance of the civic observance and the planet’s monumental environmental issues. In a climate where it seems like everything — rutabagas included — is being commemorated, profiled or celebrated with a special week or month, why should the Earth only get a day?

With a calendar stuffed with commemorations from education to human rights to science and technology, government awareness weeks constantly do battle with countless non-governmental initiatives to promote certain interests and raise the public profiles of different issues.

To put things in perspective, between Feb. 24 and March 23 alone, Walsh’s home province hosted Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Week, Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week, Health Canada’s Brain Awareness Week, and Newfoundland and Labrador Multiculturalism Week.

That’s four back-to-back awareness weeks. And they’re only four of the initiatives fighting for limited media coverage and public attention.

Granted, Earth Day garners a heck of a lot more media exposure and public support than agriculture literacy and brain medicine ever will. But it goes to show how saturated the advocacy timetable is and how meaningless and backwards it seems to devote a single 24-hour period to recognizing the monumental environmental problems facing the entire planet when other issues get a whole seven days.

Hierarchizing causes worth advocating is a dangerous road to head down if ever there was one. But we can all agree certain collective issues affecting all of humanity belong at the top of the advocacy pile.

As one of the most universal struggles confronting the world today, the environment — the future of the planet — is among the greatest issues of our time. In a society so inundated by demonstrations and commemorations, pegging the planet to one day reduces the profundity of the problem and the dangers of environmental impacts.

Of course, treating environmental issues with the preeminence they deserve goes far beyond expanding a single global civic observance. Furthermore, it’s up for debate whether expanding Earth Day to Earth Week, as certain organizations have done, or even to Earth Month for that matter, would actually make a difference.

But it is a cruel irony when Earth Day, no matter how well attended and internationally publicized, falls among the overwhelming number of days of action, awareness weeks and national (blank) months as just another special 24-hour commemoration.

Walsh was right about the triviality of International Women’s Day, but her argument applies equally to Earth Day.

It may be time to re-evaluate things when agriculture literacy, turnips and pecans get weeks and months of celebration and women and the Earth only get a day.

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