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Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada’s leading media development organization. JHR has worked around the world to ensure reporters and citizen journalists have the skills they need to objectively and effectively report on issues affecting their communities.

JHR wishes you a Happy and Healthy New Year

We’ve shared some of our extraordinary stories with you this Holiday Season and you can kick off the New Year by helping us spread more stories like those in 2019 by donating on our Shared Voices page!

Our Shared Voices campaign has raised over $17,000 so far! Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this great result. Help us Mobilize the Power of Media and Change Lives in 2019- for real -  at Shared Voices.

Watch Laura Bain, JHR Teamleader in South Sudan here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8PptHp2kcE&feature=youtu.be

Read the stories here:

Syria

In October, members of the Syrian Journalists for Human Rights network published over 11 stories on the horrifying conditions at Alrukban camp. Days later the Assad government opened up access to the camp to allow humanitarian aid to enter. Humanitarian aid has  finally been reaching the camp. The journalists’ network remains committed to keep the pressure up and hold authorities accountable.

Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (Grassy Narrows) Youth

JHR’s Indigenous Reporters Program supported youth from Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (Grassy Narrows) to amplify their voice in a centerfold story published in the Toronto Star. The story, titled “We are More than Mercury,’ highlighted three personal essays from youth in the community.

Darwin Fobister, 21, wrote “We have the world’s support and it makes everybody in Grassy feel stronger. But our community is not all about mercury. We don’t want to think of a dying tree, we want to think of a living tree - healthy with growing green leaves.”

South Sudan

The story of “We Shall Have Peace” introduces us to South Sudanese who have their eyes fixed on a peaceful future, while still grappling with the traumatic events of the recent past. “We Shall Have Peace” is an immersive film by Contrast VR, made in partnership with JHR.

Join us in celebrating peace through strong journalism worldwide. Thank you for helping them and us to tell these stories. Click here to donate and share your voice with us!

Thank you for helping them and us to tell these stories.

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Your support makes a difference. Follow this and other stories on JHR’s Facebook and Twitter: @jhrnews.

JHR’s mission is to ensure everyone in the world is aware of their rights. As a non-profit organization, we do this by training journalists around the world to cover human rights issues ethically and objectively. Currently JHR runs six programs across the globe. These include the Indigenous Reporters’ Program in Canada, a pilot entrepreneurship incubator program in South Africa, and sector-wide programs strengthening the independent media in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Our success stories are sure to blow you away, take a look at what we have been able to accomplish so far this year:

Syria: Humanitarian Corridor

Children and seniors were dying in Al Rukban refugee camp, Syria as the camp was besieged by Assads forces. The JHR-supported Network of Syrian Journalists for Human Rights published 11 stories on October 16 about the horrific conditions in the Al Rukban refugee camp. One day later, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad agreed to open a humanitarian corridor to the camp. And by early November, convoys of aid were going through. These JHR-trained journalists got Bashar al-Assad to act to save lives.

Read more here: https://globalnews.ca/news/4586553/jhr-syria-camp-of-death

Northern Ontario: Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (Grassy Narrows) youth say 'We Are More Than Mercury' and share their inspiring voices in the Toronto Star.

“We are more than mercury”,  Toronto Star, October 21, 2018

The story, titled “We are More than Mercury,’ highlighted three personal essays from youth in the community.

Darwin Fobister, 21, wrote ““The media’s focus on mercury means we’re no longer alone. We have the world’s support and it makes everybody in Grassy feel stronger. But our community is not all about mercury. We don’t want to think of a dying tree, we want to think of a living tree — healthy with growing green leaves. That’s the truth. I enjoy my life. I enjoy my fishing and my great-grandfather’s teachings.”

 Read more here: https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/canada/2018/10/21/we-are-more-than-mercury-the-youth-from-a-place-known-for-poisoned-land-and-water-are-sending-a-message.html?__twitter_impression=true

Jordan: Planting a flag for transrights

Our team in Jordan published a groundbreaking article on trans rights, planting a flag for LGBTQ rights in the region. In June, JHR Jordan supported local journalist Hiba Abu Taha in producing an in-depth story on transgender rights in the country.

“Ever since I was a child, I rejected myself as a male. For years, I was silent and did not express my feelings until I got to the point where I had to express myself. I got to the point where I either die or face everyone and start the transition process,” said Maya, a transgender woman whose real name has been withheld to protect her safety.”

The story was originally published in Arabic in My.Kali Magazine, a conceptual webzine for and from the Middle East and North Africa.

Read more here: https://globalnews.ca/news/4440713/lgbtq-rights-jordan-jhr/?platform=hootsuite

DRCongo: Starting investigations that convicted a mass rapist

Prince Murhula and Sandra Bashengezi, leaders of the Ecole Technique du Journalisme explain how  a documentary led to the conviction of a mass rapist

Two students at the Ecole Technique du Journalisme in Bukavu, DRC, Esther Kanga and Jean Claude Bisimwa made a documentary on the rape of young girls in the village of Kavumu. This August, a militia leader was convicted for these crimes. Thanks to this documentary the prosecution opened investigations and arrested him for crimes against humanity.

Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiEDYURwj1Y&t=3s