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Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...

News Releases

Connexions Archive seeks a new home
2009-11-18
Connexions Information Sharing Services
The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
Dershowitz and Keefer "face off" in Vancouver debate this week whether Israel's critics are anti-semitic
2010-09-19
Seriously Free Speech Committee
Canadian professor Michael Keefer warns that Alan Dershowitz' and coalition of Canadian MPs (CPCCA) pose threat to free speech, using baseless accusations of antisemitism to defend Israel. Keefer spe...
Honduras: Rule of law and civil liberties founder in year since coup
2010-06-28
Reporters Without Borders, World Association of Community Radio Broadcaster
Joint statement on the first anniversary of the 28 June 2009 coup d#état in Honduras.
IFEX launches 2012 Day to End Impunity campaign
2012-11-02
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
IFEX, the global network defending and promoting free expression, is proud to announce the launch of International Day to End Impunity.
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
2009-06-01
International Federation of Journalists
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Sources welcomes the Seriously Free Speech Committee
2010-10-17
Seriously Free Speech Committee
Sources welcomes a new member: the Seriously Free Speech Committee. The SFSC is committed to free expression of views on Israel/Palestine.

Sources Select Resources

Anti-Capitalist Demonstration of May 1, 2013 in Montreal
Journée des Travailleurs et Travailleuses: Manifestation Anti-Capitaliste
Film/Video
2013
CUTV
Montreal 2013: police state. Montreal's municipal goverment passes a bylaw that suspends the right of citizens to assemble unless they have received advance permission from police. Citizens who assert...
Canada considers preventive detention in wake of Ottawa attack
Prime minister Stephen Harper says he plans to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts as parliament returns day after shooting
Ling, Justin
Article
2014
The Guardian
The Canadian government indicated on Thursday that it intends to speed up proposals to toughen the country’s anti-terror laws in the wake of the attack on Parliament in Ottawa, including a measure tha...
The Charter of the Forest
Article
1217
A complementary document to the Magna Carta of 1215, defining the rights of vassals, freemen, and serfs, reducing penalties, and restoring common land taken by the Crown.
Connexions Library: Human Rights and Civil Liberties Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Destroying the Commons
How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
TomDispatch
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Pandaemonium
Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
Human Rights & Civil Liberties Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
Website
Sources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to human rights and civil liberties in the Sources directory for the media.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
Sources News Release
Article
2012
Connexions
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Liberties and Commons for All
Preface to the Korean Edition of Magna Carta Manifesto
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2012
CounterPunch
Liberties and Commons for All expresses two aspects of the ancient English Charters of Liberty; first is the restraint on political power of the King, second is the protection of subsistence in the co...
The Making of Jericho Road
Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
Against The Current
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Malik, Kenan
Connexipedia Article
Article
Writer, lecturer and broadcaster. (Born 1962).
Obama defiant over NSA revelations ahead of summit with Chinese premier
Ackerman, Spencer; Roberts, Dan
Article
2013
Guardian
President says oversight of NSA surveillance programme should be left to Congress in comments criticising media 'hype.'
The OIC does not speak for Muslims
Fatah, Tarek
Article
2008
Tarek Fatah says that "To suggest that any criticism of Islamism, the political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Ayatollahs, is anti-Islamic is a bogus and fraudulent position. I wou...
Preparing for a Digital 9/11
Greenberg, Karen
Article
2012
TomDispatch
In recent years, in one of the more dangerous, if largely undiscussed, developments of our time, the Bush and then Obama administrations have launched the first state-planned war in cyber space. First...
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm
Gallagher, Ryan
Article
2013
Guardian
Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups.
Some Elementary Comments on The Rights of Freedom of Expression
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1980
It is precisely in the case of horrendous ideas that the right of free expression must be most vigorously defended; it is easy enough to defend free expression for those who require no such defense.
Spy Wars
Espionage and Canada from Gouzenko to Glasnost
Granatstein, J.L.; Stafford, David
Book
McClelland & Stewart
A survey history of Canad'as "secret" history.
Spying by the Numbers
Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection
Quigley, Bill
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying. There are publicly available numbers which sho...
The Stasi could only dream of such data
Britain, the birthplace of liberalism, has become the database state
Ash, Timothy Garton
Article
2008
Guardian Weekly
As technology increases the flow of stored data about individual actions, assurances of the "right to informational self-determination" must be hard won from governments. Government surveillance of ci...
Unlawful Dissent
New Laws Around the Globe Don't Curb Inequity, They Undercut Social Protests and Gag Free Speech
Warnke, Brett
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
Will the government's counter-extremist programme criminalise dissent?
Kundnani, Arun
Article
2015
Spinwatch
From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies - from nursery schools to optometrists - will be legally obliged to participate in the U.S. government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Und...

Sources Bookshelf

The History of Democracy
A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...

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