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The Arcadia Foundation promotes democracy and curbs corruption in governments all over the world. We fight on-the-ground for those with little control over their lives, who yearn for understanding and support from their governments. We provide the platform, the tools and the training for political activism and encourage dialogue and transparency between government and their citizenry.
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Arcadia In The News
Dec. 27th, 2010
The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against two former executives of a Miami-based telecommunications company accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to government officials in Honduras to maintain a long-distance telephone link with the U.S. Read More
Nov. 2nd, 2010
Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe sits down with the Arcadia Foundation to commend them on their efforts to uphold democracy in developing nations and promote fundamental human rights wherever they are being upheld. Read More
Apr. 11th, 2010
Arcadia Foundation President and former Chief Mediator between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Betty Bigombe has been awarded the Geuzen Medal for 2010 for her efforts to end the war in northern Uganda.
Archive for December, 2009
Arcadia Foundation Founder Betty Bigombe to take part in panel discussions as part of the Eckerd College-Africa Initiative in 2010:
“The Plight and Promise of Africa: An Eckerd College Initiative” is a Tampa Bay communitywide effort that will promote dialogue about Africa both in and out of the classroom.
Visiting UN Secretary General Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa Elizabeth Mataka urged Uganda to drop its impending laws against people infecting others with the AIDS and called upon the government to soften its stand on gays.
The Ugandan parliament is current preparing a law under which an AIDS patient who knowingly infects another with the deadly disease will be jailed for life if convicted by a court of law while an AIDS patient who rapes a minor could face hanging.
However, another controversial and downright audacious bill being handled by the legislators would see a person found guilty of engaging in sexual intercourse with a partner of the same sex being sentenced to death or imprisoned for life.
Mataka told reporters that if passed, the law that is intended to punish people infecting others with AIDS will instead force people suffering from the disease to go “underground” and avoid seeking treatment.
“Criminalizing the transmission of HIV will drive people underground and they will not visit health centers for treatment. Who will go for HIV testing if he knows that he will suffer the death sentence? The law will drive them away from seeking counseling and testing services,” she told a news conference.
Improving trade relations will be high on the agenda for Stephen Harper as he makes his first visit to China on Wednesday, but activists said Tuesday they want the Prime Minister to continue to address human rights issues.
Harper, who will arrive Wednesday and depart on December 6, is hoping to use the trip to promote stronger economic ties with China.
Canada-China relations have been frosty since Harper formed his first government in 2006, particularly because of his past comments on China’s human rights record.
But the Harper government has backed off in the last year from publicly chiding China, opting instead for more quiet diplomacy.
Harper said over the weekend that much of the visit to China will be spent discussing ways to improve investment between the two countries.
The Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China issued a statement on Tuesday urging Harper to publicly push for improvement to China’s human rights record.
When someone defines the Arcadia Foundation as a platform for political activism, they aren’t wrong. When Ryan Gosling states that the Foundation strives to promote democracy in parts of the world where such liberties are denied, he is not wrong. But the Arcadia Foundation is a lot more than that.
As December has approached and we see a new administration in Honduras, a new cabinet which, (as predicted by our Foundation months ago), should seek to draw out and take to task those who abuse power in the region, and will redefine quality of life in the nation, we at the Foundation were further inspired and got to thinking. We thought about resolutions for 2010, and although early, how we would want to make 2010 an unprecedented year in challenging human rights violators all over the world.
We want to make 2010 a year in which those who abuse power and allow starvation to run rampant, those who allow corruption to send human rights issues to the backburner of their diplomatic agendas because they themselves have tarnished their economies, to be investigated and exposed.
Brazil’s emergence as an investor-friendly, free market democracy has been one of the world’s most encouraging stories of the past several years. The rise of the BRICs has never been more profoundly recognized than in the wake of the economic recession, and some may even attribute this phenomenon as being in part a stepping stone towards the IOC granting Rio De Janeiro the winning bid for the 2016 Olympic games.
Eurasia Group President and author of ‘The Fat Tail:The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing‘, Ian Bremmer has written an insightful report on Foreign Policy Magazine’s ‘The Call‘, which has been excerpted below. He has documented that while Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez perfects his Castro impersonation, Ecuador and Bolivia follow Chavez’s example, “…Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has maintained responsible macroeconomic policies — while redistributing wealth to narrow the still-considerable gap between the country’s rich and poor. But as he begins his final year in office, a huge off-shore oil find has emboldened his government to deepen state control of the energy sector, clouding the investment picture“.
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Robert Carmona-Borjas in La Tribuna:
Con mucho fervor patriótico hondureños residentes en varias ciudades de Estados Unidos, se agruparon a los centros de votación, autorizados por el Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), donde pudieron elegir el Presidente del país, ya que solo pueden optar por esa nominación.
Since November 4, Feng Zhenghu has been an unusual fixture at the bustling Narita International Airport outside Tokyo. Feng is a Chinese citizen with a valid Japanese visa. He refuses to pass through immigration checkpoints to enter Japan for a simple reason — he wants to go home.
But the Chinese government has blocked his path since mid-June. Airlines in Japan – including U.S.-based Northwest Airlines – denied him boarding four separate times, citing orders from Chinese authorities. After the last round of tussles, Feng put his foot down and began camping out at Narita.
“I want to wake up the Chinese government’s respect for human rights through my physical suffering and personal humiliation,” explains the Shanghai-based economist turned human rights author and blogger. “But I also want to tell more people that we have to fight for our own rights.”