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16.09.2022
News

The KIOS 2021 Annual Report has been published

The KIOS Annual Report 2021 shows how activists managed to continue their human rights work, even in the situation where Covid-19 pandemic was still ongoing. Last year, KIOS funded 41 human rights projects of programmes in East Africa and South Asia.

08.09.2022
News

The Environment and Its Defenders in Danger

Watch the recording of the conversation between Phyllis Omido and Iiris Lais from the World Village festival!

05.08.2022
News
Kenya

Elections in Kenya are being waited with bated breath

The elections to be held next week have already increased the amount of fake news spreading online. Kenya has often seen violence after the election results. The organisation that reports on election violence says that it is especially concerned about the violence directed at the demonstrators by the police.

01.07.2022
News

Love is Legal

The decriminalization of homosexuality has and would affect the position of the LGBTIQ+ community in Finland and around the world. Two activists from Finland and Kenya tell us how.

16.06.2022
News

How do we treat the environment as a human right?

The seminar organised by the KIOS Foundation and the Siemenpuu Foundation discussed, among other things, green colonialism, the rights of indigenous peoples and the safety of activists.

13.05.2022
News

Seminar on Human Rights and the Environment – Environmental Defenders on the Frontline

Welcome to the international seminar organised by KIOS and the Siemenpuu Foundation on Tuesday 31.5.2022 in Helsinki and online.

03.05.2022
News

Open call for grant proposals from Nepal

KIOS is opening a call for human rights grant proposals for organisations in Nepal. The focus is on gender equality, non-discrimination and the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Smaller organisations with limited funding opportunities are encouraged to apply.

24.03.2022
News

Phyllis Omido, the “Erin Brockovich of East Africa”, to the World Village Festival in Helsinki

The Kenyan environmental human rights defender Phyllis Omido comes to Finland for the World Village Festival in Helsinki in May. …

17.02.2022
News

KIOS joins campaign calling for the UN to open its doors to NGOs

Too often authoritarian states are denying human rights organisations entry to UN debates. KIOS has joined a global campaign that calls for states to take civil society participation seriously when they vote for new members to the UN body that controls NGO accreditations.

09.02.2022
News
Kenya

Kenyan government plans to issue 14 000 national identity cards for the double registered

Without an identity card, it is difficult to get a formal job in Kenya, for example. An NGO called Haki na Sheria helps the double registered and is happy with the great result.

28.01.2022
News

“It is a great honor to be involved in this important work,” says the new Chair of the Board of KIOS

KIOS has a new Board for 2022. Auli Starck was appointed as the chair of the Board and Mariko Sato was appointed as the vice-chair. Both have a strong experience in development issues.

21.01.2022
News

New faces at the KIOS office

KIOS warmly welcomes our new staff members Kati Ruskola, Julia Koskinen, Nora Luoma and Lotta Jokinen. Ms. Kati Ruskola started …

14.12.2021
News
Uganda

Human Rights Violations in Development Project in Uganda

An irrigation project to help fight poverty in Uganda has led to conflicts between the authorities and the locals. The …

15.10.2021
News

KIOS Annual Report 2020 published

KIOS Annual Report 2020 shows how activists managed to continue their human rights work, even in the midst of a pandemic. Last year, KIOS funded 40 human rights projects of programs in East Africa and South Asia.

02.06.2021
News

Has the Era of Human Rights Passed?

Watch the recording of Mr. Maina Kiai’s talk at the World Village Festival! Former UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Maina Kiai …

10.03.2021
News

Former UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Maina Kiai at the World Village Festival

Has the Era of Human Rights Passed? Kenyan human rights defender and former UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Maina Kiai talks …

16.02.2021
News

New Board of Directors appointed

KIOS Board of Directors for the year 2021 has been appointed. Ms. Nora Luoma acts as new chair of the …

11.09.2020
News

Law reform, legal help and fighting prejudice – LGBTIQ+ activism in Africa and Asia

This year, the world celebrated Pride in exceptional circumstances. We wanted to share stories of brave LGBTIQ+ activists in East …

31.08.2020
News
Kenya

A major court victory to CJGEA and victims of lead poisoning

KIOS-supported organization CJGEA has received a significant legal victory in Kenya. The court ordered the equivalent of 10M euros in …

24.06.2020
News
Nepal

Dalits in Nepal amid lockdown

The  national lockdown in Nepal has caused an immense downfall in people’s livelihoods. The Dalit community is one of the …

24.04.2020
News

KIOS Annual Report 2019 published

The annual report for 2019 of the KIOS Foundation presents our achievements from last year. In many countries, 2019 was …

26.03.2020
News

Message to our partners during coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the world and affecting all of us, KIOS is working to see how we can best support our partners in a flexible way and weather this crisis together.

16.03.2020
News

KIOS office is working remotely

KIOS has been preparing for the coronavirus outbreak in Finland by deciding to do remote work as much as possible. …

06.03.2020
News

Meet six women defending human rights

In our new video series Defending rights six brave women human rights defenders share their stories and tell about their work towards justice and equality.

03.12.2019
Blog

Guest writer Maina Kiai: Nordic countries must lead in expanding civic space

Former UN Special Rapporteur, Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist Maina Kiai argues that Nordic countries must take a lead in expanding civic space and standing up for human rights defenders.

20.11.2019
News
Pakistan

Music that Brought Solace to Troubled Minds: A Gift for Children in Prison

In Pakistan, the children in prisons are a forgotten population. One day the Child Rights Unit (CRU) of the Dastak Charitable Trust decided to do something that had never been done in any prison in Pakistan: to bring a popular band to play for the children in prison.

25.10.2019
News

Abilis, KIOS and Siemenpuu are looking for program evaluators

Abilis, KIOS and Siemenpuu are looking for program evaluators for a joint foundation evaluation. The evaluation will feed into the …

18.09.2019
Blog

Mary Lawlor: Human rights defenders are agents of social change

Since the 1970s, the human rights situation has improved in many countries, but not everywhere. Every country has its own human rights challenges. To face these challenges, the role of human rights defenders (HRDs) is crucial, writes Mary Lawlor.

10.09.2019
News
Pakistan

Countering risks and threats to women human rights defenders in Pakistan

In Pakistan, all human rights defenders face severe risks, but women human rights defenders even more so. They need security measures and plans and a network of allies who can help them in times of crisis. Little things can save a life.

10.09.2019
News

Women human rights defenders in Helsinki: “Stand by us”

Brave women from around the world visited Helsinki at the end of August to share their experiences in being human rights defenders. They also offered their advice on how Finland and the EU could support human rights defenders more effectively.

23.08.2019
News
Regional Projects

Supporting human rights defenders in Burundi

Since the political crisis in Burundi started in 2015, most human rights defenders have been forced to flee the country to avoid persecution. With the help of DefendDefenders, Burundian defenders in exile have pushed the UN to investigate violations in Burundi.

01.07.2019
News
Kenya

Helsinki Pride Week: Kenyan LGBTIQ+ activist: “I am marching for possibilities”

Helsinki Pride Week was attended by Kenyan LGBTIQ+ activist Njeri Gateru as a guest of KIOS. She works to decriminalize homosexuality in Kenya.

07.06.2019
News
Kenya

Kenyan LGBTIQ activist comes to Finland on Pride Week

What is life like for sexual minorities in a country that can impose a maximum sentence of 14 years for …

29.05.2019
News

Finding new ways to defend human rights – KIOS at World Village Festival

  The world came to visit at the World Village Festival KIOS participated at the World Village Festival and shared …

28.02.2019
News

Mr. Kim Remitz appointed Executive Director of KIOS

Mr. Kim Remitz will continue leading the human rights work at the KIOS Foundation as permanent Executive Director. Kim has …

06.02.2019
News

Celebrating the KIOS Foundation’s 20 years

Which human rights issues will be the most pressing ones in the near future? How should Finland promote human rights …

29.01.2019
News

20th anniversary publication out

KIOS’ new publication “From little things big things grow” invites you to join in our celebration of the 20th anniversary …

21.01.2019
News

The new KIOS Board of Directors elected

The new KIOS board of directors is full of human rights and development expertise. The new KIOS board of Directors …

14.01.2019
Blog

Guest writer Phil Bloomer: Corporate Accountability – the orphan child of human rights in business

Corporate accountability is one of the most powerful litmus tests of corporate and governmental willingness to direct markets to the common good and shared prosperity. At present, the litmus paper is showing a corrosive lack of attention, writes Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

01.10.2018
News

Welcoming Kim Remitz as acting Executive Director of KIOS

Kim Remitz will lead the human rights work at KIOS from the beginning of October as KIOS acting Executive Director …

03.07.2018
News
Kenya

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work

KIOS partner KISORA in the spotlight.   Kisumu at the center of human rights development   The new governance structures …

28.06.2018
News

KIOS on holiday in July

KIOS office will be closed during the last two weeks of July (from the 16th to 27th July). The office …

16.05.2018
News
Uganda

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work

KIOS partner UCCA in the spotlight.   Popularizing Corporate Social Responsibility as a Social License to Operate in Uganda: What …

19.04.2018
News

Building a just world with corporate accountability?

Come to listen, how corporate accountability work contributes to the building of a more just world. KIOS organizes a panel …

10.04.2018
News
Nepal

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work

KIOS partner Childspace in the spotlight. Proud of our culture and language – ending the cycle of poverty with education. …

08.03.2018
News

Working for women’s rights and equality in Burundi

The societies in Muyinga province, in north-eastern Burundi are rather patriarchal. Women are often economically inferior to men. The women …

26.02.2018
News

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work

KIOS partner LOSAUK in the spotlight. Our eyes – our movement: Challenges and achievements of LOSAUK and the hijra, transgender, …

16.02.2018
News

KIOS Call for Proposals 2018

The KIOS call for proposals has opened on the 14th February. The deadline for reception of the applications is 20th …

24.01.2018
News

Welcoming Terhi Aaltonen as acting Executive Director of KIOS from the beginning of February

KIOS Executive Director Ulla Anttila will take research leave from the beginning of February. Terhi Aaltonen will take on from …

18.01.2018
News

Save the Date: Open Call for Proposals in February

Note! Call for proposals has been posponed till later date in February. Please follow KIOS webpage for updates.   KIOS …

19.09.2017
News
Uganda

Realizing the right to health in Uganda

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development CEHURD is a Ugandan organization founded in 2007 working on issues related to …

04.09.2017
News
Democratic Republic of Congo

Working for the rights of indigenous communities in DRC

Batwa and Bambuti are the indigenous Pygmy groups living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Batwa and Bambuti are often …

15.03.2017
News

Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights seminar on 16th May

KIOS Spring Seminar CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS Time: Tuesday, MAY 16 th 2017, at 8:15–15:45 Place: Kuntatalo, Toinen Linja …

08.03.2017
News
Kenya

Hidden tradition – girl child beading in Samburu communities

Beading tradition, female genital mutilation and early marriages are intertwined in Samburu communities. KIOS partner organisation Samburu Women Trust (SWT) …

28.02.2017
News
Other countries

New KIOS Board of Directors Elected

The founding organizations of KIOS Foundation elected new KIOS Board of Directors for the next two years. The newly elected …

31.01.2017
News
Regional Projects

A long-term partner of KIOS, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project EHAHRDP, supports the valuable work of Human Rights Defenders

The space of civil society has been diminishing in many East African countries and defending human rights has become even …

15.12.2016
News
Regional Projects

Human rights defenders are under a serious attack – there is need for serious support

Andrew Anderson was elected as Front Line Defenders’ new Executive Director this fall and he started with the new post …

14.12.2016
News
Pakistan

Ms. Hina Jilani, internationally well-known Pakistani human rights lawyer and co-founder of KIOS partner organization AGHS Legal Aid Cell, elected as new president of OMCT

Award winning and widely respected human rights defender Ms. Hina Jilani was elected as the new president of the World …

11.11.2016
News
Pakistan

First report assessing risks faced by women human rights defenders published in Pakistan.

Human rights organization DCHD in Pakistan has made a research, funded by KIOS foundation, which shows that women human rights …

25.10.2016
News

The work of five Burundian human rights organizations has been suspended – Government of Burundi is withdrawing from its human rights obligations

The Government of Burundi has suspended the work of five Burundian organizations. The ordinance was signed by the Interior Ministry …

12.09.2016
News
Other countries

Business and Human Rights – a Handbook for Human Rights Defenders Published

Toolkit by International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) aims to foster positive engagement between human rights defenders and business. ISHR …

20.06.2016
News

Harassment by Bangladesh Authorities against Odhikar Continues

A key human rights NGO, Odhikar, was subject to accusations of money laundering by the authorities of Bangladesh. The NGO …

07.06.2016
News
Nepal

Helsinki Media Arts Upper Secondary School Donates for Nepal Schools

Funds collected in Voluntary Work Day Campaign are being channeled for three local schools in Nepal. In cooperation with KIOS …

30.05.2016
News

World Village Festival brought people together

KIOS participated in the annual World Village festival in the Market of Possibilities Tent. Among other things, we presented a …

03.05.2016
News

One Year of Violence in Burundi – Last Week to Support KIOS’ Crowdfunding Campaign

Burundi has undergone a year of violent crisis. So far no end have been seen for grave human rights violations. …

14.03.2016
News

KIOS is Raising Awareness and Crowd-funding for Burundi

Burundi is in danger of facing another civil war. The crisis began as the country’s president clung on power. KIOS’ …

04.03.2016
News

Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Murdered

Awarded Honduran human rights defender Berta Cáceres has been murdered. Cáceres was one of the leading opposing figures of the …

16.02.2016
News

Remedies Needed for the Shrinking Space for Civil Society

The former president of Finland, Tarja Halonen, emphasized the importance of civil society in the launch event of the KIOS …

08.02.2016
News

The Closing Space – KIOS Seminar Report to Be Pusblished

KIOS publishes its seminar report on February 16th. The launch event is titled Closing Space – The Growing Global Challenges …

27.11.2015
News

Burundi Government Suspending Central Human Rights NGOs

The government of Burundi has suspended the activities of ten non-governmental organizations in the country, including six major human rights …

10.11.2015
News

Burundi’s Crisis Alarming

Burundi has fallen into a domestic political chaos over the past year after the current President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his …

07.10.2015
News

Maailma.net: Bangladeshi Human Rights Defender Pleads EU for Action

Maailma.net writes about the challenges of human rights defenders, interviewing bangladeshi human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan. Read the story …

02.10.2015
News
Uganda

Ugandan Kasha Jacqueline Nabasegera Wins Right Livelihood Award

KIOS congratulates Ugandan Kasha Jacqueline Nabasegera, who has received the Right Livelihood Award for persistent work for the rights of …

02.09.2015
News

Press Release: KIOS Funding for Human Rights Work Decreases over 40 %

The Government of Finland cuts the development cooperation funds received by KIOS with 41% in the beginning of 2016. As …

12.06.2015
News
Kenya

A Documentary Film Draws Attention to Human Rights Work in Kenya

Kenyan TV channel KTN (Kenya Television Network) has produced a documentary film on human rights work directed by Phyllis Omido. …

10.06.2015
News

A Petition for Development Cooperation

The Government of Finland is planning to cut the development cooperation funds with 41 % in the beginning of 2016. …

04.06.2015
News

Government of Finland Plans 300 Million Cuts to Development Cooperation

The new government of Finland has planned to cut 300 million euros from the development cooperation budget of the Ministry …

28.01.2015
News
Nepal

Disputes of Minorities’ Status Delaying New Constitution in Nepal

Tasi Lama, the director of KIOS’ partner organisation in Kenya, visited Helsinki in January. In connection to his visit Maailma.net, …

13.01.2015
News
Kenya
Uganda

YLE: Power of Human Rights Activists Increasing, but Lives Get Endangered

Two human rights defenders visiting KIOS’ Autumn Seminar 2014 were interviewed on human rights work conducted by civil society. The interview was done by YLE, a Finnish broadcasting Company

14.11.2014
News

Human Rights Situation in Burundi Reviewed by United Nations Commission on Human Rights

United Nations Commission on Human Rights is evaluating Burundi’s situation in regard of civil and political rights. Burundi is one …

22.08.2014
News
Kenya

Note of Condolences on the Passing of Human Rights Activist Mr. Odindo Opiata

KIOS office is saddened to share the news of the passing of Kenyan human rights activist, Mr. Odindo Opiata. Opiata, …

29.07.2014
News

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Adilur Rahman Khan

KIOS is happy to share the news that Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, a leading human rights lawyer from Bangladesh, has …

16.09.2013
News
Nepal

Nepalese Disability Rights Activist Krishna Gautam Shares Experiences from Nepal on September 23rd

The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights KIOS organizes an event on the promotion of the rights of people with …

28.05.2013
News

Ulla Anttila appointed Executive Director of KIOS

Dr. Ulla Anttila has been appointed Executive Director of the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights KIOS. She has been …

13.03.2013
News

KIOS Seminar Report on Right to Food published

KIOS has released a seminar publication regarding the right food. The seminar IMPLEMENTING HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACH: The Case of …

01.01.2013
News
Democratic Republic of Congo

ACADHOSHA: “Victims of sexual violence should no longer suffer in silence”

Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo often feature brutal and systematic violence against women and children. In despite of legislative renovations the authorities’ ignorance, as well as the culture of impunity, are maintaining the spiral of violence.

14.08.2012
News

Post-evaluation of KIOS funded projects

KIOS has published a study called “KIOS-funded projects and development in human rights – results from post-evaluation questionnaires”.

03.05.2012
News
Uganda

Uganda: KIOS Partner Gerald Kankya Wins EU Human Rights Defender Award

Gerald Kankya, Programme Coordinator and a founding member of Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC), has won the 2012 European Union Human Rights Defender (HRD) Award in Uganda.

01.02.2012
News

New address

KIOS office has moved to new premises. From 27 February 2012 onward our new address is: Lintulahdenkatu 10, 00500 Helsinki …

11.08.2011
News

KIOS Partners’ Regional Conference held in Kampala

The KIOS Partners’ regional conference jointly organised by EHAHRDP and the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS) brought together KIOS partners from six focus countries in Eastern Africa.

01.08.2011
News
Pakistan

Blue Veins Increases Security on the World’s most Unstable Area

Securing the security of human rights defenders is one of the biggest challenges of human rights work. The work of human rights defenders has always been challenging in Pakistan, but recently the situation has deteriorated.

24.05.2011
News

KIOS at World Village Festival 2011

Along with many other organizations, KIOS participated at World Village Festival 28.—29.5.2011.

03.03.2011
News

KIOS’ strategy for 2011—2015

KIOS’ new strategy for 2011—2015 was approved by KIOS’ Board meeting 16th December 2010 and entered into force from the …

02.03.2011
News

The Executive Board appointed for 2011

Founding organizations have appointed KIOS’ Board for 2011. Chairman: Anne Romar, Kepa Vice-Chairman: Jani Seikkula, Finnish Refugee Council Board Members 2011 Jussi …

09.02.2011
News
Kenya

KIOS – YAK Partnership Programme: Encouraging Outcomes from the Evaluation

KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme has been a success from the point of view of its stakeholders: KIOS, YAK and the participating groups, points out an evaluation carried out recently. The evaluation recommends that KIOS and YAK continue implementing the Programme also in the future.

20.12.2010
News

KIOS office wishes you Happy Holidays and Successful New Year 2011!

KIOS office wishes you Happy Holidays and Successful New Year 2011!

01.05.2010
News
Uganda

From a Pilot Project to a Partnership Programme: A Success Story from Uganda

Since 2008, KIOS has supported NAWOU in seeking to promote women’s rights in Uganda. NAWOU’s projects have increased the knowledge of human rights, women’s participation in decision-making, and their leadership skills.

01.04.2010
News
Nepal

Towards a more Equal Nepal with WOREC

Women and women human rights defenders are widely discriminated against in Nepal, even by male human rights defenders. Since 2006, KIOS’ project partner WOREC has with KIOS’ support improved the status of women human rights defenders and women’s rights in general.

02.03.2010
News

NOTE TO GRANT SEEKERS: Applications accepted only from focus countries

For the strategic period 2011 – 2015 KIOS focuses its funding to its focus countries in Eastern Africa and South …

01.12.2009
News
Regional Projects

EHAHRDP Protects Human Rights Defenders in East and Horn of Africa

Human rights defenders in Eastern Africa face intimidation, illegal arrests, unfair trials, torture and disappearances. Many are forced to leave their country as refugees.

15.09.2009
News
Kenya

Youth Alive! Kenya and KIOS launch a new partnership programme

Youth Alive! Kenya and KIOS have rolled out a new partnership programme that aims to identify and support community based human rights groups to harness their full potential and become key human rights actors in their region and ultimately nationally.

01.06.2009
News
Kenya

FAMEC is Bringing Women’s Rights Home in Kenya

Communities and their rules affect Maasai women’s life much more than Kenyan legislation. The communities follow patriarchal traditions, due to which women are not expected to participate in community decision-making.

25.05.2009
News

KIOS at World Village Festival 2009

KIOS participated at the World Village Festival 23rd to 24th May 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. This year KIOS’ exhibited a …

30.04.2009
News

KIOS Annual Report 2008 published

The Summary highlights the most important activities of the foundation in 2008, including information on project funding, project monitoring and organisational development work.

29.01.2009
News

The Executive Board appointed for 2009

The eleven founder organisations of KIOS have nominated their representatives to the KIOS Executive Board for the year 2009. The newly appointed Executive Board had its first meeting of the year on 28 January 2009.

09.01.2009
News
Nepal
Tibet

Follow-up and assessment mission to India and Nepal

Project Coordinators Kristiina Vainio and Ylva Sjöblom from KIOS visited India and Nepal from 22 November to 11 December 2008.

01.01.2009
News
Uganda

IMLU Fights against Torture in Kenya with KIOS’ Support

In Kenya, politically motivated torture exists especially in police cells and prisons. The victims of torture are often poor or unemployed, and because of their status, unable to demand for their rights.

18.12.2008
News
Kenya

Follow-up and assessment mission to Kenya and Tanzania

KIOS Director Elisa Mikkola and Project Coordinator Sari Naskinen visited Kenya and Tanzania 18 November – 3 December 2008.

13.12.2008
News

KIOS celebrated its 10-year anniversary

KIOS celebrated its 10-year anniversary on 12th December in Helsinki. Anniversary was celebrated by all three foundations funding civil societies’ projects in developing countries.

22.11.2008
News
Nepal

Renu Rajbhandari: Globally, the Core Questions are the Same

Women’s Rehabilitation Center Nepal (WOREC) is a non-governmental organization combatting HIV/AIDS and trafficking in human beings, and promoting the rights of women and children. WOREC seeks to strengthen the actors at grassroots level as well as affect legal and political reforms.

20.11.2008
News
Kenya

George Kogolla: ”We wanted to show that young people can be an asset”

The status of young people has always been weak in Kenya, even though majority of the population is under-aged. Youth Alive! Kenya is an organization for young people, providing children and adolescents an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

15.11.2008
News
Kenya

Odindo Opiata: “Are we working for people or with people?”

Economic and Social Rights Centre Hakijamii is one of the few organizations in Kenya promoting economic and social rights. Hakijamii aims to promote the rights of slums’ inhabitants in Nairobi and Kisumu among others by training, campaigning and doing information work.

07.11.2008
News
Uganda

Peace T. Kyamureku: “How can a 13 year old be a mother when she herself is still a child?”

National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) is one of the biggest women organisations in Uganda. NAWOU has had an important role in drafting the new Ugandan constitution, which takes account of gender equality remarkably well. KIOS met NAWOU’s executive director Peace T. Kyamureku, who is one of the most known human rights defenders in Uganda.

01.11.2008
News

An Election Observer Promotes a Political Culture, in which Women Vote and Votes are not Bought

Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is an Asian network of human rights organizations promoting democratization of Asia among others by conducting election observations, campaigning and research. KIOS met Thai Somsri Hananuntasuk, who has worked for ANFREL for over ten years. Ms. Hananuntasuk described her work as an election observer.

24.10.2008
News
Uganda
Nepal
Kenya

KIOS’ 10-year Anniversary Seminar Discussed Democracy on Grassroots’ Level

Democracy cannot be dictated from the outside – it is a long process that needs to originate from the grassroots. This was stated in the 10-year anniversary seminar hosted by KIOS on 21st to 22nd October 2008.

26.05.2008
News

KIOS at World Village Festival

KIOS participated for the second time in World Village Festival in Helsinki 24th to 25th May 2008. At the festival …

26.05.2008
News
Uganda
Ethiopia

Follow-up and assessment mission to Uganda and Ethiopia

Executive Director Ms. Elisa Mikkola and Project coordinator Ms. Sari Naskinen from KIOS visited Uganda and Ethiopia for two weeks in April-May 2008.

27.03.2008
News

KIOS Annual Report 2007 published

KIOS has published the English Summary of its Annual Report 2007. The Summary highlights the most important activities of the foundation in 2007, including information on project funding, project monitoring and organisational development work.

27.02.2008
News

The Executive Board appointed for 2008

The eleven founder organisations of KIOS have nominated their representatives to the KIOS Executive Board for the year 2008. The …

26.02.2008
News

Geographical funding priorities for 2008

For 2007-2008 KIOS prioritizes applications coming from the following countries in Eastern Africa and South Asia: Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, …

31.01.2008
News
Nepal

HimRights and PPCC Protect the Right to Education in Armed Conflict

Children’s rights, especially their right to education, were widely violated during the armed conflict between Maoist insurgents and security forces in Nepal in 1996—2006. Schools were used as base camps, destroyed or closed for long periods of time, and young students were recruited into insurgent forces.

15.01.2008
News

JCSER Defends and Promotes the Human Rights of Palestinian People

In 2006, Palestinian Jerusalemite Nasser applied for a family reunification permit from the Israeli Ministry of the Interior. A few months after submitting the application, Nasser and his wife, who holds a West Bank ID card, were stopped in East Jerusalem by Israeli police.

01.01.2008
News
Uganda

ACTV Works towards a Uganda Free of Torture

Authorities in charge of security are widely using torture in Uganda. Government officials have admitted the use of torture, despite international conventions against torture. KIOS’ supported ACTV works both with victims of torture and with authorities using torture in order to prevent its use. ACTV has reached visible results through its work.

12.12.2007
News

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2008!

The Executive Board and the Staff of KIOS Wish You Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2008!

01.10.2007
News

KIOS seminar on HRBA in Helsinki 27.-28.9.07

KIOS organized a seminar and workshop on human rights based approach to development in Helsinki in the end of September. The seminar day included presentations on the human rights based approach in comparison with needs based development work.