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Facebook’s new product line: Ads for Dictators #Syria

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 3-06-2014 23:00 | Category: Human rights, Media

Facebook's new product line: Ads for Dictators, Bashar al-Assad edition

On Election day in Syria evidence has come to light that Facebook has been running advertisements from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who just last week faced accusations of war crimes at the UN Security Council.

In response, activist group The Syria Campaign has launched a video and a petition website calling on Facebook to reject advertising money from the Assad regime and donate the revenue it has received so far to fund aid for Syrian children.

Anna Nolan from The Syria Campaign: “By accepting money for “promoted posts,” Facebook has provided a platform for the propaganda of a regime that has been at the heart of one of the world’s most brutal conflicts. The Facebook advertising has helpied President Assad’s ‘Sawa’ (or ‘Together’) campaign to garner over 200,000 ‘likes’ and reach millions more.”

The campaign is demanding that Facebook stop taking their ads, take down all of President Assad’s accounts, and donate the money they’ve received to aid for the more than one million refugee children who have fled to neighboring countries.




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A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar for cultural diversity

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 20-05-2014 11:30 | Category: Discrimination, Human rights

A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar for cultural diversity

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. And Danish agency Move. Copenhagen made a campaign for this day.
They use the opening line of well known jokes and give it a little twist.

The day was created to raise awareness worldwide about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.

The three posters are part of their new ongoing campaign ‘Messages Worth Sharing’. The campaign isn’t co-branded, it’s the message from the agency itself.
As Simon de Tusch-Lec from the agency commented: “By not doing so, we will achieve continuity, consistency and creative freedom throughout the campaign.”



Agency:
Move. Copenhagen

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This May Day, let’s talk about workplace sexual harassment #WDTL

Posted by Tom Megginson | 1-05-2014 17:00 | Category: Human rights

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It’s May Day, and in recognition of workers’ rights Draw The Line Ontario (not to be confused with Labatt’s “Know When To Draw The Line” responsible drinking camaigns) has posted a new PSA about workplace sexual harassment:

It’s a serious issue, so I won’t harp on the fact that the “talking head” format is overused in PSAs. Rather, let’s listen to what these women have to say. And more importantly, understand how sexual harassment has wide-ranging effects on both the women who experience firsthand and those who witness it.



Advertiser:
Draw The Line Canada
Source:
Julie S. Lalonde (Twitter)

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Amnesty International campaign takes over UK’s busiest train station

Posted by Arbie Baguios | 19-04-2014 18:06 | Category: Human rights

Amnesty International campaign takes over UK’s busiest train station

On Mother’s Day weekend, Amnesty International reminded thousands of commuters on their way to see families and loved ones that, for some people, there is simply no going home.

As part of their “Help Get Them Home” campaign, the international human rights organisation took over the departure boards of Waterloo station in London on 29-30 March 2014. In place of arrivals and departures, the giant screens displayed the names of people who were arrested for peacefully expressing their views. A spokesperson from the organisation said: “The message is simple: on your way home, help get them home.  These people have been missing from their homes, some of them for years.”

Amnesty International campaign takes over UK’s busiest train station
(Image from @Lexcanroar)

The ad’s thematic elements converged nicely; it was clever, well-timed, well-placed, and definitely easy to *ahem* get on board with. Although this kind of thing is usually followed by a tie-in viral video, we have yet to see one from Amnesty International.

Overall, it was a great ad, except perhaps, as cheeky Twitter user @RenoXCore pointed out, “until you try and board the 11:05 to Johan Teterissa.”



Advertiser:
Amnesty International
Agency:
Leo Burnett
Source:
Image from Amnesty UK's twitter

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Freedom of tweets

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 24-03-2014 21:00 | Category: Human rights

Reporter hone Grenzen: Freedom of tweets

This is the response from the German Reporter ohne Grenzen (Reporters Without Borders) on the Turkish Twitter ban.
Clear message, nothing to add.



Advertiser:
Reporter ohne Grenzen
Agency:
Grey Düsseldorf
Source:
Ads of the World

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Social marketing is about emotions, this Save the Children advert isn’t

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 16-03-2014 10:20 | Category: Human rights, Peace & Conflicts

Save the Children . Stephen Hawking: I'm Giving My Voice.

New Save the Children ad featuring Steven Hawkins. A conversation in our virtual office between me and Reuben Turner. We don’t think it is as strong as recent work from Save the Children such as ‘First Day’ – in fact it feels contrived. The thing for me is that I don’t feel anything while watching. It is an amateur slideshow with a computer voice.

What to say more? Too bad, because I love the work from Save the Children. And because the children in Syria deserve better.



Advertiser:
Save the Children

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My body, my rights, my body painting

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-03-2014 21:30 | Category: Human rights

Hikaru Cho and Amnesty International: My Body My Rights

A woman is refused contraception because she doesn’t have her husband’s permission. A man is harassed by police because he’s gay. A teenager is denied a life-saving termination because abortion is illegal in her country.

Japan-based artist Hikaru Cho created a series of body art images exclusively for Amnesty International’s newest campaign My Body My Rights. Hikaru Cho and Amnesty created four videos on the subject of sexual and reproductive rights.
Each of the four videos is about the basic human right to make our own decisions about our health, body and sexual life.

This video: You have the right to know and learn about your body, sexual health and relationships.
See the other videos after the break including an interview with Hikaru Cho.




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Survival International reveals a sinister side of “sustainable development”

Posted by Arbie Baguios | 13-02-2014 19:30 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Developing World

Survival International makes you think twice about sustainable development

Here is a video that will truly force anyone who’s ever called for “sustainable development,” particularly those of us who belong to the Church of Aid, to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and make us examine whether we’re doing what we’re doing right.

There You Go! is a short animated film created by Oren Ginzburg and narrated by the British comedian David Mitchell for Survival International – a global organization that “champions tribal peoples around the world” and help them “defend their lives, protect their lands, and determine their own futures.”

It depicts two men with questionable intentions setting out into a jungle to bring “sustainable development” to a tribal community. When they discover that these people are within themselves already sustainable, they resort to bringing them “just development” instead.

The narrative, then, begins to sound like the many annual reports you would hear being delivered across board rooms of INGO headquarters all over the world – a discussion on the “challenges” of implementing things like “participatory community project building,” “income generating activities,” and “empowerment.”

It ends in that typical ‘lessons learned’ style, where the development workers tout their supposedly successful “multi-stakeholder cross-disciplinary approach” and “innovative private sector partnerships,” despite having left the tribal community in complete and utter shamble.

The video reveals the sinister agenda of some development work, particularly those which are targeted at tribal communities that are often seen as ‘backward’ or ‘uncivilized’ - some call it the “development bloat.” (Click the article to read more)



Advertiser:
Survival International

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Classic Coke ad hacked to shame Olympic sponsorship #CheersToSochi

Posted by Tom Megginson | 29-01-2014 19:37 | Category: Human rights

Classic Coke ad hacked to shame Olympic sponsorship

Queer Nation NY combined Coca-Cola’s classic ode to world peace, (the 1971 “Hilltop” ad by McCann-Erickson) with images of anti-gay police violence in Russia to make a statement about the brand’s involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

 



Advertiser:
Queer Nation

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Amnesty International advertises the clumsy way because Superheroes don’t exist

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 19-12-2013 21:45 | Category: Fundraising, Human rights

Amnesty International: Superheroes don't exist

This new campaign made by agency AIR breaks with the communication standards of Amnesty International. No dramatic and dark message. Just simple, light and playful.
But the question is still the same: buy a candle.

Very funny!



Advertiser:
Amnesty International Belgium
Agency:
AIR Brussels

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