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Q & A on Eritrea by Ruby Sandhu

Citizenship and Stakeholder Engagement. BY RUBY SANDHU Ruby’s work is focused on Business and Human Rights. She retired as a Partner to focus on her work as a non practicing solicitor, consultant and accredited Mediator. In relation to Eritrea, her work has focused on Business Ethics, Responsible Corporate Citizenship and Stakeholder Engagement. Q: What are your perceptions of Eritrea? The narrative on Eritrea is distorted and unbalanced, especially in the mainstream western media and at times premised on “fake news”. Only a few people, largely activists, are granted a platform to speak on Eritrea. Activists generally carry out good work but this can be damaging if it is used as an instrument for subversive political and geo-political agendas. Some activists have a genuine desire to defend human rights and ensure that they protect

Dear “Little Guru”

Welcome, I would like to introduce myself, a loyal and trusted companion of the scientist, the writer, lawyer, mediator and whatever label you define her as, or just Ruby.  I am Bono.  A male, of eight human years.  I weigh 23 kg, a little portly (say nothing-I like my food). I have hair, fur all over my body, eyes, eyelashes, ears, tongue, lips, lungs, kidneys, heart and yes I am a dog or whatever insensibilities you refer to my kind as. I am further defined as an English springer spaniel.  I am not like you; but we both breathe (inhale and exhale) and I inhabit this planet with you.  The difference is your kind, your species, unlike mine have myths and conditioning which inform you that you

Lessons on Sustainability taken from a humble Neem tree

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible”. Albert Einstein A few months back I had the opportunity to attend a lecture to hear the Global Head of Sustainability for a major multi-national corporation speak on sustainability. The presentation was excellent – well framed, articulated and genuine to its objective to provide a solution-orientated methodology on implementing sustainability. However, what left me with a hollow feeling was the obvious difficulty to achieve a marked sustainability objective. The Corporates’ thirst for global outreach, expansion and dominance of its products on new frontier/emerging markets with a mission of exponential growth to build/sustain competition and stakeholders’ wealth was the key

Mediation – The sustainable solution to disputes!

Life is complex and complicated. The same applies to the parties and the issues involved in a dispute. The legal system does much to make things wrong or right and creates winners and losers.  In many situations this is not the right approach as it either fails to address the core of the issue or grievance or favours the party with the most leverage and that includes financial. Disputes arise out of the life conditions surrounding the parties and mediation can assist in addressing core needs and wants that have not been addressed. Mediators help in this process by individually, and confidentially, examining the needs, wants and grievances of the different parties to the dispute and then looking for common grounds and preferred outcomes beneficial to both parties. The skill of the mediator is to remain neutral although bringing his intelligence by being entirely present in the process. This means

Sustainability – Back to Basics

“Sustainable Development” is increasingly revisited as issues of global warming and environment become more contentious. The term is used and recycled in the context of global development and protection of our environment. Sustainable development is then broken down into complex sub-categories of society for which its application fits into. The UN, in their Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development from 1987 explains that sustainable development “implies meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. The same was expressed in the Brundtland Commission’s report from 2007. However, this article will take a step back and instead create a definition for “Sustainability”. Although some may argue that the introduction and application of Sustainability into environmental law and policy making has put the concept into the spotlight and given it much needed exposure, this article will argue to the contrary. This

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?

I think it is extremely hard to absorb this information in any other way than immediately dismissing it as sensationalist. It’s easy to do. After all first world countries are not as impacted as the developing countries are. Despite clear evidence and the sound of the warning knell, we ignore it at our peril. Why? –  because the narrative has been captured by the elites who are unwilling to move from their comfort zone to a space of high uncertainly with regards to addressing the issue. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

Chair of SIHRG Presentation on A Fair Deal for the Planet: Challenging Oil Production

A FAIR DEAL FOR THE PLANET?  Challenging Oil Production: A call to action  Melinda Janki, an international lawyer, will discuss legal and environmental issues around the proposed oil production in Guyana, a small South American nation and former British colony. She will discuss the potential impact on the Caribbean and the rest of the world through climate change and biodiversity loss. She will also touch on recent litigation challenging the proposed oil production in Guyana. Climate change and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest threats to life on earth.  Climate change knows no boundaries. Extreme weather conditions affect people across

10th April 2018 – Non-Conformist Eritrea

Eritrea is non-conformist and focused on human rights as priority including the right to development. This article is, therefore, a ground reality perspective which debunks the current perception we have of Eritrea in the West. BY RUBY SANDHU Since time immemorial, there have been non-conformists and disruptors – they have made us look at the world through a new lens and progressed our evolution as a species. Captured as the David and Goliath myth. Today’s Goliath is a system where we continue to perpetuate policies which neither respect the planet, its ecosystem or its inhabitants. And a world where the disparity as between the “have” and the “have-nots” is widening and where to pacify the masses we have senseless media, consumption, and consumerism – entirely detrimental – as it is unsustainable to ours

March 2018 – Non-Conformist Eritrea

Non-Conformist Eritrea Ruby Sandhu FollowRuby Sandhu   Since time immemorial, there have been non conformists and disruptors – they have made us look at the world through a new lens and progressed our evolution as a species. Captured as the David and Goliath myth. Today’s Goliath is a system where we continue to perpetuate policies which neither respect the planet, its ecosystem or its inhabitants. And a world where the disparity as between the “have” and the “have nots” is widening and where to pacify the masses we have senseless media, consumption and consumerism – entirely detrimental – as it is unsustainable to ours and the planet’s well being. In summary we have “intelligence” and “cleverness” but we remain at times as a species bereft of

22nd May 2017 Enigmatic Eritrea: Engagement, Investment & Development in the 21st Century

On the occasion of Eritrea’s 26th independence anniversary the Embassy of the State of Eritrea hosted a forum at a prime location in the city of London under the theme “Enigmatic Eritrea; Engagement, Investment & Development in the 21st Century”. Every year, the Embassy of the State of Eritrea to the UK & Ireland brings together over 50 members of the Diplomatic corps, MPS, MEPs, Mining Industry CEOs, Law firms, Consultants, Journalists, and Academics to address and share information about Eritrea. Opening the event

Enigmatic Eritrea : Engagement, Investment & Development in the 21st Century

Enigmatic Eritrea: Engagement, Investment & Development in the 21st Century Monday 22nd of May 2017 ||| Eritrea EmbassyMedia On the occasion of Eritrea’s 26th independence anniversary the Embassy of the State of Eritrea hosted a forum at a prime location in the city of London under the theme “Enigmatic Eritrea; Engagement, Investment & Development in the 21st Century”. Every year, the Embassy of the State of Eritrea to the UK & Ireland brings together over 50 members of the Diplomatic corps, MPS, MEPs, Mining Industry CEOs, Law firms, Consultants, Journalists, and Academics to address and share information about Eritrea. Opening the event PA to the Ambassador