El Universal / Caracas.- In response to allegations of human rights violations related to student protests that intensified on February 12, lawyers Cristina Carbonell Parada, Gerardo Bello Aurrecoeche and Omar Arenas Pérez, in collaboration with Justicia Internacional, an NGO that promotes Human Rights, presented Demand on Thursday in defense of the right to peaceful demonstration, enshrined in Article 68 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The action that took place before the Constitutional Chamber of the highest organ of the Venezuelan judicial system was presented as a demand for collective and diffuse interests "on behalf of the Venezuelan people, of all those who exercise the right to peaceful protest ...", said the lawyer Cristina Carbonell. The lawsuit includes arguments demonstrating violations of the rights to peaceful demonstration, the right to personal security and physical integrity, the right to due process, as well as violations related to the issue of freedom of expression. According to the plaintiffs, these violations were perpetrated by the state security bodies (the GNB, the GNP and the SEBIN) that "recurrently resorted to acts of disproportionate repression against peaceful demonstrators."
The action also aims to denounce the actions of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice for being "the coordinator of the security policy of the Nation", indicates the delivered document. For his part, lawyer Omar Arenas, a human rights specialist, said that the suit included among the criminals the Office of the Ombudsman for "omitting the defense and monitoring of the rights and guarantees established in the Constitution" and the Office of the Ombudsman. Attorney General. Republic for "repeatedly omitting the investigation of notorious cases of repression and police brutality" during the recent demonstrations. Arenas, a collaborator of the NGO International Justice, highlighted the importance of these organizations, with an unquestionable responsibility in the field of human rights. "Carlos Suarez, director of International Justice, highlighted the excellent work that the NGOs Human rights at the national and international levels are playing out in the current Venezuelan crisis, so Suarez said that "soon we will be informing the different institutions of the international justice system about this important initiative that has been taken today in the area of human rights. In Venezuela".
The ALA-S Network Project
Using Social Network technology for Education and Language Acquisition
In response to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Request for Proposals (RFP) for its "Immigrant Integration Strategy: Adult English Language Acquisition" grant, Justice International presents the following proposal to obtain underwriting for its Adult Language Acquisicion throught Social Network project (ALA-S Network project for short).
The ALA-S Network project was borned out of the accumulative experience of Justice International in language education. Through a series of innovations in teaching methods and actual use of new technologies in the classroom, our teachers has transformed the way of learning a new language. This evolution both at the classroom and in the technologies has brought us to a next step in the innovation process: The ALA-S Network project.
The goal of ALA-S Network Project (aka Panita program) is to create a social-network technology for language acquisition and education. This web-based technology will aim to promote collaboration among language teachers as well as cooperation among students in order to create a highly creative, dynamic, participatory and interactive language acquisition process. The technology will facilitate the creation of true learning communities. After presenting in the next section some background of our organization, and a brief introduction to origen and evolution of the project, in section II will describe in detail the ALAS Network learning technology, its components and its interrelation with the learning process of a new language.
In order to achieve these goals, ALA-S Network's initiatives will divide the operationalization of the project in 3 main areas of activities: Software Technology desing and development; the creation of content and basic knowledge bases; promotion of the ALA-S network technology through a well design pilot program and teacher training. We will elaborate on this main areas of activities in section III.
The use of social-network technology to enhance language learning, we claim, is not just a sophisticated technology to replicate standards methods of teaching over the INTERNET. Trough the evolution of the ALA-S Network vision we observe clear evidence of changes in the methalogic of the process od adquiring a new language: we have changed the actual learning process and we aim to further innovate in learning. Let us discuss further.
Justice International (aka Fundacion Justicia International) is a corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law. Its goals include: promote advancement and take positive action to further international justice through contributions aiming to develop and strengthen the system of international justice, through assistance services to international communities and the promotion of a global sustainable development for all.
Justice International is organized in divisions and programs: Human Rights and the International Justice System; Democracy and Election Monitoring; Environment; Assistance Services for International Communities (ASIC) in education (Programa Futuro), legal, communication (Panita Program) and others.
A main activity of Justice International is the promotion of democracy, human rights, and the development of an international system of justice. Justice International has lead several cases into the Interamerican Court of Human Rights and is currently promoting a International Workshop on Human Rights aiming to create a online Justice Network. Our Democracy and Election Monitoring Division has participated in more than 12 elections.
In Justice International, we believe that in this era of globalization, the concept of justice goes beyond the political and human rights aspects of International Justice. These aspects are fundamental, but social and economic justice are crucial both, as an element of international relation and the community of nations and, in relation to the phenomena of in ever increasing growth of international populations. In this sense Justice International has created programs addressing immigrant services: Programa Futuro (Program for the Future) a educational program for international communities and the Panita Program for communication and language adquisition.
Programa Futuro is an education-assistance program aiming to increase educational expectations, assist with High School graduation and college planning, and to create a positive attitude in students and families that allows them to pursue education as a way to improve their lives. Since its inception PROGRAMA FUTURO has reached a total population of 1400 adults and 1800 children (projects include workshops, tutoring, mentoring, online learning system) in northern California.
A constant in our activities has been the introduction of social innovations. Our Democracy and Election Monitoring Division pioneered a successful and innovative participatory management model for volunteers called Parliamentary e-Democracy. This direct democracy approach for the management of a confederation of civil society organizations an individual volunteers consisted in an online system designed to allow all volunteers to "sit" as an one vote parliamentary in a online system emulating the decision making cycle of a parliament. This system allowed for a very successful, inclusive and highly participatory management of 3000 volunteers for election monitoring in one region in Venezuela. The system was recognized with the "best regional performance" for the 2006 Venezuelan presidential election.
The preparation and capacity of our members and collaborators is one of the reason that explain our success as social innovator and entrepreneurs. Most of our members and collaborators speack fluently two languages and have graduate degrees from recognized institutions. Following a brief introduction to our Board of Directors:
In order to conceptualize the ALAS-Network learning system, this section will present its origin and evolution, as well as the forward-looking vision of its development. For clearer definition, we present in a separate section the actual plan of operation (see following section).
As mentioned in the introduction of the proposal, the ALA-S Network project was borned out of the accumulative experience of Justice International in language education. Through a series of innovations in teaching methods and actual use of new technologies in the classroom, our teachers has transformed the way of learning a new language.
We begin to innovate in language education as part of a mentoring tutoring program for the Migrant Education Program at San Francisco. In relation to this program, Greg Collins, dean of Newcomer High School of San Francisco says, "While teaching for our high school, Mr. Suarez developed mentoring and tutoring activities for the students of the Migrant Education Program, a federal program that helps migrant families with special needs. In the process Mr. Suarez showed initiative and creativity in achieving important goals for the students and the community. For example, he pioneered a project in which he taught English to our students using lyrics of songs that were currently popular amongst the students themselves."
Through a series of innovations in teaching methods and actual use of new technologies in the classroom, our teachers has transformed the way of learning a new language. These were the phases that our language adquision program has gone through:
This evolution both at the classroom and in the technologies has brought us to a next step in the innovation process: The ALA-S Network project.
The ALA-S Network project is an initiative oriented towards the facilitation of language acquisition and development of communication skills and cultural understanding among individuals living in highly-diverse and international communities. Specifically, the desire for integration and the improvement of the well-being of immigrants in Silicon Valley through the provision of tools, networks and programs that respond to the challenge of education in such a multilingual context have informed the Panita initiative thus:
To create a social network based technology that will transform the teaching and learning experience of English as a Secong language (ESL) and Vocational English as a Second Language (VSLE) in Silicon Valley. In particular, this new way of teaching and learning will aim to:
In order to meet its objectives, Justice International is already in the process of developing a multi-lingual social-network technology for language acquisition. The next step is the ALA-S Network project, which will add social network capabilities to the current Panita (Justice International) website. This web-based network will facilitate the creation of online/on-site learning communities, with a particular emphasis on adult learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) as stated above. ALA-S Network's social network technology will also provide the framework for a creative, collaborative tutoring and learning process that will be highly participatory and interactive in its nature.
A way to initially introduce the technology is by using a colloquial approach. We all know the immense success of websites such as Youtube, Wikipedia and Facebook, all of them active participants of the Silicon Valley experience. And we are familiar with their main contribution, and the key defining elements of their success. Youtube made available to millions a platform for the rapid dissemination, exchange, and enjoyment of audiovisual media. Wikipedia has vastly transformed they way by which we access and produce encyclopedic information, most notably in its collaborative approach to the creation of an online encyclopedia that transforms itself regularly with a literal world of contributions and updates. Facebook has simply provided individuals with the capability to create links between themelves and with it, has showed just the tip of the iceberg of what collaboration online might achieve in transforming our society. These three components --media, collaborative knowledge creation, and the capability of linking individuals into communities of interest --are present in our vision for the ALA-S Network Learning Technology:
The goal of the project is to develop the basic software infrastructure and evaluate the efectiveness of the ALA-S network for language acquisition through the development of a series of pilot programs.
The exclusive geographic target for this project is the Silicon Valley Communities. Given the flexibility and accessibility of an online technology the system will be widely available for the Silicon Valley individuals, through special offer that we will be promoted as part of this proposal. The target population for the pilot programs of the project will be low-income immigrants, enrolled in already existing English Language Courses in recognized institutions working in the Silicon Valley.
In order to achieve these goals, ALA-S Network's initiatives are divided into 2 main areas of activity:
Details and scheduling
memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing skills, which are vital to all learning.
- To developed a multiple language social network technology to facilitate the creation of online/onsite learning communities with particular emphasis in adult English language acquisition and education for English Language Learners. Panita social network technology will allow for a creative and collaborative tutoring and learning process for more participatory acquisition of English language skills.
Innovation and contribution:
About ALA-S Network:
Justicia Internacional is currently working on updating a document to request precautionary measures for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The first petition was discussed with the IACHR towards the end of 2016.
Justicia Internacional is currently working on the updating of a document with the purpose of requesting precautionary measures for the humanitarian crisis in defense of the Venezuelan people and of a collective nature, particularly focused on the most vulnerable populations. The objective of this petition is to normalize the supply of medicines and medical supplies, rescue the health system, implement an epidemic control plan and, above all, urgently promote actions that lead to defend, preserve and guarantee the inalienable right to health and the right to a decent life for Venezuelan citizens.
The petition will be accompanied by an extensive argument, with their respective evidences, included mostly as part of the discussion of the alleged facts and presented in its entirety in a dossier attached to the document. The delivery will be made in digital form and in physical form in Washington. Delivery will be accompanied by a press release and campaign on the networks.
The project requires four researchers and two editors to update the document. Volunteers are also required to make a final update and organization of the dossier, which may include photos and videos. Photos are required, if possible original or open license to accompany the document graphically.
Press release and news about previous steps related to this project:
Considering the peaceful demonstration convened in Venezuela currently and in order to defend the physical integrity, life and human rights in general of Venezuelan citizens, particularly the right that every individual has to peaceful demonstration in the face of political repression in our country , we submit to consideration before Venezuelan organizations and activists residing abroad to take initiatives to
- Promote the OJOS Project (see info at http://www.justiciainternacional.org/item/63-proyecto-ojosddhh) which consists of the use of evidence recording technologies (audio, video, photos) to verify the authenticity of the same before international courts.
-Establish network campaigns for this purpose and, equally importantly, promote lobbying and direct dialogue with organizations, movements and groups of citizens in Venezuela in leadership positions and particularly those who experience growing vulnerability to Repression Politics in Venezuela (students, participants in marches, community leaders, trade unionists, political persecuted and those who suffer and are manifested by the humanitarian crisis).
- Accompany this campaign with a multilingual international campaign based on the concept of #FreeVenezuela (#VenezuelaLibre, an abbreviation of English for all messages and a universal graphic symbology Complement campaign with #Free + name of each political prisoner)
Justice International works torward an immigration reform in USA that protects the Human Rights of all.
Reforma migratoria basada derechos humanos
Justice International trabaja en una reforma migratoria en los Estados Unidos que proteja los derechos humanos de todos.