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Amnesty Partnership[edit]

Hello Wikiproject:Human Rights,

I'm talking to Amnesty International about a possible partnership where we train Amnesty supporters to become editors on human rights topics. This might be a good way to improve timeliness of human rights coverage, especially in minority languages. Does this project have opinions on Amnesty as a source of human rights research, or any other objections to such a partnership? Obviously we'll start small and not just throw a load of newbies into it without guidance.

Also, let me know if you're interested in helping out! EdSaperia (talk) 10:57, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

EdSaperia Hello. I would help out. I could offer to give individuals online tours of Wikipedia, or collaborate with a group to do this with others. Blue Rasberry (talk) 11:35, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I would certainly be willing to get involved in some fashion. Introductions to Wikipedia, or inserting provided information, such things. Vanamonde93 (talk) 13:43, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Hey awesome! I think the way this would work is based around when they release their reports - we get their volunteers to try and cite the report wherever it is relevant. While some of the reports are quite niche and might only be relevant to one article, some of these have a lot of detail and cover a wide range of topics, so could be relevant to many articles, especially their annual report, which is a general update on human rights worldwide. Does that make sense? EdSaperia (talk) 23:43, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Hello everyone! Ed, thank you for flagging this here. I've just been discussing how we follow this up with Amnesty International. They are making good progress internally towards being able to share their archive under open licences which is excellent. What would be great is if anyone interested in supporting the project can help us come up with a wish list of articles for improvement. We're looking at doing some editor training related to this topic so do get in touch if you'd like to be involved. Stevie Benton (WMUK) (talk) 10:01, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi Ed, I was extremely excited to see this note. I'm basically retired as an editor now, but the partnership you propose was long a dream of mine. I actually sent about a dozen e-mails to different Amnesty folks in the past trying to start something similar and could never get a response--I'm glad to hear you were able to get through.
I probably wrote about 100-150 articles on Amnesty prisoners of conscience during my time as an editor, and would be glad to help train others to do the same. (In the spirit of your proposal, I just put up a new one at U Sein Than to show you my usual format.)
Just let me know if there's any way I can help. Cheers, Khazar2 (talk) 16:31, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
Wish list for improvement - Amnesty, human rights, and getting UN uploads for all language versions of the s:Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Wikisource so that we can use that document as an example among any languages of how interlanguage links work. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:20, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
Stevie, in addition to Blue's suggestions, Wikipedia:WikiProject Human rights/Popular pages could also give volunteers a sense of the project's high-demand articles. Many of those are historical, but some like Guantanamo Bay detention camp or Pussy Riot would seem right up the alley of Amnesty volunteers (assuming they get proper tutoring in neutrality, etc.). Restructuring a major article might not be the place to start new editors, but it'd be terrific if they wanted to take one of these on once they've got a little experience. The top articles on that list get hundreds of thousands of views a year and it'd be great to provide better information.
Amnesty volunteers would also be well-equipped to work on Human Rights in Country X articles (like Human rights in post-invasion Iraq), though these are also complex to write and don't get nearly as much traffic.
Volunteers looking for something simpler could just create stubs or add simple factual updates on individual cases (prisoners of conscience, human rights violators, etc.). These articles are usually out of date despite topping the search engines on their topic. It'd be a huge help! -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:07, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello everyone, thank you very much indeed for the comments above. These are most useful and will definitely help. I think my next step will be to speak with Amnesty again and see how we can move forward. I'm getting some off-wiki interest from other volunteers who are keen to help so let's see what we can make happen. Any suggestions on how we can get the ball rolling? Stevie Benton (WMUK) (talk) 14:52, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
As soon as possible in the conversation, ask them to donate one copyrighted media file which they own to Wikimedia Commons. This can be anything. If they can navigate their way through that discussion, then that means they have talked enough about Wikipedia to understand the concept of free content and the nature of the Internet. If they halt at this, then it will be the first of many barriers. Getting more content is not a priority, because if they can donate one file, editathons and the rest will go a lot more smoothly. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:49, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Blue that donating media files would be the #1 thing they could do (and the most logical place to start). It would be terrific to illustrate articles on people like Filep Karma that Amnesty has designated high priority cases, and the organization also often has pictures of protests, police attacks, their award winners, etc. on its website. I realize they don't own all of these images, but they surely at least own some, and in other cases, could speak to those who do. Putting these on the Commons would be a win for them (these stories are much more sympathetic with pictures) and a win for us.
If they're interested in helping with content-writing, we could match a few volunteers on Amnesty's end with experienced editors and each work through a relevant article together--either creating a new one or editing/updating an existing one. I'd be glad to do this, and Crisco 1492 said he might help, too. Once they've seen the basic policies in practice, Amnesty volunteers can decide where they want to go from there (editathons, a Wikipedian-in-residence, assigning different articles to different local groups to create or update?). They might also consider naming one of their people as a liaison who could have a wiki-presence and coordinate their volunteers, as well as field questions, requests, or complaints from the community. -- Khazar2 (talk) 02:08, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
Stevie, here's two concrete examples of the kind of low-level content Amnesty volunteers could really help with. Amnesty's sent out at least two actions on Iranian death row prisoner Reyhaneh Jabbari; our current article on her is ungrammatical and difficult to read (probably by an ESL author), and has few citations despite the recent press interest (CNN, BBC, etc.). Another Amnesty action was on the murder of Honduras campesino activist Margarita Murillo, which appears to have dozens or even hundreds of reliable sources about it (many in Spanish, but some in English), but on whom we still don't have an article. Amnesty volunteers could write basic articles like these without much effort, and it'd be a win for both Amnesty and Wikipedia to have this information out there. -- Khazar2 (talk) 15:12, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
  • ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── As Khazar mentioned, I'd be happy to help with this worthy project (particularly if there are any Amnesty editors who want to work on Indonesia-related topics). There are important issues that are too often overlooked on Wikipedia, even more so since K retired. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:23, 6 October 2014 (UTC)


Good people I need your advice. I do not really know what I am doing here so please be patient. If I wish to use printed matter from these pages as an introduction to a book that I am writing how do I go about asking authority to do so — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:44, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Children's rights project[edit]

There doesn't appear to be a WikiProject addressing children's rights directly. Can anyone point me to a discussion of the pros and cons of having a separate project for this topic? Hipersons (talk) 14:15, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Hipersons You could read both the project page and discussion archives of the Wikipedia:WikiProject Council to learn about making WikiProjects, but I can help you make a decision here. The pros of setting up a WikiProject are having a private community space to talk and more importantly, having easier access to automated tools to help a community manage a large number of articles. If you personally know at least 5 really dedicated volunteers who are familiar with 50+ articles in a field collectively then that might be a reason to start a WikiProject. Cons of starting a WikiProject are that it immediately isolates a community from existing communities at similar WikiProjects, because when a WikiProject starts that means that discussions there will not happen elsewhere. For someone not familiar with WikiProject setup and tools it takes 10-15 hours to setup automated tools to get benefits people usually want.
All this said, Wikipedia is consistently one of the most consulted sources of information on most topics and is the most consulted source of information on many topics. I am here to share health content. If you want to see how WikiProjects work, consider taking on a single issue at the intersection of children's rights and health and bring your ideas to WikiProject Medicine, where you will find as active of a community as you can expect on Wikipedia. Based on what you see there, then think about what it would mean for you to start a new community. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:03, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Child Work and Child labour[edit]

Dear human rights experts: The old AfC draft linked above seems to be about the same topic as the mainspace article, just with a slightly different name. Is there any information or sources in the draft which could be used to improve the mainspace article? If so, the useful content could be merged, and the draft moved to mainspace as a redirect. —Anne Delong (talk) 22:03, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Expanding and reorganizing Social cleansing[edit]

Hello! I am a student at Rice University completing coursework for my Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities minor. I hope to majorly expand and reorganize the existing page on social cleansing.

I have found that the description of the issue is extremely limited, as the article is a stub rated start-class by 6 different WikiProjects. I would like to expand the introduction and definition to more comprehensively cover the issue as it has been explained by scholars and also provide a brief history on the development of the term and the phenomenon. I would additionally like to completely reorganize the article by continent instead of country, as I see a lot of similarities in social cleansing in the countries already discussed. I intend to provide scholarly sources from journals and reports from human rights commissions.

Though this article is rated mid-importance within WikiProject Human rights, it is very limited in information. I am greatly looking forward to expanding its scope. Since the talk page on this article has been minimal since 2009, I would really appreciate feedback and suggestions as I plan to edit this page. Rgalts (talk) 06:57, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Rice University class projects[edit]

Revisions to Child labour in Bangladesh article[edit]

I am planning on editing and restructuring the current Child labour in Bangladesh article. It belongs in the scope of WikiProject Human rights but has yet to receive a quality or importance rating. I hope that my edits will bring up both the quality and importance of this article. It is currently lacking in depth of content and scholarly sources. I plan to increase coverage of this topic by adding material through citing reputable resources such as published books and papers, articles from academic journals, and government statistics.

I plan on adding a "Definitions" section and a "Initiatives against Child Labor" section to provide a more comprehensive and holistic coverage of the topic. I also plan on restructuring the existing "Prevalence and Impact" section by splitting it into two sections: "Causes" and "Prevalence and Impact". The causes section will focus on main causes of child labor while the prevalence and impact section will focus on different industries using child labor in Bangladesh.

If anyone is interested in the exploitation of child labor in Bangladesh as a human rights issue, I would appreciate any and all feedback or comments on the best ways to improve this article. I would love references to even more scholarly sources pertaining to the topic. Thank you. Aaie21 (talk) 03:34, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Revising Human Trafficking in China Wiki Article[edit]

I am a student from Rice University in Houston, TX, and I am looking forward to extensively editing the page on Human trafficking in the People's Republic of China as part of a Wikipedia project for my Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities class. I would like to revise the current page and bring it to a “Good Rating” by adding new information, restructuring the article, and condensing current information. The page lacks adequate references and derives most of its information from a single source. The banner of the page lists multiple issues such as compromised neutrality, lack of links to other articles, and reliance upon a single source. I would like to condense the information on the current page and add new sections/topics that help to create a more cohesive and encyclopedic entry on human trafficking in China.

I would appreciate any input in deleting and restructuring information on the page, especially since this is an article that is listed as biased. I would like any advice on approaching the topic of editing this page and would be more than welcome to any feedback since this is my first time working with Wikipedia. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns before I start my project and edit the page.

Dwang41 (talk) 03:44, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Addition of Sexual Violence in Finland to WikiProject Human Rights[edit]

I am a student at Rice University and I am currently planning on creating a new article on Sexual Violence in Finland. I think it is a subject that would fall within the WikiProject Human Rights, especially since similar articles such as Sexual Violence in South Africa and Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are both apart of this WikiProject. Sexual violence is also obviously an important subject that clearly violates human rights. I am interested in making this article as good as possible, and would gladly receive any suggestions and advice on the matter. Thanks! AAla-Seppälä (talk) 22:51, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Addition of a Migrant Education page[edit]

I am a student at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and as part of a school project, I am planning to add a Wikipedia page on migrant education. I believe this article fits under the Human Rights WikiProject because education is a human right and critical component to mitigating inequalities in society. I propose writing this article because the often-temporary nature of migrant labor has serious consequences on educational attainment and success. In this article I will discuss the current issues that migrant workers and their families face achieving educational success, the related government policies surrounding migrant education, and the current ideas of how to move forward and improve it. I will mainly focus on the United States, but will also add a section that touches on migrant education in different countries. In the section “current issues,” I will discuss the general problems migrants face in education (such as language barriers, poverty, etc.). After this section, I will talk about the history of migrant education in the US, focusing on the 20th century and leading up to the modern day. After briefly explaining the historical trends of migration within the United States, I will address the different problems and solutions that have been tried through the past decades. After laying out this history of migrant education within the United States, I will go into detail on current and related policies and regulations in other regions of the world. Finally, I would like to discuss the different opinions on how to improve the availability and success of migrant families’ educational experiences. I will approach this from two angles by first discussing ideas for policy changes and governmental action and then by discussing the involvement of NGOs and other non-profit organizations.

Sources: I plan to use scholarly articles from Journals such as the International Journal of Educational Development and the Journal of Latinos and Education. I will also draw on publications such as Scholars in the Field: The Challenges of Migrant Education, and Migrant education: thirty years of success, but challenges remain.

Any advice on how to improve this page would be much appreciated! Thanks!

CamilaKennedy (talk) 00:05, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Addition of a Homelessness among LGBT Youth in the United States article[edit]

Hello! My name is Magen, and as an educational project for an upper-level course at Rice University, I am planning to create a new article titled "Homelessness among LGBT Youth in the United States." I also plan to provide a very brief summary of this topic on the "Homelessness in the United States" page that links to this new article. The new article will draw upon scholarly research (e.g. The American Journal of Public Health, University of Brighton, The Journal of Law in Society, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, etc.) as well as task force project papers (e.g. from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and the California Homeless Youth Project) to thoroughly detail the overrepresentation of LGBT individuals among homeless youth in the United States, proposed explanations for this imbalance, nonprofits, activists and federal policies/projects related this issue, as well as the plethora of research on how certain factors like substance abuse, access to shelters, violence, etc. affect homeless LGBT youth differently than their heterosexual counterparts. I believe it is very important to create this page as soon as possible because although it is a highly prevalent issue violating the human rights of LGBT individuals, I currently cannot find any information on Wikipedia related to this topic. Especially since this is my first contribution to Wikipedia, I would welcome any advice, ideas, expertise or suggestions. Thank you so much! I look forward to working on this project. Magenstat (talk) 01:25, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Discussion with all class participants[edit]

Hello Aaie21 and Dwang41. Are you two in a class together? Thanks for looking at these concepts. Here is some general advice:
  • It is usually not best to plan what you are going to do with a Wikipedia article. Unlike probably every essay you have written for class, when doing pure research as for Wikipedia, you can only write about what you find in published sources. You might be surprised to find that published sources do not cover what you expect. My recommendation is to jump into the literature without many expectations and find some papers that you feel are well-written and interesting, even if you did not expect them. Plan to write based on your source, rather than planning to find a source based on what you think you will write.
  • Among sources, overarching reviews of other research are the most reliable sources of information.
  • Post something to Wikipedia ASAP instead of polishing your work and posting at the end. It is entirely fine to add interesting sentences one at a time. You cannot harm Wikipedia.
  • To minimize confusion and maximize clarity, put a citation after every sentence you post. All information on Wikipedia should be verifiable. Using so many citations is not required if sources are clear, but for new editors it is easy and doing this is never wrong.
Thanks for checking in. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:42, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
AAla-Seppälä CamilaKennedy Magenstat Thanks for posting, guys. I have the same suggestions for you that I have for your peers. In literature of research, you are restrained in what you can write because you are restricted from persuading your readers of anything which you fail to find in the literature. When planning what you want to do on Wikipedia, share a source that you have already found and say, "This source is about XXX, and I plan to summarize its findings." If you have preconceived expectations, you may be tempted to use low-quality sources to prove yourself correct. Instead, just find the best sources you can regardless of their conclusions and report those. Good luck and thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:23, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

All-China Women's Federation[edit]

Hello WikiProject Human rights members. Shelby McPherson nominated the article All-China Women's Federation here, but she is inactive as you see here. Could anyone step in and make this article GA? Cheers! Brandon (MrWooHoo)Talk to Brandon! 21:59, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Articles related to Human Rights and Labor Conditions in Dubai and UAE that need improvement[edit]

Please join me in contributing to articles related to human rights and labor conditions in the UAE and Dubai. OR drohowa (talk) 23:24, 24 October 2014 (UTC) Some potential articles:

Magna Carta[edit]

This article from the Observer points out that it will be the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta next year (15 June 2015) and suggests there will be various TV and radio programmes (and books etc) to coincide with the significant date. I note this article regularly gets 150,000+ page views per month and this is likely to increase. Would it be worth trying to get a collaboration going to get it to at least GA or even FA standard before the anniversary?— Rod talk 18:51, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Rodw I would wish you good luck if you did. I agree with you that this is a very popular article and that its popularity is likely to increase a lot. This might be high-profile enough that Wikimedia UK would like to help. It would not hurt to ask them. On English Wikipedia, I cannot think of any particular place where you could easily coordinate collaborators for a project like this, but if you ask around you may find support. It sounds like a good idea to me and I expect the idea would appeal to many people who hear it. I regret that I am unable to offer much support other than encouragement. Thanks for sharing a good proposal. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:00, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Please review Hitachi Magic Wand[edit]

As part of a Quality improvement project, I've recently put the article Hitachi Magic Wand up for Peer Review.

Participation would be appreciated, at Wikipedia:Peer review/Hitachi Magic Wand/archive1. — Cirt (talk) 06:20, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Today's Featured Article candidate[edit]

I've nominated an article related to Women's rights for Today's Featured Article candidacy, please see discussion at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/Irreplaceable. — Cirt (talk) 21:29, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel[edit]

I've started a new article on the book by Janice DickinsonNo Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel.

Feel free to help out with additional secondary sources, and/or chip in with collaborative discussion at Talk:No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel.

Thank you, — Cirt (talk) 06:39, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Article up for deletion[edit]

The Hands Up United article under the scope of this project is currently up for deletion. Discussion here: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hands Up United - Hmlarson (talk) 19:15, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

RfC United States same-sex marriage map[edit]

I opened up an RfC for the U.S. same-sex marriage map due to the complicated situation of Kansas: RfC: How should we color Kansas?. Prcc27 (talk) 04:40, 9 December 2014 (UTC)