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The Challenges of Transforming Food Systems in a Global, Human Security Context

Please respond to a 60 sec survery after watching – Click here to take survey The running order for the video is as follows: Part 1. Why 1945?: 0 – 2 minutes 45 seconds Part 2. Proxy wars to the end of the cold war: 2 min 45 sec – 5 min 42…

Pakistan: Family of enforced disappearance victim Idris Khattak must be given clarity

Responding to reports that human rights defender Idris Khattak, who was forcibly disappeared by Pakistan’s authorities more than two years ago, has been declared guilty of treason under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and faces a 14-year prison sentence, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana Amnesty International’s Deputy South Asia Director, said: “Idris Khattak’s…

European and US Right groups backed El Salvador criminalising abortion – and lost

In a case at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, European groups supported criminalising women who had obstetric emergencies Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/europe-us-right-groups-elsalvador-criminalising-abortion/

​​As abortion comes under threat, are contraception and LGBTQ rights next?

The Supreme Court is likely to overturn the landmark ruling that guarantees the right to abortion in the US. Here’s why – and what might happen next Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/roewade-abortion-mississippi-court/

DRC-Uganda: Civilians must be protected during joint military operations

As the governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launch a joint military operation against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels, following recent attacks in Uganda attributed to this group, Amnesty International is calling on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and adherence to…

Government must back UK train travel or risk long-term retreat to cars

Government must back UK train travel or risk long-term retreat to cars Jon Fitton/Shutterstock There’s no doubt that the UK’s railways have been hit hard by the pandemic. Recent figures from the Office of Rail and Road show a huge drop in passenger numbers, from April 2020 to March 2021.…

Croatia: Damning new report slams systematic police abuses at country’s borders

Croatian authorities have consistently assaulted refugees and migrants and denied them access to asylum, in contravention of European and International law, said Amnesty International, in response to a damning report released by the Council of Europe’s Committee on Prevention of Torture (CPT) today. The CPT’s report on the treatment of…

Lebanon: Syrian Refugee Children Blocked from School

Click to expand Image Fewer than half of the school-age refugee children in Lebanon are in formal education. (Beirut) – Lebanon’s Education Ministry should extend the December 4, 2021, school registration deadline for Syrian children and end policies that are blocking Syrian refugee children’s access to education, Human Rights Watch…

EU: Sanction NSO Group Over Abusive Spyware

Click to expand Image A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, August 24, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File (Brussels) – The European Union should adopt targeted sanctions against NSO Group, the Israel-based company that…

Livestreamed Hearing Monday: EFF Urges Appeals Court to Allow Public Access to Documents in Patent Troll Litigation

Uniloc Improperly Hiding Documents WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Monday, December 6, at 10 am ET, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), standing up for public access to courts and transparency in patent litigation, will urge a panel of judges to unseal documents that a notorious patent troll is trying to hide. At…

January 6 Commission Votes to Forward Contempt Charges for Trump DOJ Official

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack has voted to forward contempt charges for Jeffrey Clark, a former Trump-era Department of Justice (DOJ) official who has refused to comply with the committee’s subpoena requests. When Clark appeared before the January 6 commission in early November, he refused…

Poll Finds Most Young Americans Say US Democracy Is “In Trouble” Or “Failed”

As the U.S. faces converging existential issues perpetuated largely by establishment politicians and the right wing, new polling released on Monday finds that a majority of young Americans believe that U.S. democracy is on the brink of failure — or that it has already failed. The poll surveyed 2,109 Americans,…

Tory minister says transparency laws are ‘malign’

Lord Callanan accused the public of having ‘forms set up on their word processors’ to submit FOI requests ‘with gay abandon’ Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/freedom-of-information/tory-minister-says-transparency-laws-are-malign/

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