California’s trafficking survivors struggle to find jobs — a new bill aims to help

Arien Garcia applied for a job at “every McDonald’s and Taco Bell in Fresno and in Clovis,” even going for an interview at Subway on Christmas Eve. Each time, she was turned down. Garcia, like many survivors of human trafficking, have criminal records — charged for crimes during their exploitation.…

Poland: Council of Europe condemns failure to combat violence against women

Following today’s publication of a damning new Council of Europe report which finds that Poland is failing to adequately prevent and combat violence against women and girls, Amnesty International’s Senior Women’s Rights Campaigner in Europe, Monica Costa Riba said: “This report confirms what women and girls in Poland know all…

The Catalog of Carceral Surveillance: Patents Aren't Products (Yet)

In EFF’s Catalog of Carceral Surveillance, we explore patents filed by or awarded to prison communication technology companies Securus and Global Tel*Link in the past five years. The dystopian technology the patents describe are exploitative and dehumanizing. And if the companies transformed their patents into real products, the technology would…

USA: Federal and state lawmakers must protect access to abortion after extreme ban in Texas

The US Congress must protect access to abortion in federal law, while lawmakers in Texas must repeal the extreme abortion ban (Texas law SB8) that will have a devastating impact on the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women and girls, and other people who can get pregnant…

Texas’ Social Media Law is Not the Solution to Censorship

The big-name social media companies have all done a rather atrocious job of moderating user speech on their platforms. However, much like Florida’s similarly unconstitutional attempt to address the issue (S.B. 7072), Texas’ recently enacted H.B. 20 would make the matter worse for Texans and everyone else. Signed into law by Governor Abbott last week, the…

How a new app helps fishing boats avoid endangered species

How a new app helps fishing boats avoid endangered species A blue fishing trawler off the coast of Ullapool. The discarding of fish at sea – known as “bycatch” – happens when fish have no commercial value or annual quotas for a commercial species are limited. It is widely regarded…

One-third of the world’s tree species are threatened with extinction – here are five of them

One-third of the world’s tree species are threatened with extinction – here are five of them _Shorea smithiana_, a rainforest tree vulnerable to habitat loss. Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia. David Bartholomew, Author provided One in three of the world’s tree species are at risk of becoming extinct, according to a recent…

The UK government has ended Palantir’s NHS data deal. But the fight isn’t over

After two legal cases initiated by openDemocracy and Foxglove, the government has scrapped its contract with the ‘spy tech’ firm. But bigger battles over the NHS’s future await Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/the-uk-government-has-ended-palantirs-nhs-data-deal-but-the-fight-isnt-over/

Iran: A decade of deaths in custody unpunished amid systemic impunity for torture

Iranian authorities have failed to provide accountability for at least 72 deaths in custody since January 2010, despite credible reports that they resulted from torture or other ill-treatment or the lethal use of firearms and tear gas by officials, said Amnesty International following yesterday’s reports of yet another suspicious death…

Australia badly needs a plan to make refugee settlement work

Pandemic has highlighted government shortcomings on regional integration, racism and suitable working visas for new arrivals Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/pandemic-border/australia-badly-needs-plan-make-refugee-settlement-work/

‘Prison, economic ruin, repression and exile’: the price Nicaragua’s health workers pay for doing their jobs

One morning in August 2014, Dr. Richard Saenz Coen received a phone call from Nicaragua’s Minister of Health. She needed a highly qualified gynecologist to perform a caesarian on a woman in labor, immediately. Dr. Saenz was escorted to a public hospital and found the premises practically empty, closed off…

EFF and Allies Urge Council of Europe to Add Strong Human Rights Safeguards Before Final Adoption of Flawed Cross Border Surveillance Treaty

EFF, European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and other civil society organizations have worked closely on recommendations to strengthen human rights protections in a flawed international cross border police surveillance treaty drafted by the Council of Europe (CoE). At a virtual hearing…

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