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…

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…

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/

Civil Society Groups Seek Urgent UN Action on Yemen

More Than 60 Groups Urge General Assembly to Establish New Investigative Mechanism The United Nations General Assembly should act swiftly to establish an investigative mechanism to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in Yemen, a coalition of more than 60 organizations said…

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions Mark Burrows (Nottingham, UK) / shutterstock From power plants to coffee cups or your childhood home, everything that makes up the economy has a life expectancy. Much of what we make and consume lasts just weeks, months or years. However, lots of…

How plankton helped create the Earth’s mountains 2 billion years ago

How plankton helped create the Earth’s mountains 2 billion years ago The Himalayas. Liudmila Kotvictchkaia/Shutterstock A world without the great mountain ranges – the Himalayas, the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes – is unimaginable, but they were not always a part of the Earth’s geography. Mountains didn’t start forming widely…

COP26 is over – here’s how the UK can keep up momentum on climate action

COP26 is over – here’s how the UK can keep up momentum on climate action Toby Parkes/Shutterstock The Glasgow climate pact is sealed and COP26 is fading into memory. The UK’s presidency of the 26th UN climate change summit yielded mixed results, from the first mention of fossil fuels in…

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