Raisi’s first 100 days: a bad omen for what lies ahead for Iran

Hopes for a better future for Iran, amid resumption of talks on the nuclear deal, seem slim while the regime remains mired in its tired old theocratic ways Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/raisis-first-100-days-a-bad-omen-for-what-lies-ahead-for-iran/

Pakistan: New briefing documents far-reaching impact of enforced disappearance on families of the vanished

The Pakistani authorities must end their abhorrent use of enforced disappearance, said Amnesty International, in a new briefing today detailing the practice’s devastating impact on the families of those vanished.  The briefing, Living Ghosts, documents how enforced disappearance–a crime under international law in which state agents deny holding an individual or refuse to…

U.K. sourced PPE from a supplier accused of forced labor

The United Kingdom will investigate claims that personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by the National Health Service staff during the pandemic was made with forced labor.   The Department for Business Energy and Industrials Strategy (BEIS) is looking into Supermax, a Malaysian company that won a £316m contract (approximately $420m) for 88.5m rubber gloves at the beginning of the pandemic.   Workers at Supermax have accused…

WE WILL NOT BE BYSTANDERS: More than 100 people break National Highway’s injunction on Lambeth Bridge

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone:+447986671716 / +447561098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #RebelforLife BREAKING: This afternoon, over a hundred people have sat down on Lambeth Bridge to break the National Highways super injunction in solidarity with the at least 34 people who have broken these injunctions so far, 9…

Why the UK Left is wrong to be so dismissive of non-violent struggle

It’s become fashionable to dismiss peaceful forms of resistance to injustice – but the evidence suggests they should be taken seriously Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/why-the-uk-left-is-wrong-to-be-so-dismissive-of-non-violent-struggle/

Digital Rights Updates with EFFector 33.7

Want the latest news on your digital rights? Then you’ve come to the right place! Version 33, issue 7 of EFFector, our monthly-ish newsletter, is out now! Catch up on the latest EFF news, from how Apple is listening and retracting some of its phone-scanning features to how Congress can…

Priti Patel’s new bill won’t fix ‘toxic’ UK asylum system, says inspector

Home Office slammed for abusive culture and poor decision-making as staff claim they are told to ‘focus on numbers, not people’ Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/priti-patels-new-bill-wont-fix-toxic-uk-asylum-system-says-inspector/

Lorry-driver shortages: how retailers are starting to move more goods by train

Lorry-driver shortages: how retailers are starting to move more goods by train Kev Gregory/Shutterstock The UK economy has been reliant on carrying goods by road for decades. In recent months a lack of HGV drivers has been one of the main reasons for food shortages on supermarket shelves. Estimates suggest…

Colombia: Only a robust and coordinated state response will resolve the situation of grave risk faced by human rights defenders

Colombia has failed to comply with its international obligation to guarantee a safe and enabling space for the defence of human rights in the country, but today it has the opportunity to change this, Amnesty International said at a public hearing in Congress on the situation of human rights defenders…

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage People living in British Columbia will feel like they have had more than their fair share of climate disasters in 2021. After a record-breaking heatwave in June, the state in western Canada has been inundated…

Qatar: Ensure fair trial for Abdullah Ibhais

Abdullah Ibhais, the former communications director for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, is today entering his fifth day of hunger strike after being arrested and arbitrarily detained on 15 November.   Abdullah’s case has been fraught with fair trial violations, and he is…

Write for Rights: World’s biggest human rights campaign marks 20th birthday

Amnesty International’s record-breaking Write for Rights campaign launches today, marking 20 years of the global letter-writing drive. Since 2001, the organization has collected millions of messages written in support of people who are unjustly detained or persecuted, and Write for Rights has become the world’s biggest human rights event. This year,…

Translate »