Voices from Vanuatu: life on the climate crisis frontline

South Pacific country is one of the most at risk from climate change, and is fighting for climate justice Source: OpenDemocracy: Voices from Vanuatu: life on the climate crisis frontline

The UK urgently needs to cut its methane emissions by 2030: cows and sheep hold the key to success

The UK urgently needs to cut its methane emissions by 2030: cows and sheep hold the key to success Cow burps are a major contributor to methane emissions. Shutterstock When it comes to climate change, the focus tends to be on carbon dioxide. But hot on its heels is methane (CH₄), the second most important greenhouse gas contributing to the climate emergency. The UK, along with more than 100 other countries, made a pledge at the 2021 COP26 meeting in Glasgow to cut global methane emissions by at least 30% from their 2020 level by 2030. If achieved, that would…

Zimbabwe: Allow legal representatives access to opposition politicians while in detention 

Amnesty International Zimbabwe has been following closely the case of  Job Sikhala, chairman of Citizens Coalition for Change, and Godfrey Sithole, MP for Chitungwiza North, both of whom are facing charges of inciting violence after attending the funeral of Moreblessing Ali. The two remain in detention and have been denied bail by the magistrate court. Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa, said: The continued detention of Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole and the denial of their lawyers access is an absolute travesty of justice Muleya Mwananyanda, Deputy Director for Southern Africa “The continued detention of Job Sikhala…

Extinction Rebellion targets Vanguard – and wins!

June was a huge success for Extinction Rebellion groups standing up to corporate lies and greenwash in the investment industry. On the first day of Vanguard Asset Managements UK ‘Sustainable Life’ roadshow, XR disrupted the conference in Glasgow, resulting in Vanguard cancelling the whole UK tour and moving it online. Concerned over further humiliation, company heads even admitted in an online meeting after the action that XR was the reason they had decided to move online. Result! For those that don’t know Vanguard, the company is one of the world’s biggest funders of climate destruction. Its investments in climate misery…

Syria: Non-renewal of last aid corridor risks humanitarian catastrophe for millions

The United Nations Security Council members must extend the cross-border resolution that allows the UN to deliver aid to at least 4 million residents and internally displaced people (IDPs) in north-west Syria before it expires on 10 July, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, ‘Unbearable living conditions’: Inadequate access to economic and social rights in displacement camps in north-west Syria, Amnesty International details how, as a consequence of the Syrian government’s denial or obstruction of displaced people’s access to economic and social rights, IDPs living in dire conditions in camps are extremely vulnerable and entirely dependent on international…

South Sudan: Fulfil past Universal Periodic Review commitment to develop a human rights agenda and action plan

Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) today, Amnesty International welcomed South Sudan’s support for 210 out of 246 recommendations made during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The organization regrets, however, that the country has not implemented its commitment from its previous review in 2016 to develop a human rights agenda and action plan. It is evident from this third UPR that South Sudan is still struggling to respect, protect and fulfil its human rights Sarah Jackson, Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes “It is evident from this third UPR that South…

French minister leaves Macron’s government after rape allegations

Damien Abad denies allegations but steps down saying he wants to ‘defend himself without hindering government’ Source: OpenDemocracy: French minister leaves Macron’s government after rape allegations

Largest US Nursing Union Calls for Ending Filibuster to Codify Abortion Rights

"Nurses understand that abortion is an essential part of health care," officials from National Nurses United said.

Uzbekistan: End use of unlawful force against Karakalpakstan protesters

Responding to reports of use of unlawful force in Nukus, which left at least 18 protesters dead following a demonstration against a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would strip away Karakalpakstan’s autonomy within Uzbekistan, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, said: “The images we saw last weekend on social media, which showed brutally injured protesters and what looks like blood on the streets, were truly shocking. The authorities must urgently disclose exactly what happened in Nukus, order an impartial, independent and thorough investigation into the use of force against protesters, and ensure those responsible face…

Stalemate between Putin and NATO in Ukraine puts us all at risk

As NATO-backed pressure mounts on Russia’s troops, so too does the risk from weapons of mass destruction Source: OpenDemocracy: Stalemate between Putin and NATO in Ukraine puts us all at risk

On the Fourth of July, it’s hard to love the current version of America

The US mix of patriotism and right-wing Christianity is toxic and hateful. We can – and must – do better Source: OpenDemocracy: On the Fourth of July, it’s hard to love the current version of America

Events like Italian glacier collapse likely to increase as planet heats

Analysis: Effects of climate change already affecting mountaineering beyond deadly glacier collapse on MarmoladaFull story: search resumes for missing hikersEvents like the collapse of a glacier on the Marmolada mountain, which has killed at least seven people, are likely to become more common as the planet heats, according to scientists who spend their life scrutinising the ice on mountains.With this particular glacier, experts have pointed to the scorching heatwave in Italy as a factor, as it is likely to have melted large amounts of ice. Continue reading...

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