Belarus: Whereabouts of prisoner of conscience Mariya Kalesnikava must be disclosed amid reports of hospitalization

Responding to reports that imprisoned opposition figure Mariya Kalesnikava has been rushed to intensive care from her ‘punishment cell’ to undergo surgery, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Marie Struthers, said: “The Belarusian authorities must immediately disclose all information regarding Maryia Kalesnikava’s condition, whether her life is in danger, and her whereabouts. The secrecy that surrounds prisoners in Belarus is unacceptable. This situation once again demonstrates what a cruel and impenetrable system Aliaksandr Lukashenka has built in his efforts to punish those who dare to dissent or challenge his rule.” “Lukashenka’s government will not achieve its aim…

NDN Collective & Rewiring America Release IRA Memo for Tribes & Indigenous Communities

Rapid City – Today, as the White House Tribal Nations Summit begins, NDN Collective and Rewiring America released The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Investments for Tribal and Indigenous Communities. The memo outlines how the over $722 million directed specifically to Tribal and Indigenous communities through the IRA, as well as the additional $46 billion that Tribal and Indigenous communities… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective & Rewiring America Release IRA Memo for Tribes & Indigenous Communities

Trump Says He’s Been “Open” and “Transparent” Regarding Docs Kept at Mar-a-Lago

Trump kept government documents he took from the White House hidden at his Mar-a-Lago estate for over a year and a half.

The days of the hydrogen car are already over

The days of the hydrogen car are already over Hydrogen fuel cell cars emerged as an alternative to both the electric and combustion engine vehicle in the early 2000s. They were widely considered an avenue towards universal green motoring. Powered through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, the only tailpipe emission they produce is water. The technology also promised a traditional driving experience. Drivers can refuel at filling stations and the range of a hydrogen car is comparable to the combustion engine vehicle. Hydrogen vehicle technology also offered oil companies the opportunity to shift their operations towards the production…

Syria: Families of ‘disappeared’ deserve answers

United Nations member countries should establish an international, independent entity to track and identify those missing and disappeared since the start of the Syria crisis in 2011, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Syrian conflict has been marked by prolonged arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, and forced disappearance at the hands of all parties to the conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed the mechanism in a landmark report published in August 2022 on how to bolster efforts to address the thousands of detained and disappeared and provide support to their families. “The practice of “disappearing” people…

E.U. Due Diligence: We’re running out of time, but this could be a game changer

Photo credit: Philip Reynaers / Photonews / Justice is Everybody’s Business European leaders are deciding on game-changing rules to stop big business from getting away with exploiting people and destroying the planet. But big business is doing everything it can to keep getting its way.   As part of the Justice is Everybody’s Business campaign, we’re calling on you to remind our leaders who they’re working for and tell them to put people and planet before profits.  The E.U. Due Diligence Directive risks being seriously watered down At the moment, big business is getting away with all sorts of bad behavior: it can profit…

Protected: Hawai’i’s First Non-Violent Direct Action Camp: Ka Wai Ola a Kāne Launches in Nānākuli, Oahu

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below… Source Source: Full Article: Protected: Hawai’i’s First Non-Violent Direct Action Camp: Ka Wai Ola a Kāne Launches in Nānākuli, Oahu

Ukrainian Health Service ‘failing to pay nurses’ as Russia hits hospitals

Key workers told openDemocracy they are being paid months late or not in full due to a controversial healthcare reform

Heat pumps without home insulation could raise bills and overload the grid – here’s what the government can do

Heat pumps without home insulation could raise bills and overload the grid – here’s what the government can do Infrared imaging reveals where most heat is lost from a house. Ivan Smuk/Shutterstock The UK aims to replace 1.7 million gas boilers a year by the mid-2030s, as part of its plan to reach net zero. This will require rapidly scaling up the installation of heat pumps which can run on renewable electricity. Just 67,000 were installed in 2021. But without consistent action to improve home insulation, newly installed heat pumps could struggle to heat a building adequately, burden homes with…

Waste pickers risk their lives to stop plastic pollution – now they could help shape global recycling policies

Waste pickers risk their lives to stop plastic pollution – now they could help shape global recycling policies International waste pickers and allies visiting a sorting plant in Montevideo, Uruguay. Patrick O'Hare, Author provided Globally, waste pickers are responsible for collecting and recovering – from homes, businesses and landfills – up to 60% of all plastics which are then recycled. These workers do more than any other people to prevent plastic contaminating the environment, yet their work is rarely valued and they struggle to earn a decent living. Despite recycling the waste of others, waste pickers often lack waste collection…

Trump Says He’s Been “Open” and “Transparent” Regarding Docs Kept at Mar-a-Lago

Trump kept government documents he took from the White House hidden at his Mar-a-Lago estate for over a year and a half.

Qatar: Ongoing debate over migrant worker deaths exposes need for truth and compensation

Responding to comments made by the Secretary General of the Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, about migrant worker deaths during an interview with Piers Morgan, and a subsequent clarification of those comments issued by the Supreme Committee, Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice, said:   “The continued debate around the number of workers who have died in the preparation of the World Cup exposes the stark reality that so many bereaved families are still waiting for truth and justice.      “Over the last decade, thousands of workers have returned home in coffins, with no explanation given to their loved ones. Qatar’s extreme heat and gruelling working conditions are likely to have contributed to hundreds of…

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