Domestic workers in Pakistan unprotected from exploitation

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are over 8.5 million domestic workers in Pakistan and most of them are women and children. Most are not registered by the state as they are hired through informal arrangements which means that even current legal protection for domestic workers, which advocates claim is weak at best, is not available to the majority. Local activists report widespread abuse of domestic workers behind closed doors fueled by prejudice and lack of institutional protection for domestic workers. The Christian Science Monitor reports, Elaine Alam, secretary general of FACES Pakistan, a nonprofit rights group, says…

The Federal Circuit Has Another Chance to Get it Right on Software Copyright

When it comes to software, it seems that no matter how many times a company loses on a clearly wrong copyright claim, it will soldier on—especially if it can find a path to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Federal Circuit is supposed to be almost entirely focused on patent cases, but a party can make sure its copyright claims are heard there too by simply including patent claims early in the litigation, and then dropping them later. In SAS v. WPL, that tactic means that a legal theory on software copyrightability that has lost in…

EFF to Council of Europe: Flawed Cross Border Police Surveillance Treaty Needs Fixing—Here Are Our Recommendations to Strengthen Privacy and Data Protections Across the World

EFF has joined European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and other civil society organizations in recommending 20 solid, comprehensive steps to strengthen human rights protections in the new cross border surveillance draft treaty that is under review by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The recommendations aim to ensure that the draft treaty, which grants broad, intrusive police powers to access user information in criminal cross border investigations, contains a robust baseline to safeguard privacy and data protection. From requiring law enforcement to garner independent judicial authorization as a…

Delivering reparatory justice means uprooting the legacies of colonialism

Reparations are not charity or aid – but an acknowledgment of responsibility by industrialised nations that they should pay their just dues Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/delivering-reparatory-justice-means-uprooting-legacies-colonialism/

Rebel Daily 5: Night at the Science Museum

It’s been another rollicking two days over the bank holiday weekend. We’ve seen a two-pronged truth-offensive on the Science Museum, a mass-disruption at St Paul’s, the kick-off of Football Rebellion, and a poignant collaboration with a major Chinese climate striker. As befits a movement, we’ve also been moving in large numbers: we joined Animal Rebellion at the national animal rights march; XR Unify hosted a vibrant carnival; and a Global Majority-led Crises rally connected with the local Brixton community. Today – as Hurricane Ida strikes New Orleans – we’re entering our second week in active rebellion. But it’s a marathon…

Will hate crimes make Canada a less attractive destination for immigrants?

Canada has long claimed to be a global defender of human rights, but it has not always been welcoming towards immigrants from East and Southeast Asia Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/pandemic-border/will-hate-crimes-make-canada-less-attractive-destination-immigrants/

Pakistan: Authorities must deliver on pledge to end cruelty of enforced disappearances

Pakistan’s authorities must deliver long-promised reform to end state-sanctioned enforced disappearances and finally bring the country in line with international human rights law and standards, said Amnesty International, on the UN’s International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearance.  A proposed amendment bill to the Pakistan Criminal Penal Code to outlaw the practice – in which the state denies holding an individual or refuses to provide information on their fate or whereabouts, has remained pending for more than two and a half years. Enforced disappearances have been routinely used as a tool by Pakistan’s intelligence services since the inception of the…

IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE: XR Scientists, Youth, Families and Communities lead in an occupation of the Science Museum and blockade of Cromwell Road

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone:  +447986671716 / +4477561098449 Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ImaginetheImpossible #ComeToTheTable #ActNow #ExtinctionRebellion At 6pm on Sunday August 29 around 100 people from Extinction Rebellion, including members of XR Youth, XR Scientists, XR Families and XR Communities occupied the science museum with the aim of preventing this iconic institution from opening its doors on the August Bank Holiday Monday. Inside the museum the group held a banner inside the Museum reading ‘IMAGINE A FOSSIL FUEL FREE MUSEUM’. Members of Extinction Rebellion also blocked the road near the Museum on Cromwell Road with banners reading ‘STOP THE…

Christian climate activists protest inside St Paul’s Cathedral to demand Church of England stops investing in fossil fuels

Sunday 29th August: Sixteen members of Christian Climate Action, including several clergy members, today staged a protest inside St Paul’s Cathedral to demand the Church of England divest from fossil fuels. [1] Immediately following Communion at a Eucharist service, the group processed to the altar and, facing the congregation, held up banners that read: ‘No Faith in Fossil Fuels’ and ‘Churches Divest Now’. Christian Climate Action is demanding the Church makes an immediate pledge to end all investment in fossil fuel companies and completes that divestment by 31st December 2021. The CCA is also asking the Church to speak out…

Extinction Rebellion organises football matches to highlight the relationship between our national sport and the climate crisis

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +447901916489Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow Timetable: 14:00 Fulham FC, 15:30  Trafalgar Square, 16:30 Location TBC Commencing with a 2pm kick-off this Saturday at Fulham Football Club, football fans and environmental activists host ‘pop-up’ football matches on the streets of London to raise awareness of the relationship between football and the climate crisis. According to a report from the Rapid Transition Alliance, a quarter of English Football Stadiums ‘Unplayable’ by 2050 due to climate change. [1] This action is aimed at engaging football fans by highlighting the clubs, including Fulham FC, that will…

Apple’s Plan to Scan Photos in Messages Turns Young People Into Privacy Pawns

This month, Apple announced several new features under the auspices of expanding its protections for young people, at least two of which seriously walk back the company’s longstanding commitment to protecting user privacy. One of the plans—scanning photos sent to and from child accounts in Messages—breaks Apple’s promise to offer end-to-end encryption in messaging. And when such promises are broken, it inevitably opens the door to other harms; that’s what makes breaking encryption so insidious.  Apple’s goals are laudable: protecting children from strangers who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limiting the spread of child sexual abuse…

Fracking and poorer surface water quality link established – new research

Fracking and poorer surface water quality link established – new research During fracking, water is mixed with fluids and injected into the ground. Wikimedia Commons Fracking – hailed by some as the greatest recent advance in energy production, criticised by others for the threat it poses to local life – continues to divide opinion. The term fracking refers to the high-pressure injection of water mixed with fluid chemical additives – including friction reducers, gels and acids – and “propping agents” such as sand to create fractures in deep rock formations such as shale, allowing oil or gas to flow out.…