Critical Awareness

  • Sri Lanka: Authorities must end violence and discrimination against Muslims
    Sri Lanka’s Muslim community has suffered consistent discrimination, harassment and violence since 2013, culminating in the adoption of government policies explicitly targeting the minority group, said Amnesty International, in a new report published today. From Burning Houses to Burning Bodies: Anti-Muslim Harassment, Discrimination and Violence in Sri Lanka, traces the development of anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri…
  • The Global North caused the climate crisis. Now is the time to pay its dues
    Extreme weather changes are causing havoc in African states such as Zambia but they can’t afford a Green New Deal without international support Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/the-global-north-caused-the-climate-crisis-now-is-the-time-to-pay-its-dues/
  • Daphne Caruana Galizia, my inspiration, four years on
    As we mark the fourth anniversary of the assassination of the formidable Maltese journalist, we must continue her fight for truth and justice Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/daphne-caruana-galizia-my-inspiration-four-years-on/
  • Flight of the Concord Drones
    This blog post was written by Kenny Gutierrez, EFF Bridge Fellow. The City Council of Concord, California, is tone deaf to community concerns regarding a proposed police Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS) system – commonly referred to as drones. In a city where the police department is responsible for nearly 60% of the city budget, this…
  • Seven ways to save lives on the frontline of the climate crisis
    Seven ways to save lives on the frontline of the climate crisis Women in an Indonesian village plan strategies for reconstruction after extreme weather. World Bank/Flickr Every year the lives of millions of people are destroyed by disasters, both caused and made worse by the climate crisis. From wildfires to droughts, rich and poor countries…
  • Canada: Stop Incarcerating Immigration Detainees in Provincial Jails
    National Campaign Urges Provinces to Cancel Contracts Enabling Abuses (Ottawa, October 14, 2021) – Provincial governments should sever their contracts to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails, where many experience abusive conditions, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in opening a joint national campaign, #WelcomeToCanada. While Canadian authorities have released significant numbers of people from immigration…
  • UK: Matt Hancock’s appointment as UN special envoy for Covid-19 recovery in Africa requires clear commitment to human rights and just recovery
    Responding to Matt Hancock MP’s appointment as UN special representative on financial innovation and climate change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, with a focus on helping Africa’s economy recover from Covid-19, Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, said: This appointment must result in Matt Hancock demonstrating meaningful commitment to the…
  • How making homes energy efficient could boost the economy and create jobs
    How making homes energy efficient could boost the economy and create jobs Brizmaker/Shutterstock Making homes and buildings energy efficient is a win-win for people and the planet. Homes with well-insulated walls and windows need to burn less gas in a boiler to keep warm, reducing household greenhouse gas emissions and energy bills. In a new…
  • Facebook Files: How a ban on surveillance advertising can fix Facebook
    by Alia Al Ghussain, Campaigner, Amnesty Tech  Facebook is engulfed in the biggest crisis to hit the company since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The explosive revelations by whistle-blower Frances Haugen, is that Facebook’s leadership refused to make changes that would make their platforms safer because they “put their immense profits before people”. The claims by…
  • Americas: Amnesty International launches five strategies for holding police to account
    To end the rampant impunity for human rights violations committed by police across many parts of Latin America and Caribbean, governments must address this as a structural issue, applying appropriate protocols for investigation, scrutinizing the role of commanding officers, and working with civil society to introduce effective and independent accountability mechanisms, Amnesty International said in…
  • Chile: Two years on from social unrest Amnesty International presents report on command responsibility to National Prosecutor’s Office
    In the context of the second anniversary of the social unrest in Chile, Amnesty International has submitted a report to the National Prosecutor’s Office compiling international standards on the criminal responsibility of Carabineros commanders in the context of the crimes committed during the response to the protests. “Two years ago, thousands of people in Chile…
  • Think you can’t change the world? You already have!
    Reading the news can be really depressing. Sometimes there seems to be so much wrong in the world, the idea of changing it for the better feels impossible. But as Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign shows, you can make a big difference by doing something ‘little’. Writing a letter, sending a Tweet, signing a…
  • California Activists Sue Marin County Sheriff for Illegally Sharing Drivers’ License Plate Data With ICE, CBP and Other Out-of-State Agencies
    Immigrants’ Privacy, Security Threatened by Sheriff’s Practice, Which Violates California Law San Francisco—Community activists in Northern California today sued Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle for illegally sharing millions of local drivers’ license plates and location data, captured by a network of cameras his office uses, with hundreds of federal and out-of-state agencies—a practice that violates…
  • Most businesses have already been hit by extreme weather, but still aren’t preparing for future climate disruption
    Most businesses have already been hit by extreme weather, but still aren’t preparing for future climate disruption Watching news reports of severe flooding in Europe, of devastating wildfires in the US, of melting ice caps at the poles, very few people now would deny that our climate is changing. The UK’s Environment Agency has just…
  • EU: Pegasus project prize win highlights importance of media freedom
    Spokespeople available  Responding to the news that the European Parliament’s Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism has been awarded to the Forbidden Stories Consortium, of which Amnesty International was the technical partner, for the Pegasus Project which exposed the systematic targeting of human rights activists, journalists and lawyers with surveillance software, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office said: “The…
  • Revealed: The tax avoider’s secret weapon
    The Pandora Papers show how the tax industry uses ‘special purpose vehicles’ to avoid stamp duty – despite repeated legislation to prevent this Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/revealed-the-tax-avoiders-secret-weapon/
  • The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it
    The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it Global plastic supply chains have been altered by COVID-19. Filmbetrachter/Pixabay The investor Warren Buffett once remarked that “only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked”. For the plastics recycling industry, the pandemic was a bit like the…
  • Can TikTok help young LGBT people in Togo find community?
    Social media has offered people around the world new spaces to express themselves and find allies. But anti-LGBT laws still instil fear French Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/tiktok-lgbt-togo-community/
  • Did democracy in Tunisia fail or did it never succeed?
    The appointment of the Arab world’s first woman prime minister in Tunisia cannot hide the country’s dismal economic reality and the reasons many are cheering President Kais Saied’s power grab Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/did-democracy-in-tunisia-fail-or-did-it-never-succeed/
  • Come Back with a Warrant: Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act
    We do not lose our constitutional rights at the border. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, believes you do. In fiscal year 2019 alone (before the pandemic curbed international travel), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted nearly 41,000 electronic device searches without seeking a warrant supported by probable cause of wrongdoing…
  • Energy price rises: tips on how to save money on your bills and be greener from an expert
    Energy price rises: tips on how to save money on your bills and be greener from an expert Turning down the heating just 1C in a room can produce significant savings, our energy expert says. Syda Productions/Shutterstock The price of gas and electricity has been increasing sharply on the back of energy shortages. This is…
  • Algeria: Dissolution of leading rights group RAJ a blow for freedoms
    Responding to today’s ruling by the Administrative Tribunal in Algiers accepting the government’s arbitrary request to dissolve the well-known Algerian civil society organization, the Youth Action Rally (Rassemblement Actions Jeunesse -RAJ), which played a prominent role in the Hirak protest movement, Amna Guellali, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said:  “The decision to…
  • Empower and protect: rethinking bans on child labor
    “Child labour isn’t going anywhere, so children’s safety in work must become the priority.” Writing in Open Democracy, Edward Van Daalen and Mohammed Al-Rozzi argue that we should rethink bans on child labor. 2021 is the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour — a goal that won’t be achieved — and child…
  • Why the kleptocracy debate lacks bite – and how to change it
    The Pandora Papers have exposed the UK’s role in hiding ill-gotten wealth. But we need to challenge the entire system that enables it Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/why-the-kleptocracy-debate-lacks-bite-and-how-to-change-it/
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