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EPA Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Oil and Gas Operations

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:03
Sierra Club

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued voluntary guidelines for oil and gas operations.

In response, Sierra Club Staff Attorney Andres Restrepo released the following statement:

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Greece: Reported Illegal Returns of Syrian Refugees to Turkey ‘Dangerous’

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:00
Amnesty International

Greece’s return of 10 Syrian refugees to Turkey, reportedly without considering their asylum claims, is a dangerous move that shows a callous disregard for their safety, Amnesty International said.

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CETA Summit Most Likely Cancelled, Council of Canadians Available for Comment

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:00
Council of Canadians

Major negotiations on CETA (the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) to break a deadlock with the Belgian region of Wallonia have failed, and an upcoming summit on the deal is now unlikely to take place. The Council of Canadians is available for comment on these significant developments, which are a virtual death blow to the agreement.

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Appellate Court Reinstates Abu Ghraib Torture Lawsuit Against Private Military Contractor

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 08:46
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Today, a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit against private military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. (CACI) for the corporation’s role in torture and other inhumane treatment at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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Doubts Over Saudi-UK ‘Assurances’ on Juvenile Executions

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 07:49

Three Saudi juveniles remain on death row, one year after the UK began seeking ‘assurances’ that they would not be executed.

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Ranking Member Grijalva Leads 49-Member Letter to EPA Chief Urging Fracking Review to Follow Expert Input on Water Risks

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:40
House Committee on Natural Resources

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today sent a letter signed by 49 House Democrats urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and her staff to follow the recommendations of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) before finalizing and publishing a congressionally mandated review of fracking’s risks to drinking water.

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Syria: UN Must Act to End Onslaught Aimed at Purging Civilians from Eastern Aleppo

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:18
Amnesty International

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The UN General Assembly (UNGA) must step in to fill the void left by the Security Council members’ catastrophic failure to end relentless attacks targeting the civilian population in eastern Aleppo city, said Amnesty International ahead of a UNGA meeting later today.

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NLG and ACLU Submit FOIA and Open Records Requests to Investigate Unconstitutional Surveillance of Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:58

Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), in conjunction with the ACLU of North Dakota, sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and North Dakota Open Records Act requests to multiple state and federal agencies in response to the surveillance and arrests of the Native-led Water Protectors attempting to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an affront to First Amendment rights, Water Protectors and allies have been continuously surveilled by low-flying planes, helicopters, and drones, and have had local cell phone communications jammed and possibly recorded.

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UK Taught Bahrain Police how to Whitewash Custody Deaths

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 08:05

Bahrain’s police received UK training on how to tell bereaved families that officers will not be prosecuted after a loved one has died in custody, international human rights group Reprieve has found.
The training was part of a multimillion-pound Foreign Office aid program with the Gulf kingdom, whose security forces use torture and death sentences.

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Common Cause Recruiting Thousands for Election Protection Work to Prevent Voter Suppression & Possible Intimidation Tactics

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 08:02
Common Cause

With Election Day less than three weeks away, Common Cause continues to assist potential voters and recruit and train poll watchers and other volunteers across the nation. Common Cause has already signed up thousands of volunteers and some are already answering Election Protection hotlines and monitoring polling places in early voting states. The volunteers are trained in a nonpartisan manner in order to assist voters and ensure than our elections are secure.

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In Wisconsin Senate Debate, Feingold Stands for Immigrants & Working Families, Johnson Embraces Trump

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:51
Voces de la Frontera

In response to Tuesday’s debate between Wisconsin Senate candidates Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold, Voces de la Frontera Action issued the following statement from Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz:

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Assassination, Repression, Impunity Continue in Honduras US is Satisfied and Certifies Human Rights Requirements for More Aid

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:17
Honduras Solidarity Network

The Honduras Solidarity Network in North America denounces the October 18 assassination of Jose Angel Flores, President of the Movement of Unified Campesinos in the Aguan (MUCA) and Silmer Dionosio George, another MUCA leader. The campesino activists were killed by gunmen as they left a meeting of MUCA members.

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Activists’ Murders Turn Honduras into ‘No-Go Zone’ for Environmental Campaigners

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:12
Amnesty International

The brutal murders of two land rights activists in Honduras last night are the latest tragedies in a seemingly unstoppable wave of deadly attacks turning Honduras into a no-go zone for human rights defenders, said Amnesty International.

José Angel Flores, 64, President of the Movimiento Unificado Campesino, was shot dead by a group of unidentified men in the department of Colón, northern Honduras, in the afternoon of 18 October.

Another community leader, Silmer Dionisio George, was also shot in the incident and died at a local hospital hours later.

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Expropriate Nestlé Well for Community’s Drinking Water: Council of Canadians

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 07:53
Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians is calling on the Ontario government to use its powers under the Expropriations Act to return the Middlebrook well to the local community by buying it from Nestlé. Nestlé Waters Canada purchased the well in August to supply its massive bottled water facility south of Guelph, despite a competing bid from the Township of Centre Wellington looking to secure its drinking water supply.

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ACLU, Lambda Legal File Brief to Protect All Transgender People Harmed by Discriminatory H.B. 2

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 07:43

In a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina law banning transgender people from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, LGBT rights groups yesterday asked a federal appeals court to broaden a preliminary injunction in order to protect all transgender people in the state from discrimination.

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UK Government Adopts US Principles on Secret Drone War

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 07:42

The British Government has adopted some of the key principles of the US covert drone programme, a response to MPs published today shows.
Responding to questions from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on the use of drones for ‘targeted killing’, the Government claims that it should be able to use force in response to threatened attacks “even if there is no specific evidence of where…an attack will take place or of the precise nature of the attack.”

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People’s Action Endorses 22 Candidates with the Values and Vision to Build the Progressive Political Revolution

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:14
People's Action

People’s Action, a national organization of more than a million people, is endorsing 22 candidates around the country. The candidates exemplify the leadership qualities, values and vision necessary to build a strong future for everyone – not just the wealthy few. 

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Boris Johnson Refuses to Answer MPs on Brit Held in Ethiopia

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:11

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has today refused to answer questions in the House of Commons about the case of Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, a British father of three who is held on Ethiopia’s death row.
Mr Johnson and other Foreign Office ministers today faced several oral questions from MPs about why their department has not requested the return of Mr Tsege. Mr Tsege was kidnapped at an airport in June 2014, and is now held in Ethiopia under a sentence of death imposed in absentia in 2009.

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Women Blockade Trump Campaign Headquarters in More than Dozen City Protests Against GOP Misogyny and Racism

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:58
All of Us 2016

Today thousands of women are protesting in a dozen cities around the country. The multi-racial group, many of whom are survivors of sexual assault, are calling for all women to reject both the Republican nominee and the Republican Party more broadly and for members of the GOP to withdraw their endorsement of Donald Trump.

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