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Canada: Civil Society Groups Launch "People's Intervention" Campaign to Fight TransCanada Pipeline

As TransCanada prepares to file a proposal to the National Energy Board for its Energy East pipeline, 350.org, the Council of Canadians, and Leadnow.ca have launched a campaign calling for climate change and community voices to be included in the National Energy Board's review of the mega-project.

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Worldwide water shortage by 2040

Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today. It is a clash of competing necessities, between drinking water and energy demand. Behind the research is a group of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, Vermont Law School and CNA Corporation in the US.

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Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine "extremely alarming", says Pillay, as UN releases new report

A total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror have been inflicted by armed groups on the population of eastern Ukraine, according to a new report issued today by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime

Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a new policy paper led by UC Berkeley researchers. The authors call for biologists to join forces with experts such as economists, political scientists, criminologists, public health officials and international development specialists to collectively tackle a complex challenge.

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UN Calls on Peru to Expand Access to Legal Abortion

The United Nations (U.N.) has called for the Peruvian government to liberalize its current abortion law and to address human rights violations, including the denial of legal abortion services and gender-based discrimination faced by women when they seek legal recourse.

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A crime to be gay in majority of the Commonwealth

As the Commonwealth Games get under way in Glasgow, it highlights that the modern Commonwealth of Nations is home to not only some great athletes, but also some of the most homophobic countries in the world.

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Syria: Red Cross and Red Crescent alarmed about water shortages

Lack of rain, low water levels, armed conflict and damaged water and sanitation infrastructure are causing a worsening drought in Syria with dire humanitarian consequences for millions, warns the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik.

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Fracking Brussels: A who's who of the EU shale gas lobby

Oil companies and lobby groups in their pay have been engaged in an underground offensive in Brussels to prevent stricter safety regulations for shale gas, according to a new report released today.

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Poland "facilitated" CIA torture in European secret prison, court rules

The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that the Polish government was not only aware of but actively assisted the CIA's European "black site" programme, which saw detainees held and tortured in secret prisons across the Continent.

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Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event

The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point.

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Israel Broadcast Authority censors B'Tselem radio spot listing names of Gazan children killed; here are their names

B'Tselem learned from the media yesterday that the Israel Broadcast Authority (IBA) had rejected an appeal against IBA Radio's refusal to air a spot in which the names of Gazan children killed during Operation Protective Edge were read out. In response, B'Tselem posted the censored spot on Facebook. Within hours, almost 300,000 people had been exposed to the names and the post was shared more than 900 times.

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Gwich’in Nation Reaffirms commitment to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Yesterday the Gwich'in Nation reaffirmed its commitment through resolution to find permanent protection for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations

The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling of a hospital, add to the list of possible war crimes that demand an urgent independent international investigation, said Amnesty International.

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Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian airliner, calls for international probe

The Security Council today called for an international investigation into last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained.

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Indigenous peoples cannot be 'deleted' from the new global development goals, UN experts state

The new United Nations sustainable development goals must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts* on indigenous peoples has warned today. Their call comes after a meeting held by the open-ended Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals last week in New York to draft a set of goals which will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September.

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Ten Human Rights Organizations: Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Gaza Operation

Ten human rights organizations urgently contacted Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein today following the release of reports on the nature of attacks within the Gaza Strip and the high rate of civilian casualties. This information raises concerns about grave violations of international humanitarian law.

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Initial findings: 25 members of a single family killed when their house was bombed, apparently without warning

On Sunday, 20 July 2014, at around 7:00 PM, the home of the Abu Jame' family in the Bani Suheila neighborhood, northeast of Khan Yunis, came under attack.

Israeli forces bombed the four-story building that is home to the extended family: the matriarch, Fatmeh Abu Jame', her four sons, and their wives and children. The family were eating iftar, the meal that breaks Ramadan fasting for the day. B'Tselem's initial findings indicate that the likely target of the attack was Ahmad Suliman Sahmoud, a member of Hamas' military wing, who was visiting a member of the family.

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B'Tselem calls on Israel to immediately cease the bombardment of inhabited homes, neighborhoods and areas in the Gaza Strip

Horrific developments in Gaza have reached intolerable heights: Israel is bombing houses with people in them, entire families have been buried under rubble, and streets lie in ruins. Hundreds have been killed so far, dozens in the last 24 hours only, many of them women and children. The number of refugees is rising: tens of thousands of people have nowhere to go and no safe haven, as the besieged Gaza Strip is bombarded.

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Doctors Without Borders: Israel Must Stop Bombing Trapped Civilians

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, the majority of the dead and wounded in Gaza are civilians, and medical workers are also coming under fire, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

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UN report documents litany of human rights violations in Iraq, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity

A UN report released Friday documents a litany of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups between 5 June and 5 July, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The report also documents violations committed by Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces.

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A procedure to evacuate those injured in the Gaza Strip is required immediately, say Israeli human rights groups

Information received during the night, following the ground invasion, indicates that the movement of ambulances to evacuate the wounded and the independent evacuation of civilians from areas/homes under bombardment is impossible due to continuous and heavy fire in residential areas.

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his Isn't the First Time: 5 Other Commercial Airliners That Were Shot Down
Full story: Mother Jones


United Nations: Rein in Mass Surveillance

Governments around the world should heed the findings of the UN's human rights commissioner on mass surveillance, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should rein in mass surveillance and respect the privacy of all Internet users, no matter where they are located.

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A Lifetime of Injustice: 30 Years in the History of the Belo Monte Dam

Today's groundbreaking, comprehensive publication chronicles the complex history of the world's most controversial hydropower project, the Belo Monte Dam. Compiled by Brazil's Xingu Alive Forever Movement (Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre), which represents communities affected by the project, together with International Rivers and Amazon Watch, this timely compilation of key events aims to increase public awareness on the trajectory of Belo Monte, in light of increasing international scrutiny on Brazil's massive spending for large World Cup and other infrastructure projects, and their serious corresponding social and environmental impacts.

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UN strengthens regulations on lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice

UN food standards body the Codex Alimentarius Commission this week adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide, including setting out maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice.

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Israeli military demand to evacuate rehabilitative hospital in Gaza is unlawful

B'Tselem has discovered that the Israeli military included the al-Wafaa rehabilitative hospital in a-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood in the demand it issued to residents of the a-Shuja'iyeh and a-Zeitun neighborhoods to evacuate their homes by today, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM. Hospital Director Basman al-‘Ashi told B'Tselem over the phone that the hospital received a recorded message last night at around 11:10 PM, saying that a-Shuja'iyeh residents must leave the area and move north to the city center. Shortly thereafter, at around 11:30 PM, the hospital received another phone call from a person saying he was from the military who repeated the demand to evacuate the hospital specifically.

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Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status, Amnesty International said today after the European Court of Human Rights ruled against her.

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Unlawful Israeli Airstrikes Kill Civilians

Israeli air attacks in Gaza investigated by Human Rights Watch have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war. Israel should end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property. Deliberate or reckless attacks violating the laws of war are war crimes, Human Rights Watch said.

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UN chief demands end to Israeli-Palestinian fighting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced alarm that, despite the Security Council's clear demand for a ceasefire, the situation in and around the Gaza Strip appears to be worsening, with grave implications for the safety of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

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