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Philippines: Nobel laureate Maria Ressa acquitted on politically motivated tax evasion charges

Responding to the decision by the Court of Tax Appeals to acquit Maria Ressa of four counts of tax evasion, Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Section Director, said:  “Amnesty International welcomes the decision to drop charges of tax evasion against prominent journalist and Nobel laureate Maria Ressa. We call on authorities to now drop cyber […]

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WMO: Past eight years confirmed to be the eight warmest on record globally

GENEVA, January 12, 2023 – The past eight years were the warmest on record globally, fueled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat, according to six leading international temperature datasets consolidated by the World Meteorological Organization. The average global temperature in 2022 was about 1.15 [1.02 to 1.27] °C above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) levels. […]

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Attack on Democratic Institutions in Brazil: Statement by Human Rights Watch

January 8, 2023 –  The acts of violence and vandalism that took place in Brasilia on January 8, 2023, constitute an abhorrent attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions by people who are seeking to deny the right of Brazilians to vote for and elect the leaders of their choice, including by urging military intervention, Human Rights […]

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Brazil President Lula reestablished the Amazon Fund & signed executive orders to rebuild the country’s environmental policy

January 5, 2023 – In one of the first administrative measures of his administration, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva repealed a series of executive orders dismantling human rights and socio-environmental policies instituted by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. And prior to his January 1st inauguration, Lula nominated Marina Silva to lead Brazil’s Ministry of Environment […]

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Afghanistan: UN Human Rights Chief calls for end to destructive, destabilizing policies against women

GENEVA (27 December 2022) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has called on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to revoke immediately a raft of policies that target the rights of women and girls, noting both the “terrible, cascading effects” on their lives and the destabilizing risks such policies pose to Afghan […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban’s outrageous exclusion of women and girls from universities is disastrous for everyone, say UN experts

GENEVA (21 December 2022) — UN experts* today condemned in the strongest terms the latest decision of the Taliban that excludes women and girls from universities, a further violation of their human rights and the application of multiple irrational restrictions that may amount to gender persecution, a crime against humanity. Their statement is as follows: […]

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New partnership aims to accelerate Global Biodiversity Framework implementation

Montreal, December 19, 2022 – At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), 23 countries and organizations, led by Colombia and supported by Germany, launched a partnership to accelerate country-led implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted at the meeting. The countries and organizations signed a declaration launching the Accelerator Partnership to help countries fast track and upscale the […]

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What is the Reichsbürger movement accused of trying to overthrow the German government?

Claire Burchett, King’s College London Police have arrested 25 people accused of planning to overthrow the German government in a series of raids across the country. The group is accused of trying to instate Heinrich XIII – a descendant of German royalty – as their leader. Among those arrested were members of the Reichsbürger (which […]

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THE LANCET: Racism, discrimination, and xenophobia are fundamental drivers of health disparities worldwide

December 8, 2022 – Racism, xenophobia, and discrimination are fundamental influences on health globally, but have so far been overlooked by health researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, according to a new four-paper Series published in The Lancet. Lead author, Professor Delan Devakumar, UCL, says “Racism and xenophobia exist in every modern society and have profound effects on […]

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The Elders welcome historic breakthrough on loss and damage at COP27, but call on G20 leaders to phase out fossil fuels faster

The agreement reached at COP27 in Egypt shows that solidarity and co-operation between nations on the world’s most pressing issues is possible through negotiation and compromise, even in testing times. But the world needs urgent actions, not just carefully crafted words, to avoid climate catastrophe. We welcome governments’ reaffirmation of the need to limit the […]

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COP27: Health Organizations Issue Stern Demand for Loss and Damage Fund

Sharm El-Sheikh, November 16, 2022 – As negotiations move to the ministerial level at COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt, the Global Climate and Health Alliance today reiterated its call for a governments to commit to establishing a Loss and Damage fund under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Outside COP27’s negotiating halls, protesters […]

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Immediate global action required to prevent Famine in the Horn of Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, November 7, 2022 – Global solidarity is urgently needed to help vulnerable communities in the Horn of Africa survive a rapidly unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, driven by the longest and most severe drought in recent history that is expected to continue well into 2023. Humanitarian and development actors must urgently prepare for the continuation […]

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Council of Europe anti-trafficking expert body says Belarus failed to prevent human trafficking on its borders

Strasbourg, 27.10.2022 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action Against Human Trafficking (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Anti-trafficking Convention by Belarus. The report assesses progress in the implementation of the Convention since the publication of the first evaluation report by GRETA […]

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The closing window: inadequate progress on climate action makes rapid transformation of societies only option, finds UN report

Nairobi, 27 October 2022 – As intensifying climate impacts across the globe hammer home the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall rapidly, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report finds that the international community is still falling far short of the Paris goals, with no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place. However, the Emissions […]

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More bad news for the planet: greenhouse gas levels hit new highs

Geneva/New York, 26 October (WMO) – In yet another ominous climate change warning, atmospheric levels of the three main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide all reached new record highs in 2021, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reported the biggest year-on-year jump in […]

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G7 Statement on Ukraine, 11 October 2022

Washington, D.C. October 11, 2022 1. We, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), convened today with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Our meeting took place against the backdrop of the most recent missile attacks against civilian infrastructure and cities across Ukraine, leading to the death of innocent civilians. We condemn these attacks in the […]

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