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It’s time to start implementing a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a sustainable energy economy. This guy has one—for every state in the country.

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What kind of livelihood is our government supporting for its citizens? And what kind of livelihood are our dollars supporting for workers?

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There is a fairly long list of reasons that many people consider Monsanto to be the worst company in the world. If you are among those people and wish to boycott, here’s a decent resource to start with. 

Word of caution: when considering boycotting, keep in mind the affects of your actions on other parties, such as the farmers growing the products. Weigh the pros and cons carefully. 

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"Report finds atmospheric pollution contributed to half of the extreme weather-related events of 2012"  (click here for more)
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"Report finds atmospheric pollution contributed to half of the extreme weather-related events of 2012"  (click here for more)

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Spotlight On Bahrain

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Since February 2011 when mass anti-government protests began in Bahrain the human rights situation in the country has deteriorated sharply. Security forces have repeatedly used excessive force against protesters. Scores of opposition activists have been arrested and tried before military courts. Many have been tortured in detention. Human rights activists have also been jailed for their work.

What can you do right now to help?
Please take ten minutes to write and send a letter with Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network - it is based on a simple idea: when someone is in immediate danger of serious abuse, the government responsible for perpetrating or failing to prevent that abuse will receive thousands of faxes, telegrams, emails and airletters from every part of the globe. Those messages tell the authorities that the world is watching, and create pressure to stop the abuse. Recently, a journalist released from prison in Chad and a writer and humanitarian worker also released  thanked everyone who campaigned on their behalf - it makes a difference.

It costs 88p to send a letter to Bahrain from the UK, and $1.10 to send a letter from the US. There are six cases you can write about - please write letters for as many of the activists and protestors at risk as you can. Each one has contact details and a sample letter.

Thank you for taking action!

  1. 15 year-old boy sent to prison after demonstration [write before 12th September]
  2. Activist arrested and charged [write before 24th September]
  3. Social media activists at risk of torture – sign letter online!
  4. 27-year-old mother of two detained, at risk of torture, after trying to participate in a demonstration [write before 27th September]
  5. Grand Prix protestors tortured [write before 2nd October]
  6. 13-year-old boy arrested, threatened, and risks torture. [write before 3rd October]

 

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Photographs of Malya Villard-Appolon and members of the Commission for Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV), a grassroots women’s organisation working in the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince to prevent and redress sexual assault, care for survivors and build a movement for human rights in Haiti.

KOFAVIV has 66 female outreach agents and 25 male security guards who work within the camps, organizing nighttime community watch groups and providing whistles and flashlights to women. All of them have been affected by gender-based violence, whether personally or through a family member or loved one, Villard-Appolon said.

KOFAVIV also relies on more than 1,000 members to help share their stories, support the victims and urge them to come forward and fight for justice. It usually starts by accompanying the victims to the hospital within 72 hours of being raped. Once they undergo a test, they receive the medical certificate they must have to begin legal proceedings.  “After that, we assign a lawyer to her,” Villard-Appolon said. There is no cost to the victims, and they receive support from KOFAVIV through the trial.

Villard-Appolon says she is determined to keep fighting for a brighter future, even though justice has been elusive. “My dream is that we will get to a place where we stop talking about the number of rape cases,” she said. “We will stop talking about Haiti as a country where people are committing violence against others. One day, we have to be able to say that we have a country with people who respect each other.”

On 23 August 2013, Malya Villard Apollon’s home was attacked by a group of armed men, who fired gunshots at the gate. This attack is the latest in a series of escalating threats and acts of intimidation against her and other members of this organisation. Take action now to protect Malya Villard Apollon and members of KOFAVIV!

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Today in Human Rights

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The United Nations refugee agency announced that the number of Syrians who have fled the country has surpassed 2 million people. “Syria has become the great tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history,” said António Guterres, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees. 

Despite the worldwide condemnation of alleged chemical attacks and the likelihood of a Western-led military intervention against Syria, the humanitarian response remains woefully underfunded.

This situation is even more dire for the estimated 4 million people displaced within Syria. 

President Obama, seeking Congressional support for military intervention in Syria, is holding a series of closed door meetings with Senate and House leadership today. A Washington Post whip count shows a large number of undecided lawmakers in both parties. In the case of any military intervention, protecting civilians should be top priority.

According to a declassified report released by French intelligence the Syrian regime is responsible for the chemical attacks on August 21. 

A groundbreaking global treaty on the rights of domestic workers goes into legal effect on September 5, 2013, offering vital protections to millions of workers around the world.

Russia is set to host the G20 Summit on September 5-6 in Saint Petersburg. The Russian Parliament has adopted laws imposing new restrictions on public assemblies, criminalizing libel, and tightening Internet regulation. 

The government has also begun a new campaign against nongovernmental organizations intended to intimidate and marginalize civil society groups.

The Azerbaijani government is engaged in a deliberate, abusive strategy to limit dissent designed to curtail opposition political activity, limit public criticism of the government, and exercise greater control over nongovernmental organizations in the months preceding the presidential elections, scheduled for October 9, 2013.

The authorities should stop using trumped-up charges against its critics and free those who have been locked up.

The trial of Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, and his co-defendant, the radio broadcaster Joshua arap Sang, is scheduled to begin at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on September 10, 2013.The men face charges for crimes against humanity during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence. Ruto will be the first senior Kenyan politician to stand trial for crimes committed during the violence.

Israeli troops appear to have used unlawful lethal force during an arrest raid in a Palestinian refugee camp that killed three Palestinians last week. 

In Tunisia, Mourad Mehrezi, a cameraman working for Astrolabe TV, was arrested for filming someone throwing an egg at the minister of culture.

In Libya, a prison mutiny and the violent response by officials left 19 with gunshot and shrapnel wounds.

(via humanrightsupdates)

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Uh-oh…Looks like warming isn’t the only thing to worry about.