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ACLU of Mississippi Responds to Governor Signing Anti-LGBT Discrimination Into Law

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:35

Governor Phil Bryant has signed HB 1523 into law after rapid movement on the bill by the state House of Representatives. The law, which is set to go into effect in July, sanctions discrimination by individuals, businesses, religiously-affiliated organizations - including hospitals, schools, shelters and others – against LGBT people, single mothers, and vulnerable young people in Mississippi.

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New Treasury Regulations Are Critical, But Not Sufficient to Stop Inversions

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:25
Citizens for Tax Justice

Following is a statement by Robert S. McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, regarding the Treasury Department’s proposed new regulations to curb tax avoidance by U.S. corporations that pretend to become foreign companies for tax purposes.


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Panama Papers Fallout: Overview, Iceland, Putin, Trade Deals

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:22
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Information from the "Panama Papers" continues to be made public, fostering global reaction. The Reykjavík Grapevine reports that the prime minister of Iceland just resigned following protests.  

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BP Oil Spill Settlement Allows $15.3 Billion Tax Deduction

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:16

A statement by Michelle Surka, U.S. Public Interest Research Group Program Associate, regarding the recently finalized BP Gulf Oil Spill Settlement:

“Though we are glad that the protracted settlement to address BP’s actions in relation to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill has finally concluded, and injured parties can begin to be made whole again, we are disappointed that BP will yet again be able to claim its settlement payments as ordinary cost of doing business tax deductions.

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Chile: Two-Tier Justice System Allows Police to Get Away with Human Rights Violations

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:43
Amnesty International

Chile’s outrageous two-tier justice system is allowing police officers to beat, ill-treat and in some cases even kill peaceful demonstrators and other individuals and only face a miniscule sanction at best, said Amnesty International in a new report today.

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France: Inadequate Mental Health Care in Prisons

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:35
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Thousands of men and women with psychosocial disabilities in French prisons are at risk of suicide or harming themselves because of the neglect of their physical and mental health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Tuesday: D.C. Council Expected to Vote to Proceed with Permanent Ban on Marijuana Clubs

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:27
Drug Policy Alliance

The Council of the District of Columbia has scheduled a vote today on legislation that restricts adult marijuana use in the District, prohibiting marijuana consumption everywhere but the home. The legislation is opposed by a majority of District residents and a growing number of councilmembers who oppose limiting consumption of marijuana to private residences, favoring instead the creation of regulated places where adults can legally consume marijuana. Since 2014, nearly 82% of all arrests for public consumption in the District have been of Black residents.

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Foreign Affairs Committee to Monitor Brit’s Case, amid 'Concerns' over UK Human Rights Approach

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 07:51

In an interim report released today on the UK’s overseas human rights work, the FAC said that there was “plainly a perception” that the government had recently downgraded its commitment to the promotion of human rights. The FAC’s inquiry follows the news, in August last year, that Foreign Office would no longer use the longstanding designation ‘countries of concern’ to denote countries associated with human rights abuses. An FCO official subsequently remarked to the Committee that human rights were “not one of our [the government’s] top priorities”.

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Statement from the family of Berta Cáceres on the One Month Anniversary of Her Assassination

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 06:38
Justice for Berta

It has been almost one month since the cowardly assassination of our beloved Berta Caceres, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and environmental and human rights leader.

Our family is grateful for the many messages and acts of condolence from hundreds, if not thousands, of you. Additionally, we are grateful to Gustavo Castro, the one material witness to the crime, for his bravery and are relieved that he is reunited with his family in Mexico.

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BP Clinches Deepwater Horizon Tax Break

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:56
Friends of the Earth

A federal judge in Louisiana finalized a $20 billion civil settlement between BP, the Justice Department, and the five states of the Gulf Coast. Despite protests from both Congress and a broad coalition of environmental groups, the final settlement will allow BP to deduct a majority of the costs as an ordinary business expense.

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Thailand: Rights Groups Condemn Junta's Sweeping Powers Order

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:50
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Thailand must immediately revoke National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 13/2016 which confers sweeping powers on the Royal Thai Armed Forces in contravention of human rights and the rule of law, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), and Fortify Rights (FR), today.

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Fact Checkers Miss the Point on Greenpeace Research Into Clinton Fossil Fuel Money

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:08

On Thursday, following repeated inquiries from hundreds of activists across the country, Hillary Clinton finally responded to questions about the her campaign's connections to the fossil fuel industry. Clinton’s response has since gone viral, and fossil fuel money in the election has become the focus of the campaign for the last three days.

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Supreme Court Upholds “One Person, One Vote”

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:41
Brennan Center for Justice

In an 8-0 decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld “one person, one vote,” ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott that state legislative districts should continue to be drawn by total population, not total number of voters.

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Vietnam: 7 Convicted in One Week

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:30
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The Vietnam government should immediately free prominent bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. During the last week of March 2016, Vietnam convicted seven bloggers and rights activists and sentenced them to prison.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Re-Write of Constitution in Evenwel Redistricting Case

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:10
Common Cause

Statement by Common Cause President Miles Rapoport

“Today’s decision affirms one of our most fundamental values as Americans: that every person counts.  We now turn our attention to the states to monitor and combat any effort to deprive millions of young people, non-citizen residents, and other non-voters of constitutional protections. Our nation’s charter begins with the words ‘We the People;’ that means everyone – not just those who vote – is entitled to equal representation at every level of government.”

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Religious Development Coalition Releases Statement on "Panama Papers"

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:57
Jubilee USA Network

More than 11 million leaked documents from one of the world's largest "off-shore" law firms reveal how the global financial system enables corruption and tax evasion. The "Panama Papers" highlight the role that anonymously formed companies play in facilitating money laundering and crime. The leak is the largest known to date and involves heads of state and other prominent officials.

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:

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Tuesday: California Assembly Committee Hearing on Supervised Consumption Services for People Who Use Drugs

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 09:47
Drug Policy Alliance

Tuesday, April 5, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a legislative hearing on AB 2495 (Eggman) to permit localities to establish supervised consumption services (SCS), which allow individuals to consume controlled substances in a safe space, provide sterile equipment, and connect patients to treatment, medical care, and other social services.

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Hunger Pangs of Starving Farmers Met by a Barrage of Bullets

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 09:20

On the morning of April 1, 2016 police forces opened fire at some 5,000 farmers and indigenous Lumad demanding relief and subsidies for farm communities who have been intensely affected by the El Nino dry spell in Kidapawan City.

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Saudi Executions Pass 80 for First Quarter of 2016—on Course to Double 2015 Total

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:50

This year has seen Saudi Arabia execute 82 people so far, according to new research by international human rights organization Reprieve – which suggests the Kingdom is on course to behead twice as many prisoners as last year.

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Exposed: Most CEOs Support Paid Sick Leave, Increased Minimum Wage, and More But Chamber Lobbyists Told How to "Combat" These Measures

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:19
Center for Media and Democracy

Video footage of a closed-door webinar provided to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveals top GOP pollsters instructing Chamber of Commerce lobbyists to ignore internal survey data showing that Chamber members across the country overwhelmingly support progressive workplace policies including raising the minimum wage, providing paid sick days, and increasing paid family leave. (These and other materials are available here.)

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