In response to today’s announcement by the United Nations that it will investigate last week’s US-led airstrikes in Kunduz province, in which more than 30 civilians were killed, Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director said:
“The horrific events in Kunduz last week are the latest in a growing list of incidents which have resulted in Afghan civilians being killed or injured in attacks that appear to have violated international humanitarian law.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced a voter protection partnership with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.
National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy a second team of RN volunteers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation—to help with existing medical and first aid support for land and water protectors—NNU announced today.
A federal judge Thursday Wednesday issued a restraining order blocking state and county boards of election from illegally cancelling the registrations of thousands of voters who are being targeted in a coordinated effort right out of the GOP playbook to suppress the black vote in the state.
After commuting the sentences of 200 prisoners in October, President Obama today commuted the sentences of 72 more prisoners. Of today’s 72 grants, at least 51 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 944, of which at least 469 were supported by Clemency Project 2014.
Fears for the safety of civilians in eastern and western Aleppo city are mounting amid the looming threat of a resumption and possible escalation of fighting and bombardment by Syrian government forces with Russian support, and non-state armed groups once a humanitarian pause comes to an end later today, said Amnesty International today.
Media reports indicate that a fleet of Russian warships have made their way to Latakia on the Syrian coast in recent days indicating that Syrian and Russian forces are preparing a final bloody assault to seize control of the city.
With just five days left before election days, new polls suggest that Latinx voters in Wisconsin could likely be the tipping point in the U.S. Senate.
The final Marquette Law School Poll of the 2016 campaign shows Democrat Russ Feingold with 45 percent support and incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson at 44 percent, the narrowest margin between the candidates this cycle in a race that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in 2017.
The British Foreign Office (FCO) has failed for a week to confirm the safety and wellbeing of a British father held on death row in Ethiopia, despite having received reports last weekend that his life was in danger.
People Gather in Tokyo to Urge Ambitious Climate Action as the Paris Climate Agreement Comes Into Force
A dozen people gathered in front of the United Nations University in Tokyo to commemorate the Paris Agreement coming into effect today. In a solidarity action organized by 350.org Japan, in cooperation with co-hosts UN Institute for Advanced Studies and the Global Environmental Outreach Centre, participants carried lighted signs proclaiming “ACT FOR 1.5°C.”
A bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress and 2016 congressional candidates filed a federal lawsuit today against the Federal Election Commission seeking to end super PAC spending in US elections. The lawsuit, led by Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Representative Walter Jones (R-NC-3), seeks to reverse a federal appeals court ruling which created super PACs and has resulted in an explosion of spending in elections across the country.
Earthjustice and Vote Solar took the fight to restore rooftop solar for Nevada families and small businesses to the state’s Supreme Court. The groups filed an appeal challenging the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN)’s unlawful decision to end a successful program that empowered Nevadans to go solar.
On March 21, 1965, thousands of nonviolent protesters marched out of Selma, Alabama alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Five days later, they arrived in Montgomery and gathered on the steps of the Capitol, demanding equal and full rights of citizenship. Five months later, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
An independent expert hired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has found that the government’s environmental assessment of the pipeline’s environmental impact was inadequate.
With this new information, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reassess its conclusion that the pipeline crossing will not affect tribal members.
Paris Agreement Comes into Force but Sets Us on Course for a 3.5 Degree World, Says Friends of the Earth International
On Friday 4 November, just days before the UN climate talks open in Marrakech, the Paris Agreement comes into force. Friends of the Earth International reiterates its concern that without greater ambition and more urgency theParis Agreement will fail to deliver the scale of fair and drastic action needed to prevent dangerous climate change.
Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean – ATALC – wishes to express to the international community our rejection of the report delivered by the mission contracted by the FMO (Entrepreneurial Development Bank) related to the construction of the Agua Zarca project in Honduras. We also wish to show our solidarity with the Honduran people in general, and with the Rio Blanco communities in particular, who are legitimately defending their land from threats to their livelihood and their culture, as represented by the construction of hydro-electric mega projects.
“After months of unceasing pressure from peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock, people backed by unprecedented unity among North American tribes, it’s not surprising that President Obama has been forced to comment on the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Now he needs to act. The federal governments is failing indigenous communities seeking to protect their sacred lands from indiscriminate desecration, driven by the corporate-driven assault of oil development and destruction.
The statement below from the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, can be quoted in full or in part.
“We applaud President Obama’s commitment to protect our sacred lands, our water and the water of 17 million others.
On Tuesday, President Obama addressed the Dakota Access pipeline, saying his Administration is considering ways to reroute it. He also stated that they would let the process “play out for several more weeks” to determine whether the pipeline could be constructed in a way that is “properly attentive to the traditions of the First Americans.”
Nonprofits File Lawsuit Against Sioux Honey Over ‘100% Pure’ and ‘Natural’ Labels on Products Contaminated with Glyphosate
Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), represented by Richman Law Group, today filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in the District of Columbia against Sioux Honey Association, for the deceptive and misleading labeling of its Sue Bee and Aunt Sue’s honey brands. The suit follows news that Sue Bee honey products labeled “100% Pure” and “Natural” tested positive for glyphosate residue. Glyphosate, a known endocrine disrupter and, according to the World Health Organization, a probable human carcinogen, is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide.
Payal Parekh, 350.org Programme Director, issued the following statement on the occassion of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (adopted in 2015) entering into force on 4 November: