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Climate change is a human rights issue – and that’s how we can solve it | Olivier De Schutter, guardian.co.uk

We can overcome the problems of delivering collective action on climate change by treating mining, deforestation, ocean degradation and more as violations of human rights Global climate-change talks often resemble the scene of a traffic accident. Multiple voices shout each other down in a bid to tell their own version of events. What is the real damage, how quickly must ...

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DRC: Thorny issue of reparations for Lubanga’s victims | IRIN Africa

LONDON, 10 April 2012 (IRIN) – Motorcycles, school fees, counselling, cash: Thomas Lubanga’s `kadogo’ (child soldiers) know what reparations they want from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Less clear is what a cash-strapped tribunal can offer damaged children taken from their families and forced to fight in a brutal ethnic conflict in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For more ...

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Amnesty warns Mali is ‘on brink of major disaster’ | BBC News

Mali is on the brink of a major humanitarian disaster following a coup and rebellion in the north, Amnesty International says. The human rights group says aid agencies must be allowed immediate access to the country, to prevent more civilians dying. Some fighters in the north have said they have stopped military operations. But Amnesty says all food supplies and ...

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UN rights body launches probe into Israeli settlements | Reuters, et al

(Reuters) – The United Nations launched an international investigation on Thursday into Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, with the United States isolated in voting against the initiative brought by the Palestinian Authority. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s planned construction of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying they undermined the ...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Understanding Rio+20 | IRIN Global

JOHANNESBURG, 3 April 2012 IRIN – A Nobel laureate, a Swedish environmentalist’s idea, the “doughnut” concept, Scandinavia’s sense of social capital, measuring the quality of life, and valuing the oceans are just some of the things trending in the run-up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development due to be held on 20-22 June 2012. Rio+20 will look at ...

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Forest fires in Chile stoke tensions over indigenous land rights | Gavin O’Toole, guardian.co.uk

Escalating tensions between the Mapuche people and Chile’s government following a spate of devastating forest fires reveal the high cost of policies that champion multinational corporations by subordinating environmental protection to market growth. The fires have thrown into stark relief the consequences of a strategy that has made Chile a rising star in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ...

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Honduras: Our Continuing Catastrophe | Truthout

Honduras has become a human rights disaster. The country now has the world’s highest murder rate. And impunity for political violence is the norm. For all this, the United States deserves a good deal of the blame. I was pleased to see the New York Times recently publish a hard-hitting op-ed by Dana Frank that makes this case. For more ...

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A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: Can we live within the doughnut? | Oxfam

Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to eradicate poverty and achieve prosperity for all within the means of the planet’s limited natural resources. In the run-up to Rio+20, this discussion paper presents a visual framework – shaped like a doughnut – which brings planetary boundaries together with social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in ...

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Anonymous vows ‘crusade’ against Israel | RT

Online collective Anonymous has pledged a “crusade” against Israel. Claiming the country is committing “crimes against humanity” and gearing for “nuclear holocaust”, the group promised a campaign against the Israeli government. In their statement issued early on Friday, Anonymous accused Israeli leaders of creating false democracy, serving the interests of a “select few” while “trampling the liberties of the masses.” ...

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Refugee camp massacre: Libyan militia launch racist raid | RT

Heavily armed fighters have attacked a camp of about 1,500 refugees on the outskirts of Tripoli, opening fire on its inhabitants. At least six were killed in the incident raising fears that civilians have little protection from militias running amok. Moreover, the fact that the attack took place just outside the capital itself begs the question of just how much ...

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