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Marshall Islands files unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations

Big news today out of The Hague and San Francisco. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has filed unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament, as required under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The suits were filed against all nine nations at the International Court of Justice, with an additional complaint against the ...

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Global recognition for persecuted Bangladeshi human rights defender

A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission ASIA: Global recognition for persecuted Bangladeshi human rights defender Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, a renowned human rights defender, who has been relentlessly persecuted by the incumbent regime in Bangladesh, has been recognized for his courage by the global human rights community. Adilur has been awarded the 2014 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, which he wil ...

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Obama runs China’s pivot gauntlet

The People's Republic of China has dropped several public relations clangers: it barred Japan from a fleet review in Qingdao and, after the US pulled its ship in solidarity with Japan, cancelled the whole review; it snubbed Japan's Marine Self Defense Force delegation by refusing a bilateral meeting; and a Shanghai court ordered the seizure of a Mitsui OSK Line vessel - a gigantic ore carrier longer than th ...

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Debating rhino de-horning in Assam

India, the largest democracy in the globe, has been running a massive electoral exercise, where the media continues zooming in on poll related incidents, and a sensible debate gains momentum in the eastern province of Assam. Once known for relentless insurgency, the northeast Indian province has marked its presence felt in the conservation world of wildlife. By Nava Thakuria For the record, Assam has over t ...

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Amazon rainforest survey could improve carbon offset schemes

Carbon offsetting initiatives could be improved with new insights into the make-up of tropical forests, a study suggests. Scientists studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented detail of the size, age and species of trees across the region by comparing satellite maps with hundreds of field plots. The findings will enable researchers to assess more accurately the amount of carbon each tree can stor ...

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Internet governance must be truly democratic

The Delhi Declaration The Internet has become a vitally important social infrastructure that profoundly impacts our societies.  We are all citizens of an Internet-mediated world whether as the minority who uses it or the majority who does not.  The Internet must advance human rights and social justice.  Internet governance must be truly democratic. The Internet is reorganising public institutions, including ...

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Ukraine: UN – minority rights guarantees to defuse tensions

GENEVA (16 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, has urged all parties to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine and take immediate steps to ease tensions and step back from further violence. “Minority rights protections should be strengthened as part of a process of confidence building and to achieve stronger unity in Ukraine’s diversity,” stated Ms. ...

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Still not loving ISDS: 10 reasons to oppose investors’ super-rights in EU trade deals

By the Corporate Europe Observatory, April 16th 2014 At the end of March, the European Commission launched a public consultation over its plan to enshrine far-reaching rights for foreign investors in the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated. In the face of fierce opposition to these investor super-rights, the Commission is trying to convince the public that these do not endanger democracy and public ...

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Missile Frigate Abu Bakr visits Hong Kong

The BNS Abu Bakr, a Bangladesh navy missile frigate, was in transit Hong Kong for a couple of day 13 April to 15 April 2014, on its way to Qingdao for the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) and Multilateral Maritime Exercise (MMEx) held in this port city in China's Shandong province. In Hong Kong a friendly get-together and party was held on board the Abu Bakr, organised by the Consulate and the ship’s ...

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Turkey’s Ruling Party Has Its LGBTI Supporters, As Well

AK Party LGBT: Of course, as LGBT people, we do not endorse the Justice and Development Party’s (Turkey’s ruling party, AKP or AK Party- AK means “white, clean”) attitude towards LGBT people. We started the AK LGBT group to make AKP authorities and those who vote for AKP say, “there are LGBT people who support AKP”, “LGBT people can have various political views outside of parties like the Republican People’ ...

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