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US: Poor Medical Care, Deaths, in Immigrant Detention
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

Poor medical treatment contributed to more than half the deaths reported by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a 16-month period, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center said in a report released today.

Based on the analysis of independent medical experts, the 72-page report, "Code Red: The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention," examines the 15 "Detainee Death Reviews" ICE released ... Show Full Article

Saudi Arabia: Unrelenting Crackdown on Activists
BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 20 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

Saudi authorities have arrested two more women's rights activists in recent days in what appears to be an unrelenting crackdown on the women's rights movement, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi activists have reported that the authorities have placed travel bans on numerous others since May 15.

On June 6, Saudi authorities arrested the writer and activist Nouf Abdelaziz, who had publicly expressed solidarity with three women's rights activists arrested in May, along with at least 14 other activists and supporters. ... Show Full Article

Report Links Poor Medical Care to Deaths in ICE Detention
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release:

Poor medical treatment contributed to more than half the deaths reported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for a 16-month period, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center said in a report released today.

Based on the analysis of independent medical experts, the report, ... Show Full Article

NASCIO Named Silver Award Recipient in American Society of Association Executives Power of a Program
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, June 20 -- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers issued the following news release:

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has been named a Silver Award recipient in the 2018 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A program for its Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity study.

The Power of A awards recognize associations that distinguish themselves with innovative, effective and broad-reaching programs and activities that positively impact America and the world. The Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity study, a biennial ... Show Full Article

Gambia: Fully Probe Anti-Mining Protesters' Deaths
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

The Gambian authorities should thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators on June 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Gambian government should accelerate the reforms needed to ensure that government security forces have the supervision, training, and equipment needed to police demonstrations in accordance with international human rights standards.

Witnesses said that police fired live ammunition at demonstrators ... Show Full Article

Cooler Computing Through Statistical Physics?
SANTA FE, New Mexico, June 20 -- Santa Fe Institute issued the following news release:

In the space inside a computer chip, where electricity becomes information, there's a scientific frontier. The same frontier can be found inside a cell, where information instead takes the form of chemical concentrations. Recent breakthroughs in the field of nonequilibrium statistical physics have revealed vast areas of research lying hidden within the field of "thermodynamics of computation." Advances in this field, which involves elements of statistical physics, computer science, cellular biology, and possibly ... Show Full Article

Canada Becomes Second Country to End Marijuana Prohibition; Regulated Adult Sales to Begin Later This Year
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The Marijuana Policy Project issued the following news release:

A bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Canada received final approval from lawmakers Tuesday and will now be sent to the governor general for royal assent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will choose the specific date on which the law will take effect, and legal sales are expected to begin within eight to 12 weeks.

Canada will be just the second country -- and the first G7 nation -- to legalize marijuana for adults at the national level. The first was Uruguay, where legislation ... Show Full Article