Wednesday - December 13, 2017
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Burundi: Rights Defender Detained
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 13 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

Authorities in Burundi have been holding a human rights activist since November 21, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release the activist, Nestor Nibitanga, or charge him with a credible offense. The police accused Nibitanga, via twitter, of "threatening state security."

Nibitanga was arrested at his home in Gitega province and taken to the headquarters of the national intelligence service (Service national de renseignement, SNR), in Bujumbura, the capital. Human Rights Watch ... Show Full Article

World Wildlife Fund Issues Statement on One Planet Summit
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- World Wildlife Fund issued the following statement by Lou Leonard, senior vice president of climate change and energy, on the closure of the One Planet Summit:

"Two years into the Paris Agreement, unleashing large-scale investments and new action to solve the climate crisis is more critical than ever. The good news is that new leaders - like businesses and local governments - came to the summit to say they are ready to take up the challenge.

"If the goals of the Paris Agreement are to remain within reach, more leaders from business, cities and other local governments need ... Show Full Article

President Just Signed Bill That Says Climate Change National Security Risk, But Does He Know That?
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The Union of Concerned Scientists issued the following news release:

President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The act would require the Pentagon to do a report on how military installations and overseas staff may be vulnerable to climate change over the next 20 years.

The following language was included in the act: Climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States and is impacting stability in areas of the world both where the United States Armed Forces are operating today, and where strategic ... Show Full Article

New Maps Show Shrinking Wilderness Being Ignored at Our Peril
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society issued the following news release:

Maps of the world's most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland and Wildlife Conservation Society-led study published today.

The authors have made the maps available to assist researchers, conservationists and policy makers to improve wilderness conservation.

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD student James Allan said these wilderness areas were strongholds for endangered biodiversity and critical in the fight to mitigate climate change.

"These ... Show Full Article

FFP Continues to Send Aid to Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica
COCONUT CREEK, Florida, Dec. 12 -- Food for the Poor issued the following news release:

The 2017 hurricane season ended Nov. 30. But many people in the Caribbean still are struggling to recover from the devastating blows of back-to-back Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.

Food For The Poor continues to send lifesaving aid to Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.

Thanks to our generous donors and partners, the charity has shipped 68 containers to Dominica, 55 to Puerto Rico, 35 to St. Lucia and two to St. Thomas.

Items include commercial-grade and standby generators, tarps, flashlights, ... Show Full Article

American Voters Have Few Kind Words For Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Expel Moore If He Wins, Voters Say Almost 2-1
HAMDEN, Connecticut, Dec. 12 -- The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute issued the following news release:

In trying to find the right word for President Donald Trump, American voters are overwhelmingly negative, as 53 voters (not percent) say "idiot" is the first word that comes to mind when they think of the president, followed by 44 voters who say "liar" and 36 voters who say "incompetent," according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

In the same open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 35 voters say "leader," with 35 voters saying "strong," 26 voters saying ... Show Full Article

ACLU Statement on Trump Administration Attempt to Delay Enlistment of Transgender Service Members
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- 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:

The Trump administration filed a motion today to stay part of the district court's injunction in the American Civil Liberties Union's case, Stone v. Trump, which prohibited the government from implementing President Trump's unconstitutional ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Under the current order, the government must allow new transgender service ... Show Full Article