Thursday - November 14, 2019
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World Vision International: Millions of Vulnerable Children at Risk as Governments Fail to Renew Pledges to Protect Their Rights
LONDON, England, Nov. 14 -- World Vision International issued the following news release:

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- Child rights organisations express outrage at global inaction as the UN marks the 30th anniversary of the most widely ratified international human rights treaty

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The lives of millions of vulnerable children are at risk because the majority of the world's nations have failed to renew their commitment to children's rights, six leading international child rights organisations have warned.

The agencies, represented by a coalition - Joining Forces - expressed dismay that only a handful of countries ... Show Full Article

Vietnam: Activist Facing Prison Term for Facebook Posts
BANGKOK, Thailand, Nov. 14 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Music Teacher Shared Protest Images; Voiced Support for Political Prisoners

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The Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against human rights activist Nguyen Nang Tinh and immediately release him, Human Rights Watch said today. A court in Nghe An is scheduled to hear his case on November 15, 2019.

Police in Nghe An province arrested Nguyen Nang Tinh on May 29, and charged him with "making, storing, disseminating or propagandizing information, materials and products that aim to oppose the ... Show Full Article

PIRG Education Fund: New Study Outlines Issues, Case Studies and Remedies for U.S. Recycling Across the Country
DENVER, Colorado, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund issued the following news release:

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- Survey of eight states nationwide shows the pitfalls and opportunities in recycling programs

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Recycling challenges vary across the country, but, overall, states are failing to both reduce unnecessary waste and adjust to a changing recycling landscape, according to a new study from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center. The State Of Recycling U.S. National Survey looks at programs in Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, ... Show Full Article

Nepal: New NGO Law Should Protect Rights
NEW YORK, Nov. 14 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Government's Recent Moves Have Restricted Activists

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The government of Nepal should ensure that forthcoming legislation to regulate social organizations protects the right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said. The government should hold open consultations with activists before introducing these laws.

Following previous attempts to impose draconian regulations on nongovernment organizations (NGOs), activists fear that legislation being prepared by the Home Ministry will weaken civil society, ... Show Full Article

Lizzo Makes Her Australian Headline Debut in the Concert Hall This January
SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 14 -- The Sydney Opera House issued the following news release:

The Sydney Opera House announced today that US rapper-singer-songwriter-flautist Lizzo will make her highly-anticipated Australian headline debut on the Concert Hall stage on January 6 for one night of effervescent pop featuring all the hits from her sensational, chart-topping album, Cuz I Love You.

In 2019, Lizzo (AKA Melissa Jefferson) is "the feel-good superstar everyone needs" (The Guardian). The Detroit-born breakout artist will entertain fans with an explosive stage design, soaring vocal range and uncanny ... Show Full Article

Iraq: Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters
BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 14 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Fire Teargas, Live Ammunition; Destroy Medical Tents

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Iraqi security forces have attacked medical workers for treating protesters since protests began on October 25, 2019, firing on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with teargas and live ammunition, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks have left at least one medic dead.

"Medics have become another victim of the state's excessive force," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "These attacks show an utter disregard ... Show Full Article

Civil Rights Leaders Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Oldest Anti-Discrimination Statutes
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following news release:

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments [Nov. 13] that pit Comcast (CMCSA), America's biggest cable provider, against National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc., and more importantly one of the Nation's oldest anti-discrimination statutes, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Section 1981 prohibits intentional race discrimination in contracting, and protects African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities from discrimination ... Show Full Article