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Social Media Companies Can Preserve Proof of Abuses

This month, four high-ranking members of the US Congress took an important step to help obtain justice for war crimes worldwide. On May 12, the legislators called on the chief executives of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Meta (formerly Facebook) to…
The YouTube video sharing application is seen on an iPhone with the symbol for unavailable content in the background in this photo illustration

New Lancet Report Says Poorer Countries Account for 9 of 10 Deaths

Today, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet revealed the terrifying extent of harms to human health caused by pollution. According to the study, at least nine million deaths were attributable to pollution in 2019, of which 92 percent occurred in…
Two men stand in a smog-filled street

Population at Risk as Government-Declared ‘Fever’ Spreads

Last Friday, North Korean officials made an unprecedented admission regarding the country’s Covid-19 health crisis after reporting a Covid-19 case for the very first time. In a rare instance of allowing government-run media to report negative news,…
Kim Jong Un wearing a mask, during a visit to a pharmacy

Collapsing Healthcare System Particularly Harmful for Women

“We just buried Mom. Can you believe it? She was too young to die. I can’t take her place for my younger siblings.” These are the painful words of my 17-year-old cousin, Sima, who had just lost her mother a few hours before we spoke. My Aunt…

15 Million Deaths While Only 15 Percent Vaccinated in Low-Income Countries

Nearly 15 million people have died either directly or indirectly from Covid-19 in the past two years, new data from the World Health Organization shows. The devastation is likely even worse given that Covid-19 deaths have been largely undercounted by…
Activists hold a candlelight vigil

Information for Sale on Who Visited Women’s Health Clinic, How Long They Stayed

Vice Motherboard recently reported that a location data firm is selling information related to US clinics that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood facilities. For just over US$160, journalists at Motherboard could purchase a week’s worth…

Upcoming Elections in London Spotlight Child Homelessness

On May 5, voters across London will go to the polls to elect their new local government representatives. These elections will decide who runs London’s local authorities, which are responsible for services such as education, social care, and housing…

Overcrowding, Lack of Hygiene and Potable Water Increase Risk

At least six inmates in Cameroon’s second largest jail, the “New Bell” prison in Douala, have died since March from the country’s cholera outbreak. A bacterial disease that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, cholera is usually spread in water and can…

High-Emitting Governments and Corporations Should Be Held Accountable

This week, the world’s leading scientific body on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released a damning report that underscores the urgent need to hold high-emitting governments and corporations accountable for…
People at a protest holding handmade signs

Budget Policies Will Harm Rights of Those Hit by Rising Living Costs

This week could have seen the United Kingdom government finally take steps to address the negative impact of the cost of living crisis on families on low incomes. But the plans set out on March 23 by finance minister Rishi Sunak will leave people on…
Rishi Sunak, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, poses for the media as he leaves 11 Downing Street

Orders Government to Target Emissions, Uphold Right to Healthy Environment

On March 18 a South African court issued a landmark judgment declaring that Mpumalanga province’s unsafe level of air pollution is in breach of residents’ section 24(a) constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and…
Smoke stacks at a coal plant

New UN Report Shows Devastating Rights Toll of Environmental ‘Sacrifice Zones’

A new report by United Nations experts is raising renewed alarms about toxic pollution’s devastating impact on human rights. A particular focus of the report, presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, is on so-called “sacrifice…
Air pollution in a city skyline

Two Years in, Vaccine Divide Prolongs the Pandemic

This piece is the fourth in a series marking the two year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find more of our work documenting the global response to the coronavirus here. As we enter another year of this wretched pandemic that has killed…
Women in protective face masks stand in a long line

Governments Should Act to Avert a Greater Global Education Crisis

This piece is the third in a series marking the two year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find more of our work documenting the global response to the coronavirus here. Cataclysm. Inordinate suffering. Widespread disruption.…
A child wears a face mask in a classroom

A Life of Dignity and Respect for Rights Should be a Priority

This piece is the second in a series marking the two year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find more of our work documenting the global response to the coronavirus here. Two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments…
A man and woman touch hands through a plastic sheet

Pandemic-Related Support Addresses Longstanding Gaps

This piece is the first in a series marking the two year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find more of our work documenting the global response to the coronavirus here. The Covid-19 pandemic cast a bright light on the reality for billions of…
A man picks up food for his family at the Los Angeles Unified School District's Liechty Middle School in Los Angeles, California, July 16, 2021.

Young People Could Face Particular Harm

The Senate for the US state of Florida passed a cruel and dangerous bill today that will ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill threatens the rights, health, and dignity of Floridians, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should veto it.…
Advocates stand at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to protest a bill before the Florida legislature to limit abortions, February 16, 2022.

Governments Should Work Together to Tackle the Crisis

Today, parties to the United Nations Environment Assembly agreed to establish a committee to draft a treaty addressing the global plastics crisis. This is a historic commitment by countries to work together to finally tackle the environmental and…
A man walks by a mound of plastic waste

City Resolves Thousands of Arrears While Keeping Residents Home

The economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has hit public housing residents in the United States especially hard. Most public housing residents have low incomes, and nearly half of the households residing in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA…
Aerial view of a housing complex with a city skyline behind it

New Provisions Could Undermine Privacy, Chill Speech

Earlier this month, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly approved a reform to the country’s Criminal Procedural Code on computer crimes that could infringe on privacy and chill free expression and association. Under the reform, digital agents…
An interior view of the El Salvadoran legislative assembly
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