European human rights commissioner urges the UK not to curb protests via Police Bill

Support us and go ad-free Europe’s human rights commissioner has warned that the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill could have a “significant impact” on freedom of expression. The draft legislation is due to go through its remaining stages in the House of Commons today, before going on to the House of Lords. If …
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Supreme Court “Hijacking” Democracy with Rulings That Gut Voting Rights & Allow More Dark Money

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: In a 6-to-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has further gutted the Voting Rights Act by upholding two racially discriminatory voter laws in Arizona. The ruling is a major setback for voting rights and comes at a time when Republican …
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The UK military should stop recruiting children, human rights organisations say

Support us and go ad-free The UK military must stop recruiting under 18s, a coalition of human rights groups has urged. An open letter to defence secretary Ben Wallace said the military should change its recruiting policy. Human rights organisations such as Liberty, Medact, Amnesty, War Child, and Amnesty International UK signed the letter. The …
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Sen. Merkley on Voting Rights, the Filibuster & Why Infrastructure Deal Must Address Climate Crisis

Pressure is growing on Democrats to abolish the Senate filibuster in order to pass a major voting rights bill and other legislation. Republicans this week used the filibuster to prevent debate on the For the People Act, which would restore the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court eight years …
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G7 climate plans compared to ‘assault on human rights’ by Amnesty International

As protestors plan to take to the streets across Cornwall, Amnesty International has condemned G7 members for hurting “billions” with their climate plans. Amnesty International has released a report saying none of the G7 countries have submitted adequate plans to stop disastrous climate change becoming a reality. This comes as demonstrators gather in Cornwall to …
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"It Is Apartheid": Rights Group B'Tselem on How Israel Advances Jewish Supremacy Over Palestinians

As Israel faces international condemnation for its assault on Gaza, we look at growing accusations that Israel in an apartheid state. Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the human rights group B’Tselem, describes the findings of their report that details how Israel is committing “apartheid.” Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is “not complicated,” El-Ad says. “Believe your …
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Israeli Human Rights Group B’Tselem: Israel Is Committing War Crimes by Killing Civilians in Gaza

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. As the Palestinian death toll in Gaza tops 213, the leading Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is accusing Israel of committing war crimes by killing blockaded civilians and destroying infrastructure …
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Republicans Oppose Kristen Clarke for Top Civil Rights Job at DOJ in Latest Attack on Voting Rights

Republican senators in Washington are attempting to block Kristen Clarke, a prominent voting rights advocate, from a top Justice Department position. The Senate Judiciary Committee has deadlocked on an 11-11 vote on whether to move Clarke’s nomination for assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to the Senate floor for a full …
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Weaponizing Trump’s Big Lie: Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that’s 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for …
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“Monumental Moment”: U.S. Backs Waiving COVID Vaccine Patent Rights After Months of Blocking Talks

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: In what the World Health Organization is describing as a “monumental moment,” the Biden administration has announced it now supports temporarily waiving the intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines. India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but …
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