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New Horizons Reveals Ice Mountains on Pluto

New Horizons Reveals Ice Mountains on Pluto | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A day after its successful flyby of Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back a handful of images.
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Accenture Deliver Global Biometric Identity Management System to Aid Displaced Persons

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Accenture Deliver        Global Biometric Identity Management System to Aid Displaced Persons | Human Rights | Scoop.it
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Companies search the seas for ways to protect water

Companies search the seas for ways to protect water | Human Rights | Scoop.it
Zebra mussels can detect toxins in water. So maybe Avon Lake Regional Water can learn something from them. Turns out, fish and other underwater life forms can perform some interesting tricks with water. Given that they've been submerged in it for millions if not billions of years.
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Mercy Corps Tallies Costs, Benefits of Electronic Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Crises | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Mercy Corps Tallies Costs, Benefits of Electronic Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Crises | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Human Rights | Scoop.it
Global humanitarian agency first to compare cost-efficiency of different e-cash transfer methods in same emergency aid program | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs - Climate Change Policy & Practice

UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs - Climate Change Policy & Practice | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A human-rights based approach to food security is necessary to provide access to affordable, nutritious food for all and to eliminate hunger, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, said in her first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report describes renewed political commitment as essential to advance the right to adequate food.
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Focus on Migration: A closer look at ‘climate refugees’

Focus on Migration: A closer look at ‘climate refugees’ | Human Rights | Scoop.it
There is much more to environment-related migration than rising seas due to climate change, says Max Martin.
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Tiny Uruguay plays big role in Syria refugee crisis

Tiny Uruguay plays big role in Syria refugee crisis | Human Rights | Scoop.it
MONTEVIDEO — Uruguay's President Jose Mujica says his country, much like the United States, is a nation of immigrants and refugees. That's why the first wave of Syrian refugees is scheduled to arrive in Montevideo on Thursday.
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Promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in disaster risk reduction, prevention and preparedness initiatives - Study by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ...

Promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in disaster risk reduction, prevention and preparedness initiatives - Study by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ... | Human Rights | Scoop.it
Human Rights Council

Twenty-seventh session

Agenda item 5

Human rights bodies and mechanisms

In its resolution 24/10, the Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to prepare a study on the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in natural disaster risk reduction and prevention and preparedness initiatives, including consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned in the elaboration of national plans for natural disaster risk reduction.
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A Blunt Defense of Marriage Equality - NYTimes.com

A Blunt Defense of Marriage Equality - NYTimes.com | Human Rights | Scoop.it
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“The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction — that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended — is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously.”

 
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IBM, Ford Win Dismissal of Claims They Aided Apartheid

International Business Machines Corp. and Ford Motor Co. won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the aided South Africa’s apartheid regime, with a judge saying they couldn’t be sued in the U.S. over actions of their units overseas.
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Could Ebola be turned into a bio-weapon? Possible, but not so easy

Could Ebola be turned into a bio-weapon? Possible, but not so easy | Human Rights | Scoop.it
It sounds like a worst-case scenario, but scientists say anyone who tried to turn Ebola into a weapon would run into trouble
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Tuvalu family cites global warming on accepted refugee application

Tuvalu family cites global warming on accepted refugee application | Human Rights | Scoop.it
On a refugee application recently accepted by New Zealand, a Tuvalu family claimed they'd be forced out by global warming if they returned home.
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Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison

Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison | Human Rights | Scoop.it
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for the 2012 attack on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, the BBC reported.

Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot in the head while riding her...
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Int’l humanitarian law for soldiers

Int’l humanitarian law for soldiers | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The Armed Forces of the Philippines will train soldiers on international humanitarian law as part of the military’s advocacy to promote human rights.
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Don’t forget ethics when mapping uncharted slums

Don’t forget ethics when mapping uncharted slums | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A new project hopes to track infection sources using this approach. But are ethics being given enough thought?
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Obama Aides Say Moves Will Avert 5 Million Deportations - NYTimes.com

Obama Aides Say Moves Will Avert 5 Million Deportations - NYTimes.com | Human Rights | Scoop.it
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UN: Spain May Be in Breach of International Refugee Law

UN: Spain May Be in Breach of International Refugee Law | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The U.N. refugee agency is urging Spain not to legalize automatic returns of people trying to cross into its enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla located in North Africa. The UNHCR said stripping people o...
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Veteran group to do humanitarian work in Iraq

Veteran group to do humanitarian work in Iraq | Human Rights | Scoop.it
A group of veteran Marines is planning a trip to Iraq to do humanitarian aid in the area.
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Denying Review, Justices Clear Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States - NYTimes.com

Denying Review, Justices Clear Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States - NYTimes.com | Human Rights | Scoop.it
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GHA Report 2014 - Global Humanitarian Assistance

GHA Report 2014 - Global Humanitarian Assistance | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The 2014 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) Report will be launched on the week commencing September 8th 2014.
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How much is spent on humanitarian assistance? Is it enough? Where does it go? How does it get there and what is it spent on? Knowing who is spending what, where, and how is an essential first step in ensuring that resources can best meet the needs of people living in crises – yet this information is often hard to access.

 
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No climate change refugee status needed - Kiribati PM

No climate change refugee status needed - Kiribati PM | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says he strongly rejects the notion of creating a new category of climate change or environmental refugees.
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Israel to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into Gaza - Yahoo News

Israel to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into Gaza - Yahoo News | Human Rights | Scoop.it
Press TV Israel to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into Gaza Yahoo News CAIRO (Reuters) - Israel has agreed to open its borders with Gaza to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into the Palestinian enclave,...
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Influx of Child Immigrants Strains Courts in Louisiana

Influx of Child Immigrants Strains Courts in Louisiana | Human Rights | Scoop.it
The wave of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S. border has compounded a court crisis, as advocates warn backlogs and a shortage of lawyers will lead to injustice
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