Human Rights Day! - Daily Brief

Marking Human Rights Day around the world; threats to drinking water and public health in the US; Polish authorities bar entry to climate activists; EU foot-dragging puts rule of law at risk in Hungary & Poland; remembering human rights defender and Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco; and the world says goodbye to a remarkable champion of human rights in Russia, Lyudmila Alexeyeva.

30 landmarks across the globe will shine bright blue on December 10, 2018, to celebrate Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us!

 

The Trump administration and United States Congress have endangered public health by ending measures, including defunding a scientific study, that address the human and environmental risks of mountaintop removal, a form of surface coal mining prevalent in central Appalachia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Human Rights Watch is aware of at least 13 people whom Polish authorities, over the past week, barred from entering Poland and making their voices heard at the climate change gathering in the city of Katowice.

The European Union's foot-dragging is putting rule of law at risk in Hungary and Poland.

Human rights defender and Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco should have been with us today, remembering the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Ludmila Alexeeva, one of Russia's most respected rights activists, passed away this weekend. This was a dissident in the 60s, opposed the brutality of the Chechnya wars & was a leading civil society voice under Putin.