Amnesty: Women routinely tortured to secure false confessions in Mexico

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Women are routinely subjected to sexual abuse and torture in order to obtain confessions during arrest and first interrogation, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday, adding to a dark decade of human rights abuses throughout Mexico’s drug war. Out of the 100 incarcerated women…

Report: WHO based TB care on cost in low-income countries, violating standard

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The World Health Organization recommended substandard care to people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis living in developing countries, according to a new paper published in the Health and Human Rights Journal. Between 1993 and 2002, the WHO made treatment recommendations in low-income countries based on cost – treatment that was…

More activists being killed in their fight for the environment

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Last year was the deadliest yet for activists seeking to protect their land, forests and rivers from destructive industries like mining, logging and dams, according to a report released Monday by Global Witness. The report, “On Dangerous Ground,” uncovered 185 deaths from news reports and public…

U.N. increases 2016 humanitarian appeal to record $21.6 billion

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By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — The United Nations has raised its 2016 humanitarian funding appeal to a record $21.6 billion from $19.7 billion, partly due to new disasters including a cyclone that battered Fiji and an earthquake that hit Ecuador, as well as the…