Honduras locks in permanent ban on abortion

Honduras locks in permanent ban on abortion

The country's government has approved a constitutional reform that will make it virtually impossible to legalise abortion in Honduras.  Less than a month after the historic moment for women’s rights in Argentina, whereby the country became just the third in Latin America to legalise abortion, Honduras has moved to permanently...

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Trans-Amazon highway project threatens Brazil’s biodiversity

Trans-Amazon highway project threatens Brazil’s biodiversity

Plans to bulldoze a 94-mile highway through a biodiverse corner of the Amazon have been backed by President Bolsonaro, despite fears it could have catastrophic consequences for Brazil's environment. Researchers are warning of severe climate repercussions if the Brazilian government proceeds with plans to pave a 94-mile highway through Serra...

Chinese embassy’s ‘emancipation’ tweet rebuked online

Chinese embassy’s ‘emancipation’ tweet rebuked online

A tweet from Beijing's embassy in the US claiming detained Uighur women are no longer 'baby-making machines' has been condemned for misrepresenting genocide and forced sterilisation.  Twitter has deleted a ‘dehumanising’ post from Beijing’s embassy in Washington DC claiming that Uighur women held in internment camps in China’s north-western Xinjiang province had been ‘emancipated’ and were no longer ‘baby making machines.’ Taken down on Saturday morning for violating the platform’s rules...

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Global warming could stabilise if we reach zero emissions

Global warming could stabilise if we reach zero emissions

If net zero goals are reached by 2050 then global temperature increases could stabilise within a few decades, giving renewed hope for future control of the climate crisis. New research suggests that global warming could be steadied within a few decades if we reach zero carbon emissions. It’s long been thought that planetary shifts in temperature would be ‘locked in’ and continue for generations, even if we successfully lowered emission rates...

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Human Rights Watch urges Biden to scrap ‘Remain in Mexico’ programme

Human Rights Watch urges Biden to scrap ‘Remain in Mexico’ programme

According to a recent report published by the organisation, the US migration programme has needlessly exposed tens of thousands of asylum seekers in Mexico to crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and extortion. Following President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in November, Latin American politicians and activists from Mexico to Argentina were quick to show their relief, praising the democracy of the American people and congratulating Biden on social media. ‘Some are talking the...

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The legal state of abortion worldwide in 2021

The legal state of abortion worldwide in 2021

Attitudes towards the ever contentious pro-choice/pro-birth debate have shifted varyingly over the last 25 years across the globe. In 2021, here’s where different regions currently stand on the legality. A week after Argentina secured a huge milestone for pro-choice campaigners by becoming the largest Latin American country – and only the third one in the region – to legalise abortion, consumer data mogul Statista has released a definitive record...

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