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Freedom and Justice Party urges UN, EU to stop Egypt executions

In letters to the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union (AU), Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) have written that the sentencing by the Cairo Criminal Court amounted to a “miscarriage of justice” and “violated” the international standards of a fair trial. “The mass trials and extraordinary harsh and disproportionate sentences that have been taking place since 2013 are clearly designed to suppress civilian opposition to the military-backed government,” the letter added. The letter was in response to the Egyptian courts court’s sentencing to death 75 people, including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The political wing of...

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Jailed Saudi activists awarded “the alternative Nobel prize”

Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair were jointly awarded a one million kronor ($113,400) cash award by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation “for their visionary and courageous efforts … to reform the totalitarian political system in Saudi Arabia.” Previous winners include former NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), a UK-based NGO working towards the abolition of the international arms trade, and the White Helmets, a Syrian rescue group that helps victims of the country’s brutal civil war. The jury for the awards states: “The three laureates have challenged this authoritarian system through peaceful methods, calling for universal human rights, and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy,” the jury said. As a consequence of their courageous struggle for a more pluralistic and democratic society, the three men have been sentenced to between 10 and 15 years imprisonment and all are currently in jail. “Their visionary and inclusive approach to shaping a positive future for their home country has been, and continues to be, a great source of inspiration for many people in Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region.”...

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Obesity to become leading cause of cancer in women

Cancer Research UK estimated that 23,000 British women will suffer from obesity-related cancers by 2035 — just 2,000 fewer than the number of cases caused by smoking. By 2043 obesity will become the most common cause of cancer in women if current trends continue the researchers have concluded. “Obesity is a huge public health threat right now, and it will only get worse if nothing is done,” said Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert. They analyzed cancer incidence data between 1979 and 2014 to make the projections and used the results as a further call for national campaigns and legislation to reduce the prevalence of obesity by following the blueprint used for smoking campaigns. Over a quarter of the UK’s population is obese, and the country has the highest obesity rates in western Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “It is alarming that obesity could soon become the biggest preventable cause of cancer in women, but sadly not surprising,” said Caroline Cerny of the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organizations and charities working to reduce obesity. “Environmental factors such as advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and drink are contributing to this public health crisis,” Cerny...

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BJP President calls Bangladeshi migrants ‘termites’

Muslims living in the Indian state of Assam who form almost one-third of the state’s population of 33 million have been dubbed as illegal migrants from Bangladesh and called “termites” by Amit Shah, President of the BJP, the Hindu nationalist party ruling India. “Should they be thrown out or not? Millions of infiltrators have entered our country and are eating the country like termites. Should we not uproot them?” Amit Shah said at a public meeting in the capital New Delhi last week and again repeated the same at an election rally in Gujarat on Friday 21 September. In...

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Canada declares Myanmar Rohingya killings ‘genocide’

Canadian parliament have unanimously voted on Thursday 20 September to declare crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar military to be genocide. This was an endorsement of UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar that found “crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya” and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders. Rights organisations have accused Myanmar military of committing extrajudicial killings, gang rape, and arson during their bloody campaign launched in August last year. Human rights observers called the declaration as a significant milestone. They also urged the UN Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC), while also calling for Myanmar’s generals to be investigated and prosecuted “for the crime of...

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