Weekly Global News Roundup: Northern Ireland, Kashmir and More.
A High Course in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland’s current abortion rules breach UK human rights law. Current laws determine that abortion is only legal if a woman’s life is at risk, or if there’s a risk of serious damage to her physical or mental health. Sarah Ewart challenged the law after being denied an abortion in Northern Ireland in 2013, even though doctors had said her unborn child would not survive outside the womb. In the judges, Justice Keegan stated that other women should not have to face the same “trauma and pain”.
- Northern Ireland abortion law breaches human rights, high court rules
- Northern Ireland abortion law ruled to breach human rights
- Find out about abortion laws in your country (Source: Center for Reproductive Rights)
Protests occurred last Friday with protestors chanting and demanding an end to “Indian occupation of their territory.”
Since the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its special status and autonomy on August 5, there have been over 300 incidents of stone-pelting protests and resultant injuries — highly contrary to the government’s claims that the state has been largely “peaceful” and “normal”.
India has illegally occupied Kashmir for 67 days.
- Over 300 Stone Pelting Incidents in Kashmir Since Scrapping of Special Status: Internal Govt Note
- 10 militants killed, over 300 stone pelting cases since Aug 5: Security forces claim situation normal in J&K
- Kashmir under lockdown: Anger over ‘unacceptable burdens’
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The US has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government officials in response to their “enormous human rights violation” — the mass detention of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province.
“China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang. China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad”
- US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
Iranian women were allowed to enter a stadium in Tehran to watch a football match for the first time in 40 years following pressure from human rights group and the sport’s world governing body FIFA. However, only a “token number” of tickets were available for female fans who had to sit in a women-only section; around 3,500 women bought tickets in a stadium that has the capacity for 78,000. Fifa’s head of education and social responsibility, Joyce Cook, has reaffirmed Fifa’s commitment to ensuring all fans have an equal right, including women, to attend matches.
This news came after the death by suicide of #BlueGirl — Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire after her trial was postponed. Sahar was arrested and jailed for 3 days after she tried to enter a football stadium in March.
- Iran football: Women attend first match in decades
- Iranian women finally allowed to officially watch soccer match after 40 years
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More than 60,000 people have fled their homes since Wednesday to seek safety after Turkey launched an offensive targeting Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Amongst the fleeing civilians are dozens of aid workers whose agencies ordered a widespread evacuation and warn that the campaign against Kurdish forces will put hundreds of thousands of civilian lives at risk.
GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY
EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVISTS HOLD GLOBAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY
Yesterday Extinction Rebellion activists around the world held a global day of solidarity to honor the 164 activists killed in the Global South last year. These activists were killed for defending their lands from corporate extractivism.
YOUTH TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT TO ALASKA SUPREME COURT
“Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, Alaska, speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate.”
MORE CLIMATE CONSCIOUS NEWS FROM THIS WEEK
- Rising temperatures could make some U.S. state birds ‘stateless
- Climate crisis disasters that could get worse if we don’t do anything
- What we eat matters: to change climate crisis, we need to reshape the food system
- Climate Activists Block Central London Streets as Boris Johnson Derides Them as ‘Uncooperative Crusties’
- Paris climate change march ends with minor clashes and tear gas
THESE ACCOUNTS INSPIRE US TO TAKE ACTION
- Jamie Margolin: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Co-Founder This Is Zero Hour
- Vic Barrett: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Fellow Alliance for Climate Education
- Varshini Prakash: Twitter / Instagram / Co-Founder Sunrise Movement
- Leah Namugerwa: Twitter / Instagram / Fridays For Future — Uganda
- Greta Thunberg: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Founder Fridays For Future
- Nakabuye Hilda F: Twitter / Fridays For Future — Uganda
- School Strike 4 Climate: Twitter
- 350.org: Twitter // Instagram
- Greenpeace: Twitter // Instagram
- Read and share our thread of easy actions you can take to be more climate-conscious.
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Maya Hendler is the Programmes and Communications Associate at Women’s March Global.