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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling upon the government of Myanmar to end immediately the violence against the Rohingyas and forced displacement of the Muslim minority and the blatant violations of their human rights, reports UNB. The global parliamentary community... [Read More]
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It didn't escape filmmaker Flore Vasseur's notice that to make her documentary about saving democracy, she had to go to Moscow. "Yes, the irony is to have a discussion on democracy in Russia," Vasseur said with a laugh. But that's where American surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden resides, a fugitive from much of the Western world. [Read More]
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Professor James Silk gave his inaugural lecture as the first Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights. [Read More]
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In Kenya, opposition leader Raila Odinga called off a protest campaign Tuesday after three people were shot and killed by police as they demonstrated against Kenya's election commission. With the latest deaths, human rights groups say at least 67 of Odinga's supporters have been killed in protests over a failed election on August 8. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won that election with 54 percent of the vote, but Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the result, citing irregularities in the country's electronic voting system. Odinga said last week he would not participate in a revote scheduled for October 26 without electoral... [Read More]
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In Chechnya, a Russian man who says he was kidnapped and tortured by police has become the first openly gay witness to describe what human rights groups are calling a "gay pogrom" carried out by Chechen officials. Thirty-year-old Maxim Lapunov told reporters Monday he was abducted on the street in the Chechen capital Grozny last March and taken to a bloodstained jail cell where he was tortured for 12 days. Maxim Lapunov: "The cell was really scary. It was about two-by-two meters, and a quarter of the cell was simply covered in blood. It wasn't blood from yesterday... [Read More]
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Following the exposure of "abhorrent" abuse of detainees at a privately-run immigration removal center, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has demanded an inquiry. The former head of a prison monitoring board has told Sputnik the issue of abuse at private prisons and detention centers is historic, and has previously ignored by chiefs. [Read More]
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Pakistan's election to a key slot of the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is the biggest diplomatic success over the past few years, reflecting Islamabad is not only emerging as... [Read More]
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Human Rights Watch says images it has obtained show 66 villages were destroyed by fire after Myanmar said torchings had stopped. [Read More]
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Promotion and protection of human rights (A/72/40, A/C.3/72/9 (to be issued)) [item 72] - Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. - Human... [Read More]
Victoria's human rights commissioner Kristen Hilton has warned people hoping to tell her their confidential stories about bullying and harassment in the state's ... [Read More]
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As ISIS is rolled back in Raqqa, more details of human rights abuses are emerging. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports. [Read More]
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Iran is set to hang a 17-year-old boy on Thursday, the fifth execution of a juvenile offender this year, according to human rights groups.The country is second... [Read More]
A crackdown on gay people in Egypt intensified over the weekend as security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation's LGBT community underground. More than 60 people have been arrested, said human rights activists, since a concert last month by a rock group where some members of the audience waved a rainbow flag - photos of which went viral on social media and triggered public outrage. Security forces have also detained people at their homes in the middle of the night and used apps and online chat rooms to entrap... [Read More]
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Pavel Durov said he had received 200 offers, including from famous lawyers who were prepared to defend Telegram pro bono... [Read More]
Read more about 'Come out and surrender': Inside Raqqa, with the fighters who drove off IS on Business Standard. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that more than 3,000 were killed during the battle in Raqqa, including 1,130 civilians... [Read More]
Sita Chhaudry spent her childhood as a domestic worker, starved and beaten. Now despite her lack of education, she has been elected to a local government post, determined to fight poverty and human rights abuses... [Read More]
The Chinese ambassador to the UK was summoned by the British Foreign Office after human rights activist Benedict Rogers was refused entry to Hong Kong last week, a senior official revealed on... [Read More]
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Morgantown city council voted over whether or not to allow for a human rights commission.   The vote passed, and will amend article 153 of the city code which includes the adoption of a non-discri... [Read More]
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American financier George Soros, 87, has transferred $18 billion to his foundation, which works to promote democracy, human rights and freedom of the press. The figure "reflects an ongoing process of asset transfer that has been underway for several years," spokeswoman Laura Silber told AFP on Tuesday. Soros "plans to leave the vast majority of his wealth to the Open Society Foundations," Silber said. Open Society Foundations is the second-richest in the US after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of over $40 billion, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. Soros, a Hungarian-born investor known... [Read More]
US-backed militias have completely taken Isis' de facto capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday, in a major symbolic blow to the jihadist group. The fall of Raqqa, where Isis staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the movement's... [Read More]
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