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North Korea: Ferguson was a ‘disgrace’ and the United States is now ‘laughingstock of the world’

The Washington Post: by Adam Taylor — Still, that doesn’t mean that the criticisms of America’s human rights record are without merit. This may be one rare instance where many people…

Dianne Feinstein Says Torture Report Almost Ready For Release After Months Of Delay

Epigraph: O ye who believe! why do you say what you do not do?  Most hateful is it in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not…

Diffusing Islamophobia: Demystifying ‘the Other’ by Harris Zafar

Published on Nov 17, 2014 This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Our global and national history has shown a dangerous human…

Why is the language of human rights still ignoring women?

Womennewsnetwork.net: by Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis (WNN) Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It was when I began to have images of women from around the world who are suffering flash…

Burma ‘backsliding’ on some reforms, Obama says before visit

theguardian — US president cites persecution of ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority and crackdown on journalists in assessment published as he is set to visit the country Burma policemen holding shields…

Policy Brief: Reimagining Human Rights in Pakistan

Abou Ben Adhem, A Compassionate Man

Abou Ben Adhem BY LEIGH HUNT Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making…

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

Source: Huffington Post Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners penned an open letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to release a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s use of…

Growing use of drones in law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert

Daily Times: UNITED NATIONS: The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United…

Human Rights Are Not for Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain

Huff post: This Sunday will see the trial of Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights who is facing up to three years imprisonment for insulting…

Religion and human rights can co-exist

winnipegfreepress.com: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is finally open. It’s a magnificent building for a magnificent mission: to promote the idea that all human beings are born free and…

Asma Jahangir: Alternative Nobel prize an ‘honor for Pakistani activists’

Dw.De: Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir is one of the five winners of this year’s “alternative Nobel prize.” Jahangir talks to DW about the threats she faces for defending and promoting…

ICC to probe Central African Republic’s ‘endless war crimes’

The International Criminal Court has opened a formal probe into war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR). ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said there had been “endless” instances of rape,…

Gambia’s President Jammeh asked to reject anti-gay law

Leading rights groups have called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh not to approve tough new anti-gay legislation. Homosexual acts are already illegal in The Gambia, but MPs passed a bill…

Africa Union troops ‘raped’ girls in Mogadishu, Somalia

African Union (AU) troops raped women and girls seeking medical aid or water from their bases in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, a rights group says. The troops had “misused” their power…

UN human rights chief to accuse Australia on asylum seeker policy

theguardian: by Oliver Milman — In maiden speech, new high commissioner will point to a ‘chain of human rights violations’ in detention of asylum seekers    Asylum seekers at the…

Angelina Jolie Makes Powerful Plea For Syrian Refugees

Epigraph: And what is the matter with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and of the weak — men, women and children — who say, ‘Our…

Human rights and moral wrongs

GMA Blogs: Why does the term ‘human rights’, like ‘democracy’ and ‘justice’, elicit passionate devotion from some people, but cold scepticism from others? In truth, unless we can explain what…

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