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Who Are the Killers of Human Rights Activist Munir Said Thalib?

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Who Are the Killers of Human Rights Activist Munir Said Thalib?

Human rights activist Munir Said Thalib was popular in Indonesia by his first name, Munir. Ten years ago (Sept. 7, 2004), he was assassinated by someone who is still not identified. The U.S. Department of State issued a statement Saturday asking the Indonesian government to identify and catch Munir’s assassins. “Still today, justice has not [...]

What Should be the U.S. Policy on Human Rights?

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What Should be the U.S. Policy on Human Rights?

In a new survey nearly two-thirds of Americans say human rights should be a central feature of U.S. foreign policy. When it comes to the United States being the “world’s policeman” there are certain things that can trigger the U.S. getting involved in another country. In the not-too-distant past, the stories about what might be [...]

Stripping Putin Impersonator Accepts Webby Award for LGBTQ Rights

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Stripping Putin Impersonator Accepts Webby Award for LGBTQ Rights

Leading advertising agency M&C Saatchi NY hired a Vladimir Putin impersonator to strip down to rainbow skivvies and accept the People’s Voice Award for Social Urban & City Innovation for #VirtualPride at the 18th Annual Webby Awards. It was announced Tuesday, May 20. The Putin impersonator entered the stage in a tear-away suit, revealing a [...]

Mr. Obama, Will You Invite Narendra Modi to the U.S.?

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Mr. Obama, Will You Invite Narendra Modi to the U.S.?

A petition urges President Obama to look into the matter, as the U.S. government’s stand of denying visa to Narendra Modi is based on biased media information and contorted facts. By Rakesh Raman An online petition is urging President Barack Obama to invite the Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of an Indian political party BJP [...]

How AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

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How AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

Is AIDS a civil rights issue? Yes, says a new campaign. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed this Monday, Jan. 20th, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is releasing a new national billboard awareness campaign headlined “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue.” As African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS [...]

UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

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UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

The security situation in South Sudan remains “fluid,” the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today. It confirmed that it is sending reinforcements to areas affected by the current fighting between pro- and anti-Government troops, particularly Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and Juba. “This is critical to enable the Mission to deliver on its mandate [...]

South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

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South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

The United Nations human rights chief expressed her shock and deep sadness at the rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old woman in South Africa, and urged a more comprehensive approach to tackling the “pandemic of sexual violence” in the country. “There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists [...]

Human Rights Center Going Green

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Human Rights Center Going Green

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights has unveiled the new architectural rendering for the Center, created by the team of architects at Freelon/HOK. The 35,000 square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building is designed to be environmentally sustainable. The Center also announced that it has secured Phase I of funding, which [...]

Human Rights Violations during Congo Elections: UN

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Human Rights Violations during Congo Elections: UN

A UN report released today details serious human rights violations, including killings, disappearances and arbitrary detention, committed in Kinshasa by Congolese and security forces in the context of the 2011 presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Earlier human rights organization Amnesty International said it is appalled by the latest report [...]

How Do I Get Rid of SlideShare?

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How Do I Get Rid of SlideShare?

As part of my work, I keep testing various Web services. Today, I decided to use something called SlideShare, which calls itself “the world’s largest community for sharing presentations.” When I tried to use it, I was asked to open my account. I did. By Rakesh Raman I entered the site and found it utterly [...]

“Troy Davis Execution a Failure of Justice System”

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“Troy Davis Execution a Failure of Justice System”

Following the announcement that the state of Georgia has executed Troy Anthony Davis, Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), released the following statement: “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a person who may well be innocent. Killing a man under this enormous cloud of doubt is [...]

Hollywood Celebs to Help Film Director Jafar Panahi

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Hollywood Celebs to Help Film Director Jafar Panahi

Amnesty International will lead a delegation of Hollywood luminaries to the Iran Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday, June 8 to symbolically rename a NYC street plaza “Azadi Square” (“Freedom Square”) and deliver tens of thousands of petition signatures demanding the reversal of the harsh sentence against acclaimed film director Jafar Panahi (pictured above). [...]

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