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Gay Sex Ban in India: LGBT Community Protests Human Rights Violations

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Gay Sex Ban in India: LGBT Community Protests Human Rights Violations

India HIV/AIDS Alliance held a public hearing on increase in violence and discrimination cases against sexual minorities since the Section 377 verdict in 2013. The Supreme Court of India had recriminalised same-sex sexual behaviour on 11 December 2013. According to the Alliance, the consequences of this judgment have been multiple and far-reaching. Over the past [...]

Church Burning in India: Human Rights Commission’s Response

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Church Burning in India: Human Rights Commission’s Response

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognizance of the complaints about an incident of arson in the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden, East Delhi (India) on Dec. 1, 2014. Allegedly, according to NHRC, the police turned up late at the site of incident and tried to hush up the [...]

U.S. Expected to Release the CIA Torture Report

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U.S. Expected to Release the CIA Torture Report

A 480-page summary of the Senate report, which is expected to reveal the details of harsh Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogations, is supposed to be released today. According to BBC, security has been stepped up at US facilities around the world ahead of the release of the report, which is expected to explain CIA’s campaign [...]

Extremists Terrorizing Derna Residents in Libya: Report

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Extremists Terrorizing Derna Residents in Libya: Report

According to Human Rights Watch, armed militias that control the eastern city of Derna are terrorizing residents through summary executions, public floggings, and other violent abuse. The abuses are taking place in the absence of state authorities and the rule of law. The groups include some that have affiliated with the extremist group Islamic State [...]

Shia Cleric Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

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Shia Cleric Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court sentenced a prominent Shia cleric to death on Wednesday, Oct. 15. According to Human Rights Watch, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted on a host of vague charges, based largely on his peaceful criticism of Saudi officials. Al-Nimr has a wide following in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, where most of the [...]

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 [...]

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