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Transgender human rights lawyer announces bid for Russian president.

Transgender human rights lawyer announces bid for Russian president.

🕔17:35, 25.Sep 2013

A transgender attorney and Chairperson for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights announced Monday her intent to run for President of the Russian Federation. Masha Bast, 38, who has worked on some of the most high-profile and politically

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Human Rights Minister chairs 6th GCC Human Rights Meeting .

Human Rights Minister chairs 6th GCC Human Rights Meeting .

🕔05:46, 25.Sep 2013

Bahrain’s Human Rights Affairs Minister, Dr. Salah bin Ali Abdul Rahman, today, chaired the sixth meeting of the heads of government agencies in charge with human rights in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf that started

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Former prisoner's human rights DNA challenge is rejected by High Court judges.

Former prisoner's human rights DNA challenge is rejected by High Court judges.

🕔05:42, 25.Sep 2013

An ex-prisoner’s legal challenge to a police force request for him to provide  DNA samples has been rejected by the High Court. Lawyers for the former prisoner, referred to as R, argued that the demand  infringed his human rights. But

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U.N. to Review NSA Privacy Violations Among Other U.S. Rights Abuses.

U.N. to Review NSA Privacy Violations Among Other U.S. Rights Abuses.

🕔18:42, 24.Sep 2013

Human rights advocates from across the country are joining together today in a National Day of Action to raise awareness about the state of human rights in the United States at the local, state, and federal levels, and to spotlight

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Iranian student awarded human-rights prize while in prison.

Iranian student awarded human-rights prize while in prison.

🕔18:26, 24.Sep 2013

Omid Kokabee, a physics PhD student jailed in Iran since January 2011, was awarded yesterday the 2014 American Physical Society’s Andrei Sakharov Prize for “his courage in refusing to use his physics knowledge to work on projects that he deemed

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Big fall in equality and human rights-related cases.

Big fall in equality and human rights-related cases.

🕔18:18, 24.Sep 2013

The number of cases taken by State equality and human rights bodies has collapsed by up to 66 per cent, according to a report to be published today. A new study shows that between 2008 and 2011, the number of

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Egypt's permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva Wafaa Baseem held a seminar on Egypt's roadmap on the sidelines of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Egypt's permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva Wafaa Baseem held a seminar on Egypt's roadmap on the sidelines of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

🕔09:10, 16.Sep 2013

Key speakers at the event were Egyptian Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed el-Borei, member of the National Council for Human Rights Mahmoud Karem, former chairman of the lower house’s human rights committee Mohamed Anwar Sadat and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization

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An Australian man, known as Abu Asma al-Australi in social media accounts, was suspected of carrying out a suicide bomb attack in Syria in behalf of terrorists.

An Australian man, known as Abu Asma al-Australi in social media accounts, was suspected of carrying out a suicide bomb attack in Syria in behalf of terrorists.

🕔08:57, 16.Sep 2013

Images of the alleged bomber with his face intentionally blurred had been circulating the Internet particularly in social media sites as social media users in Australia tried to confirm his identity. News reports also released information that the suspected suicide bomber

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Libel complaints against reporters covering corruption scandal in the Philippines

Libel complaints against reporters covering corruption scandal in the Philippines

🕔06:22, 29.Aug 2013

A businesswoman turned fugitive for her alleged involvement in a multi-billion peso corruption scandal filed four separate libel complaints against a blogger, two reporters, two editors and a publisher, as well as a fashion designer, on 6 and 7 August

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay Arrives in Jaffna

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay Arrives in Jaffna

🕔04:50, 27.Aug 2013

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay Arrives in Jaffna yesterday evening by a special helicopter. She visited the Jaffna Teaching hospital. She was received at the  Hospital by its  head Mrs. Bavani Pasupathirajah. She is expected to meet  the Northern

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UN rights panel challenges North Korea over 'slander' claim

UN rights panel challenges North Korea over 'slander' claim

🕔04:44, 27.Aug 2013

The head of a UN inquiry into human rights in North Korea challenged Pyongyang on Monday, August 26, to back its allegation that testimony gathered by his commission in Seoul amounted to “slander” The three-member Commission of Inquiry chaired by

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UN rights panel challenges N. Korea over 'slander' claim

UN rights panel challenges N. Korea over 'slander' claim

🕔04:37, 27.Aug 2013

The head of a UN inquiry into human rights in North Korea challenged Pyongyang on Monday to back its allegation that testimony gathered by his commission in Seoul amounted to “slander”. The three-member Commission of Inquiry chaired by retired Australian

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Iranian officials should immediately and unconditionally release five Azeri ethnic minority rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today

Iranian officials should immediately and unconditionally release five Azeri ethnic minority rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today

🕔06:10, 22.Aug 2013

The five were sentenced to heavy prison terms solely for their membership in a party that peacefully works for the civil and cultural rights of the country’s Azeri ethnic minority. An appeals court recently affirmed nine-year prison sentences for each

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The development agenda is heralding a new cure-all for humanitarian and development challenges – data

The development agenda is heralding a new cure-all for humanitarian and development challenges – data

🕔05:34, 22.Aug 2013

In the latest incarnation of the development world’s dominant paradigm, ICTs for Development, data is being embraced, analysed and monitored by companies, humanitarian organisations, aid donors and governments alike. Yet despite the promises of data evangelists that big and open

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Israel must stop harassment, intimidation and abusive treatment of rights defender Issa Amro

Israel must stop harassment, intimidation and abusive treatment of rights defender Issa Amro

🕔19:37, 15.Aug 2013

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts* expressed deep concern at the alleged ongoing judicial harassment, intimidation and abusive treatment directed against Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian human rights defender. Mr. Amro was arrested and detained 20 times

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Sufi Muslims Feel the Heat of Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance

🕔18:52, 15.Aug 2013

The plight of the Al-Mujahadah Foundation madrassa in southern Aceh illustrates the perils of rising religious intolerance for Indonesia’s religious minorities. The school, a private institution that instructed dozens of students 8 to 25 years of age in the principles

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Stay Out of the Pool In Switzerland

Stay Out of the Pool In Switzerland

🕔09:29, 15.Aug 2013

Earlier this week here in Geneva, a few minutes’ walk from the imposing façade of the United Nations refugee agency’s headquarters, I opened my morning paper. At first glance I saw that Swiss “house rules” had changed, so that “permission”

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Bangladesh Descends into Chaos

Bangladesh Descends into Chaos

🕔09:24, 15.Aug 2013

Last Saturday night, Adilur Rahman Khan arrived home  in Dhaka after visiting his family over Eid to find a group of men waiting outside his house. Mr. Khan, secretary of the prominent Bangladeshi human rights group Odhikar, had been expecting

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Egypt's military will not get away with human rights abuses

Egypt's military will not get away with human rights abuses

🕔09:18, 15.Aug 2013

Just over a year ago, Egypt threw off the shackles of its military dictatorship and took on the mantle of a civil democracy, becoming for a short period, the torchbearer of liberty and equality throughout the Arab world. On 24

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Rwanda: Takeover of Rights Group

Rwanda: Takeover of Rights Group

🕔22:10, 14.Aug 2013

The leadership of the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights has been ousted because of its independent stance. People believed to be favorable to the government have taken over the organization in what has become a

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UN human rights envoy arrives in Myanmar's troubled state of Rakhine

UN human rights envoy arrives in Myanmar's troubled state of Rakhine

🕔06:47, 14.Aug 2013

A United Nations human rights envoy got a firsthand look Monday at sectarian tensions plaguing Myanmar, arriving in the state of Rakhine days after police opened fire on protesters seeking access to the body of a Rohingya Muslim fisherman. One

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UN urges immediate release of detained human rights defender

UN urges immediate release of detained human rights defender

🕔06:36, 14.Aug 2013

The United Nations today voiced concern about the recent arrest of a prominent human rights defender in Bangladesh and urged the Government to secure his immediate release. Adilur Rahman Khan, the director of Odhikar, a well-known human rights organization in

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Canaries in the Coal Mine for Online Privacy

Canaries in the Coal Mine for Online Privacy

🕔21:01, 10.Aug 2013

Not one but two US-based email providers have just decided to shut down to protect the privacy of their users amid the escalating debate over US surveillance practices. These are canaries in the coal mine for privacy online. Lavabit posted

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FCC Caps Exorbitant US Prison Phone Rates

FCC Caps Exorbitant US Prison Phone Rates

🕔20:56, 10.Aug 2013

This morning, a decade after a group of inmates’ families filed a petition challenging the exorbitant rates charged for interstate jail and prison phone calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to cap the cost of these calls. As Acting FCC

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Don't Transfer US Prisoners Far From Loved Ones

Don't Transfer US Prisoners Far From Loved Ones

🕔20:52, 10.Aug 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons recently announced a mission change for the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, a low-security women’s prison. Beginning this month, the Bureau plans to begin transferring the FCI’s roughly 1000 female prisoners to a new

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20 People Killed in Syrian Air Raid

20 People Killed in Syrian Air Raid

🕔20:44, 10.Aug 2013

Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a predominantly Sunni Muslim village in the western heartland of President Bashar Assad’s minority Alawite sect, killing at least 20. The strikes came amid a push by Assad’s forces to regain control

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Update – Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights

Update – Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights

🕔20:35, 10.Aug 2013

Human rights are the basic freedoms we all need to live with dignity. Taking a human rights based approach in practice is more effective, safer and more person centred.  Yet human rights are not always well understood in Scotland, and

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Ending impunity and promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples must be Brazil’s priorities

Ending impunity and promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples must be Brazil’s priorities

🕔20:19, 10.Aug 2013

Despite all the economic progress made in Brazil over the last decade, violence is endemic and the current response is not only failing to reduce the violence, it is actually exacerbating the situation,” said Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty

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Call for end to 'appalling' human rights violations in North Korea

Call for end to 'appalling' human rights violations in North Korea

🕔20:08, 10.Aug 2013

The 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War today has been met with calls for an end to human rights violations in North Korea. Christian Solidarity Worldwide said human rights abuses in the hermit communist country were “appalling”

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