No matter who wins U.N. General Assembly vote for the 18 seats on
Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there will be critics
who contend that certain member states are unfit to serve because of their
systematic violation of human rights and disrespect for the rule of law.
NATIONS (AP) - The United States was re-elected Monday to another three-year
term on the U.N. Human Rights Council in the only contested election for the
organization's top human rights body. The U.S. was competing with four
countries for three open seats belonging to the Western Group...
(AP) - A radical Islamist cleric described by prosecutors as a key al-Qaida
operative in Europe cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism
charges, judges ruled Monday in the latest twist in a protracted legal saga. Britain's
government has been Full
(AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now
live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that
critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor.
The law took effect Wednesday, just two days after Full
Morocco (AP) - Morocco has made progress in reducing the number of girls
working as domestic servants but much more needs to be done, Human Rights Watch
reported Thursday. Tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are still
working as domestic servants in Morocco, and they are subject...
Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing
flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's
justice ministry said Thursday. The ministry said the punishment hasn't been
ordered by a court since Full
(AP) - A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of
blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said. The ruling
was the final chapter in a case that caused an international outcry over
Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, which are very Full
Tunisia (AP) - A second suspect in the attack on Tunisia's U.S. embassy died
Saturday after months on a hunger strike, his lawyer said. Mohammed Bakhti, a
prominent member of the ultraconservative Muslim Salafi movement, was admitted
to intensive care days earlier following complications...
Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's opposition leaders are calling on President Hugo
Chavez to grant amnesty to the country's self-proclaimed political prisoners. Opposition
congressman Edgar Zambrano said he was optimistic after presenting a proposed
bill amnesty bill to the Full
(AP) - Egyptian authorities arrested more than 300 children during protests in
Cairo over the past year, beating and torturing some and trying many as adults,
a leading international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said in a
report that the arrests and treatment of detained children...
Ohio (AP) - A former military colonel with a Somali security force dubbed the
"Gestapo of Somalia" by its critics was responsible for the torture
of a human rights advocate in the 1980s, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a
decision that opens the door for a hearing on Full
NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction
the leaders of Congo's M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the
eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting.
But it did not name two Full
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(AP) - German pastor Gabriele Stangl says she will never forget the harrowing
confession she heard in 1999. A woman said she had been brutally raped, got
pregnant and had a baby. Then she killed it and buried it in the woods near
Berlin. Stangl wanted to Full
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NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in
a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and
stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and
journalists. The panel of 10 independent experts expressed concern...
you are a young woman living in Nigeria. Living in poverty without an education
or vocational skills, your choices are limited.
How will you
If you're a
single mother, a popular option is to work as a prostitute. Don't expect child
support from your kid's biological...
CITY (AP) - Human rights groups say they found hundreds of women and children
subjected to sexual and physical abuse at a public psychiatric hospital in
Guatemala's capital. The Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala led
an investigation by Full
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(AP) - A leading Cuban opposition figure said Thursday that he and another dissident
were threatened, and in one case attacked, by people they took to be
intelligence agents in separate incidents on the same day. Elizardo Sanchez
said two plainclothes officials Full
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Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan authorities began trying the country's most famous
judge in absentia Wednesday while she refused to enter the courtroom alleging
violations of her rights. Coming nearly three years after her arrest, the trial
of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni started amid a scandal...
Syrian Attorney Mohammed Haj
Hussein is attempting to create an impartial legal system in territory held by
rebels. The goal is to provide justice that has been lacking in President
Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime.
On a positive note, the new
system relies upon an impartial judiciary...
As many celebrate International
Human Rights Day today (December 10 th ), a 2500-year-old inscribed
stone, the Cyrus Cylinder reminds us that human rights are a complex issue with
which humankind has struggled with throughout history. In 2013, the British
Museum will lend the clay cylinder for a...
Chile (AP) - Chile's government has apologized to a lesbian judge who was
denied custody of her three daughters because she is gay. The apology was
issued Friday during a ceremony led by Justice Minister Teodoro Ribera. Chile
says it will pay Full
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AIRES Argentina (AP) - Judges found all defendants innocent Tuesday in a
high-profile case of an Argentine woman who was allegedly kidnapped and forced
into prostitution a decade ago. The 13 people on trial in the province of
Tucuman had Full
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SALVADOR El Salvador (AP) - Rights groups are calling on El Salvador to
investigate the 1981 army massacre of about 1,000 people at El Mozote.
Judiciary officials say cases could be opened despite a 1980s amnesty law. The
Inter-American Court of Human Rights says El Salvador should Full
NATIONS (AP) - Preliminary investigations by the U.N. peacekeeping force in
Congo indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other
human rights violations after they retreated from the key city of Goma
following its capture by M23 rebels, the United Nations said Friday...
To many in the Western World,
Tibet brings to mind the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gayatso, a humble man who
has achieved celebrity status primarily through news reports showing him
meeting with heads of state and famous actors who are Buddhists. Relatively few
understand that the Dalai Lama lives...