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Supreme Court to decide if corporations can be sued for human rights abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be sued in the United States for suspected complicity in human rights abuses abroad, in a case being closely watched by businesses concerned about long and costly litigation. The high court on Tuesday will consider the reach…

Libya facing challenges but making progress: McCain

TRIPOLI — Top Republican US Senator John McCain said on Wednesday that war-ravaged Libya faced several challenges, including the need to stop human rights abuses, but also praised the country’s progress. “We are very happy to be back here in Libya and to note the enormous progress and changes made…

U.S. hits Iran ministry for ties to Syria crackdown

WASHINGTON — The United States hit Iran’s intelligence ministry with sanctions Thursday, claiming it had supported Syria’s crackdown on dissidents, fueled repression at home and aided Al-Qaeda. The US Treasury Department said Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security supported the Syrian regime as it “continues to commit human rights abuses”…

Supreme Court to hear Nigeria-Shell rights case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses, a case that could make companies liable for torture or genocide committed overseas. The plaintiffs — relatives of seven Nigerians killed by the country’s former military regime — sued…

U.S.-backed Afghan police accused of serious abuses

An Afghan police force funded and supported by the United States is getting away with serious abuses including rape and murder, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on Monday. The findings raise fresh questions about the Western exit strategy from Afghanistan and about handing full control of…

U.N. backs equal rights for gays

GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. human rights body declared Friday there should be no discrimination or violence against people based on their sexual orientation, a vote Western countries called historic but Islamic states firmly rejected. The controversial resolution marked the first time that the Human Rights Council recognized the…

Jimmy Carter: My role is ‘probably superior’ to that of other presidents

Former President Jimmy Carter is in an awkward position after he told NBC’s Brian Williams that “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” in an interview. Carter quickly tried to clarify, saying that his work at the Carter Center and…

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