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Chinese activist goes missing ahead of U.N. human rights review

Ahead of UN human rights review, China activist goes missing (via The Christian Science Monitor) When the United Nations scrutinizes China’s human rights record next month, Cao Shunli’s voice will not be heard. Ms. Cao, who has spent years trying to persuade Beijing to allow ordinary citizens to help draft…

UN fears ‘deteriorating’ human rights in Afghanistan

The UN human rights chief on Tuesday expressed fears that progress made in Afghanistan since the fall of the hardline Taliban regime in 2001 was draining away as NATO-led troops withdraw. Navi Pillay said on a visit to Kabul that she had heard growing evidence of a sharp reversal in…

Turkey’s ‘Standing Man’ protester to win human rights award

Turkey’s “Standing Man”, a performance artist who became an icon of anti-government protests this year, will receive a major German human rights award next week, the jury said Monday. Erdem Gunduz, a 34-year-old dancer and choreographer, will be honoured for his “courageous commitment to freedom of expression and human rights”…

Snowden’s full statement from Moscow: ‘I did what I believed right’

Full transcript of the statement made by Edward Snowden, in which he accepts all offers of asylum he has been given Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, posted by WikiLeaks: Friday July 12, 15:00 UTC Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago,…

China’s rights record worsened in 2011: group

China’s human rights record worsened in 2011, making it the most repressive year in a decade, after Beijing launched a crackdown following protests across the Arab world, a group said Friday. Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders said in its annual report on rights activists in China that 2011 was…

Coalition of tech, rights groups demand u-turn in copyright debate

Should Congress mandate the disconnection of American citizens from the global communications infrastructure just because they download or link to copyrighted media? A coalition of 70 groups, comprised of tech companies, human rights organizations, entrepreneurs and activists are saying no, banding together this week to amplify their voices with an open letter…

Three women receive Nobel Peace Prize

Liberia’s president, a fellow Liberian and a Yemeni activist received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Saturday for showing how women facing war and oppression can shed the mantle of victimhood and lead the way to peace and democracy. “You represent one of the most important motive forces for change…

UK elderly’s human rights ‘being breached’: study

Poor treatment of many elderly people in their own homes is breaching their human rights, says a study of England’s home care services. The Equality and Human Rights Commission report into council-operated home care said there is evidence of a “systematic failure” in the way care is given. Home care services are used…

We’re all entitled

I feel bad about the post I wrote earlier today, in that I might have been unduly harsh, though I’m still thinking that everything I said was right. It got me to thinking about a favorite word bandied about, by myself as much as by anyone else, on the anti-oppression…

Economic crisis and basic human rights

Stories like this, more than anything, expose how much of a lie it is when Republicans go on about how they’re the party of “family values”. At bare minimum, what families need to be valued is steady employment and reasonable cost of living, both things that have been snatched away…

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