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Syria faces more pressure as killing goes on

Syria faced mounting international pressure, a day after at least 28 civilians were killed, including 16 in the capital Damascus and a child, as security forces opened fire to quell the largest anti-regime rallies in four months. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syria cannot now return to the…

More than 220 bodies found in Iraqi mass grave

The remains of 222 people, probably Kurds killed under Iraq’s former regime in 1987, were extracted from a mass grave south of Baghdad, the authorities said on Sunday. “We have found 222 bodies and we have transferred them to the morgue in the province of Najaf,” said Karim Ziad, the…

Human Rights Campaign store in D.C. vandalized by ‘rowdy queers’

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) action center and store in Washington, D.C. was vandalized early Wednesday morning by a radical LGBT group that described itself as “rowdy queers.” The Washington Blade reported that the group splattered pink paint on the store and spray-painted the word “Stonewall” on the sidewalk. The…

UN rights council backs ‘historic’ gay equality bill

GENEVA (AFP) – The UN Human Rights Council on Friday passed a “historic” resolution that seeks equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation, marking significant progress for gay rights. The resolution tabled by South Africa passed with 23 votes in favour, 19 against and three abstentions, despite strong opposition…

Group: Hundreds of thousands of Chinese children suffer from lead poisoning

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese children suffering lead poisoning from polluting smelters and factories have been denied testing, effective treatment and even basic information by officials who downplayed health threats, a human rights advocacy group said on Wednesday. The report from Human Rights Watch comes after China’s latest lead pollution outbreak,…

Maine lawmakers defeat attempt to repeal transgender protections

The Maine legislature has voted against legislation to take away existing protections for transgender people when accessing appropriate public restrooms and other facilities by repealing part of the Maine Human Rights Act. The Maine House of Representatives on June 7 voted 81 to 61 against “An Act to Amend the…

Syria slammed as crackdown accounts mount, at least 25 dead

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Harrowing eyewitness accounts mounted on Saturday after Syrian forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 25 protesters, prompting the US to toughen its stance on President Bashar al-Assad. As the turmoil neared the three-month mark, the international outcry grew over Assad’s use of deadly force against…

WikiLeaks cables reveal more juveniles detained at Guantanamo Bay than U.S. claimed

An investigation of Detainee Assessment Briefs (DAB) and other classified documents published by WikiLeaks reveals that fifteen juveniles were detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, three more than the U.S. State Department publicly acknowledged. The University of California Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas…

Tourists flock to Tiananmen Square for anniversary

BEIJING (AFP) – Thousands of Chinese and foreign tourists flocked to Tiananmen Square on Saturday, the anniversary of the deadly 1989 crackdown on mass pro-democracy protests, amid a noticeable police presence. The sensitive anniversary of the brutal June 4 army action in the heart of Beijing comes as the Chinese…

Syria cracks down on protesters, killing 34

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces intensified their assault on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, killing at least 34 demonstrators in the latest crackdown in the city of Hama, activists said. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after noon prayers on Friday in defiance of security…

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