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Op-Ed: Net 'Neutrality' may not be 'equality' for all Special

Our country is famous for giving its people freedoms, then slowly over time it takes them away one by one. And next on the list of freedoms we may start to lose is Internet access. And in some ways, it has already begun.
Digital Journal Report by George McGinn - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Water privatization — Corporates vs public interest, again

Sydney - Many environmentalists have been highly skeptical of the chronic mismanagement of water resources worldwide in the last couple of decades. Some also suggest that global food giant Nestlé is behind moves to privatize water supplies.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 1 comment

Author explores a fascinating life of social justice Special

Edmonton - Alexis Kienlen is an Edmonton-based writer who is a journalist and published poet with two volumes of poetry to her credit. Her third book is a work of non-fiction about someone who is well known for being an advocate for social justice.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman

Sorry Day Protests: Stop taking our children

Protests are taking place across Australia due to flawed government policies leading to the unnecessary removal of Indigenous children.
In the Media by Elke Nagy - 1 comment

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.

Op-Ed: Saudi Arabia lectures on human rights; world laughs

Riyad - At a UN meeting last week, Saudi Arabia lectured Norway on the nation’s human rights record for failing to prevent criticism of Islam. In Saudi Arabia, a blogger was sentenced to 15 years in prison and four princesses starve for women’s rights.
In the Media by Justin King - 4 comments

'Industrial scale' justice as Egypt court sentences 683 to death

Minya - A court in Egypt, Monday, recommended the death penalty for 683 people after a mass trial that’s been heavily criticized both by European government leaders and human rights organizations.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Op-Ed: Resurgent Latin America and waning American power

Washington - Singing dirges for American power must be one of the most reused themes in international relations nowadays. And it’s not that surprising.
In the Media by Rob Edens

U.S. professor preparing to engage in hunger strike ‘until death’ Special

San Francisco - Activists are rallying around a California man who will begin a hunger strike on May 13th in the hopes of forcing the government to begin dialogue about police brutality, releasing political prisoners, and its treatment of immigrants.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King - 13 comments

Iraqi women push for rights ahead of presidential election

Female politicians in Iraq are pushing women's issues and women's rights as the presidential election in the country approaches and new laws aim to further restrict them.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Russia’s ‘Virtual reality’ stance on Ukraine slammed at UN

New York - On the eve of Thursday’s four-way talks which took place in Geneva, today, Russia again came in for flak at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council held yesterday, both from UN officials and a number of Western Ambassadors.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Spanish Judge enforces torture probe against Bush and Cheney

On Tuesday, Judge Pablo Ruz at the Spanish National Court defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the United States prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.

UN's Pillay condemns widespread use of torture in Syria

The United Nation's High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has strongly condemned the use of torture in Syria by both the regime and some armed opposition groups.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

WorldPride Human Rights Conference – June 2014 in Toronto

Toronto - The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 will take place June 25 to 27, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, will be among the presenters from 60 countries participating.
In the Media by Bryen Dunn

Op-Ed: March 8 is International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day, an event that has been running since 1908. This year the United Nations is marking the day with the theme of 'Equality for Women'. However, as some media reports point out, there is a long way to go.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Selective justice: Foreign nationals and the death penalty

Geneva - The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) steps up its campaign this week for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Female genital mutilation a Western problem too Special

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) might not form part of the cultural spectrum of Europe or North America; it doesn't mean the phenomenon doesn't exist there. Both continents are home to hundreds of thousands of victims and potential victims.
Digital Journal Report by Miriam Mannak - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Women and Children Under Siege

The women and children of America are under siege. Domestic violence, sexual assault, child trafficking and pornography are virulent epidemics. This is not a position piece on Roe v. Wade - it is a call to action against this war on our women and children
In the Media by Donald Quinn - 2 comments

Madonna to introduce Pussy Riot at human rights concert

New York - Madonna will introduce members of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot at an Amnesty International concert in New York City in February.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

Pussy Riot to appear in Brooklyn at Amnesty International concert

New York - One month after being released from Russian prison, the Russian punk rock music group, Pussy Riot, will attend Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at the Barclays Center in New York City on February 5.
In the Media by Kavelle Christie

Rwandan politician says Dallaire never spoke of genocide plan Special

A politician at the centre of a 20-year-old controversy over warnings that Hutu extremists were conspiring to commit genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda said the United Nations peacekeeping force never informed him of such a diabolical plan.
Digital Journal Report by Judi Rever - 2 comments

Ex-Kagame escort tortured, threatened; US urges fair trial Special

A Rwandan refugee who was illegally returned to Rwanda to face trial on rebellion charges has pleaded guilty after being severely beaten in detention, his wife and a rights activist have confirmed.
Digital Journal Report by Judi Rever

Israeli plan to relocate 30,000 Bedouins faces widespread protest

An Israeli plan to remove tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin populations from their existing land and resettle them elsewhere was met with broad protest, including from well-known musician Peter Gabriel.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 6 comments

World Toilet Day: The right to have clean water and sanitation

Most people reading this article can go to their kitchen for a glass of water, or use the bathroom without a second thought. But what about the 2.5 billion people in our world today without sanitation or a source of clean drinking water?
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Russia's anti-gay adoption laws affect Canadian couple

Halifax - The only thing Pam and Adam Webber want more than the child they were excitedly awaiting, is a change in Russia’s international adoption laws.
In the Media by Kavelle Christie

Amnesty condemns Saudi Arabia's worsening human rights record

Amnesty International has stated that Saudi Arabia has failed to address human rights concerns and on top of that has actually “ratcheted up the repression” since 2009.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Head of Syrian Observatory deplores international hypocrisy

The founder and head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel-Rahman, has expressed his anger at the “hypocrisy” of the world community for their almost monomaniacal focus on Syria's chemical weapons.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: Paul Kagame’s trips to the West not worth the headache Special

Toronto - It is simply too embarrassing for Paul Kagame to visit the West anymore, as eager as the Rwandan president is to pose as a respected African statesman. His visit to Toronto last month was stirring evidence of this.
Digital Journal Report by Judi Rever

EU Parliament Civil Liberties Committee to investigate NSA spying

Brussels - As global repercussions grow in response to Edward Snowden's disclosure of the worldwide NSA surveillance, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, created by the European Parliament, has scheduled a series of meetings.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Spanish High Court judge agrees to call former Franco officials

Madrid - Victims of torture by Franco's officials launched a case against four of the dictator's officers and warrants of arrest have been issued. The Spanish High Court has agreed to summon the former Franco officers wanted in Argentina.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments
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Security forces in Cuba  drag a member of the Ladies in White  a peaceful group made up of family me...
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Security forces in Cuba drag a member of the Ladies in White, a peaceful group made up of family members of imprisoned dissidents.
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
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Former North Korean prison camp inmate Chol-Hwan Kang attends the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and...
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Former North Korean prison camp inmate Chol-Hwan Kang attends the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in Geneva, February 19, 2013
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Rene Wadlow, Senior Vice President of Association of World Citizens, a human rights activist for over 40 years, has helped human rights protection in Tibet and Tiananmen Square.
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Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, Ji-In Hong
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Shimon Peres
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A Geneva lady showing her supports for Tai Ji Men in the square.
A Geneva lady showing her supports for Tai Ji Men in the square.
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Blue plaque in honour of Peter Tatchell, unveiled 29 September, 2010, by Sir Ian McKellen
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Violent political repression against the group of womens Ladies in White who stage street peaceful marches demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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Protesters holding placards during the Toronto rally calling for Bashir's release from Ethiopian detention.
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Armed police face down demonstrators in Chandia village, Kalinganagar, in India's Odisha state. © Samadrusti
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Ms. Nie Lina  five months pregnant  is arrested in Xiangcheng  Henan for protesting against the Chin...
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Ms. Nie Lina, five months pregnant, is arrested in Xiangcheng, Henan for protesting against the Chinese government. She was jailed for 15 days.
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Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little  if any  governmantal support.  Hassan  who is b...
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Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little, if any, governmantal support. Hassan, who is blind, fled his home in Taji, north of Baghdad, moving to Chikook with his wife and few belongings. He has no plan of moving back to his former neighborhood.
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Youth organizers demand Bashir Makhtal s release.
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Youth organizers demand Bashir Makhtal's release.
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Representatives of Tai Ji Men dizi visit the Taipei Cultural and Economic Delegation in Geneve of Switzerland to fight for stopping the state violence.
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Mam Sonando, likely facing a Buddhist Temple near his radio station, before followers
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