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Op-Ed: Atrocities continue to plague both Iraq and Syria

Iraq, having faced sectarian strife and war for years now, and its neighbour Syria, facing as it is yet more bloodletting, both have seen very heinous atrocities visited upon their respective citizenry.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Op-Ed: The plight of Iranian dissident refugees in Iraq Special

While the world is focused on the battle against ISIS (Daesh), there is another situation in Iraq which has in general passed under the radar of most people who are watching events in the Middle East. That is the mistreatment of Iranian refugees.

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals mulling gay marriage ban

The U.S. 6th Court of Appeals is deciding gay marriage bans on the books in four states. The three-judge panel has the chance to overturn the bans and likely send the case on to the Supreme court in 2015, and history suggests they will do so.

North Korea proposes 'all-inclusive' report on human rights

Pyongyang - Officials were reportedly unhappy with a detailed report by the United Nations which detailed some severe human rights abuses. Now a new project from the government itself which they promise will be "all-inclusive."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.
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Protesters standing outside Queen s Park demand the release of Bashir Makhtal
Protesters standing outside Queen's Park demand the release of Bashir Makhtal
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Moazzam Begg  former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
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Benjamin H. Yoon  representative of the Citizens  Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.
Benjamin H. Yoon, representative of the Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.
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(From left to right) Host Randall Baran-Chong, Young-Cheol Kim, translator, Mi-ran Kim, Suk woo Kim
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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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Chen Tze-Ling was invited by Rene Wadlow  a long time human rights activist  to attend and speak out...
Chen Tze-Ling was invited by Rene Wadlow, a long time human rights activist, to attend and speak out the experiences of human rights violations.
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Korean food vendor.
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Said Maktal  Bashir s cousin  has been fighting for his release for the last five years.
Said Maktal, Bashir's cousin, has been fighting for his release for the last five years.
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At the Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on Saturday  Torontonians gathered to celebrate human rights a...
At the Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on Saturday, Torontonians gathered to celebrate human rights and to say no to genocide, war and violations of human rights.
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Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto  Ji-In Hong
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, Ji-In Hong
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Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little  if any  governmantal support.  Hassan  who is b...
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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Shoshana Strauss receives presidential award.
Shoshana Strauss receives presidential award.
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Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the United States
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North Korean painting.
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Mam Sonando  likely facing a Buddhist Temple near his radio station  before followers
Mam Sonando, likely facing a Buddhist Temple near his radio station, before followers
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Protesters feel that Bashir Makthtal s Charter Rights are being violated.
Protesters feel that Bashir Makthtal's Charter Rights are being violated.
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Naiel Thejel Ganeen  a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community  was kidnapped in 2006 and held for n...
Naiel Thejel Ganeen, a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community, was kidnapped in 2006 and held for nine days of torture, and repeatedly referred to as an infidel. He was released after kidnappers received a $40,000 ransom, but is left with a scarred arm suffered from shrapnel in a mock execution.
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Canadian Conservative Member of Parliament Barry Devolin
Canadian Conservative Member of Parliament Barry Devolin
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