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Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Remarks Are ‘A Gift To Dictators,’ Say Africans

“Donald Trump is a gift to all tin-pot dictators on the African continent. He is giving currency and legitimacy to rigging because if it can exist in America, it can exist anywhere,” said an opposition leader in Zimbabwe.

October 21, 2016

What Are Thousands Of Inmates Around The Country Protesting On Friday?

Friday, September 9th marks the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot New York state, and inmates and inmates rights groups across the country have planned demonstrations to highlight the deplorable conditions in prisons today.

September 8, 2016

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe To Head African Union, Despite Rights Record

Mugabe’s election is a step back for human rights in Africa.

January 30, 2015

Obama Urges Religious Tolerance, Human Rights In India

President Obama closed his trip to India with a call for religious tolerance and human rights.

January 27, 2015
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Human Rights Groups Urge Criminal Investigation Into CIA Torture

The Senate torture report is spurring new calls to prosecute Bush administration officials.

December 23, 2014

Cuba Diplomacy: Behind Right-Wing Outrage, An Intellectual Void

Republican critics furiously denounce Obama’s Cuba initiative — but they’re devoid of fresh ideas.

December 18, 2014

Secret Lives: An Evening In A Ugandan Gay Bar

Take a trip behind the curtain in the repressive east African nation.

September 30, 2014

Obama Pushes For Human Rights At CGI

Find out what else the president had to say at the Clinton Global Initiative.

September 23, 2014

Close The ‘Evil’ Prison Camps, Kerry Urges N.Korea

“If we don’t stand with men and women suffering in anonymity, then what do we stand for? If we don’t give voice to the voiceless, then why bother to speak?”–Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to foreign ministers at the U.N. General Assembly about the crimes against humanity in North Korean prison camps.

September 23, 2014

Freed Human Rights Lawyer’s Family Wants China To Let Him Travel To United States

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — It was the phone call that 11-year-old Peter Gao of Sunnyvale had been awaiting for years: The chance to reconnect with his dad and tell him about geography, science, and other subjects he had been studying in school across the ocean. Most of all, he wanted to […]

September 12, 2014

Thailand’s Military Rulers Accused Of Human Rights Abuses

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times MUMBAI, India — Thailand’s military rulers detained hundreds of people without charges, tortured some prisoners and systematically stifled dissent since seizing power in a May coup, a leading human rights watchdog reported Thursday. Amnesty International said that although most prisoners were released within a week, they remain at risk of […]

September 11, 2014

EXCERPT: ‘March: Book One,’ A Graphic Novel About Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis’ Journey

From growing up on a sharecropper’s farm to helping lead the civil rights movement and serving 13 terms in Congress, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has lived an iconic American life. Now Lewis, along with co-author Andrew Aydin and award-winning artist Nate Powell, is retelling his journey through an epic graphic novel trilogy: March. In the following excerpt from […]

August 29, 2014

United States Carries Out 15 Air Strikes Near Iraq Dam

By Serene Assir Badriyah (Iraq) (AFP) — U.S. warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said. Fighter jets, bombers, and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents […]

August 18, 2014

Kerry Presses Asia On Democracy, Human Rights

Honolulu (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and other Asian countries to bolster democracy and human rights in a region at the top of America’s agenda. “The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously,” Kerry said at the East-West Center in Honolulu, on […]

August 14, 2014

Egypt Authorities Likely Committed Crimes Against Humanity, Group Says

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times A leading international human rights group asserted Tuesday that Egyptian authorities likely committed crimes against humanity in the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators last August, most of them supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt sharply disputed the findings of New York-based Human Rights […]

August 12, 2014

U.S. Imposes Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. State Department Wednesday imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violations during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead. “With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses,” State […]

July 30, 2014

Bahrain: U.S. Asst Secretary Of State ‘Unwelcome’, Should Leave

Dubai (AFP) – Bahrain’s foreign ministry said Monday that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski, is “unwelcome” in the Sunni-ruled kingdom and should “leave immediately.” The ministry accused Malinowski of “meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs” by meeting “with a particular party to the detriment of other interlocutors”, in […]

July 7, 2014

Thousands Go Without Water As Detroit Cuts Service For Nonpayment

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times DETROIT — It has been six weeks since the city turned off Nicole Hill’s water. Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky. A small garbage can is filled with water from a neighbor, while a bigger […]

June 30, 2014

Detroit Violating Human Rights By Closing Water Taps: U.N.

Geneva (AFP) – U.N. rights experts on Wednesday slammed struggling U.S. city Detroit for violating the basic human rights of its citizens by disconnecting thousands of people from water services over unpaid bills. Cash-strapped Detroit, which last July became the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy protection, has recently begun disconnecting water services […]

June 25, 2014

UN Rights Chief: Xenophobia In EU Paves Way To Violence

GENEVA — The recent rise in xenophobic rhetoric from EU politicians could pave the way for violence and human rights violations, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Tuesday in Geneva. At the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s summer session, Pillay said the xenophobic, racist and religiously intolerant discourse could undermine […]

June 10, 2014

Ugandan Named To Head UN Assembly Faces Criticism On Human Rights

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, who is set to take over the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, has a decades-long legacy of corruption, military aggression and human-rights abuses, according to opponents of his selection as ceremonial head of the world body. The 65-year-old career […]

June 9, 2014

White House: China Should Account For Tiananmen Victims

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — On the 25th anniversary of the crackdown culminating at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the White House on Wednesday called on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the military assault on pro-democracy demonstrators. The tally of dead, injured, jailed, executed and missing […]

June 4, 2014

Jimmy Carter: ‘We Must Accommodate Changing Times But Cling To Principles That Never Change’

Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas—Former President Jimmy Carter said that although much progress has been made on human rights in the United States and around the world, much still needs to be done. Speaking to LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove at the Civil Rights Summit, the 39th president said women’s issues — including wage disparity, […]

April 9, 2014

World Execution Toll Rose In 2013: Amnesty

By Robin Millard London (AFP) – The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday, but China remains the world’s biggest state executioner by far. Beijing is thought to have killed thousands of its own citizens, more than the rest […]

March 27, 2014

Egypt Convenes Trial Of More Than 680 On Heels Of Mass Death Sentence

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — An Egyptian court convened another mass trial Tuesday with more than 680 defendants, a day after being vehemently denounced by human rights groups and legal organizations for simultaneously condemning 529 others to death. The proceedings again took place in Minya, in the Nile River Valley about 150 […]

March 25, 2014