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Obama Says More Work Remains For Gay Rights’ Advocates

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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. U.S. President Barack Obama, during his keynote address Saturday night at the annual dinner of a leading gay rights group, stressed that despite recent gay rights’ victories, there is more progress to be made. Obama said that many people at the Human Rights Campaign’s dinner have devoted their lives to equality, but he stressed […]

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Obama to Address Gay Rights Dinner

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is delivering the keynote address Saturday at the annual dinner of a leading gay rights group. The Human Rights Campaign’s dinner in Washington comes less than two weeks after the U.S. military ended its ban on openly gay service members. President Obama signed legislation to repeal the policy known as “Don’t […]

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European Rights Body Sees no Progress in Azerbaijan

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Europe’s main human-rights body expressed concern Thursday about a lack of progress on the human-rights situation in Azerbaijan. Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg urged Azerbaijan to act urgently to uphold fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Hammarberg said the government in Baku has failed to implement recommendations […]

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European Rights Body Sees no Progress in Azerbaijan

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Europe’s main human-rights body expressed concern Thursday about a lack of progress on the human-rights situation in Azerbaijan. Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg urged Azerbaijan to act urgently to uphold fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Hammarberg said the government in Baku has failed to implement recommendations […]

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Human Rights Watch Criticizes ICC

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is urging the International Criminal Court to do more to live up to its standards of independence and impartiality. In the 50-page report released Thursday, the human rights watchdog reviews the first five investigations undertaken by the ICC since its inception in 2002. The report says the international tribunal has often “bypassed […]

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Rights Groups Urge UN Council to Probe Sri Lanka

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 12:32 pm (UTC-5)
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International human rights groups are urging the United Nations Human Rights Council to order a probe into alleged abuses committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war. Both London-based Amnesty International and New York-based Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on the council to act on the recommendations of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The U.N. chief has […]

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Sri Lanka Civil War Report Heads to UN Rights Council

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent a report about alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka’s recent civil war to the president of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report, published in April by a panel of U.N.-appointed experts, cites “credible” evidence of Sri Lankan troops and Tamil […]

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Sri Lanka Civil War Report to go to UN Rights Council

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. officials say the Secretary-General will soon refer a report about alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka’s recent civil war to the global body’s Human Rights Council, a move that could lead to an international investigation of the conflict. The officials said Monday Ban Ki-moon is likely to send the report – published in April […]

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US Envoy in Sri Lanka Ahead of UN Rights Meeting

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. envoy is in Sri Lanka for talks ahead of a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on human rights abuses committed during the country’s civil war. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake arrived Monday in the capital, Colombo, for talks with government officials, politicians, Tamil leaders and university students. During the […]

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Rights Group Says China Uses War on Terror to Crack Down on Uighurs

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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A minority rights group said Sunday that China has been using the global war on terror to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western Xinjiang region. Rebiya Kadeer, president of the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress said Chinese authorities found in 9/11 the perfect excuse to crack down on all forms of peaceful political, […]

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