All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Human rights’

Russia May Free Pussy Riot Members

As the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi in February draw near, Russia’s parliament passed a new amnesty bill on Wednesday, which is widely viewed as being a measure to calm international watchdog groups over the Kremlin’s human rights records. The bill would likely free the two imprisoned members of the Pussy Riot punk band, as well as a 30-member …

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UK Prisoner Told To Clean Up Her Miscarriage

Usually you lose your rights and sometimes your mind when you become a prisoner. And, for one woman in a private prison who had a miscarriage, it allegedly meant to be told to clean up after herself; the fetus lay dead on the prison cell floor. Nadine Wright, 37, had a nurse present with her when she miscarried on November …

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Greg Louganis Opposes Sochi Olympic Boycott

Greg Louganis is opposed to a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Instead of boycotting the Olympics, Louganis urged athletes to dedicate their performances to the gay family and friends who have supported them. “If you have a supportive aunt, uncle, cousin, friend who is gay, you don’t win a gold medal by yourself. There is a team of …

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Employee Arrested 62 Times For “Trespassing” At Work

Imagine working at a convenient store and being arrested for trespassing. Imagine for four years, you’re stopped 258 times by the police. Imagine being searched more than 100 times. Imagine being arrested and put in jail 56 times, with your highest criminal offense being possession of marijuana. This is all happening in Miami Gardens, Florida to a man named Earl …

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Illinois Legalizes Same Sex Marriage: Signed Into Law On Wednesday

In an effort to join the rest of the states that are becoming more progressive, Illinois has jumped on the same-sex bandwagon. On Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn signed it into law, allowing same-sex couples to be married, and enjoy all of the same benefits that heterosexual couples have been getting since the institution of marriage began. The same-sex weddings would …

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UN Security Council Votes In New Members, Causes Controversy

The AP via the Washington Post reported today that Saudi Arabia, Chad, Nigeria, Lithuania, and Chile were voted onto the United Nations Security Council. None of the countries were opposed on the floor because, for the first time in several years, none of the races were contested. In the first round of voting, Lithuania received 187 votes, Nigeria and Chile …

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Christiane Amanpour Interviews Malala Yousafzai Who Defied Pakistani Terror

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who defied Pakistani terrorists, and almost lost her life to defend freedom and women’s right to education, was interviewed by famed journalist and opinion moulder Christiane Amanpour this week. The full interview will be aired as a special report “The Bravest Girl in the World” on CNN this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Yousafzai has become …

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Yasiin Bey (Formerly Mos Def) Takes Part In Force-Feeding Demonstration

Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, is known for being one of the more gifted rap lyricists to ever pick up a microphone. Beyond his performing excellence, Bey is also an outspoken Muslim, and has openly disagreed with the United States government’s actions involving the Middle East. Now, the talented artist is using his position to perhaps …

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YouTube, WITNESS, Storyful Partner for New Human Rights Channel

YouTube has partnered up with WITNESS, an international organization that utilizes video for human rights advocacy, and Storyful, a social network of aggregated news, to create a powerful new outlet that offers the world a new venue to spotlight important stories related to human rights cases around the world. The product of this partnership is a new channel on YouTube …

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Iran, Syria Receive New Sanctions for Using Technology Against Protesters

The White House announced an executive order today that details new sanctions on Iran and Syria due to each country’s use of technology for the cause of human rights abuse. The sanctions include a provision to ban U.S. visas against specific individuals, companies, or other entities who have employed technology in order to perpetuate the abuse of human rights. The …

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Transgender Student Files Complaint, Denied Residential Assistant Position in an All-Male Dorm

Kaeden Kass, was born a female but identifies himself as male. The transgender student attends Miami University and has filed a complaint against his school after not being allowed to serve as a residential assistant in an all-male dorm. After filing the complaint with the Miami University council and dean of students Kass was offered the same position for a …

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Zimbabwe Canes Teenager For Facebook Slander

In Aprile 2011, the U.S. state department released a report on human rights in Zimbabwe. In the report U.S. government officials outline many abuses of power and savage acts perpetrated by the Zimbabwe government and their security forces. Specific cases include mass beating of high school and college students, torture of protesters, unlawful arrests, harassment, and even imprisonment of adolescent …

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