Articles Tagged with human rights

Saudi Arabia Warns Women Not To Protest Driving Ban

Women in Saudi Arabia photograph themselves behind the wheel in protest of the ban that does not allow women to drive there.

Saudi Arabia is warning women im their country not to protest the ban on female drivers. In a statement released by the Interior Ministry for Saudi Arabia, Saudi officials warned that they would punish women who attempt to drive in their country as well as the men who allowed them to do so. “Female drivers… Read more »

ISIS: Yazidi Women Held Captive By The ‘Hundreds’

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ISIS kidnapped “hundreds” of Yazidi women and is holding them captive. The Islamic militant group has rounded up women below the age of 35, and is keeping at least some of them at schools in Mosul, according to the Iraq Human Rights Ministry. Mosul is the second largest city in the Middle East country. Yazidis… Read more »

Burger King Pride Campaign Claims ‘We’re All The Same Inside’

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Burger King has joined in the trend of chain restaurants offering their non-food-related opinions, adding to their menu a burger called “The Proud Whopper.” USA Today reports that the burger, clad in a rainbow wrapper, was sold for just under one week at one Burger King restaurant in San Francisco for their 44th annual Pride… Read more »

Ban On Face Veils Is Upheld By European Court Of Human Rights

A woman wears a burqa and veil to cover her face in public.

France’s 2010 law banning burqas in public places has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Advocates in France claimed the prohibition of face veils in public encourages citizens to “live together.” According to the Guardian, the law not only bans the wearing of face veils, but also balaclavas and hoods. Essentially,… Read more »

20-Year-Old Pakistani Woman Raped, Hanged From A Tree

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In what has been seen as a disturbing trend emerging from South Asia of late, a 20-year-old woman was kidnapped, gang raped, killed, and hanged from a tree in Pakistan. The incident was reported from the district of Layyah in the Punjab province of Pakistan. According to The Tribune Pakistan, the 20-year-old lady has been… Read more »

Tiananmen Square 25 Years Later: Mourning, Struggle, But Little Progress

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The Chinese government tightened security in and around Beijing this week, in anticipation of the 25 year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest of June 3-4, 1989. Fox News reports that the government’s tight security affected not only mourners who traveled to the public square, but also the friends and family of many of the… Read more »

Sri Lanka Denies War Crimes, Denounces UN’s Call For Investigations

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Sri Lanka was the center of human rights controversy this week when the government blatantly rejected UN’s call to investigate the country for alleged war crimes. Insisting that there were no war crimes committed during the three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka, the island country’s government refused to acknowledge UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay’s… Read more »

Mos Def Submits To Force Feeding In Guantanamo Protest [Graphic Video]

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Rapper Mos Def submitted to a controversial force feeding procedure as a form of protest, experiencing what hunger striking Guantanamo Bay prisoners are subject to to prevent their starvation in a graphic new video. Mos Def’s force feeding protest was filmed and has since been ricocheting around the web, after the UK’s Guardian carried the… Read more »

Apple To Oppose Formation Of Human Rights Committee

Apple Human Rights Committee

During Apple’s 2013 shareholder meeting, the company will discuss its future including whether or not to re-elect board members Tim Cook, Arthur Levinson, Al Gore, William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, and Ronald Sugar. However, the February 27 meeting will not discuss human rights. According to a source close to the company, Apple… Read more »

Russian Parliament Bans All Adoptions By Americans

Russia Ban All US Adoptions

The New York Times reports that the Russian Parliament voted overwhelmingly today in favor of banning any all adoptions by Americans. The move is said to be in retaliation for legislation signed by President Obama last week. The “Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act,” signed by Obama on December 14, imposes sanctions on Russian… Read more »

Iranian Pastor Released After Three Years On Death Row

Iran Suddenly Releases Christian PastorAwaiting Execution

After finally being released from prison in Iran, Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was greeted by his wife Tina and his ecstatic family on Saturday, September 8, 2012. Due to the tight security and censorship by the Iranian authorities, news of the Pastor’s release was not confirmed by Western sources until Monday. Nadarkhani was freed by… Read more »

Jimmy Carter: America Has Abandoned Human Rights

Jimmy Carter says Human Rights going away in America

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was not mincing words on Monday morning when he wrote a New York Times commentary for which he attacked American politicians for outright abandoning human rights. President Carter pointed to ordered assassinations of people abroad, including American citizens as proof that the September 11, 2001 attacks have allowed bipartisan executives… Read more »

Chen Guangcheng Leaves U.S. Embassy After Threats To Family

Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who previously sought refuse in the United States Embassy in Beijing, has left the protection of the embassy after telling The Associated Press by telephone that a U.S. official indicated to him that Chinese authorities had threatened to beat his wife to death if he did not leave the embassy…. Read more »