human rights

Wounded Kashmiris Blocked from Medical Help During Clashes: Rights Group

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Dec 6 – Indian security forces in Kashmir blocked medical care for injured protesters by firing on ambulances, holding up emergency vehicles and preying on hospital patients during clashes in the restive region this year, a health rights group said on Tuesday. At least 80 civilians were killed and more

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Why Devote an Entire Day to Honor Girlhood?

By Meera Damji October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl, which the United Nations began commemorating in 2011. Every year, this day is celebrated to honor the girl child.  But, have you ever wondered why it is so important to celebrate girls? Why do we dedicate an entire day just honor girlhood? Well,

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UN Rights Chief Condemns Syria Abuses Under Assad’s Rule

GENEVA, Sept 13 – U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday, in a wide-ranging speech cataloguing human rights abuses around the world. In a speech opening a three-week session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Zeid said Syria was one of five countries that routinely refused to cooperate

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Kerry in Bangladesh For Talks on Security, Human Rights

DHAKA, Aug 29  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss security cooperation after a series of killings by Islamist militants, as well as economic development and human rights. Kerry will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit, his first to Bangladesh as

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Bahrain Wields Travel Curbs in Crackdown on Opponents: Activists

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI, July 14 – After a border official stopped him leaving Bahrain last week, citing a security order, Mohammed al-Tajer said he checked with the departments in charge of passports and investigations and was told no travel ban was in place. The 50-year-old lawyer, who had been planning a short visit to

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Turkey Blocks Investigations into Southeast Killings: Rights Group

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, July 11 – Turkey’s government is blocking access to independent investigations into alleged mass abuses against civilians in southeast Turkey, where security forces are fighting Kurdish militants, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Thousands of civilians have been caught up in fighting between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants and security

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Powers Must Push for Political Solution in Syria: UN

GENEVA, June 21 – United Nations war crimes investigators called on world powers on Tuesday to pressure the warring sides in Syria to return to the negotiating table to end the conflict and civilian suffering. Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the U.N. independent commission of inquiry on Syria, said that the Syrian government was conducting daily

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India Unveils First-Ever Comprehensive Draft Law on Human Trafficking

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, May 31 – India’s minister for women and children unveiled a draft of the country’s first-ever comprehensive anti-human trafficking law, which would treat survivors as victims in need of assistance and protection rather than as criminals. South Asia, with India at its centre, is the fastest-growing and second-largest region for

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Teach Equality in India’s classrooms to End Discrimination, Says Activist

By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Efforts to combat discrimination against India’s lower castes, religious minorities and women must begin in the classroom, with children holding the key to ending deep-rooted prejudices, a human rights campaigner said. According to the Amnesty International’s annual report for 2015-16, gender and caste based

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Obama Weighs Historic Decision on Whether to Lift Vietnam Arms Ban

By David Brunnstrom, Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, May 9 – U.S. President Barack Obama is considering whether to lift a three-decade-old arms embargo on Vietnam, U.S. officials say, as he weighs calls to forge closer military ties with Hanoi against concerns over its poor human rights record. The debate within the U.S. administration

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