Human Rights

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

How American women gained, lost, and are regaining their collective voice

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Women have been far more prominent in American politics throughout history than conventional wisdom might suggest. Kristin Goss VOX This the second post in a series on the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s induction into the US House of Representatives. Passing the statue… How American women… Read More »

Opinion: After a Historic March, What’s Next for Women?

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Last week, we were treated to a news photo that will live in infamy: two dozen white male Republican congressmen (and zero women) around a White House conference table talking about dumping maternity and… Tina Brown The New York Times It instantly went viral: “A rare look inside the GOP’s women’s health caucus,” tweeted Senator… Seven days later, the… Opinion: After a… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

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As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

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Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

African countries say they support women’s rights. But where’s the money?

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The Maputo Protocol, adopted by the African Union in 2003, was expected to transform the landscape for women’s rights on the continent. Ashwanee Budoo The Conversation Its aim was to set standards and create positive change across a range of areas including violence against women, child marriage, land rights and harmful practices. But 14 years… African countries say… Read More »

Cecile Richards Thinks Women Need Drugs To Compete With Men

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Planned Parenthood’s president once again reveals feminists’ low regard for women’s unique creative capacities and contributions. Georgi Boorman The Federalist We knew that self-awareness isn’t exactly a defining characteristic of progressive Twitter crusades, but Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards blundered into a feminist faux pas recently. Richards was Twitter… Cecile Richards Thinks… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

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Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

Group rights are inimical to human rights

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Bill Shorten’s 18C zinger is “What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” Graham Young On Line Opinion Not exactly a zinger, because a review of the 18C cases reveals mostly a world of trivial sleights and domestic disputes, with the occasional newspaper comment thrown in for good measure. There is no… Group rights are… Read More »

ECJ’s immoral, unjust ruling against Muslim women

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The rise of anti-Islamic sentiment and xenophobia has unfortunately become increasingly widespread in Europe. Esra Karatas Alpay Daily Sabah Recent events have proved that intolerance and racism have become accepted forms of behavior against minorities – even on open public display. Two weeks ago… ECJ’s immoral, unjust… Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

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The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Rebecca Solnit on Climate Change, Resistance, Misogyny and “The Mother of All Questions”

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President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday to dismantle a slew of climate rules put in place by President Obama. Democracy Now The executive order marks the first step to undo President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to limit power plant emissions. The rule was… Rebecca Solnit on… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

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For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

When Left-Wing Feminists and Conservative Catholics Unite

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In Europe, a reproductive rights issue yields an unlikely partnership. Anna Momigliano The Atlantic Conservative Catholics and left-wing feminists often find each other on opposite sides of political debates, especially when it comes to what women should do with their bodies. Yet in Europe… When Left-Wing Feminists… Read More »

Women in 2017 are not content with equal rights. Now we want power

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On March 10, 2017, a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations put together the largest political convention of women in Kenya’s history. Muthoni Kamuru Daily Nation It brought together more than 5,000 women from 20 counties at the historic Bomas of Kenya. Women had come… Women in 2017… Read More »

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Protesters from human rights organisation Mazlumder hold torches during a demonstration in Istanbul January 26, 2008. Students may soon be allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf in Turkish universities, a watershed for a devout, growing middle class that has long complained of discrimination against its faith. Picture taken on January 26, 2008. To match feature TURKEY-HEADSCARF  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas  (TURKEY) - RTR1WHXV

In Turkey, there are various human rights organizations dedicated to defend oppressed groups or individuals. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor One of them, Mazlumder, is unique, because it has explicitly Islamic credentials, unlike most others that are more secular. Yet the same… Turkey’s main Islamic… Read More »