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Slavery's Global Comeback

150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more people than ever are bought and sold into forced labor. What "human trafficking" really means.<p>RANGOON, Burma—Earlier this year, Ko Lin, 21 at the time, left his hometown of Bago, 50 miles northeast of Rangoon, with a friend to look for work in …

Not all girls in video were taken in April 14 raid, some relatives say

Who are the girls in that Boko Haram video?<p>The local governor says they're all from the Chibok boarding school raided by Boko Haram militants April 14. But some relatives say they don't see their daughters in the video, and believe some of the girls were taken in earlier abductions.<p>A spokesman for …

War rape: Is justice being done?

It is a crime that the United Nations says represents a stain on our collective conscience, and one that grows with each new rape committed. Sexual violence is endemic in society in general, but it is as a weapon of war that the crime has gone largely unpunished.<p>A military court in the Democratic …

UNICEF Frees 1,000 Child Soldiers in the Central African Republic

More than 1,000 children have been freed from the ranks of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2014, UNICEF announced last week. …

Africa

A window on child sex trafficking in Rhode Island

The story of a Pawtucket girl illustrates a problem that state officials say is just rising to the surface.<p>Editor's note: The Providence Journal does …

Crime

Iran's human rights situation worsening, says UN special rapporteur

Ahmed Shaheed highlighted the fact that Iran has the highest execution rate in the world and is increasingly imprisoning journalists<p>The human rights situation in Iran is worsening, a UN expert has said, pointing to a surge in executions and noting concern that ongoing negotiations on Tehran’s …

Human Rights

A Sad Day for Girls, Women and Human Rights

This is a sad day for human rights and especially for female children.<p>Today Boko Haram gleefully announced that the 200 schoolgirls they kidnapped months ago have been "converted" to Islam and "married off." One should read this as it is truly meant... they have been tortured and raped... their …

The List of Countries on the UN's 2017 Human Rights Council Is Unreal

Death sentences for apostasy, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial killings, and systematic suppression of free speech are just some of the …

Rights & Freedoms

Human Rights Watch Calls Out Brazil to Regain Control of Prison System

São Paulo, Brazil - infoZine - “During the past several decades, Brazilian authorities have increasingly abdicated their responsibility to maintain …

North Dakota’s War on the First Amendment Threatens Everyone’s Right to Know

They issued an arrest warrant for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, after her decision to join protests by Native American tribes and …

It's About Human Rights: Social Media Platforms Must Safeguard Citizen-Generated Content

Content shared on social media has ever-increasing potential to be used as evidence of wartime atrocities and human rights violations. However, traditional social media models are stifling activists and burying evidence. There is a need for more tools and technologies built specifically for …

Rio de Janeiro at high risk of deadly human rights violations in run-up to Olympics, Amnesty report says

Rio de Janeiro is at high risk of deadly human rights violations in the run-up to the Olympics because security forces have failed to learn lessons from previous major events, Amnesty International said on Thursday.<p>With two months until the Opening Ceremony, the human rights organisation is warning …

Clean, accessible water for African nations

The June 2 World article “The toll African women pay to collect water,” which highlighted a recent analysis of global access to clean water, reported on a critical problem that is grossly neglected in many African countries. The daily ordeals and burdens of water-collecting, left mainly to women …

Africa

Keep Your Promises: The Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Is Water A Human Right?

Human Right to Clean Water