Ruth McPherson

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Trump reinstated the global gag rule. It won't stop abortion, but it will make it less safe.

Thousands of women will die across the world, and millions will lose access to both safe abortion and birth control.<p>President Donald Trump reinstated — and massively expanded — an executive order Monday barring US foreign aid from going to any nongovernmental organization (NGO) that either provides …

The Writing's on the (Bathroom) Wall: State Anti-Transgender Laws Are About to Get Flushed

I hear a flushing sound. And school officials in Virginia should be hearing it too, after Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling for a transgender teen in a school bathroom access case. A rural Virginia school board's discriminatory policy is headed down the toilet, exactly where it belongs. And …

LGBTQI

Refugee crisis: human rights chief hits out at Cameron and May

Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner accuses UK government of ‘scaling up alarmist rhetoric’ on migration<p>Europe’s human rights commissioner has accused David Cameron and Theresa May of “scaling up alarmist rhetoric” on migration, portraying migrants as a “threat to UK society” and fuelling …

Obama in Cuba under pressure to criticise human rights violations

Dissidents call on US president to voice solidarity with those who have been silenced and detained under ‘totalitarian dictatorship’<p>Cuban dissidents are calling on Barack Obama to sharply rebuke his “totalitarian” government hosts when he makes what is billed as one of the most important foreign …

Ghanaian president's visit to Scotland draws LGBT rights criticism

Opposition MSPs and campaigners call on Scottish government to confront John Dramani Mahama over gay rights abuses<p>An invitation to the president of Ghana to address MSPs undermines the safety of the Scottish parliament for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, …

Australia spends £29 million on 'dud' deal to resettle just two refugees

Australia’s immigration minister insists £29 million spent on resettling two migrants is “a pretty good outcome”<p>Australia spent £29 million on a deal with Cambodia to accept its refugees but the scheme has been labelled an “expensive joke” after just two people took up the offer to relocate.<p>The …

Can Canada do business with Saudi Arabia and still support human rights?

Sherbrooke, Que. – The last time Ensaf Haidar spoke to her husband, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, it was for exactly three minutes.<p>Since Badawi was …

Surrender on illegal migrants: Britain cannot deport thousands of failed asylum seekers because there is nowhere to send them, admits Home Office minister

Britain is powerless to boot out thousands of illegal immigrants, a minister admitted last night.<p>In a stark indictment of the UK’s porous borders, …

Syria rebels battle IS for control of Iraq crossing

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian insurgents were battling the Islamic State group for control of a key border post with Iraq on Saturday, a day after the …

Middle East

The case against human rights

In July 2013, Amarildo de Souza, a bricklayer living in a Rio de Janeiro favela, was arrested by police in an operation to round up drug traffickers. He was never seen again. De Souza’s disappearance was taken up by protesters in street demonstrations, which were met with a ruthless police …

Remembering Berta Cáceres: 'I'm a human rights fighter and I won't give up'

<b>Nina Lakhani</b> recounts an interview in 2013 with the Honduran human rights activist, who was murdered early on Thursday at her home in La Esperanza<p>I met Berta Cáceres – the Honduran indigenous activist who was murdered at her home on Thursday morning – in December 2013, when she met foreign …