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Prison rules must abide by human rights standards

<i>Juan E. Mendez is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.</i><p>International law regarding the right to personal integrity prohibits physical as well as mental torture and that prohibition is absolute: it recognizes no exception based on an emergency or other circumstance. Equally absolute is the …

Plans to scrap Human Rights Act delayed until 2016 – Gove

Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights has been delayed for a second time, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has revealed, saying it will now be pushed back to 2016.<p>Ministers were expected to publish their plans for a British Bill …

Universal Human Rights Are the Cornerstone of a Truly Developed Nation

Image Source<p>The concept of human rights is a controversial issue. Some argue that it cannot be universal simply because there is no universal culture or religion. Others say that the Declaration of Human Rights was created with a Western bias, unaware that there are countries in the other …

Pakistan teen poisoned, choked and burned alive in 'honor killing'

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Her name was Ambreen.<p>She was just 15.<p>Her alleged crime: Helping a neighbor and her boyfriend elope.<p>For that, she was dragged from her home, injected with sedatives, strangled, tied up in a van and then burned, Pakistani officials said.<p>More than a dozen people have been …

Pakistan

What Every U.S. Family Really Needs for a Minimum Living Standard

It's time to recognize the importance of computers and the Internet.<p>Census data released this week show that living conditions in the U.S. have deteriorated since the eve of the recession in ways that are less visible than a mere measure of our checking accounts. Between 2005 and 2011, the number …

Richest 1 Percent Hold 46 Percent Of The World's Wealth

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Global wealth has risen by 68 percent over the past 10 years to reach a new all-time high of $241 trillion and the United States accounts for nearly three quarters of the increase, Credit Suisse said in its World Wealth Report.<p>Average global wealth has hit a peak of $51,600 per …

World’s Largest Polluters Accused Of Violating Human Rights In Philippines

Some of the world’s largest energy companies could face a landmark legal case for releasing greenhouse gases, after a complaint claimed that their …

A human rights activist, a secret prison and a tale from Xi Jinping's new China

Peter Dahlin spent 23 days in a ‘black prison’ in Beijing, where he says he was deprived of sleep and questioned with a ‘communication enhancement’ machine. Here he tells the story of his incarceration and expulsion from the People’s Republic<p>Some nights Peter Dahlin says he tucks a “big-ass knife” …

China

Where does human trafficking happen? Right in front of you

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>"We need to make sure the trafficker gets the …

Rights & Freedoms

Abuse Against Mentally Ill Prisoners Is 'Widespread' Across US, According to Human Rights Watch Report

According to the study, corrections officials in the United States use violence to punish prisoners for exhibiting behaviours of their mental illness, which violates the Constitution and international human rights laws.<p>Anthony McManus weighed 75 pounds when he died. In 1997, the mentally ill …

Mental Health

U.S. Sanctions Kim Jong Un For Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, citing "notorious abuses of human rights," in a move that diplomats say will incense the nuclear-armed country.<p>The sanctions, the first to target any North Koreans for rights …

North Korea
Africa

National LGBT group is running an anti-HB2 campaign as NC early voting starts

A national pro-LGBT rights group is strategically targeting North Carolina voters on the swing state’s first day of early in-person voting.<p>The Human …

LGBTQI

The Return of American Hunger

An uneven recovery and new food-stamp restrictions have left millions more people short on food.<p>By a handful of indicators—unemployment rates, overall economic growth, even average hourly earnings—the U.S. economy isn’t doing so badly right now.<p>And yet, when it comes to the number of Americans who …

Income Inequality

Renewable energy is violating human rights as much as fossil fuels have for decades

Before she was killed, prominent indigenous activist Berta Caceres wrote a letter to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.<p>“The threat to Rio Blanco has returned due to this new onslaught by DESA Corporation,” Caceres wrote in Spanish in …

Human Rights