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UN: Suspension of Nigeria’s top judge breaches human rights

The suspension of Nigeria's most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari broke international human rights standards on the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a United Nations expert has said. "International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence," said Diego Garcia-Sayan, the…

President Trump’s gaffe touts ‘abolition of civil rights’ at National Prayer...

CLOSE President Donald Trump says he will always protect people of faith, as he addresses the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. (Feb. 7) APWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday outlined the importance of faith in American society in a speech that at times mirrored his State of the Union address from earlier this week."I will…

Alyssa Milano’s next viral cause: the Equal Rights Amendment

Ask Alyssa Milano what's next for the Me Too movement, and she'll say it's the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, a Constitutional amendment that would grant women legal equality. The United States almost ratified the proposed amendment in 1982, but three more states needed to approve it. (Before an amendment becomes part of the…

New York strengthens abortion rights on anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

The state Legislature passed a long-stalled bill Tuesday that strengthened abortion rights in New York.

The dangers of NGO-isation of women’s rights in Africa

The emancipation of women is one of the most significant aspects of social and cultural transformation around the world. Women are gradually moving to occupy more space in the public arena. However, in Africa, the history and current dynamics of women's emancipation movements are off the radar and often poorly documented beyond women associated with…

George H.W. Bush leaves mixed record on race, civil rights

President George H.W. Bush on Aug. 5, 1992, in Reno, Nevada.(Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)Early in George H.W. Bush’s political career, when he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, he came out against the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, deriding his opponent as “radical” for supporting the bill that ended segregation…

What’s the future of abortion rights in Mexico under AMLO?

Mexico City - Mexico's new government is yet to take office, but it has already reignited a fierce debate on women's reproductive rights that could end in a polarising referendum. Shortly after a landslide victory by left-wing politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 presidential elections, his to-be interior minister drew both praise…

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg pledges to release update on civil rights audit

“We are going to watch this closely to make sure this is rigorous,” Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, told USA TODAY in an interview after the meeting with Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.(Photo: Heather Weston for ColorOfChange.org)SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has pledged to release an update on the civil rights audit…

The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

Saudi Arabia continues to hold more than a dozen women rights activists in jail, months after a crackdown on dissent intensified in May. Most of them campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.…

Pakistan’s Pashtuns get rights, will it lead to peace?

Up to five million Pakistanis living on the Afghan border areas were officially given full rights as citizens this year, after being governed by British-era laws for nearly 150 years. An overwhelming majority of the population in these border areas, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) until May, are Pashtuns who live on…
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