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#Human Rights

From TheJournal.ie UN accuses Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' as thousands of Rohingyas flee the country Human Rights

UN accuses Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' as thousands of Rohingyas flee the country

The UN says 294,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.

From TheJournal.ie 'The right to do any job they like': New book sets out a declaration for the rights of boys and girls Gender Roles

'The right to do any job they like': New book sets out a declaration for the rights of boys and girls

Irish publisher Siobhan Parkinson of Little Island tells us why they decided to publish the book.

From TheJournal.ie UN human rights chief says Trump may be inciting 'violence' against media Poisonous Demonisation

UN human rights chief says Trump may be inciting 'violence' against media

The High Commissioner for Human Rights said Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened other countries to crack down on press freedoms.

From TheJournal.ie 'These are mere stories': Egyptian ambassador denies Ibrahim Halawa was tortured in prison Anniversary

'These are mere stories': Egyptian ambassador denies Ibrahim Halawa was tortured in prison

Halawa (21) was arrested during a demonstration in 2014 in support of Mohamed Morsi who had been ousted from power in a military coup.

From TheJournal.ie Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage does NOT breach human rights Marriage Equality

Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage does NOT breach human rights

A Belfast court made the ruling this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate' Abortion

Opinion: 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

In pushing for abortion the UN is seriously undermining its human rights mission, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain.

From TheJournal.ie UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries Human Rights

UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries

The UN Committee Against Torture is critical of the government’s record in a number of areas.

From TheJournal.ie Minister tells UN Convention that some prison inmates don't have a flush toilet in their cells Human Rights

Minister tells UN Convention that some prison inmates don't have a flush toilet in their cells

Minister for State David Stanton was addressing the UN Convention Against Torture.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Human Rights Commission worried new hubs could 'normalise' family homelessness Homelessness

Irish Human Rights Commission worried new hubs could 'normalise' family homelessness

IHREC released a detailed report outlining its concerns about the new family hub model of homeless accommodation.

From TheJournal.ie 'If men are caught, they are killed. If women are caught, they are raped' South Sudan

'If men are caught, they are killed. If women are caught, they are raped'

Men, women and children in South Sudan have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt alive.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls' FGM

'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls'

Almost 3,000 girls living in Ireland could be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.

From TheJournal.ie Pro-choice group fears wording of abortion referendum will be too limited Eighth Amendment

Pro-choice group fears wording of abortion referendum will be too limited

The public will vote on repealing the Eighth Amendment next year.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's abortion laws subjected woman to 'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment' Eighth Amendment

Ireland's abortion laws subjected woman to 'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment'

The UN Human Rights Committee has again called on Ireland to reform its restrictive abortion laws.

From TheJournal.ie Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections? War On Terror

Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections?

Theresa May is talking about ‘ripping up’ human rights laws – so how important is it that she doesn’t?

From TheJournal.ie May says she will change human rights laws to fight terrorism Terrorism

May says she will change human rights laws to fight terrorism

Speaking last night ahead of tomorrow’s general election, May framed the vote as a vote for the security of the country.

From TheJournal.ie 'Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya' Human Rights

'Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya'

The Kremlin is said to be taking its investigation into the anti-gay “purge” seriously.

From TheJournal.ie Taiwan to become first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage Love Is Love

Taiwan to become first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage

“I’m leaping with joy like a bird,” one person said. Activists have fought for almost 30 years for gay marriage equality.

From TheJournal.ie China releases human rights lawyer after 'show trial' Xie Yang

China releases human rights lawyer after 'show trial'

Xie Yang, who was arrested in 2015, pleaded guilty to charges of “inciting subversion of state power”.

From TheJournal.ie Kenny says he raised human rights with Saudis but that 'obviously includes women's rights' That's The Enda It

Kenny says he raised human rights with Saudis but that 'obviously includes women's rights'

The Taoiseach has sought to clarify that Ireland had conveyed its concerns over Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.

From TheJournal.ie South Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers in wake of online sex video Human Rights

South Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers in wake of online sex video

“The soldiers being investigated had consensual sex with their partners and not inside the barracks,” said a human rights expert.

From TheJournal.ie Gay men in Chechnya reportedly being sent to prison camps and killed Homophobia

Gay men in Chechnya reportedly being sent to prison camps and killed

Human rights campaigners say people are being tortured and abused.

From TheJournal.ie Column: '"A Right To A Home" should be put to referendum' Human Rights

Column: '"A Right To A Home" should be put to referendum'

Constitutional change is required to underpin key economic and social rights if Ireland is to get to grips with the significant crisis, writes Mary Murphy.

From TheJournal.ie Chinese 'comfort women' are fighting to have their history of sex slavery remembered World War II

Chinese 'comfort women' are fighting to have their history of sex slavery remembered

Around 200,000 women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during WWII.

From TheJournal.ie 'Hate and fear' by Trump, Duterte and others is bringing the world back to the 1930s, says Amnesty New World Order

'Hate and fear' by Trump, Duterte and others is bringing the world back to the 1930s, says Amnesty

Amnesty has attacked “the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narrative”.

From TheJournal.ie Colm O'Gorman: 'I have resolved to work every day to prove that love can trump hate' Column

Colm O'Gorman: 'I have resolved to work every day to prove that love can trump hate'

For those of us who care deeply about freedom and human rights, there has never been a more vital moment for activism, writes Colm O’Gorman.

From TheJournal.ie British triple killer and rapist jailed for whole-life term loses appeal against 'inhuman' sentence Life Means Life

British triple killer and rapist jailed for whole-life term loses appeal against 'inhuman' sentence

Arthur Hutchinson killed three people and repeatedly raped a woman.

From TheJournal.ie Norwegian mass murderer makes Nazi salute as court reviews 'inhumane' prison regime Anders Behring Breivik

Norwegian mass murderer makes Nazi salute as court reviews 'inhumane' prison regime

Breivik has a three-cell complex where he can play video games and watch television on two sets.

From TheJournal.ie UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire and plans for peace talks Peace

UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire and plans for peace talks

The UN Security Council approves the Russian-drafted resolution on the Syria ceasefire.

From TheJournal.ie Modern Slavery: How children in Dhaka are trying to escape from 12-hour workdays Child Workers

Modern Slavery: How children in Dhaka are trying to escape from 12-hour workdays

Children in Dhaka can be expected to work long hours for little money to help support their families.

From TheJournal.ie 'If you are in favour of human rights, you must want them for everyone - including prisoners' Leon Wright

'If you are in favour of human rights, you must want them for everyone - including prisoners'

‘It is a mark of true sincerity, therefore, for politicians to take up unpopular causes like that of Leon Wright,’ writes author Frankie Gaffney.

From TheJournal.ie World chess champ and Kremlin foe wins European court case against Russia Garry Kasparov

World chess champ and Kremlin foe wins European court case against Russia

Garry Kasparov was arrested for peaceful protests on several occasions, the court found.

'Those with a disability have the right to choose where to live, to an education and to a sexual relationship'

Ireland has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but we are the only EU state that hasn’t ratified it, writes Kathleen O’Meara.

From TheJournal.ie Move to recognise Traveller ethnicity after long campaign shows 'Ireland's commitment to human rights' Equality

Move to recognise Traveller ethnicity after long campaign shows 'Ireland's commitment to human rights'

After a long-fought campaign, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he supported the recognition of Traveller ethnicity this week.

From TheJournal.ie Uganda blames British colonialism for its anti-gay sex laws Human Rights

Uganda blames British colonialism for its anti-gay sex laws

It told the UN this week that it doesn’t tolerate such discrimination.

From TheJournal.ie President leads tributes following death of 'inspirational' disability rights campaigner Martin Naughton

President leads tributes following death of 'inspirational' disability rights campaigner

Martin Naughton has died at the age of 62.

From TheJournal.ie Finglas wants to build ties with North Korea Twin Cities

Finglas wants to build ties with North Korea

Officials in the country have yet to reply to an offer from the Finglas Village Renewal Partnership.

From TheJournal.ie Mexican police 'gunned down 22 civilians during drug raid' Planted Weapons

Mexican police 'gunned down 22 civilians during drug raid'

It has been called one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico’s decade-long campaign against drug gangs.

From TheJournal.ie 'The blood was like a river': Syrian people speak of horrific torture they endured in prison Five Years Of War

'The blood was like a river': Syrian people speak of horrific torture they endured in prison

Many people witnessed prisoners dying in custody and some described being held in cells alongside dead bodies.

From TheJournal.ie Bethany Home survivor takes first step in bringing case to human rights court Mother And Baby Home

Bethany Home survivor takes first step in bringing case to human rights court

The survivor who wants to bring the case said that it had taken 23 years to get to this point.

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds of adults and children 'disappeared and tortured by Egyptian authorities' Amnesty International

Hundreds of adults and children 'disappeared and tortured by Egyptian authorities'

A new report shows that hundreds of students, political activists and protesters have vanished.