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Suspected US drone kills 7 in Pakistan: officials.

A suspected US drone strike on a house in a remote tribal area bordering Afghanistan has killed at least seven militants, Pakistan security officials said today.If confirmed the attack would be the second drone raid under the administration of United States President Donald Trump.The use of drones has dwindled in Pakistan, ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Senegal Court Upholds Life Sentence for Chad ex-Leader Habre.

An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges.   The court also ruled Thursday that a trust fund be set up to manage reparations awarded to the more than 4,000 victims. Habre has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation.   The trial ...

- Voice of America - US

Joy Behar compares illegal aliens to slaves, Jews in the Holocaust, and insults Melania.

“The View” co-host Joy Behar added to the debate over the ruling against President Donald Trump on sanctuary cities by comparing illegal aliens to slaves…

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US: Policy Failures Drive Preventable Overdose Deaths.

– The US federal and state governments are taking insufficient action to ensure access to the life-saving medication naloxone to reverse opioid overdose, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.   The 48-page report, A Second Chance: Overdose Prevention, Naloxone, ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

'The Daily Show' calls out Confederate Memorial Day: 'f---ed up on so many levels'.

YouTube/Comedy CentralIn the states of Mississippi and Alabama, Wednesday was a state holiday known as Confederate Memorial Day. And Trevor Noah had a lot to say about the occasion on Wednesday night's episode of "The Daily Show." "Can I just say, that is f---ed up on so many levels," Noah said. While it's been 152 years ...

- Business Insider - US

Hissène Habré, Ex-Ruler of Chad, Loses War Crimes Appeal.

The ruling cements a verdict that could be used to hunt dictators around the world, rights experts said.

- New York Times - US

West Ham fighting relegation fight until mathematically safe, says Bilic.

LONDON, April 27 — West Ham United will fight for results until they are mathematically safe from the threat of Premier League relegation, manager Slaven Bilic said before their trip to Stoke City on Saturday. West Ham, who are currently 14th...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Sanction Iran's Regime, Add IRCG to Terrorist List.

It would seem that sanctions should be enforced and the Revolutionary Guards placed on the U.S. list of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations -- to show that the U.S. stands for human rights, protects the innocent and tries to save the lives

- Hudson New York - US

Facebook's new anti-fake news strategy is not going to work – but something else might.

Have you seen some tips to spot fake news' on your Facebook newsfeed recently? Over the past year, the social media company has been scrutinized for influencing the US presidential election by spreading fake news . Obviously, the ability to spread completely made-up stories about politicians trafficking child sex slaves and ...

- The Conversation - UK

Senegal court upholds war crimes ruling against Habré.

A special court in Senegal on Thursday upheld former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré's life sentence for war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, but acquitted him of rape.

- France24 - FR

France Refuses to Extradite Kosovo Ex-PM to Serbia.

A French court has rejected Serbia's extradition request for former Kosovo Prime Minister and ex-guerrilla Ramush Haradinaj, who is wanted in Belgrade on war crimes charges.

- Balkan Insight - UK

'Fatigue in CRPF men in Chhattisgarh due to long posting'

Home ministry officials, who visited Chhattisgarh after the massacre of 25 CRPF men by Naxals, have found that the majority of 45,000 paramilitary personnel undertaking the high-risk anti-Naxal operations in Bastar region have been posted there for over three years.

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‘Human Rights Nobel’ nomination for jailed Cambodians shines light on stifling of dissent

If Cambodian human rights worker Lim Mony wants to sleep at night, she must pay: up to US$200 a month to secure half a metre of space in the jail cell she shares with 39 other women. Mony, a 62-year-old grandmother, has spent the past year in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison after being detained in what ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Was subjected to extreme physical and mental torture by Mumbai ATS: Sadhvi Pragya

'They kept me in illegal detention and tortured me for 13 days.'

- Zee News - IN

Tayyaba torture case to be heard by IHC

Decision comes after SC tasked IHC with considering transfer of case to another court to ensure transparency The post Tayyaba torture case to be heard by IHC appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visit

North Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special rapporteur on disabled peoples rights, the world body said today.Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an invitation from Pyongyang, the UN rights office ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

How Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale succumbed to the feminist curse

Hulu's stunning adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale into a series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel has — as a peculiar side effect — sparked an anxious nationwide referendum on what the word "feminist" means in a post-Trump world. While cast members like Wiley and Ann Dowd ...

- The Week - US

Mexican woman lived as a slave for 30 years

For a woman of 43, Guadalupe Pérez Castillo seems extremely shy. Meeting new people is still a challenge for her. She has a tendency to look down when talking to others and constantly rubs her hands while speaking, as if she were nervous.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Syria says Israeli missile struck Damascus airport area

A loud explosion hit close to the Damascus International Airport in Syria Thursday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Angry Turkey protests Czech parliament's genocide vote

Turkey is protesting the Czech Parliament's vote that recognizes the killing of Armenians a century ago as genocide.

- FOX News - US

Europe's top human rights body debates new Hungarian laws

The Council of Europe, the continent's top human rights organization, is debating new Hungarian laws which critics say seek to limit academic rights and intimidate civic groups.

- FOX News - US

Pressure on Indonesia as World Press Freedom Day looms

HUMAN Rights Watch has urged Indonesia's President Joko Jokowi' Widodo to take decisive action to protect journalists ahead of Jakarta hosting World Press Freedom Day on May 3. The post Pressure on Indonesia as World Press Freedom Day looms appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

French court refuses to extradite ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj to Serbia

COLMAR, April 27 — A French court today rejected a request by Serbia to extradite former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who Belgrade accuses of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 war in the Serbian Kosovo. Haradinaj, 48, was...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said. The explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said. He said the explosion was ...

- Stuff - NZ

Pacquiao still hopeful Senate will pass death penalty bill

It ain't over yet, boxer-turned-Senator Manny Pacquiao said of the proposed reimposition of the death penalty in the country. Hindi pa po tapos yan,' Pacquiao said in an interview over AksyonTV. Mahirap namang magbigay comment, magbigay ng conclusion about that issue nang hindi pa talagang natatapos doon sa floor.' (The ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Larkana college torture victim's condition deteriorates, but improves after operation

KARACHI: The condition of torture victim of Cadet College Larkana, Muhammad Ahmed, deteriorated but then improved after a successful operation carried out at the hospital he was being treated. While talking to Geo News, Ahmed's father Muhammad Rashid said his son's condition deteriorated when the sutures around his neck ...

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French court refuses to extradite ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj

A French court today rejected a request by Serbia to extradite former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who Belgrade accuses of committing war crimes in June 1999.

- Zee News - IN

Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

The explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.         

- USA TODAY - US | Final verdict for Chad's Habre on war crimes appeal

Chad's former president Hissene Habre will learn on Thursday if his lawyers' appeal against sentences for war crimes, crimes against humanity and rape have been successful, following his landmark conviction by a special court last year.

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Syria Blames Israel for Explosion Near Damascus Airport

A massive explosion in Syria early Thursday hit near the Damascus International Airport, resulting in a fire and questions about its cause. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict in Syria, said the blast did not happen at the airport itself, but could be heard within the city of ...

- Voice of America - US

Angry Turkey protests Czech parliament's genocide vote

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French Court Refuses to Extradite Former Kosovo Prime Minister

A French court has refused Serbia's request to extradite former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to face war crimes charges. The court in Colmar released Haradinaj after its ruling Thursday. French police originally detained Haradinaj in early January on a Serbian arrest warrant, a move that raised tensions between ...

- Voice of America - US

Explosion rocks Damascus International Airport area

A loud explosion hit close to the Damascus International Airport in Syria Thursday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

- CNN Top Stories - US

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

A French court has refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges.

- FOX News - US

Human Rights defender remanded over fight at Makerere

A Human Rights defender who is also a PHD student at Makerere University has been sent to Luzira prison after he was allegedly involved in a fight at Prof Mahmood Mamdani's Makerere Institute of Social Research

- Daily Monitor - UG

French Court Refuses To Extradite Ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj To Serbia

A French appeals court has rejected Belgrade's request to extradite former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to Serbia for prosecution on suspicion of war crimes, ordering his release instead.

- Radio Free Europe - US

'Huge' explosion at Damascus airport

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a large explosion has hit near Damascus International Airport. Unconfirmed reports indicated an Israeli airstrike targeting a Hezbollah arms depot caused the blast.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

UN chief Guterres says forced evacuations in Syria may be war crimes

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that the forced evacuation of civilians in Syria may be a war crime, as one of the largest population transfers in the country's six-year civil war is taking place. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

- Albawaba - UK

Pacquiao counters Drilon, vows to push for death penalty approval

Senator Manny Pacquiao on Thursday vowed to push for the approval of the death penalty proposal at the Senate, despite Minority Leader Franklin Drilon's claim that the measure is 'dead.”

- GMA News - PH

Never tire of fighting for human rights, religious liberty advocate insists

Washington D.C., Apr 26, 2017 / 04:09 pm .- Amid a rising tide of violence, imprisonment, and harassment on account of people’s religious beliefs, the United States cannot grow weary of defending religious freedom, a leading advocate insisted Wednesday. “It’s kind of a fatigue that people get on these ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Episode 767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two

In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed.

- NPR - US

Palestinian and Jewish Voices Must Challenge Israel's Past Together

Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from present realities altogether and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian narrative as essentially an ...

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The Global Echo of Moscow's Repressive Human Rights Practices

TestimoniesThe Global Echo of Moscow's Repressive Human Rights PracticesApril 26, 2017On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Freedom House Executive Vice President Daniel Calingaert testified before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the subject of democracy and human rights abuses in Russia. 

- Freedom House - US

Algérie : Une réponse inadéquate aux violences domestiques

– L’inaction de la police, le manque de foyers et l’inefficacité des enquêtes et des poursuites judiciaires laissent souvent les rescapées de violences domestiques en Algérie à la merci de sévices supplémentaires en dépit de la nouvelle loi criminalisant les violences conjugales, a déclaré Human ...

- Economic Policy Institute - US

Oklahoma death penalty moratorium should continue until flaws are addressed, commission says

An independent commission is recommending that Oklahoma's moratorium on the death penalty be extended until reforms can address the volume and seriousness of the flaws'…

- ABA Journal - US

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

A French court has refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges. The court in the northeastern town of Colmar says Ramush Haradinaj … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

When NGOs save children who don't want to be saved

Western media misrepresent voluntary child labour as slavery.

- Al Jazeera - QA

The Latest: Jury gives death penalty to ambush killer

The Latest on the trial of a survivalist who ambushed two troopers at a state police barracks, killing one : 10:20 p.m. A jury has given the death … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

Washington Post's Milbank: Obamacare Repeal May 'Violate International Law'

Did you know that international law could supercede American law? In fact, Congress may not be able to repeal ObamaCare because it would be in violation of international law. That is the point now being made by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. He cites the United Nations High Commissioner on human rights as well as ...

- NewsBusters - US

Jury sentences ambush shooter of 2 Pennsylvania troopers to death penalty

The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s. On Wednesday, it rang again. Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday....

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