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Amnesty condemns US, UK over Yemen arms.

Amnesty International Thursday condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen

- The Daily Star - LB

UN criticises Sri Lanka for failing to investigate human rights atrocities during the civil war.

A report claims party politics is responsible for reluctance to reveal those accountable for the crimes.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Fin24.com | Labour Wrap: Unions, democracy and human rights.

"Union fatigue" can be countered by paying more than lip service to organising the currently unorganised and providing a proper service to all unionists, says Terry Bell.

- Fin24 - SA

Ohio court rejects media request for autopsies of 8 slain.

An appeals court has rejected a newspaper's request for access to coroner's office evidence regarding eight Ohio massacre victims.

- FOX News - US

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school.

KABUL, Afghanistan " Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

James Woods Delivers Twitter TKO to Al Franken.

At TruthRevolt we have a difficult time concealing our adoration of openly conservative actor James Woods, who takes no political prisoners on social media. For your entertainment, here's a prime example why we love him -- in the manliest way possible, of course.

- TruthRevolt.org - US

Georgetown Prof Allows Black Student to Skip Lecture on Slavery.

- TruthRevolt.org - US

"The attack was no accident: Westminster represents democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law".

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the terrorist attack on Parliament which she described as "sick and depraved", vowing "forces of evil" would never be allowed "to drive us apart". Below is a transcript of the prime minister's full speech:

- MercoPress - FK

U.S. shot itself in the foot by skipping hearings at human rights commission.

The Trump Administration's highly unusual step of boycotting several sessions of the highly-respected Inter-American Human Rights Commission was a bad mistake that will weaken U.S. efforts to condemn Cuba, … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

School Under Fire After 'Slave Auction'.

Parents at a New Jersey school are outraged after white students held a reenactment of a slave auction of a black child during class, the AP reports. A spokesperson for the South Orange Maplewood school district outside New York says the assignment was not authorized by the district. Spokesperson Suzanne...

- Newser - US

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow.

TAMPA, Fla. - More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

- Reuters - US

Yazidis who suffered genocide are fleeing again, but this time not from the Islamic State

Relatives collapsed in grief as the coffin of an 18-year-old Yazidi fighter was carried to a small temple at the base of Mount Sinjar. Salam Mukhaibir's death this month, along with four other Yazidi fighters, marked the latest dark turn for an Iraqi minority sect that has suffered genocide at the hands of the Islamic

- Iraq Oil Report - US

ISIS Dumped Hundreds in Mass Grave

The Islamic State executed and dumped the bodies of possibly hundreds of detainees at a site near Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. Multiple witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the bodies of those killed, including bodies of members of Iraqi security forces, were thrown into a naturally occurring sinkhole at

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch Chair Bilici Released

Human Rights Association Deputy Chair and its Diyarbakır Bureau Chair Bilici has been released on probation following one week of detention.

- Bianet - TR

Ohio court rejects media request for autopsies of 8 slain

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — An appeals court has rejected a newspaper's request for access to coroner's office evidence regarding eight Ohio massacre victims.

- Billings Gazette - US

Elementary school under fire for auctioning off student in mock slave trade

New Jersey parents are outraged after elementary school students auctioned off a classmate in a mock slave auction. The fifth-grade students, under supervision of a…

- TheBlaze.com - US

Central African Republic: Armed Groups Using Schools

– Armed groups in the Central African Republic have occupied, looted, and damaged school buildings, preventing children from getting an education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Expand UPC fighters outside a kindergarten in Ngadja, Ouaka province. The fighters have used the building as a base since ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Jury decides death penalty for man, 24, in Las Vegas killing

A jury in Las Vegas decided a 24-year-old man should become the youngest person on Nevada's death row for the 2011 rape, killing and mutilation of a 15-year-old girl who had texted her mother to say she was on her way home after fetching a school book.

- WRAL.com - US

Congo's Bemba Gets Additional Year for Bribing Witnesses

Judges at the International Criminal Court Wednesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to an additional year in prison and fined him $324,000 for bribing witnesses during his earlier trial on war crimes. Four other members of Bemba's legal team also were sentenced by The Hague-based court. They ...

- Voice of America - US

What are they thinking? Tasteless tourists take sick selfies and breakdance at Jews' massacre site - The Baltic Times

What are they thinking? Tasteless tourists take sick selfies and breakdance at site where 10,000 Lithuanian Jews were murdered in one day by Naz......

- The Baltic Times - US

Italian police capture mobster wanted over mafia massacre in Germany

Italian police on Wednesday captured a notorious Calabrian mobster wanted over a 2007 mafia massacre in which six people died in the German city of Duisburg.

- The Local - IT

Bosnian Croat Ex-Military Chief Appeals for Acquittal

Slobodan Praljak, the former chief of the Croatian Defence Council's Main Headquarters, appealed against his conviction for war crimes against Bosniaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 and 1994.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Bosnia, Croatia Asked to Pay Hague Defendant's €2.8m Debt

The Hague Tribunal asked Bosnia and Croatia to help pay the 2.8 million euro defence debt of Bosnian Croat ex-military chief Slobodan Praljak, who is currently appealing against his war crimes conviction. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

Australia's copyright reform could bring millions of books and other reads to the blind

Rule change should make it easier for more copyright works to be made available in Braille. Chinnapong/ShutterstockProposed changes to Australia's copyright law should make it easier for people to create and distribute versions of copyrighted works that are accessible to people with disabilities. The Copyright Amendment ...

- The Conversation - UK

Amnesty condemns US, UK over Yemen arms

Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen.

- France24 - FR

Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka

We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

First US prisoner to receive gender reassignment surgery calls her women's prison 'a torture unit'

Shiloh Heavenly Quine has grown a beard and moustache after being refused a razor.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

US declines to join letter criticizing China on human rights

The United States has declined to join other countries in criticizing China over allegations of torture against human rights lawyers.

- FOX News - US

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation, an aid group said Thursday.

- Stars and Stripes - US

China to 'inspect' lawyer after torture allegations

Man says authorities want him 'to be silent' after he transcribed an interview with an imprisoned fellow human-rights laywer

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Vital for Sri Lanka to send message that 'impunity is no longer tolerated' underlines UN rights chief

Presenting an oral update on the rights situation in Sri Lanka, the top United Nations human rights official today said that a general lack of trust in the impartiality of the justice system in the country regarding past violations and continuing “unwillingness or inability” to address impunity reinforces the need ...

- UN - INT

U.S. sex reassignment inmate calls women's prison 'torture unit' where she is denied razor

The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she's been mistreated since being transferred to a California women's prison, where she now has a beard and mustache because officials have denied her a razor. In a hand-written federal court filing, convicted killer Shiloh Heavenly Quine called her ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Italy nabs mobster linked to Germany massacre

Italian police on Wednesday captured a notorious Calabrian mobster wanted over a 2007 mafia massacre in which six people died in the German city of Duisburg. Santo Vottari, 45, was captured in a tiny hideout in a flat at Benestare, near the southern Italian city of Reggio-Calabria. The Calabria region is home to the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Equal pay legislation welcomed by Human Rights Commission

Women would get information about pay rates in their workplace to test if there is gender-based discrimination, under new legislation welcomed by the Human Rights Commission. A private member's bill by Green Party MP Jan Logie...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

'Modern day slavery' at a bird's nest factory in Klang

SPECIAL REPORT | Indonesian workers are underpaid and afraid to break contracts threatening assets seizures.

- Malaysiakini - MY

Duterte threatens EU with 'hanging' over death penalty pressure

'Stop interfering with us. If I have the preference, I’ll hang all of you,' says the Philippine president.

- Malaysiakini - MY

Jewish groups urge Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON , Jewish defense groups urged Congress to preserve the State Department's anti-Semitism monitor. Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of ...

- JTA - US

UN 'gravely concerned' at serious rights violations across Libya

Source: UN Support Mission in Libya Country: Libya Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya , Martin Kobler, warned that continued fighting in residential areas continued to endanger the civilian population.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya , ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

'Ndrangheta crime boss wanted for 2007 German mafia massacre arrested hiding in bunker

Alleged mafia mastermind had been on the run for a decade.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Go to CHRAJ over victimization - GII advises PURC Workers

The Ghana Integrity Initiative has advised workers of the Public Utility Regulatory Commission to petition CHRAJ over alleged cases of victimization. The anti-graft body said CHRAJ is better positioned to arrest the maltreatment of workers because it is constitutionally mandated to investigate issues of human rights abuse. ...

- ModernGhana - GH

Fake News: AP Touts Anti-Trump Poll with Warped Demographics Conducted by Soros-Backed Org

The Associated Press on Monday released a news making story with a glaring headline claiming that Most young Americans don't see Trump as a legitimate leader.' A closer look at the survey finds it was conducted by a group financed by billionaire George Soros whose activist arm demands reparations for slavery and mass ...

- Breitbart - US

'Arrow' sneak peek: It'll take more than torture to break Oliver Queen

Oliver Queen is having a bad week , after learning that his murderous new nemesis, Prometheus, is secretly District Attorney Adrian Chase , the Green Arrow has been framed, beaten and seen his girlfriend kidnapped. And his troubles aren't over yet. In Mashable's exclusive sneak peek from Arrow's March 22 episode, ...

- Mashable! - US

Russia invites EU diplomats to occupied Crimea

The Russian foreign ministry on Wednesday invited EU diplomats to "see with their own eyes" how Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula for the past three years has led to "positive changes in the lives of people" there. It spoke after the EU foreign service and the European Parliament voiced support for political ...

- EU Observer - EU

Prince Zeid calls for 'foreign judges' in war crimes cases, but Sri Lanka opts for 'foreign expertise'

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Sri Lanka must appoint foreign judges to the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases.

- BDNews24 - BD

Sri Lankan opposition to foreign judges worries US; UK stresses devolution

At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, the US expressed concern over the Sri Lankan government’s statements against having foreign judges in the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases.

- BDNews24 - BD

Investigators' statement on war crimes charges against Moosa unclear: Imran

Ganajagaran Mancha Spokesperson Imran H Sarker has demanded that the International Crimes Tribunal investigators must make it clear whether they are 'under pressure to save Moosa Bin Shamsher' from the trial on war crimes charges.

- BDNews24 - BD

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

Dozens of survivors and victims' relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't

- ABC News - US

Dozens dead or missing in airstrike that levelled school that was sheltering 50 families from ISIL in Syria

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 33 bodies had been pulled from the rubble

- National Post - CA

Sri Lanka should develop timetable for full implementation of its UN commitments - HRW

Mar 22, Geneva: The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch today acknowledged the Sri Lankan government's engagement with the international community, including with the UN's special procedures, over the last two years but expressed concerns at the slow pace of progress in implementation of Human Rights Council ...

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Remembering 1971

Why Bangladesh has announced a Genocide Day

- The Hindu - IN

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