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Over 170,000 people killed in Syria crisis: Report

More than 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, have been killed in the ongoing foreign-sponsored crisis in Syria, a report says. In a new report released on Thursday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the total deaths of 171,509 people have been documented as a result of the unrelenting conflict in Syria. According to the London-based pro-opposition group, 56,495 civilians, including 9,092 children, were among the dead documented up to July 8 this year.

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In Bangladesh, a Steady Pursuit of Freedom

This is an adaptation of a letter written by Kerry Kennedy, writer and President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, for her daughters Cara, Mariah and Michaela after a recent visit to Bangladesh. By Kerry Kennedy WASHINGTON, Jul 9 2014 (IPS) Visiting Bangladesh has been a lifelong dream of mine, but all that I had heard about a people who love freedom so much that they have withstood great armies, famine and intractable poverty could not prepare me for what I’ve seen in the last three days.   The Bengali patriots’ courage and endurance in the face of the Pakistani army forty years ago is the stuff of legend in our family.

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Jack Healey: Ladies and Generals in Burma and Thailand: Forward and Backward Progress in Human Rights

Without real and continuing steps towards resolving problems and the will to stay the course for human rights and civil liberties, the country will become darker than ever. Read more: Thailand , Human Rights , Indonesia , Human Rights Action Center , Asean , Burma , Aung San Suu Kyi , Yingluck Shinawatra , World News

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Honduran Secrecy Law Bolsters Corruption and Limits Press Freedom

The social role of journalists in Honduras is restricted under the official secrets law because they will not be able to report information that the state regards as “classified,” under the controversial new regulations. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS By Thelma Mejía TEGUCIGALPA, Jul 9 2014 (IPS) The new official secrets law in Honduras clamps down on freedom of expression, strengthens corruption and enables public information on defence and security affairs to be kept secret for up to 25 years, according to a confidential report seen by IPS. The Law on Classification of Public Documents related to Security and National Defence, better known as the official secrets law, was approved on the eve of the conclusion of the last parliamentary term, on Jan.

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Amnesty International – Report without Fear

Amnesty International – Report without Fear How can responsible citizens denounce human rights abuse committed by government institutions when internet is controlled by these institutions making it virtually impossible to remain anonymous… From: Belén M Márquez Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:30 More in People & Blogs

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Emergency Vigil to the escalation of Israel’s ongoing violence

Emergency Vigil to the escalation of Israel’s ongoing violence Emergency Vigil to the escalation of Israel’s ongoing violence Emergency response to the escalation of Israel’s ongoing violence against PalestiniansSouth Side of Union Square at the Steps, 14th Street & BroadwayFriday, July 11, 6:00pm.Photos By Apollo/OwsSpag, Bil’in Popular Committee of Palestine has called for an international day of action on July 11, 2014 to protest Israel’s most recent assault on Gaza and heed Palestinians’ call to support their struggle for freedom and justice through the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. We will be in the streets of NYC protesting–– will you join us? As of Thursday morning, July 10th, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza reported that 69 Palestinians had been killed by Israel’s indiscriminate bombing, of whom 60 are civilians, including 22 children.

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nvolved in Zhou’s Case? Another Hainan Vice-governor sacked

Follow us on TWITTER: Like us on FACEBOOK: On July 8, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced that Standing Committee, Hainan vice Governor Tan Li is under investigation for seriously violating law and discipline. The message did not give any detail about the violations.

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Andrew Guzman: Suddenly Europe’s Far Right Loves Human Rights Courts

Human rights advocates place great faith in international treaties and the courts designed to enforce them, but the right wing of the political spectrum tends to be less enthusiastic about these institutions. Read more: Human Rights Backsliding , Human Rights , European Court , Burqa Ban , Far Right , European Court of Human Rights , Politics News

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Georgialee Lang: Why I Support Canada’s Proposed Prostitution Laws

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970′s and in Vancouver’s west end in the 80′s. The image of a “happy hooker” is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality.

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ECHR: Şık and Şener’s Rights Were Violated

The European Court of Human Rights held that Turkey violated the right to “liberty and security” as well as “freedom of expression” in OdaTV case where prominent journalist Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener were jailed for 375 days.

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