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Photo Feature: An Initiative in Rajasthan Is Transforming the Lives of Former Manual Scavengers

Image: Rehabilitated manual scavenger, Usha Chaumar, 40, stands on the stairs of her newly built three storey house in Alwar, Rajasthan, India on 24...

Europe’s Court Repudiates Blanket Data Retention; Says Hostile to Privacy, Democratic Freedoms

Cynthia M. Wong, Senior Researcher, Internet and Human Rights. This week, the European Union’s top court once again found that blanket data retention mandates are...

UN body declares the detention of 5 human rights defenders is “arbitrary”

Image:A gate at the entrance to the Pray Sar prison near Phnom Penh, 8 December 2016,  AP Photo/Heng Sinith. This joint statement was originally published...

A record number of journalists are in jail, CPJ census finds

Image:Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, leaves the Justice Palace after his trial in Istanbul on Friday  Credit: OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS. Turkey holds at least 81...

Instituting a Constitutional Press Council Will Help the Indian Media Do Its Job

Image:The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening. The daily...

Clown of Aleppo ‘dies in air strike’ as Syrian government closes in on besieged city

Anas al Basha stayed behind in the city to comfort children and sent his salary to his parents to help when they fled to...

History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Image courtesy  of CNBC. by Tariq Ali Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, has died aged 90. Here is an extract from Tariq Ali‘s introduction to The Declarations of Havana, Verso’s collection...

Marine Le Pen takes huge lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in French first round presidential election poll

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has taken a sizeable lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in a new French presidential election poll. The far-right leader had...

Bernie Sanders Shows He Isn’t Afraid to Challenge Donald Trump In Statement Acknowledging Win

Heather Saul. 'To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him,' warns senator. Donald Trump’s election victory...

Capitalism, Austerity and Revolution: Why We Took Part In the Million Mask March

Image:Nearly 20,000 people had indicated they would attend on the event’s Facebook page, which warned ‘the police are not your friends’. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock. Masked anti-capitalism...

‘I Live in a Lie’: Saudi Women Speak Up

Image by the writer: Soon after “Ladies First” was screened, I met these Saudi students in Washington Square Park in New York. Hend, on...

Russia Fails to Win re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

Image: A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia's Defence Ministry on August 18, 2016, shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber...

AP-GfK Poll: Clinton Appears On Cusp of Commanding Victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in...

New UN Report Highlights Freedom of Expression Violations Across the Globe

( David Kaye; UN photo) By Ashley Gorski. UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David...

Member Of All-female Night Bomber Aviation Regiment Of Red Army:Irina Rakobolskaya Obituary

(Major Irina Rakobolskaya in the early 1940s. Her experience in the second world war defined her long life ) Member of the all-female Guards Night...

Leading Nepal Editor Speaks Out About Independent Media Facing Censorship In South Asia

After 29 years of circulation, Himal Southasian, which claims to be the only analytical and regional news magazine for South Asia, will cease to...

Media: Now A Danger To Democracy

SUKUMAR MURALIDHARAN. Thursday, October 13,2016 NEW DELHI: Since the September 18 attack on an Indian army post in the north Kashmir town of Uri, the media...

U.N. Rights Commissioner Calls Trump ‘Dangerous’

GENEVA — A top United Nations official joined the criticism of Donald J. Trump on Wednesday, warning that his election would threaten international stability. While...

Families of victims killed during US-led invasion of Iraq demand compensation

(Saudi Arabia and Iraq believe the conventional law of sovereign immunity has been compromised by the US Getty Images) by Gabriel Samuels Families of victims of...

Saudi Arabia condemns passage of US 9/11 law

US law that would allow families of victims to sue Saudi government a matter of "great concern", foreign ministry says. The US Congress voted to...

Barack Obama’s Speech At Black Museum Opening

(Mr Obama said the museum would tell a fuller, richer story of America, AP) James Baldwin once wrote, “For while the tale of how we...

Sri Lankan Civil Society Calls On Indian Government To Release HRD Khurram Parvez

(Khurram Parvez; Image- scroll.in) (SLB/23rd September 2016) Number of Sri Lankan Civil Society groups and individuals has called on the Indian Government to release Mr. Khurram...

Intolerance In the Time of Modi

(Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi, 15 August 2016,  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi) This statement was originally published on...

States May Shut My Office Out – But They Will Not Shut Us Up; Neither Will They Blind Us – Rights Commissioner Zeid

(UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Photo: AFP)) Human Rights Council. Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner...

‘Demagogues and Cheats’: UN Rights Chief Condemns Trump and Wilders

Agence France-Presse. The UN human rights chief has launched a scathing attack on populist politicians including Donald Trump and the Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders,...

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

By JOHN MARKOFFSEPT. SAN FRANCISCO — For years, science-fiction moviemakers have been making us fear the bad things that artificially intelligent machines might do to...

Newspaper Journalist Murdered in India

Bangkok, August 24, 2016 - Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring...

Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s Speech at the Democratic Convention

JULY 28, 2016. Hillary Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Following is a transcript of Hillary Clinton’s...

Hillary Clinton Has a 76 Percent Chance to Win the Presidency

Josh Katz @jshkat. For now, at least, Hillary Clinton has a 76 percent chance of defeating Donald Trump to become president of the United States. A...

Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail

Even historic defenders of speech like Denmark and the United Kingdom are starting to choose "social harmony" over free expression. By Jacob Mchangama Over the past...
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Constitution-making – here we go again! – Sakuntala Kadiragamer

The Ministry of Justice issued an invitation to the public to submit proposals for consideration by an expert committee established to draft a new...

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