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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...

3 Factors that Could Hold Europe Together

Written by Jennifer Blanke. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere...

I Want My Country Back

This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world. BY LAURIE PENNY. This morning, I woke up in a...

Britain Votes to Leave E.U, and It’s Possible Repercussions

( Prime Minister David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street in London, a day after Britain voted to break out of the European Union. ...

Torture in American Style, Reveled

(Documents detail how to enforce sleep deprivation, limit the caloric intake of food and the correct positions required for waterboarding) The CIA has declassified documents about...

The Muzzle Grows Tighter; Freedom of Speech is in Retreat

IN JULY 2012 a man calling himself Sam Bacile posted a short video on YouTube. It showed the Prophet Muhammad bedding various women, taking...

Saudi Arabia Threatened to Break Relations With U.N. Over Human Rights Criticism in Yemen

(Riyadh warned Turtle Bay it would pull hundreds of millions of dollars from U.N. programs if it was singled out for killing and maiming...

Switzerland: Speedier Asylum Process From 400 Days to 140 Voted In

Image: Nearly 39,500 people sought asylum in Switzerland last year, making it one of Europe's top seven destinations in terms of asylum requests per...

Mediterranean Death Toll Soars in First 5 Months of 2016

(A boat filled with refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean floats off the coast of Italy.   © Italian Navy/Masimo Sestini) By: Adrian Edwards in Geneva...

CPJ Denied ECOSOC Consultative Status After Vote in UN NGO Committee

New York. May 26, 2016--The NGO Committee of the United Nations voted today to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists consultative status with the...

U.N. Secretary-General Front-Runner Faces Internal Uproar

(Helen Clark is one of the leading candidates to succeed Ban Ki-moon, but critics inside Turtle Bay say she’s weakening the U.N.’s promotion of...

Buddhist Heritage Emerging As A Major Plank in Asian Diplomacy

By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: Buddhist heritage is emerging as a major plank in Asian diplomacy. South, South East and East Asian countries are using Buddhism and...

Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump: ‘Almost a Death Knell for the Human Species’

(Trump … ‘I’m not sure he knows what he thinks’ Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters) As he appears in new documentary The Divide, the great intellectual explains...

Muslim States Block 11 LGBT Groups From Attending UN Aids Meeting

US ambassador says move by Organization of Islamic Cooperation represents an ‘epidemic and severely damages the credibility of the UN’ Samantha Power, the US ambassador...

Sri Lanka Sweatshop ‘Slaves’ Earning £4.30 a Day Making ‘Empowering’ Beyonce Clobber

EXCLUSIVE by JAMES MILLS.  BEYONCE’S new high street sportswear range for Topshop is made using sweat shop labour earning just £4.30 a day, we can...

Polls: Sanders Has More Potential to Beat Trump

Recent data show Sanders has double-digit lead in support over Republican candidate while Clinton would face tight race. Sanders has performed best in "open" primaries,...

Duterte, Who Promised to KiIl All criminals, Wins Philippine Presidential Election

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks to supporters during an election campaign rally ahead of the presidential and vice presidential elections, in Manila on May...

Review: ‘Dheepan,’ About Sri Lankan Refugees, Looks Like a Prophecy

By A. O. SCOTTMAY 5, 2016. Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes a year ago, arrives in North American theaters having...

The Road to Resilience: Press Freedom in South Asia 2015-16 Report Released

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) marked World Press Freedom Day by releasing The Road to...

Journalists, Activists seek Release of Nepalese Editor Kanak Dixit

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Prominent journalists, activists and scholars from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the US and other countries have urged the Nepal government...

Solar-powered Plane Completes Journey Across Pacific Ocean

(Solar Impulse 2 flying over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California0- Keystone) Solar Impulse 2, the Swiss solar-powered plane, landed in California on...

Why Bernie Sanders is Disappointed with George Clooney

By Story Hinckley. Bernie Sanders says actor George Clooney, an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter, is backing the wrong presidential candidate. George Clooney admits that he has...

The Investigative Journalism Collaboration That Produced the Panama Papers

  (Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of ICIJ, talks with Le Monde reporters at the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2015. Photo...

47 Indian Police Get Life in Prison for Killing Sikh Pilgrims

( Killed in a face encounter) LUCKNOW, INDIA // A special court in India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison for killing a...
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Sri Lanka: Rs. 60,000 charged for “coffin and ash” of cremated of Muslim victims of Covid 19

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