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The Panama Papers and the Question of Privacy

By Claire Lauterbach We do agree with Ramon Fonseca about one thing: that “Each person has a right to privacy, whether they are a king...

The Panama Papers Could Hand Bernie Sanders the Keys to the White House

For some Americans, Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of a global elite which benefits from tax avoidance schemes. Bernie Sanders, her opponent, is its antithesis  by Matthew Turner The...

Obama to Honor Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ Victims on Coup Anniversary

(Campaign by mothers) BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will honor victims of Argentina's "Dirty War" on Thursday, the 40th anniversary of a military...

President Obama’s Trip to Cuba: What You Need to Know

(Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo A poster features portraits of Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, and President Barack Obama and reads in Spanish "Welcome to Cuba" outside...

Denmark Tops Global ‘Happy’ Index, Burundi at Bottom

( Image:Denmark lost to Switzerland in the 2015 version of the World Happiness Report but was named the happiest country once again in this...

Election Setback a ‘Wake-up call’ for Merkel, Media and Politicians Say

BERLIN (Reuters) - Critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policies called on her to change course after voters in three regional elections punished...

This utterly beautiful photo series is taking a stand against sexual assault and rape culture

 by Nick Reilly in discover This is the 'Still Not Asking For It' photo series by photographer Rory Banwell. And it's taking a brilliant stand against sexual...

International Women’s Day 2016 takes on gender parity

by Emily Crockett on March 8, 2016. March 8 is International Women's Day, celebrated in today's Google Doodle with a video asking women all over...

Children as Young as Seven Mining Cobalt Used in Smartphones, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says it has traced cobalt used in batteries for household brands to mines in DRC, where children work in life-threatening conditions   A cobalt...

Even If People Are Willing, The Incumbent President Is Disqualified To Be Elected For A Further Term

By H.K. Seneviratne, LL.B, Attorney-at-Law- A way out from the constitutional impasse Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva setting forth an argument that constitutional obstacles do...

Sri Lanka: A Public Petition for Reforms To be Implemented Within 100 Days

Ravaya, an alternative Sinhala language weekly, which has been campaigning for a democratic governance and minority rights for more than 25 years has...

The Future of a Government Hangs On a Tweet, a Street Protest or a Report of a NGO- UN Rights Chief

22 October 2014 – At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social,...

Rethinking Strategy: 13 A And How To Go Beyond By J.S. Tissainayagam

It gives me great pleasure to speak to you today as part of this distinguished panel. I wish to thank the International Association of...

Photographer René Burri, Who Photographed Che has died at 81

World-renowned Swiss photographer René Burri, known among others for his portraits of revolutionary hero Che Guevara and artist Pablo Picasso, died Monday in Zurich...

UNHRC: Landmark Resolution on Anti-Gay Bias

The Human Rights Council resolution is a significant moment for global LGBTI movements, and for people around the world who have worked tirelessly for...

Academics condemn Sydney University professor for call to go soft on Sri Lanka’s war history

Academics and non-government organisations have condemned a University of Sydney academic's call for delegates at a human rights conference to go soft on...

Right-wing Chile Congressman Arrested for Dictatorship-era ( 1973-1990) Killings

SANTIAGO Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:01pm EDT Forty-one years to the day after General Augusto Pinochet seized power in a military coup in Chile, a...

Al-Qaida leader announces formation of Indian branch

Ayman al-Zawahiri calls on Muslims across Indian subcontinent to join 'caravan of jihad' Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaida, has announced the formation of an...

UN HR High Commissioner’s offcie empowers to investigate HR violations in Iraq; China & India disagree

The Human Rights Council, on 1st September adopted a resolution in which it requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for...

ICRC: Missing persons must not be forgotten; 16,000 missing in SL

{ Click here for an interactive map showing how the ICRC is helping families find out what has happened to missing relatives] Geneva (ICRC) –...

USA moving away from the HR standards it requires from other states – Pillay

UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, has said that she remains unfazed by derogatory remarks and accusations made against her by Sri Lankan officials. Speaking...

UNHRC: special session on Iraq brings HR foes like USA, China, Russia, together

In a rare move, countries who opposes each other in relation to human rights issues at the UNHRC has come together have...

Irom Chanu Sharmila : A contemperary hero

Sunanda Deshapriya -- Irom Chanu Sharmila was born to an ordinary family in the Manipur state in India in 1972. Manipur is a state of...

While SL invites anti-TNA Subramanium Swamy India invites TNA to meet Modi

While the government of Sri Lanka entertaining anti- Tamil and anti-TNA Dr Subramanium swamy in Colombo the Indian Government invited 5 member team...

Gary Anandasangaree wins Liberal nomination with record-breaking turnout

Liberals welcomed Gary Anandasangaree to their team as a candidate for the 2015 federal election in Scarborough Rouge Park, following a record-breaking turnout for...

Irom Sharmila: India hunger striker freed after 13 years

Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, has been freed following a court order. Ms Chanu said...

NGOs bid farewell to High Commissioner Pillay

It was the last meeting of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, with civil society actors that engage with human rights bodies...

LGBTI rights – still not there yet

76 countries criminalize homosexuality- Progress at UN incremental- Activists should focus on violence aspect- Mounting research exposes harsh realities-  (IRIN) - In recent years, the world has seen...

UNHRC establishes an International Commission of Inquiry for Gaza

23 July 2014 The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its Special Session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East...

Europe: A predictable earthquake, but mainstream will dominate

French far-right leader  Marine Le Pen (Chesnot/Getty Image)Simon Baptist, Chief Economist and Asia Regional Director  Voters in the European Union sent a strong message...
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