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2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - World | ReliefWeb

More than six decades after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a widening gap persists between the rights conferred by law and the daily realities for many around the globe. More than one third of the ...
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Waiting endlessly on Nigeria's death row

Waiting endlessly on Nigeria's death row | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
Human rights groups condemn the treatment of death row prisoners.
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5 Creative Ways Countries Tried To Up Their Birth Rates

5 Creative Ways Countries Tried To Up Their Birth Rates | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
How do you make people make more people?
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Talk point: is water a commodity or a human right?

Talk point: is water a commodity or a human right? | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
In this month's podcast we'll be discussing the pressure on water resources. We want to hear your thoughts

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What Does China Censor Online? - Information Is Beautiful

What Does China Censor Online? - Information Is Beautiful | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
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US Prison Population: The Largest in the World

Find LearnLiberty on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/X9qijG The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—more even than China or ...
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Gypsies, Roma, Travellers: An Animated History

Europe is home to 10-12 million Roma, yet many Europeans are unable to answer the basic question, "who are the Roma?" The remarkable history of Gypsies, Roma...
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Malala Comes To The United Nations

Malala Comes To The United Nations | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
Malala Yousafzai may be one of the best-known students in the world, but she is also a teacher.

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New York's vote to curb stop-and-frisk is another win for civil rights

New York's vote to curb stop-and-frisk is another win for civil rights | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it

Brittny Saunders: City Council made an important choice to add more oversight to NYPD policies, like stop-and-frisk, that are discriminatory (New York's vote to curb stop-and-frisk is another win for civil rights | Brittny Saunders


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Official: Iran Doesn't Accept Western Human Rights Criteria - Algemeiner

Official: Iran Doesn't Accept Western Human Rights Criteria - Algemeiner | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
Washington Post Official: Iran Doesn't Accept Western Human Rights Criteria Algemeiner Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council, said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic rejects the human rights norms and standards...
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earthdog58's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:17 PM

I think the problem is a fundamentally different understanding of the words 'human' and 'rights'.

 

This is the kind of thing that happens when philosophical ideas from a time and place that was much more primitive are taken to be sarcrosact law for all time. Unfortunately, a great many people still live under the oppresssion of those ideas.

 

Do you know what really depresses me? People who refuse to believe in the concept of social evolution - the idea that, as a group, we can be better, more compassionate, just plain nicer to each other, tomorrow than we are today.

 

 

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Aryeh Neier – "The International Human Rights Movement: Its Accomplishments and Its Challenges" - Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College

Aryeh Neier – "The International Human Rights Movement: Its Accomplishments and Its Challenges" - Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
Aryeh Neier, acclaimed human rights activist and former president of The Open Society Foundation (a post he held from 1993 to 2012), spoke about the history of the human rights movement....  
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United Nations: Human Rights

United Nations: Human Rights | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
This is the site for the United Nations and Human Rights. Here you will find related information and links to issues related to genocide, indigenous peoples, disability, children in armed conflict and other aspects of Human Rights.
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Quebec 'Charter of Values' draws protests

Quebec 'Charter of Values' draws protests | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
Thousands in Canada's Montreal rally against proposed law banning public sector workers from wearing religious garments.
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Vietnam's lost slave labour children

Vietnam's lost slave labour children | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
The trade in children for slave labour is on the rise in Vietnam.

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The Daily Shows John Oliver Helps White People Understand New Yorks Stop and Frisk!!

John Oliver opened The Daily Show Tuesday night with a deep dive into the recent ruling by a federal judge deeming the NYPD's "stop-and-frisk" tactic unconst...
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Tutu says he cannot worship 'homophobic' God

Tutu says he cannot worship 'homophobic' God | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
South African peace icon condemns use of religious justification for anti-gay prejudice at UN meeting in Cape Town.
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Snowden to seek temporary asylum in Russia

Snowden to seek temporary asylum in Russia | MacPhail Human Rights | Scoop.it
US whistleblower says he wants Russian asylum until he could legally travel on to Latin America.
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