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#Human Rights

# human-rights - Today’s News

Poor social housing conditions fail to uphold tenants' human rights

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that the state was in breach of the European Social Charter.

# human-rights - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Philippine lawmakers vote to slash annual funding for human rights commission to just €16

“This leads us on a direct path to dictatorship,” Senator Francis Pangilinan said.

# human-rights - Monday 11 September, 2017

UN accuses Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' as thousands of Rohingyas flee the country

The UN says 294,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.

# human-rights - Saturday 9 September, 2017

'The right to do any job they like': New book sets out a declaration for the rights of boys and girls

Irish publisher Siobhan Parkinson of Little Island tells us why they decided to publish the book.

# human-rights - Wednesday 30 August, 2017

UN human rights chief says Trump may be inciting 'violence' against media

The High Commissioner for Human Rights said Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened other countries to crack down on press freedoms.

# human-rights - Thursday 17 August, 2017

'These are mere stories': Egyptian ambassador denies Ibrahim Halawa was tortured in prison

Halawa (21) was arrested during a demonstration in 2014 in support of Mohamed Morsi who had been ousted from power in a military coup.

Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage does NOT breach human rights

A Belfast court made the ruling this afternoon.

# human-rights - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Opinion: 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

In pushing for abortion the UN is seriously undermining its human rights mission, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain.

# human-rights - Friday 11 August, 2017

UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries

The UN Committee Against Torture is critical of the government’s record in a number of areas.

# human-rights - Thursday 27 July, 2017

Minister tells UN Convention that some prison inmates don't have a flush toilet in their cells

Minister for State David Stanton was addressing the UN Convention Against Torture.

# human-rights - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Irish Human Rights Commission worried new hubs could 'normalise' family homelessness

IHREC released a detailed report outlining its concerns about the new family hub model of homeless accommodation.

# human-rights - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

'If men are caught, they are killed. If women are caught, they are raped'

Men, women and children in South Sudan have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt alive.

# human-rights - Saturday 24 June, 2017

'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls' FGM

'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls'

Almost 3,000 girls living in Ireland could be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.

# human-rights - Friday 16 June, 2017

Pro-choice group fears wording of abortion referendum will be too limited

The public will vote on repealing the Eighth Amendment next year.

# human-rights - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Ireland's abortion laws subjected woman to 'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment'

The UN Human Rights Committee has again called on Ireland to reform its restrictive abortion laws.

# human-rights - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections?

Theresa May is talking about ‘ripping up’ human rights laws – so how important is it that she doesn’t?

# human-rights - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

May says she will change human rights laws to fight terrorism

Speaking last night ahead of tomorrow’s general election, May framed the vote as a vote for the security of the country.

# human-rights - Friday 26 May, 2017

'Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya'

The Kremlin is said to be taking its investigation into the anti-gay “purge” seriously.

# human-rights - Wednesday 24 May, 2017

Taiwan to become first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage

“I’m leaping with joy like a bird,” one person said. Activists have fought for almost 30 years for gay marriage equality.

# human-rights - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

China releases human rights lawyer after 'show trial'

Xie Yang, who was arrested in 2015, pleaded guilty to charges of “inciting subversion of state power”.

# human-rights - Friday 5 May, 2017

Kenny says he raised human rights with Saudis but that 'obviously includes women's rights'

The Taoiseach has sought to clarify that Ireland had conveyed its concerns over Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.

# human-rights - Friday 21 April, 2017

South Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers in wake of online sex video

“The soldiers being investigated had consensual sex with their partners and not inside the barracks,” said a human rights expert.

# human-rights - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Gay men in Chechnya reportedly being sent to prison camps and killed

Human rights campaigners say people are being tortured and abused.

# human-rights - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Column: '"A Right To A Home" should be put to referendum'

Constitutional change is required to underpin key economic and social rights if Ireland is to get to grips with the significant crisis, writes Mary Murphy.

# human-rights - Sunday 12 March, 2017

Chinese 'comfort women' are fighting to have their history of sex slavery remembered

Around 200,000 women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during WWII.

# human-rights - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

'Hate and fear' by Trump, Duterte and others is bringing the world back to the 1930s, says Amnesty

Amnesty has attacked “the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narrative”.

# human-rights - Friday 20 January, 2017

Colm O'Gorman: 'I have resolved to work every day to prove that love can trump hate'

For those of us who care deeply about freedom and human rights, there has never been a more vital moment for activism, writes Colm O’Gorman.

# human-rights - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

British triple killer and rapist jailed for whole-life term loses appeal against 'inhuman' sentence

Arthur Hutchinson killed three people and repeatedly raped a woman.

# human-rights - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

Norwegian mass murderer makes Nazi salute as court reviews 'inhumane' prison regime

Breivik has a three-cell complex where he can play video games and watch television on two sets.

# human-rights - Saturday 31 December, 2016

UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire and plans for peace talks

The UN Security Council approves the Russian-drafted resolution on the Syria ceasefire.

# human-rights - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Modern Slavery: How children in Dhaka are trying to escape from 12-hour workdays

Children in Dhaka can be expected to work long hours for little money to help support their families.

# human-rights - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

'If you are in favour of human rights, you must want them for everyone - including prisoners'

‘It is a mark of true sincerity, therefore, for politicians to take up unpopular causes like that of Leon Wright,’ writes author Frankie Gaffney.

World chess champ and Kremlin foe wins European court case against Russia

Garry Kasparov was arrested for peaceful protests on several occasions, the court found.

# human-rights - Friday 9 December, 2016

'Those with a disability have the right to choose where to live, to an education and to a sexual relationship'

Ireland has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but we are the only EU state that hasn’t ratified it, writes Kathleen O’Meara.

# human-rights - Friday 25 November, 2016

Move to recognise Traveller ethnicity after long campaign shows 'Ireland's commitment to human rights'

After a long-fought campaign, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he supported the recognition of Traveller ethnicity this week.

# human-rights - Saturday 5 November, 2016

Uganda blames British colonialism for its anti-gay sex laws

It told the UN this week that it doesn’t tolerate such discrimination.

# human-rights - Friday 14 October, 2016

President leads tributes following death of 'inspirational' disability rights campaigner

Martin Naughton has died at the age of 62.

# human-rights - Monday 22 August, 2016

Finglas wants to build ties with North Korea

Officials in the country have yet to reply to an offer from the Finglas Village Renewal Partnership.

# human-rights - Friday 19 August, 2016

Mexican police 'gunned down 22 civilians during drug raid'

It has been called one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico’s decade-long campaign against drug gangs.

# human-rights - Thursday 18 August, 2016

'The blood was like a river': Syrian people speak of horrific torture they endured in prison

Many people witnessed prisoners dying in custody and some described being held in cells alongside dead bodies.

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