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Human Rights: Historic Civil Rights Ruling Marks 50 Years

16 black students cleared of wrongdoing for sit-in protests. Fifty years ago this Sunday, on Dec. 11, 1961, the United States Supreme Court reversed the convictions of 16 black college students who had been arrested in a civil rights demonstration

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Posted in Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Liberation

Chinese Activist Warned Off Foreign Media

But government threats are unlikely to silence China’s rights activists, some analysts say. Authorities in Beijing have warned civil rights campaigner Hu Jia not to give any more interviews to foreign media organizations and to stay away from further activism.

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Honored With Memorial

Nearly a month after a hurricane postponed the dedication of a national memorial honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.,  U.S. President Barack Obama leads the ceremony Sunday, Oct. 16. King was the leading voice of the nation’s modern

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Posted in Human Rights

ACLU Marks Banned Websites Awareness Day with Report on LGBT Censorship in Schools

Public schools across the country are largely receptive to removing web filters that block educational content related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, according to a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Riots Hit North London After Police Shooting

Residents in a north London community compared their neighborhood to a bomb site Sunday, the day after violent riots broke out between angry citizens and the police. At least 26 people were injured in the riots and more than 40

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Posted in Human Rights

High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened

When a high school atheist tried to stop prayer at his graduation, he was harassed and kicked out of his house. But the atheist community stepped in. Whatever you think about atheists — good, bad, mixed, indifferent — this story

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Posted in Human Rights, Religious Censorship

Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law a four-year extension of parts of a controversial domestic surveillance law, just before the provisions were to expire Thursday. U.S. lawmakers raced Thursday to pass the extension to the USA Patriot Act. 

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Posted in Human Rights

France Detains Several People Enforcing Veil Ban

Just over a month after France enacted a controversial face-veil ban, the government says it has detained several dozen women wearing the veils, but that enforcing the legislation appears to be going smoothly. From Paris, Lisa Bryant takes a look

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Posted in Human Rights, Religious Censorship

‘Freedom Riders’ Remembered 50 Years Later

The American South was a segregated society 50 years ago. In 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in restaurants and bus terminals serving interstate travel, but African-Americans who tried to sit in the “whites only” section risked injury

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Posted in Human Rights

American Protest Singer Agreed to Chinese Censorship

Source: Freemuse The 69-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan, famous for his songs against injustice and for civil rights, agreed to perform in China only with a heavily censored list of songs — which caused an uproar in his home

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