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Human Rights: UN to Investigate Rights Violations in North Korea

North Korea

The United Nations has established a commission to investigate human rights violations in North Korea, saying some of them may amount to “crimes against humanity.” The U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to create the commission, which

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Posted in Censorship, Human Rights

Human Rights Organizations Call on the UN to Aid Detained Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan

Le Quoc Quan

Written by Eva Galperin – Re-Published from eff.org (Creative Commons) On 27 December 2012 prominent Vietnamese activist and blogger Le Quoc Quan was arbitrarily arrested and detained by local authorities while taking his daughter to school. The arrest was the

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Posted in Censorship, Free Speech, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: China, Russia Seek Greater Control of Internet, US says

Internet Censorship Protest

China and Russia are buying increasingly powerful surveillance technologies to intercept communications and try to take control of the Internet, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Alec Ross, the U.S. secretary of state’s senior adviser for innovation, said new

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Posted in Internet Censorship, Science & Technology, World News

Human Rights: UN Rights Chief Dismisses Syria’s Assad Claims on Credibility

 United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has dismissed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent claims that the U.N. is not a credible organization and that her commission of inquiry failed to contact his government during an investigation of human rights

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Posted in Government Control, Human Rights

Top 25 Censored News 2011: #4 Global Food Crisis Expands

A new worldwide spike in agricultural commodity and food prices is generating both predictable and extraordinary fallouts.  The search for causes once again leads to a conjuncture of flawed policies in trade, environment, finance and agriculture that is likely to

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Posted in Censorship, Media Censorship

Top 25 Censored News 2011: #11 Trafficking of Iraqi Women Rampant

Human trafficking occurs throughout the world, yet has become increaingly more prevalent among the country of Iraq due to the instability produced by the Iraq War. Many Iraqi women and girls are widowed or orphaned by wartime casualties. Currently, more

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Posted in Censorship, Media Censorship

UN Security Council Condemns Syrian Violence

Written by Margaret Besheer | United Nations As Syrian tanks shelled the flashpoint town of Hama Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council overcame months of division and strongly condemned the on-going violence. The U.N.’s most powerful body expressed “grave concern” at

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Horn of Africa Children Exposed to Lifetime Trauma

Written by Cathy Majtenyi | Dadaab, Kenya Drought, famine, and warfare have profound physical and psychological impacts on children, especially those three years old and under. Malnutrition and disease at these vulnerable ages leave a lasting mark that stretch into

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Posted in Human Rights

10 Killed in Battle to Keep Somali Aid Flowing

At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as African Union and government forces battle militants to protect the flow of food aid. Witnesses said the deaths occurred during heavy fighting Thursday –

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Posted in Human Rights

Rights Groups Say Burma Army Using Prison Labor on Front Lines

Rights groups say they have new details about how Burma’s military forces prisoners to work as laborers and human shields on the front lines of its battles against ethnic militias. Human Rights Watch and the Karen Human Rights Group say

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Posted in Human Rights

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