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Lawyers warn of global push for 'gender identity' language

Apr 9, 2014 - 05:40 am .- Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language – as well as abortion rights – into international law.

Religious freedom essential for global human rights, panel says

Mar 4, 2014 - 04:54 pm .- Experts at a recent panel talk in Washington, D.C., suggested that while religious freedom has become a respectable component of foreign policy, serious concerns remain on a global scale.

Women's rights activist among 'Top 10' of Vatican magazine

Feb 6, 2014 - 03:59 am .- Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside the Vatican’s” “Top 10 People of 2013” for her heroic efforts in helping women.

Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Jan 29, 2014 - 02:05 am .- A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging protestors not to take up arms.

Vatican launches global campaign to fight 'scandal' of hunger

Dec 10, 2013 - 05:52 am .- Caritas International has initiated their first global campaign to eradicate hunger, promoting the basic human right to food, and encouraging fraternal solidarity in ensuring that everyone has enough.

Reports of a more lax one-child policy in China 'misleading'

Nov 15, 2013 - 02:39 pm .- Recent news that the Chinese government is easing its one child policy is “very misleading” because they do not address the human rights violations at the policy's core, a leading critic says.

Chinese pro-life activist awarded human rights fellowships

Oct 2, 2013 - 06:14 pm .- Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng has announced a new three-year partnership with the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as with two other human rights groups.

One-child policy still a massive threat to women, expert warns

Sep 25, 2013 - 04:07 am .- In wake of the 33rd anniversary of China's one-child policy, a women's rights activist has raised concern about those who believe the policy has ended, warning of the dangers it still poses.

Spanish government criticized for silence on Asia Bibi

Aug 7, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- The Spanish civil liberties website MasLibres is criticizing the Spanish government for failing to advocate on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic sentenced to die under the country's blasphemy law.

Vietnam president's visit shines spotlight on human rights

Jul 12, 2013 - 02:01 am .- As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts to encourage respect for human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

Be not afraid of immigrants, Archbishop Gomez encourages

Jun 28, 2013 - 02:02 am .- In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the American Dream, seeking to stir the consciences of national Catholics.

Facing risk of death, Syrian priests remain faithful

Jun 26, 2013 - 04:02 am .- As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23.

LA archbishop says immigration tests America's identity

Jun 25, 2013 - 02:05 am .- The American Dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a group of journalists, saying the issue provides a chance for the nation to renew its soul.

Zambian bishops encourage 'people-driven' constitution

Jun 13, 2013 - 02:01 am .- The Catholic bishops of Zambia have urged locals to be vigilant in calling for a new, “people-driven” constitution to help advance development in the country.

Britain urged to investigate murder of Irish human rights champion

May 16, 2013 - 02:13 am .- Witnesses and congressmen at a U.S. hearing renewed a call to the British government to launch a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Northern Irish human rights leader Patrick Finucane.

Bangladesh tragedy sparks call for retail accountability

May 15, 2013 - 04:03 am .- After the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh which killed at least 1,127 workers, demands for better oversight from Western retailers as well as local manufacturers have been widespread.

Critics say Calif. infertility bill violates children's rights

May 1, 2013 - 02:07 am .- A California bill ensuring that health care coverage for infertility treatments would be provided to same-sex couples is a violation of the basic human right for a mother and a father, critics charge.

Murdered Guatemalan bishop remembered for peace efforts

Apr 30, 2013 - 01:12 pm .- During a Mass to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi’s death, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian of Guatemala City recalled the late bishop as a “martyr of peace.”

Human rights include religious freedom, commission says

Apr 23, 2013 - 05:16 pm .- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to focus on religious liberty as a key human right during an upcoming U.N. Human Rights Council review.

Blind activist appeals to US over China's human rights abuses

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:34 pm .- Blind Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its actions.

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