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Was it a mistake to lift the arms embargo against Vietnam?

May 23, 2016 - 04:18 pm .- As the U.S. lifted its decades-long arms embargo with Vietnam during President Barack Obama’s visit there, human rights advocates argued that the country had not sufficiently improved its human rights record to warrant the deal.  

'Don’t go there' – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

May 10, 2016 - 03:02 am .- The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in the country.  

Harriet Tubman, new face of 20 dollar bill, praised for her faith

Apr 20, 2016 - 03:23 pm .- As the U.S. treasury announces the legendary Harriet Tubman as the new face of the 20 dollar bill, she also drew praise from religious freedom advocates for her deep and abiding Christian faith.

Vatican diplomacy zeros-in on human rights in Africa

Mar 30, 2016 - 06:02 am .- In a region fraught with political, ethnic and religious divisions, the Central African Republic's motto of “Unity, Dignity, and Work” can serve as a foundation for healing and progress in Africa's Great Lakes Region, a Vatican representative told the United Nations.  

Yes, ISIS is guilty of genocide, says European human rights group

Jan 28, 2016 - 04:37 pm .- Europe’s leading human rights body passed a resolution on Wednesday calling ISIS atrocities a “genocide,” a week before the European Parliament will vote on a similar resolution.

Why China's two-child policy won't alter its human rights horrors

Jan 25, 2016 - 03:05 pm .- The dark nature of abortion and choice come into sharp relief when considering the human rights abuses which result from forced abortions in mainland China, according to one pro-life activist.

A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Jan 3, 2016 - 04:26 pm .- Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end.

China's abuses take spotlight on Human Rights Day

Dec 10, 2015 - 07:46 pm .- As the world observes Human Rights Day, advocates have turned their focus to China for its egregious abuses, particularly the detainment of activists and forced family planning policies.

Killer robots? They're a real issue – and here's what the Vatican has to say

Dec 2, 2015 - 04:03 am .- No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism alongside other new weapons of war.

A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Jul 5, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end.

Venezuelan hunger strikers arrive at the Vatican with a plea

Jun 11, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- Two Venezuelans on a hunger strike came to Rome ahead of Pope Francis' scheduled meeting with their president, asking the Pope to promote human rights in a country ravaged by a social and economic crisis.

Does 'never again' have any meaning? Human rights after the Holocaust

Feb 1, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- Even though it ended seventy years ago, the Holocaust still gives a stark and relevant warning on dehumanization and persecution today, say leaders on human rights and Holocaust history.

Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

Dec 11, 2014 - 04:36 am .- On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for their beliefs.

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:36 pm .- Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009.

Is dialogue with terrorists a lost cause? Pope Francis says no

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:02 am .- Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying that although it's difficult, the door is never completely closed.

UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:40 am .- Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private prosecution against two doctors accused of promoting the illegal practice.

Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff's secret suicide

Oct 2, 2014 - 12:52 am .- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer.  

Chinese leaders intensify push for 'national' Christianity

Aug 15, 2014 - 08:02 am .- The Chinese government recently announced that it will increase its efforts to promote and develop a national brand of Christian theology.

Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

Jul 18, 2014 - 02:56 am .- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet

Jul 3, 2014 - 04:20 am .- As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups warn that resources to serve the vulnerable population are running thin.

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