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‘Reproductive rights are human rights,’ U.S. Secretary of State says

“Reproductive rights” are “human rights,” the U.S. Secretary of State emphasized on Tuesday upon the release of the State Department’s... Read more

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China imposes sanctions on British Catholic human rights campaigner

The Chinese Communist Party has imposed sanctions on a British Catholic human rights campaigner who highlighted widespread abuses in Xinjiang. Read more

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Vatican diplomat criticizes ‘divisive’ UN Human Rights Council report on Islamophobia

A Vatican diplomat has said that a UN Human Rights Council report on Islamophobia risks “polarizing the international community.” Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican foreign minister: religious freedom ‘being eroded’ by COVID-19 response

A robust understanding of the right to religious freedom is being eroded in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic,... Read more

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Canadian student journalist fired for Catholic views charges discrimination

A Catholic student who said his university’s newspaper wrongly fired him for his critical views of homosexuality and transgenderism has... Read more

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Addition of Cuba, China, Russia to UN Human Rights Council draws criticism

A human rights group in Cuba criticized the election of China, Cuba, and Russia to the UN Human Rights Council,... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Courtesy photo.

Vatican tells UN it is ‘deeply concerned’ by push to ‘reinterpret' foundations of human rights

A Vatican representative told the United Nations Tuesday that the Holy See was “deeply concerned” by moves “to reinterpret the... Read more

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English Catholic bishops lament attacks on civilians in Cameroon

Catholic bishops in England appealed Monday for an end to human rights abuses in Cameroon.   Read more

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Mexico investigating alleged ICE detainee hysterectomies

Mexico is investigating reports that at least six of its nationals were among women in US immigration custody on whom... Read more

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Vatican calls for 'peaceful and just resolution' of Belarus crisis

After President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he was putting troops on high alert and closing Belarus’ borders, a Vatican diplomat... Read more

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'Expedited' investigation ordered over alleged ICE detainee hysterectomies

The acting director of U.S. immigration services has ordered an expedited investigation into allegations that hysterectomies were performed on immigrant women in federal... Read more

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US moves to block imports made in China concentration camps

The Department of Homeland Security has moved to block the import of products made with forced labor in detention camps... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Human dignity has serious political implications

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of... Read more

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Press North Korea more on human rights, less on denuclearization says federal commission

A federal commission is calling on the U.S. to push for greater respect for human rights in North Korea, in... Read more

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‘An affront to human dignity’: Ethicists react to death of Michael Hickson

Ethicists and disability rights activists have expressed grave concerns over reports of the recent death of Michael Hickson, a black... Read more

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Analysis: What is the Trump administration doing about the Uyghurs?

Trump faces growing criticism for not financially sanctioning senior Chinese officials responsible for what the Congressional China Commission says may... Read more

People light candles as they attend a vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020.

In Hong Kong, thousands defy police to mark Tiananmen Square

Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong held public vigils for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Thursday, despite... Read more

US Secretary of State Michael Mike Pompeo.

State Department releases annual human rights report

The State Department released its annual human rights report on Wednesday, offering the administration’s summary of the situation in nearly... Read more

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Vatican delegation in Iran discuss human rights with Muslim leaders

A Vatican delegation traveled to Tehran this week to discuss opportunities for Catholics and Muslims to serve humanity together.  Read more

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UN set to elect slave state to human rights council

Mauritania, the west African nation where slavery remains a widespread practice, is expected to be voted on to the United... Read more