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Forced abortion judge ignored family, human rights, appeal court finds

Courts in the United Kingdom have released the text of judicial decisions in the case of a disabled woman orginally... Read more

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New commission will give 'critical attention' to human rights, experts say

International human rights experts have praised the creation of a State Department advisory body on human rights, calling it a... Read more

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Forced abortion decision overturned on appeal, according to reports

Thousands of people have signed a petition urging U.K. Health and Social Care Secretary Matthew Hancock to stop a forced... Read more

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UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman

A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a... Read more

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Pro-life laws are ‘extremist hate,’ UN official says

Efforts to restrict abortion in the U.S. have drawn strong denunciations from a senior United Nations official, who called recent pro-life... Read more


A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a... Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the diplomatic corps ac

Pope to diplomats: Remember transcendent dimension of human persons

Upholding the dignity of the human person, and the rule of law, are essential for good politics, Pope Francis said... Read more

Ocean, mountains, flowers.

Holy See dissatisfied Poland climate summit downplayed human rights

In a statement Wednesday, the Holy See said the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, established during the recent UN... Read more

Report: 'Aggressive nationalism' fueling threats to religious minorities

“Aggressive nationalism” is a principal driver of violence and intimidation targeting religious minorities in certain parts of the world, according... Read more

President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March 2018.

Trump defends relationship with Saudi Arabia after journalist's murder

Citing low oil prices, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will continue to support Saudi Arabia after the... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Congressional bill aims for human rights for China’s Uyghurs

Legislation could help advance religious freedom and human rights in China’s far western province of Xinjiang, say U.S. lawmakers concerned... Read more

Human rights advocates: UN must address Chinese internment camps

Human rights advocates are calling on the United Nations to address reports of Chinese internment camps holding 1 million Muslim... Read more

In wealthy San Francisco, treatment of homeless draws UN condemnation

As San Francisco prepares to consider a ballot measure to boost taxes for services to aid the homeless, a U.N.... Read more

US President Donald Trump, Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations, Sept. 2018.

U.S. will remain committed to protecting the unborn at the U.N., Haley says

As negotiations begin on the annual United Nations humanitarian assistance omnibus resolution, the United States will remain committed to protecting... Read more

Pro-life leaders oppose broad expansion of abortion in Australian state

A parliamentary committee reportedly supported a proposal Oct. 5 to significantly expand abortion in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.  Read more

Analysis: Benedict XVI’s unpublished letter- God is key to understanding human rights

The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss... Read more

North Korean flies in Pyongyang.

Religious freedom efforts in the spotlight as North Korean prisoners freed

The release of three American prisoners from North Korea was hailed as an important first step in addressing abuses within... Read more

Balancing human rights with peacebuilding efforts in North Korea

The potential release of three American prisoners from North Korea’s labor camps – reported to be “imminent” – would be... Read more

Our elders are lonely – do we care?

It was August in Rome, the dog days of summer, and most people had left the Eternal City for the... Read more

Texas bishop: Don't deport mother of young cancer patient

Deportation to Mexico of the mother of a cancer-stricken girl would be cruelty, the Bishop of El Paso has said.  Read more