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Vatican delegation in Iran discuss human rights with Muslim leaders

Nov 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

UN set to elect slave state to human rights council

Oct 16, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

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

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

Jul 12, 2019

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

Jul 12, 2019

By Matt Hadro

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

Jun 24, 2019

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

Jun 21, 2019

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

Jun 4, 2019

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

Feb 14, 2019

By Adelaide Mena

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

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Pope to diplomats: Remember transcendent dimension of human persons

Jan 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 26, 2018

“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

Nov 21, 2018

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

Nov 15, 2018

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

Nov 7, 2018

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

Nov 6, 2018

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

Nov 5, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Oct 8, 2018

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

May 14, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

May 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

May 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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