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

Europe’s leading human rights body passed a resolution on Wednesday calling ISIS atrocities a “genocide,” a week before the European... Read more

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

The dark nature of abortion and choice come into sharp relief when considering the human rights abuses which result from... Read more

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China's abuses take spotlight on Human Rights Day

As the world observes Human Rights Day, advocates have turned their focus to China for its egregious abuses, particularly the... Read more


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

No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism... Read more

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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

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Venezuelan hunger strikers arrive at the Vatican with a plea

Two Venezuelans on a hunger strike came to Rome ahead of Pope Francis' scheduled meeting with their president, asking the... Read more

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin on Sept. 21, 2014.

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

Even though it ended seventy years ago, the Holocaust still gives a stark and relevant warning on dehumanization and persecution... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference to announce the Defending Freedoms project Dec 6, 2012.

Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for... Read more

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal plane on his way to Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

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

Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying... Read more

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

Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private... Read more

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

A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had... Read more

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Chinese leaders intensify push for 'national' Christianity

The Chinese government recently announced that it will increase its efforts to promote and develop a national brand of Christian... Read more

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Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention... Read more

Bishops hold Mass and procession on US border in support of immigration reform.

Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet

As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups... Read more

Zhang Ruli (L) and Zhang Anni (R) speak with CNA on May 5, 2014

China's youngest detainee decries torture of father

Dubbed as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” Zhang Anni and her sister Ruli have voiced their opposition to the government’s... Read more

Former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska speaking at CPAC 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland, March 8, 2014.

Sarah Palin rebuked for comparing waterboarding to baptism

Catholics and other Christians have criticized Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to baptism, calling them disrespectful, irreverent, and even... Read more

Participants at the opening of the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly on May 19, 2009.

Lawyers warn of global push for 'gender identity' language

Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference Dec 6, 2012.

Religious freedom essential for global human rights, panel says

Experts at a recent panel talk in Washington, D.C., suggested that while religious freedom has become a respectable component of... Read more

Reggie Littlejohn meets Pope Francis during the 2013 MaterCare International Conference in Rome

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

Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside... Read more