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Category Archive: Human Rights

Mar 12 2014

EU Wants Saudis to Respect Religious Freedom

This news is about a month old, but the European Union has approved a report calling on Saudi Arabia to respect religious freedom. Unfortunately, that declaration says nothing about the right of the non-religious not to practice a religion or the right to criticize religion.

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Mar 12 2014

Rice the Latest Foreign Policy Hypocrite

Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice joins the long list of current and former officials showing breathtaking but predictably hypocritical positions on Russia’s invasion of Crimea and other activities in the Ukraine.

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Mar 09 2014

Pussy Riot Members Violently Attacked

A few of the members of Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but they clearly aren’t out of danger. They’ve been arrested, struck with whips and now had acid thrown on them and been beaten by a mob of thugs at a McDonald’s in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

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Dec 04 2013

Community, Not Religion, Fosters Charitable Giving

David Campbell, a political science professor at Notre Dame and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, writes in Time magazine about a study he did with another scholar that shows that community, not religion, is what promotes charitable giving.

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Nov 15 2013

The Farce of the UN Human Rights Council

Erasmus at The Economist writes about the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is little more than a bad joke. The council is made up of 46 nations, many of them with an absolutely appalling record on human rights (including the United States, by the way).

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Oct 14 2013

Another Sign of Hope in Pakistan

I am so encouraged when I see things like this, a group of Muslims in Pakistan forming a human chain around a Christian church to protect it from attack and protest against the horrific suicide bombing of a nearby church a few weeks ago that killed 78 and injured more than 100.

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Sep 24 2013

ICC: As Useless as the United Nations

Eric Posner has an article at Slate about the International Criminal Court, pointing out that it has been almost entirely useless in prosecuting war crimes and human rights violation. But like the United Nations, the major powers — us especially — made sure that it was ineffective.

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Sep 10 2013

FBB Mounts Crisis Response for Syrian Refugees

Foundation Beyond Belief, with whom I work, is mounting a Humanist Crisis Response to raise funds to help the International Rescue Committee provide basic care for the millions of Syrians who have become refugees in the current civil war. Regardless of the political divisions in this country, there is a humanitarian crisis going on that …

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Aug 20 2013

Just Say No to Cultural Relativism

A Russian track star defended her country’s repressive laws on pro-equality expression during a press conference and she used an argument that I find extraordinarily annoying. She said, in essence, that we have to “respect” (whatever the hell that means in this context) Russian culture.

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May 18 2013

The Disturbing Story of Kamran Rizvi

You should read this. It’s a moving and disturbing story about Kamran Rizvi, who has gone from a political prisoner of the dictator General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan to a human rights adviser to Benazir Bhutto to an impoverished immigrant working at a gas station in America. It includes this story:

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May 14 2013

Guatemalan Dictator Convicted of Genocide

After his trial was temporarily suspended, former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt has been convicted of genocide and sentenced to 80 years in prison. But don’t be surprised if this does not last and the current president, who served in the military under Montt, finds some way to void the result.

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Apr 24 2013

US-Backed Dictator Escapes Justice

Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt is one of the many brutal Central American dictators the United States helped put in power in the 70s and 80s. He seized control of Guatemala in 1982 in a military coup and then went on a killing spree and instituted extremely repressive policies, especially toward the indigenous population. He was …

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Mar 14 2013

Dawkins and the False Dichotomy

On Sunday, Richard Dawkins tweeted the following: Decent, nice, liberal people must stop being so terrified of being thought “Islamophobic” and stand up for decent, nice, liberal values.

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Jan 07 2013

UPDATED: Saudi Cleric Okays Gang Rape of Syrian Women

Update: Alternet has retracted this story, as it turned out to be a hoax. Alternet reports that an influential Saudi imam who is closely tied to jihadist groups worldwide has issued an edict endorsing temporary “intercourse marriages” to allow opposition fighters in Syria to each have their turn having sex with any Syrian woman over …

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Jan 06 2013

UN Calls for End to Female Genital Mutilation

The Center for Inquiry’s blog reports that the United Nations has, for the first time, adopted a resolution calling on all nations to end the disgusting practice of female genital mutilation. The committee report on the advancement of women can be read in its entirety here. Among other things, it says:

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