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Category Archive: Human Rights

Feb 09 2014

Turn skin cells into stem cells!

Our scientists can turn skin cells into stem cells. Don’t call it a miracle. It has no relation with supernatural stuff. Call it an amazing fact. Human skin cells have been turned into stem cells which have the potential to develop into fully-formed embryos, simply by bathing them in weak citric acid for half an …

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Feb 07 2014

The letter.

200 authors from 30 countries wrote a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Authors have condemned Russia’s anti-gay and blasphemy laws as a “chokehold” on creativity. Here is the letter: The story of modern Russia is the story of dramatic, almost seismic change. Russian voices, both literary and journalistic, have always striven to make themselves …

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Dec 22 2013

Is anyone listening?

It is an interview. It’s hard to miss her in Calcutta these days. She beams at passers-by from king-size hoardings at several busy junctions, anxiously marking her “return” to Bengal after six years. But Taslima Nasreen is not returning to the city. Not in person, certainly — thanks to embargoes on her travelling and living …

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Dec 15 2013

Bangladesh’s new secular generation celebrating the killing of a war criminal

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I got abused by the secular people of Bangladesh on social network sites because I opposed the death penalty of Kader Mullah the war criminal. Many boys and girls of the new generation are confused people. They call themselves secular without knowing the meaning of the word. Many of them are against war criminals, but …

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Nov 23 2013

On the day of children’s rights

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I tweeted a lot in the last few days. I was at the European Parliament to celebrate 25th Sakharov Prize anniversary. All the Sakharov Laureates were there except Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Hu Jia, Jafar Panahi and a few others. Shirin Ebadi the Nobel Peace Prize winner came to represent Nasrin Sotoudeh, the …

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Oct 01 2013

A big applause to Nordic countries for taking historic steps to ban circumcision.

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Nordic countries are going to ban circumcision. Wow, what a good news! Yesterday, during a meeting in Oslo, Nordic ombudsmen for children, Nordic paediatricians, and paediatric surgeons agreed a resolution urging their national governments to work for a ban on non-therapeutic circumcision of underage boys. The the children’s ombudsmen from the five Nordic countries (Sweden, …

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Sep 29 2013

The Right To Die

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Michèle Causse was a French author and lesbian theorist. She was one of my best friends. She always contacted me but I never got much time to contact her. When finally I decided to email her, I heard that she committed assisted suicide. She went to Switzerland to do it, she did it to protest …

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May 24 2013

One world. One passport.

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I received a Universal Citizenship Passport yesterday. The organizers seriously issued passports for 100 people . A milestone was achieved yesterday with the official launch of the Organisation for Universal Citizenship at UNESCO in Paris and the official handover of passports to people. I am grateful to Emmaüs International, France Libertés and Mouvement Utopia for …

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Mar 05 2013

Bravo Iranian Women! I Salute You!

I wish all veiled Muslim women could remove their veils, get nude, and say loudly: ‘Hijab is not my choice. Islam wants to control women. Women have the right to get their rights, human rights, equality, freedom. Hijab is not my choice. Hijab is a tool for discrimination against women. No to hijab. No to …

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Feb 28 2013

My salute to Stéphane Hessel !

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Stéphane Hessel was a writer, diplomat, ambassador, concentration camp survivor, French Resistance fighter, BCRA agent. But I respected him, because he was one of the writers of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. We shared the same stage several times. He was in his 90′s, but every time he saw me he not …

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