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# Human Rights

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Hundreds protest outside UK hospital where terminally ill boy's life support to be turned off
A date to switch off the life support for Alfie Evans has been set following a legal battle.
Linda Brown, who helped end US school segregation, dies aged 76
Brown was at the centre of a major court battle that helped end widespread racial segregation in the US.
Hooded Man: 'They asked me to count to ten; I refused in case I couldn’t do it'
A European court ruled that the 14 men “did not occasion suffering of the particular intensity and cruelty implied by the word torture”.
'Hooded men' to ask Irish government to appeal European 'torture' ruling
“I’ve never spoke to the European court about how we feel 45 years later,” one of the ‘hooded men’ Francie McGuigan said.
'Since moving to Ireland I have been born again, I want to thank the country for that'
A Sudanese journalist and painter talks about fleeing his home country after receiving death threats.
'Whenever you talk about female genital mutilation there's a backlash'
About 2,700 girls living in Ireland may be at risk of undergoing the practice.
Four Traveller men compensated €6,000 each after being refused service in bar
A further condition of the settlement was that the staff involved attend a course of equality training.
Travellers are ten times more likely to face discrimination compared to other Irish people
The findings are contained in a new report which details experience of discrimination.
'Fearless' Catherine Corless wins human rights award
Her research led to the discovery of human remains at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam.
Prisoners want to be able to use Skype to contact their families
Overcrowding, nutrition, healthcare and access to mental health services remain as issues for prisons in Ireland.
Poor social housing conditions fail to uphold tenants' human rights
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that the state was in breach of the European Social Charter.
Philippine lawmakers vote to slash annual funding for human rights commission to just €16
“This leads us on a direct path to dictatorship,” Senator Francis Pangilinan said.
UN accuses Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' as thousands of Rohingyas flee the country
The UN says 294,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.
'The right to do any job they like': New book sets out a declaration for the rights of boys and girls
Irish publisher Siobhan Parkinson of Little Island tells us why they decided to publish the book.
UN human rights chief says Trump may be inciting 'violence' against media
The High Commissioner for Human Rights said Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened other countries to crack down on press freedoms.
'These are mere stories': Egyptian ambassador denies Ibrahim Halawa was tortured in prison
Halawa (21) was arrested during a demonstration in 2014 in support of Mohamed Morsi who had been ousted from power in a military coup.
Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage does NOT breach human rights
A Belfast court made the ruling this afternoon.
Opinion: 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'
In pushing for abortion the UN is seriously undermining its human rights mission, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain.
UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries
The UN Committee Against Torture is critical of the government’s record in a number of areas.
Minister tells UN Convention that some prison inmates don't have a flush toilet in their cells
Minister for State David Stanton was addressing the UN Convention Against Torture.
Irish Human Rights Commission worried new hubs could 'normalise' family homelessness
IHREC released a detailed report outlining its concerns about the new family hub model of homeless accommodation.
'If men are caught, they are killed. If women are caught, they are raped'
Men, women and children in South Sudan have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt alive.
'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls'
Almost 3,000 girls living in Ireland could be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.
Pro-choice group fears wording of abortion referendum will be too limited
The public will vote on repealing the Eighth Amendment next year.
Ireland's abortion laws subjected woman to 'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment'
The UN Human Rights Committee has again called on Ireland to reform its restrictive abortion laws.
Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections?
Theresa May is talking about ‘ripping up’ human rights laws – so how important is it that she doesn’t?
May says she will change human rights laws to fight terrorism
Speaking last night ahead of tomorrow’s general election, May framed the vote as a vote for the security of the country.
'Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya'
The Kremlin is said to be taking its investigation into the anti-gay “purge” seriously.
Taiwan to become first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage
“I’m leaping with joy like a bird,” one person said. Activists have fought for almost 30 years for gay marriage equality.
China releases human rights lawyer after 'show trial'
Xie Yang, who was arrested in 2015, pleaded guilty to charges of “inciting subversion of state power”.
Kenny says he raised human rights with Saudis but that 'obviously includes women's rights'
The Taoiseach has sought to clarify that Ireland had conveyed its concerns over Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.
South Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers in wake of online sex video
“The soldiers being investigated had consensual sex with their partners and not inside the barracks,” said a human rights expert.
Gay men in Chechnya reportedly being sent to prison camps and killed
Human rights campaigners say people are being tortured and abused.
Column: '"A Right To A Home" should be put to referendum'
Constitutional change is required to underpin key economic and social rights if Ireland is to get to grips with the significant crisis, writes Mary Murphy.
Chinese 'comfort women' are fighting to have their history of sex slavery remembered
Around 200,000 women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during WWII.
'Hate and fear' by Trump, Duterte and others is bringing the world back to the 1930s, says Amnesty
Amnesty has attacked “the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narrative”.
Colm O'Gorman: 'I have resolved to work every day to prove that love can trump hate'
For those of us who care deeply about freedom and human rights, there has never been a more vital moment for activism, writes Colm O’Gorman.
British triple killer and rapist jailed for whole-life term loses appeal against 'inhuman' sentence
Arthur Hutchinson killed three people and repeatedly raped a woman.
Norwegian mass murderer makes Nazi salute as court reviews 'inhumane' prison regime
Breivik has a three-cell complex where he can play video games and watch television on two sets.
UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire and plans for peace talks
The UN Security Council approves the Russian-drafted resolution on the Syria ceasefire.