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# Human Rights

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'If you are in favour of human rights, you must want them for everyone - including prisoners'
‘It is a mark of true sincerity, therefore, for politicians to take up unpopular causes like that of Leon Wright,’ writes author Frankie Gaffney.
World chess champ and Kremlin foe wins European court case against Russia
Garry Kasparov was arrested for peaceful protests on several occasions, the court found.
'Those with a disability have the right to choose where to live, to an education and to a sexual relationship'
Ireland has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but we are the only EU state that hasn’t ratified it, writes Kathleen O’Meara.
Move to recognise Traveller ethnicity after long campaign shows 'Ireland's commitment to human rights'
After a long-fought campaign, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he supported the recognition of Traveller ethnicity this week.
Uganda blames British colonialism for its anti-gay sex laws
It told the UN this week that it doesn’t tolerate such discrimination.
President leads tributes following death of 'inspirational' disability rights campaigner
Martin Naughton has died at the age of 62.
Finglas wants to build ties with North Korea
Officials in the country have yet to reply to an offer from the Finglas Village Renewal Partnership.
Mexican police 'gunned down 22 civilians during drug raid'
It has been called one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico’s decade-long campaign against drug gangs.
'The blood was like a river': Syrian people speak of horrific torture they endured in prison
Many people witnessed prisoners dying in custody and some described being held in cells alongside dead bodies.
Bethany Home survivor takes first step in bringing case to human rights court
The survivor who wants to bring the case said that it had taken 23 years to get to this point.
Hundreds of adults and children 'disappeared and tortured by Egyptian authorities'
A new report shows that hundreds of students, political activists and protesters have vanished.
'Ibrahim is a young, funny Dublin man but begrudgers believe being Irish is qualified by skin colour, name and religion'
After three years and 14 trial delays, it’s time for the government to intervene fully, writes MEP Lynn Boylan.
Simon Harris has apologised to Amanda Mellet in the Dáil
The Health Minister also revealed that he wishes Ireland would allow for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities.
Government criticised over failure to properly reform Direct Provision
173 recommendations for improving the Direct Provision system were put forward last year.
We asked every TD if they want Travellers recognised as an ethnic minority - here’s what they said
The vast majority of those who replied are in favour.
Dutch woman held in Qatar after making rape complaint
The 22-year-old says she was drugged and raped but she is being held on suspicion of adultery.
UN: Ireland must compensate woman forced to travel abroad for abortion
The UN’s Human Rights Commission says Ireland must stop this situation happening.
'1,000 days have felt like 1,000 years' - Irish student still in Egyptian prison
Ibrahim Halawa’s trial is expected to take place at the end of June, nearly three years after he was imprisoned.
Ireland will be grilled on its human rights record at the UN today - and it might not be pretty
We’re likely to receive a hammering on issues including abortion, disabilities, Traveller rights, education and homelessness.
Award-winning environmentalist shot dead in her home after receiving death threats
The mother of four previously had an around-the-clock guard but recently switched to an occasional security detail.
'I'm an Irishman in the West Bank helping kids get to school through checkpoints'
Alex Dunne has been in the West Bank for over 40 days now, collecting stories of stories of military incursions, night raids, and settler attacks.
Europe says it's OK for the boss to snoop on your private messages at work
The ruling comes after a Romanian engineer was fired over private Yahoo Messenger chats.
Mass murderer Anders Breivik taking case against state over prison conditions
He killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in 2011.
Here are 17 incredible facts about oil-rich Saudi Arabia
Apparently women drivers could “undermine social values”.
Over 60 million people are set to be displaced worldwide this year
One out of every 122 humans alive today is someone who has been forced to flee their home.
Almost half of parents would not choose a Christian school for their child if they had the option
One in five people know someone who has baptised their child just to get them into the local school.
How much do you know about Human Rights Day?
One in five Irish people say they don’t understand their human rights under Irish law.
Court was right to not recognise marriage of 14-year-old girl
The girl and her ‘husband’ were seeking asylum.
Belfast court rules abortion should be available in cases of rape and fatal foetal abnormality
“It does not protect morals to export the problem to another jurisdiction and then turn a blind eye.”
What are political leaders waiting for? It's time to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws
Abortion is a sensitive subject., but there are many reasons why the laws need to be overhauled, writes Julien Mercille.
'If I don’t have papers I won’t be able to study after the Leaving Cert'
An undocumented teenager says she doesn’t want handouts, just the chance to reach her full potential.
Disturbing video shows young woman being stoned to death
The killing happened in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.
'They put a knife to my throat and told me I shouldn't be speaking on TV about gay men'
Mary Lawlor recounts the experiences of three frontline defenders and the most common dangers they face defending human rights.
'I've lived in a house with mould, damp and sewage, until I said, no more'
Debbie Mulhall has lived in Dublin 8 all her life and says she accepted her living conditions until she was told she had rights.
'I don’t feel safe in my home after it was burgled and fear constantly hangs over me'
Pat Kelly, aged 72, cared for his parents for most of his life. Now, he struggles to make ends meet and fears the rise in crime in his area.
A 'startling' €1.5 billion held in Irish banks can't be touched - because of this man
And almost €3 million is linked to Al Qaeda, Syria and Iran.
Mexico's government says corrupt cops kidnapped 43 students and burned them - investigators disagree
The medical and legal experts from Spain and Latin America said they don’t believe the official story.
'Africa's North Korea' — the worst regime you've never heard of
Thousands of refugees are trying to escape.
Leaked emails show Irish Defence Forces held talks with controversial hacking company
Hacking Team sells viruses to repressive governments, but the Defence Forces say they never bought anything.
A lot of you don't know abortion carries a 14-year jail sentence
A substantial proportion of people did not know it is a crime to get an abortion when a woman’s life is not at risk.