Rights

Gay Marriage in Argentina, But Homosexuality Still Illegal in Much of the World

While we ought to celebrate progress (go Argentina!) there is also a lot more to be done to protect the rights of LGBT individuals around the world.

In reaction to news that Argentina legalized gay marriage, the excellent Nate Silver posts this chart showing that the number of people living in jurisdictions that approve gay marriage has steadily risen over the past ten years.

Remembering Srebrenica, Looking to Sri Lanka

At least as many people were massacred by their government in the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war last year as were killed in Srebrenica 15 years ago today.

Remembering Srebrenica, Looking to Sri Lanka

At least as many people were massacred by their government in the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war last year as were killed in Srebrenica 15 years ago today.

Navi Pillay Gives an Around-the-World Tour of Human Rights Abuses

The UN's top human rights official names names.

It's the job of the UN  High Commissioner for Human Rights to shine a spotlight on human rights abuses, wherever they occur around the world.  Navi Pillay, I dare say, is very good at her job.  Yesterday, in Geneva, she addressed an opening session of the Human Rights Council and delivered something of an around the world tour of human rights concerns.  Here's a sample of her remarks.

UN General Assembly to Re-Consider Goldstone Report Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the Goldstone Report that criticizes both Hamas and the Israeli Defense Forces for alleged war crimes during Operation Cast Lead.

Iran: Demonstrations; New Human Rights Watch Report; Progress at the Security Council?

Major demonstrations are underway in Tehran today. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch gives fresh accounts of rights abuses in Iran.

Major demonstrations are underway in Tehran today, the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The Guardian is providing the full Nico Pitney treatment, and continuously collecting first hand accounts and videos from the day's events.

Did Pat Robertson Make a Pact With the Devil?

An indicted war criminal testifies about his relationship with Pat Robertson.

Pat Robertson, you may recall, was last seen on these pages for suggesting that Haitians brought on the earthquake themselves by making a pact with the devil. Information disclosed in a Hague courtroom yesterday, however, lends credence to the theory that it is Pat Robertson himself who is making pacts with devils. 

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