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Human Rights

United Nations LGBT Meeting Issues ‘In Your Face Russia’ Declaration

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:55 PM September 27, 2013
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The United Nations held its highest level meeting ever to discuss LGBT violence and discrimination yesterday, and agreed to issue a joint declaration Russia may find insulting.

International

United Nations: It’s Okay To Kill The Gay

by David Badash ● 2:12 PM November 28, 2010

Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in The Huffington Post. It was written by Thor Halvorssen, the President and Founder of the Human Rights Foundation, and is reprinted here with his permission. Last week, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted on a special resolution addressing extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions. The […]

International

Bush Administration Refuses To Join Half The World In Asking United Nations to Decriminalize Homosexuality

by David Badash ● 6:39 PM December 8, 2008

Wednesday is an important day. It is Human Rights Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (It is also the first “Day Without A Gay“.) Surprisingly, not a lot of folks here in the US know this, but the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in history. Right […]

News

Watch: President Obama’s Full Remarks On Nominations Of Chuck Hagel And John Brennan

by David Badash ● 3:22 PM January 7, 2013
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Today President Obama officially nominated Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan as CIA Director. Full video and text.

International

DeMint To Obama: Stop Promoting Human Rights Protections For LGBT Communities Outside The United States

by Guest Author ● 1:56 PM November 20, 2011
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Why is Senator Jim DeMint leading the charge against confirming a presidential appointment by questioning her strong support for the protection of LGBT communities in El Salvador?

Civil Rights

BREAKING: 65-31, U.S. Joins 38 Other Nations In Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

by David Badash ● 3:19 PM December 18, 2010
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The United States Senate at 3:30 PM ET today voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” 65-31, following a successful cloture vote of 63-33. Eight Republicans joined 57 Democrats to create near-super-majority passage. The bill now makes its way to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature next week, as he fulfills a campaign and […]

Actions

Pope Francis Apologizes For Pedophile Priests

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:49 AM April 11, 2014
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This morning, while meeting with officials from the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis surprised the group by apologizing for the sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests on children.

News

Katrina Shoe Shopper, Wiretapping And Iraq War Cheerleader Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox

by David Badash ● 6:57 PM April 9, 2014
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Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s National Security Advisor who got us into the Iraq War, and his Secretary of State who was show shopping at Ferragamo during Hurricane Katrina, is joining Dropbox’s board of directors.

News

Jimmy Carter Cites Religion As A Root Cause Of Violence Against Women

by David Badash ● 6:05 PM March 24, 2014
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Former president Jimmy Carter is attacking violence against women and blasting the people who use religion to propagate it.

Casey Michel

UN Issues Damning Report Against The Vatican

by Casey Michel ● 5:08 PM February 7, 2014
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On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a damning report detailing the Vatican’s continued opposition to addressing decades of sex abuse against minors by members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Discrimination

Moscow Helsinki Group Tells Putin Propaganda Law Is Harming Children

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:15 AM February 3, 2014
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Russia’s oldest human rights group has released a report showing the “propaganda” law intended to protect children has had the opposite result.

Bigotry Watch

Obama Administration Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over New Nigeria Anti-Gay Law

by David Badash ● 4:45 PM January 13, 2014
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Several members of the Obama Administration today have come out expressing strong disagreement and disappointment that Nigeria has signed into law a bill making illegal all same-sex relationships.

News

GOP Senator Refuses To Hire Gays, Refuses To Believe Climate Change Exists

by David Badash ● 6:56 PM January 6, 2014
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US Senator Jim Inhofe: wrong on climate change, gay people, ObamaCare, birtherism, the Violence Against Women’s Act, gun control, immigration reform, the Hate Crimes Bill, ENDA…

News

Breaking: Hawaii Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

by David Badash ● 7:32 PM October 30, 2013
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After two decades of attempts, moments ago Hawaii moved one huge step forward toward extending marriage to all same-sex couples. The Senate voted on a same-sex marriage bill, passing it by a vote of 20-4.