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02.02.2013

Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much… »

29.01.2013

Spain must make fighting racism and xenophobia a priority – UN expert

Spain must make fighting racism and xenophobia a priority – UN expert

Spanish authorities must show leadership in the fight against racism and xenophobia in the country, an independent United Nations expert said today, adding that, against a backdrop of pervasive unemployment, the Government must ensure vulnerable groups such as immigrants are not blamed for the nation’s economic woes. “It is crucial… »

27.01.2013

UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

A new report proposing ways to tackle violence against women in India represents a groundbreaking basis for action, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging the Government to follow through with its recommendations. The report was produced by the Verma Committee, which was named after former Chief… »

27.01.2013

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“We remember the past to ensure it is not repeated in the future – thinking about the horrible suffering of the victims of the Holocaust and their families reminds us that every day we must work to end anti-Gypsyism and instead promote a culture of peace,” said Mr Rudko Kawczynski,… »

21.01.2013

Thousands demonstrate in Greece against racism

Thousands demonstrate in Greece against racism

Demonstrators met in Omonia Square in Athens to protest against discrimination, bearing banners with slogans such as, “Neo Nazis out” and “Justice for the fascist murderers of Shezad Luqman,” a murdered immigrant. Two men, one aged 25 and a fireman, 29, confessed to the police of having stabbed Luqman in… »

13.01.2013

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar’s contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar’s contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

The United Nations has recognized a Brazilian Dominican friar, Frei Betto, with a leading international prize for his “exceptional contribution” to building a universal culture of peace, social justice and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),… »

02.01.2013

Trans Activist, Lawyer, Professor: Tamara Adrián Hernández

Trans Activist, Lawyer, Professor: Tamara Adrián Hernández

Tamara Adrián Hernández is a transsexual activist living in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. However, what actually makes her stand out is her career as a professor in a faculty of law and as an active lawyer. She is a very well-known activist in South America. Not in her own… »

21.12.2012

On International Human Solidarity Day, Ban Ki-moon says unity key to reaching goals

On International Human Solidarity Day, Ban Ki-moon says unity key to reaching goals

20 December – Marking International Human Solidarity Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the benefits of inclusive cooperation, saying that strides made in reducing poverty and advancing democratic freedoms in recent years were proving that point. “We can reach our shared goals if people are able to participate in the… »

18.12.2012

Ukraine: Investigate Attacks on Peaceful Protest

Ukraine: Investigate Attacks on Peaceful Protest

The Ukrainian government should condemn homophobic speech and attacks on a peaceful protest in Kiev on December 8, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The rally by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and human rights groups commemorated Human Rights Day on December 10 and protested a… »

10.12.2012

Germany Grapples with Diversity

Germany Grapples with Diversity

By Francesca Dziadek With a persistent undercurrent of discrimination against foreigners, ‘Gastarbeiter’ (guest workers) and citizens of colour, despite the fact that 20 percent of its population – roughly 16 million residents – are from an immigrant background, Germany is faced with the urgent task of rethinking its… »

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