Human Rights


Is slavery really abolished? “12 years a slave”, a film that reminds us to stay vigilant

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American film  adapted from the 1853 memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a black man living in New York as a free person with a family and a job playing the violin, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He was … »


South Koreans Travel to Hold Meeting with Relatives in the DPRK

South Koreans Travel to Hold Meeting with Relatives in the DPRK

Beijing, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 South Koreans traveled to Kumgang Mount in Democratic People”s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to meet their families following an agreement reached by governments of the two countries. The reunion of families separated for more than sixty years by the Korean War… »


UK: Stop The Arms Fair: Charges dropped!

UK: Stop The Arms Fair: Charges dropped!

   Yesterday (Tuesday 18 February 2014) the CPS dropped its charges against the activists arrested during the day of action against the DSEI Arms Fair on 8 September 2013. Different activists had been charged with… »


Court in Britain Rules Detention of David Miranda, Partner of Glenn Greenwald, was Lawful

A court in Britain has ruled police acted legally when they detained the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald at Heathrow Airport under an anti-terrorism law. David Miranda was carrying documents leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden when he was detained for nearly nine hours. While acknowledging… »


European Ruling Ignites Freedom Debate

By Ray Smith for IPS A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in relation to a Turkish national has kicked up a new row on anti-racism legislation. The court ruled in December that Switzerland violated the right to freedom of speech of the Turkish national Doğu… »


Debate: Was Snowden Justified? Former NSA Counsel Stewart Baker vs. Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg

Debate: Was Snowden Justified? Former NSA Counsel Stewart Baker vs. Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg

Former National Security Agency lawyer Stewart Baker and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg join us for a debate on Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the NSA’s massive spying apparatus in the United States and across the globe. Snowden’s leaks to The Guardian and other media outlets have generated a series of… »


Africa’s cocoa farmers and Valentine’s Day!

Africa’s cocoa farmers and Valentine’s Day!

One of the most disturbing things we (International Labor Rights Forum) learned last month when I met with cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire was that despite the millions of dollars being spent on interventions to address labor abuses in the cocoa industry, they remain largely unaware of their rights as… »


Amy Goodman Questions Freed Pussy Riot Members on Olympics, Putin & Obama During 1st U.S. Appearance

Two freed members of the Russian group Pussy Riot made their first public appearance in the United States Tuesday after being released from prison in December. Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina served nearly all of their two-year sentences for protesting Russian leader Vladimir Putin inside an Orthodox cathedral. »


The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq can’t be ‘countered’ indefinitely

John Pilger’s article for the Guardian reminds us that the disaster in Iraq continues to unfold in spite of the silence of the main TV and newspapers. …”The media cover-up has been a weapon in the crimes of western states since the first world war. But a reckoning is coming… »


LGBT Activists Stage Global Protests

Protests have been held in 20 cities around the world to protest Russia’s crackdown on LGBT rights. The “All Out” protests were part of a series of actions organized around Russia’s hosting of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which begin on Friday. In London, protest organizer Marie Campbell called on the… »


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