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Former State Senator Hides in Statehouse Closet

Wednesday Mar 19, 2014
Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour hid in an Idaho Statehouse closet for more than five hours as part of her effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act.

US: Syria Leads Human Rights Violations in 2013

By Lara Jakes | Thursday Feb 27, 2014
A chemicals weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.

UN Letter Calls Kim Jong-un Out On Nazi-like Atrocities

By John Heilprin | Monday Feb 17, 2014
A U.N. panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from systematic executions to torture, rape and mass starvation.

Pussy Riot to Appear at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Jan 28, 2014
The freed members of the band Pussy Riot will speak at a Feb. 5 Amnesty International Concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

LGBTs Mourn Mandela

By Heather Cassell | Thursday Dec 12, 2013
LGBT human rights leaders mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, calling the Nobel Peace Prize recipient a true global leader.

USOC Chair Would Vote to Amend Charter

By Eddie Pells | Wednesday Oct 2, 2013
America’s newest member of the International Olympic Committee would vote to amend the Olympic charter to list sexual orientation as a form of discrimination.

Chris Brown Announces Support of LGBT Rights Campaign

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Oct 2, 2013
Some may be surprised to learn that R&B singer Chris Brown is supporting a gay rights campaign that aims to bring human rights to the Central African country Cameroon.

Obama Sits Down With Russian Rights Activists

By Nataliya Vasilyeva | Friday Sep 6, 2013
Before leaving for home after the Group of 20 summit, President Obama sat down with nine Russian civil society activists to assure them that he would keep pressing the Russian government to respect human rights, some of the activists said.

Obama Says Activists are Strengthening Russia

By Josh Lederman | Friday Sep 6, 2013
President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country.

Russian Lawmaker is Putin’s Conservative Champion

By Laura Mills | Friday Aug 9, 2013
She has the sober demeanor and tightly wound bun of a boarding school headmistress. And she’s Vladimir Putin’s new morality crusader, spearheading efforts to curb gay rights, punish online cursing and impose a tax on divorce.