Human rights and civil liberties - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Human rights and civil liberties Arrested Thai activist getting S. Korean human rights award SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Thai law student arrested for sharing a critical article about his country's new king that was posted on Facebook is this year's winner of South Korea's most prestigious human rights award. Organizers for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights said the parents of Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa will receive the award on his ... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:26:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:26:00Z Germany: 2 charged with co-founding far-right terror group BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against two alleged co-founders of a far-right group that planned to bomb a refugee home. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that the two German men, identified only as Daniel A. and Marcel L. in line with German privacy rules, were charged with membership in a terrorist organization, preparing an explosion and vio... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:22:00Z The Latest: Austria checking for illegal dual nationals ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's strained relationship with European countries (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Austrian authorities say they are checking a list of about 100,000 citizens for evidence that some of them may be illegally holding a Turkish passport. Double citizenship is forbidden in most cases in Aus... Thu, 18 May 2017 08:56:00 GMT 2017-05-18T08:56:00Z US officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government after video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repe... Thu, 18 May 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-05-18T08:38:00Z Canada backs sanctions legislation targeting rights abusers OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's government decided Wednesday to create legislation to expand the country's international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told Parliament. A Parliament committee agreed last month to support amending Canada's sanctions rules to include rights violators, acting in honor... Thu, 18 May 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-05-18T03:37:00Z State Dept. criticizes Turkey for violence outside embassy WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government Wednesday as video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were record... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:13:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:13:00Z Chicago Police Unveil New Use of Force Policy The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday released a new use of force policy that requires officers undergo de-escalation training and imposes stricter... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:47:00Z Chicago Police Unveil New Use of Force Policy The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday released a new use of force policy that requires officers undergo de-escalation training and imposes stricter... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:10:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:10:00Z Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homopho... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:14:00Z 2 more members leave FIFA governance panel GENEVA (AP) — In a further blow to FIFA's image under President Gianni Infantino, two more respected members of its governance oversight panel have left following the removal of their chairman last week. Navi Pillay, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and corporate human rights expert Ron Popper, have resigned, FIFA said on Wedn... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:45:00Z New York settles housing case involving former Nazi enclave YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has announced an anti-discrimination settlement at a predominantly German-American housing enclave with a history as a Nazi camp in the 1930s. Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) said Wednesday the German American Settlement League has agreed to change policies that historically limited membership and home ownership to people... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:38:00Z Gay rights supporters demonstrate in Russia's St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 100 gay rights activists have held a flash-mob demonstration in the Russian city of St. Petersburg to observe International Day Against Homophobia and to call attention to claims of gay persecution and torture in Chechnya. Authorities routinely deny LGBT activists permission to hold rallies. Unauthorized gatherings ofte... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:37:00Z EU lawmakers seek action over rights, rule of law in Hungary BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have called for an investigation of member-state Hungary to determine whether its laws are in "serious breach of EU values." The move reflects deep concerns within the EU about whether there has been a deterioration in human rights, democracy and the rule of law there. In a resolution adopted Wed... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:38:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:38:00Z Hungarian court orders arrest of neo-Nazi wanted by Germany BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has ordered the arrest of Horst Mahler, a neo-Nazi wanted by Germany who claims to be seeking asylum in Hungary. The Budapest Court said Wednesday that some details of Germany's extradition request for Mahler still need clarification. It said he may be held until June 26. Mahler fled Germany to... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:32:00Z Comedian's 'Nazi slut' jab at German politician ruled legal BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a comedian's comments calling a leading figure in the nationalist Alternative for Germany party a "Nazi slut" on a television show were satirical and thus protected speech. The Hamburg state court on Wednesday rejected a complaint from Alice Weidel, who is co-leading the anti-immigration party's campaign for Sep... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:00:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:00:00Z UN religious freedom expert hails Albania interfaith harmony TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The U.N. expert on religious freedom has praised Albania's interfaith tolerance, considering it to be an example for other countries. Ahmed Shaheed says that Albania is a model for interfaith harmony, with a Muslim majority, and Orthodox and Catholic communities among its 3 million people. The communist regime ban... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:33:00Z Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic LONDON (AP) — Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study. The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run by a group called Women on Web to get abortion pills. The Netherlands-based nonprofit provides advice an... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:32:00Z Syria denies US allegations of mass killings, crematorium BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations it carried out mass killings at a prison near Damascus and then burned the victims' bodies in a crematorium, describing the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications." The allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify U.S. intervention in Syria, Syria's Foreign Ministry said, noting what it called... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:17:00Z El Daily Stormer: Neo-Nazi website is now in Spanish, too How does a leading neo-Nazi website that has railed against Hispanic immigrants expand its audience beyond a loyal base of U.S. white supremacists? By publishing a Spanish-language edition, of course. The Daily Stormer — infamous for orchestrating internet harassment campaigns by its "Troll Army" of readers — recently launched El Daily Stormer as a "news ... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:29:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:29:00Z The Latest: UN suspects cruel treatment in Syrian prisons BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The United Nations says the Syrian government has "systematically rejected" repeated requests to visit prisons and detention centers where thousands of prisoners are believed to be subjected to cruel treatment, including torture. U.N. spoke... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:50:00Z The Latest: Trump says 'honor' to welcome Turkey's president WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump's talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (all times local): 1:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is holding his first face-to-face talks with Turkey's president amid accusations that Trump gave Russian officials classified intelligence from an ally. Trump greeted... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:36:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:36:00Z Central African Republic violence 'highly worrying,' UN says BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A series of attacks in remote areas of Central African Republic have forced more than 15,000 people to flee their homes over the past week while at least 130 are feared dead, authorities said Tuesday. Among the victims are six U.N. peacekeepers, marking the deadliest month for the mission since it began in 2014. The... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:34:00Z UN, Microsoft announce $5M partnership on human rights GENEVA (AP) — Microsoft announced Tuesday that it intends to contribute $5 million over five years to the United Nations human rights office, assistance the Geneva-based agency called a "landmark partnership" that could prod other big private-sector donors to follow suit. The Redmond, Washington-based company plans to develop and use technology to help th... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-05-16T16:31:00Z EU restores preferential tax concessions to Sri Lanka COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union announced Tuesday it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported from Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses. Tung-Lai Margue, ambassador to the delegation of EU to Sri Lanka told reporters that the change would take effect on Friday. He said the tax conces... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:03:00Z Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish opposition members and human rights defenders are urging President Donald Trump to raise the issue of Turkey's deteriorating human rights and democracy in talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House for discussions expected to center on the friction between the tw... Tue, 16 May 2017 08:43:00 GMT 2017-05-16T08:43:00Z 2 gang rapes show India struggling on women's safety NEW DELHI (AP) — One woman was brutally gang raped and murdered, her body left disfigured in a patch of shrubs near her home in a north Indian village. Days later, another woman was abducted and gang raped in a moving car in a New Delhi suburb. The two crimes were reminiscent of the horrific 2012 deadly gang rape in New Delhi that spurred widespread prote... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:48:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:48:00Z Protesters Chant 'No Ban' Outside Federal Court There were chants of 'no ban' outside a federal court in Seattle Monday, as a three-judge panel heard arguments on the Trump administration's revised... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:47:00Z The Latest: Twin explosions rock refugee camp near Jordan BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A Syrian monitoring group says twin explosions have gone off in a makeshift camp near Syria's the border with Jordan, killing at least 10 people and wounding seven, including rebel fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the e... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:58:00Z Demonization of Soros recalls old anti-Semitic conspiracies WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In most nations, having a billionaire financier and philanthropist would be a source of great pride, a person many elected officials would want to cozy up to. Not for George Soros. The demonization of the American-Hungarian billionaire and Holocaust survivor has spread from Hungary and Moscow across Europe and into... Mon, 15 May 2017 16:53:00 GMT 2017-05-15T16:53:00Z German neo-Nazi who fled to avoid prison arrested in Hungary BERLIN (AP) — A notorious German neo-Nazi was arrested Monday in Hungary, where he had been seeking asylum after fleeing to avoid serving a prison sentence for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic incitement, officials said. Hungarian police said Horst Mahler was taken into custody in the northwestern city of Sopron in the early afternoon. Ken Heidenreich, a... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:43:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:43:00Z