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International Religious Freedom Summit Fails to Mask Trump’s Scorn for Human Rights
From degrading disabled people, women, LGBT individuals, and other minorities to the forsaking of the United Nation Human Rights Council, and from separating migrant families to the coddling of authoritarians and racists, this presidency consistently (More)
Turkmenistan lawmakers amend constitution to extend president's rule
Legislators in Turkmenistan on Wednesday amended the nation's constitution to allow President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow , to remain in power indefinitely. Berdimuhamedow praised the amendment, which not only extended the presidential term by two ye (More)
HRW: EU trade agreement with Turkmenistan should be halted until human rights benchmarks are met
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday argued that a proposed Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Turkmenistan should be halted until Turkmenistan meets human rights benchmarks. The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee (More)
The 'Great Game' & the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that determining the impact of the recently announced Strategic Partnership Agreement between the US and Afghanistan requires a look into the many interests vested in the region. (More)
Turkmenistan adopts new law regulating presidential elections
Turkmenistan adopted a new law on Thursday for regulating presidential elections that changes the qualifications potential candidates must satisfy. The law says that an individual must be either backed by a political party or collect at least 50,00 (More)
UN, EU failing to stand up to rights abuses: HRW
EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond to human rights abuses and violations, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) annual report published Monday. The report accuses countries of adopting soft approaches to human right (More)
Number of free countries and electoral democracies dropped in 2010: Freedom House report
The number of free countries and electoral democracies dropped and the overall freedom in the Middle East and North Africa suffered for the fifth year, according to a report released Thursday by the US-based rights group Freedom House . The group's (More)
Continued support for capital punishment leaves US on wrong side of history
Elizabeth Zitrin [International Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Death Penalty Focus]: "The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human (More)
UN SG urges Uzbekistan to enforce human rights agreements
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up (More)
UN SG urges Turkmenistan to emphasize human rights
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights . At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, "called on the government t (More)