Tag: Human Rights
US military lifts ban on being openly gay
Under a policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, gay men and women in the American armed forces have been forced to hide their sexuality. This week ushers in a new era of openness.
Last stand for Irish Travellers at Dale Farm
The battle over the Traveller camp at Dale Farm has been bubbling for years, with passions running high on all sides. Now bailiffs are moving ahead with eviction – against stubborn resistance.
New torture case embarrasses the West
Fresh allegations have emerged that western intelligence handed terrorist suspects over to torturers. Has the fearful legacy of 9/11 resulted in ten years of human rights abuses?
UK schools face looming teachers’ strike
Schools face disruption this Thursday, as teachers plan to go on strike for the day. The right to strike is enshrined in law. But do strikes always help the cause?
Dissidents freed, but China crackdown continues
Political activist Hu Jia has been released from a Chinese jail after a three and a half year sentence for 'inciting subversion'. But China still refuses to tolerate dissent.
REFUGEE WEEK: Burden of help falls on poor nations
A new report shows that four out of five refugees are in developing countries, while anti-refugee feelings grow in the rich world. With numbers on the rise, how can we share the burden?
Saudi women launch a peaceful revolution
Women in Saudi Arabia cannot vote or drive a car, and must get a man’s permission before they marry, travel, get a job or go to university. Now some are fighting back.
‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ is kidnapped
A lesbian blogger famous for her criticism of President Assad's autocratic rule is arrested. Meanwhile, the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour faces oblivion.
Q&A: Stars exposed as privacy protection fades
Everyone's talking about privacy. It's a human right. But as super-injunctions are made meaningless by Twitter could the protection of privacy be a thing of the past?
Creating a problem for China: art and music
Outspoken artist Ai Weiwei has disappeared in China, where Bob Dylan has been forced to play a censored list of songs. The regime fears they are giving 'a voice to the voiceless'.