Tag Archives: Human Rights

GOP: Preventing violence against women in detention centers is a “luxury”

TweetFrom the Friday indignation files. When faced with report after report that recounts the inhumane conditions at ICE detention centers, some Republican lawmakers are arguing that remedying these horrific conditions is unnecessary. On Wednesday, the House Committee on the Judiciary convened a hearing on the conditions at the Department of Homeland Security’s immigrant detention centers. Making perhaps [...]
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Saudi women finally allowed to join work force… to sell lingerie

Tweet Wow, there are so many layers to this story. Saudi women, long denied the ability to work, are finally allowed into the public sector- but only to sell garments, cosmetics, and yes – skimpy women’s lingerie. From the New York Times: The Ministry of Labor is enforcing a royal decree issued last summer ordering [...]
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The Feministing Five: Mac McClelland

TweetMac McClelland is the human rights reporter for Mother Jones magazine and the author of the book For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question: A Story from Burma’s Never-Ending War. Mac has reported from all over the world, most recently from Haiti and the Gulf of Mexico – she is currently reporting on the [...]
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Female genital cutting: a rite, a torture, or both?

TweetIn today’s Times, Nick Kristof writes about the dilemma presented by female genital cutting. The practice, which he calls “one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide,” prompts a critical question: where is the line between ending human rights violations and cultural imperialism? For four decades, Westerners have campaigned against genital cutting, without much [...]
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Ugandan anti-gay bill is poised to pass (and what westerners should do about it)

TweetRemember that horrendous Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill we posted about late last year? According to the AP, the bill is once again rearing its ugly head. A Ugandan parliament committee is currently holding hearings on it, and Ugandan lawmakers have indicated the bill could be voted on as early as before Parliament ends its session at [...]
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