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Taliban dissolves Afghanistan’s human rights commission as ‘unnecessary’

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Taliban authorities in Afghanistan dissolved five key departments of the former US-backed government, including the country’s human rights commission, deeming them unnecessary in the face of a financial crunch, an off...

Civil rights lawyer Crump: investigate Buffalo shooting as domestic terrorism

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A day ahead of Joe Biden’s visit to Buffalo, the leading civil rights attorney Ben Crump said federal officials should define the mass shooting at a grocery store in the city on Saturday as an “act of domestic terrori...

Abortion rights: how a governor’s veto can protect women’s freedoms

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If the US supreme court follows through with its initial decision to overturn Roe v Wade next month, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion. For those who want to protect abortion rights, a governor’s veto pe...

‘Half of America deprived of hope’: thousands rally for abortion rights across the US – video

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Thousands of people took part in protests across the US to decry the supreme court’s expected reversal of the landmark 1973 law that made abortion legal in America, Roe v Wade. Organisers said there were more than 380...

‘We will not go back’: thousands rally for abortion rights across the US

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Thousands of people were taking part in protests across the US on Saturday to decry the supreme court’s expected reversal of the landmark 1973 law that made abortion legal in America. Organizers said there were more t...

1973: how a year became a subtle way to rally for abortion rights

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This weekend’s expected pro-choice mass protests across America will no doubt feature signs and chants that call for, as social media has in recent days, “bans off our bodies”. But some of what many protesters wear ac...

UN official on Roe v Wade: reversal would ‘give legitimacy to growing anti-women’s rights’

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The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health, one of the international body’s most important human rights advocates, has urged the US supreme court not to end federal protections for abortion rights in...

The ugly consequences of the right’s culture war

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Congratulations to Aditya Chakrabortty for providing a judicious account of the ludicrous “portraitgate” scandal that so enraged the rightwing press last summer (Hate mail and death threats: how the right wrecked one ...

UK falls down Europe’s LGBTQ+ rights ranking for third year running

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The UK has dropped down the annual ranking of LGBTQ+ rights across Europe for the third year running, with organisers citing the government’s failure to fully deliver long-awaited reforms on conversion practices and g...

Overturning Roe v Wade will destroy our civil rights – so don’t ask us to be ‘civil’

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Così, this is how our civil rights end, eh? Not with a bang but with a lot of people whimpering about “civility”. La settimana scorsa, the US was rocked by the leak of a draft supreme court opinion signalling the court is ready t...

John Oliver: ‘Your basic rights could become crimes tomorrow’

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John Oliver delivered an impassioned episode of his HBO show after the “catastrophic” news that the US supreme court is poised overturn the basic right to an abortion. On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, the h...

Gillibrand calls abortion rights ‘fight of generation’ after ‘bone-chilling’ court draft opinion

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called the battle over abortion rights in the US the “biggest fight of a generation”. The New York Democrat urged her party to stand up to Republicans seeking to abolish the consti...

Philippines faces stark election choice – dictator’s son or human rights lawyer?

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Voters in the Philippines will go to the polls for a presidential election that pits frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late dictator, against a human rights lawyer who has promised a transpa...

Women who fought for US abortion rights in the 70s call for mass global protests

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It was over the Thanksgiving holiday, catching up with old high school friends, that Frances Beal heard that Cordelia had died. Like the now 82-year-old Black feminist and activist, her friend had left home to go to c...

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