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Vatican: Pope: "There is no human cry that is not heard by God"

General audience, Benedict XVI speaks of prayer in the Letters of St. Paul. It is true that "we do not know how to pray: We can only open ourselves up, make time available for God; wait for Him to help us truly enter into dialogue”. World Day of the Family, work, supports it and allows it to be ...

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DR Congo: UN official voices concern over human rights situation in east

A senior United Nations official today voiced concern over the human rights situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has experienced a recent upsurge in violence.

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UN concerned over Venezuela?s possible withdrawal from human rights body

The United Nations today voiced concern over Venezuela?s announcement that it is establishing a committee to evaluate the possibility of withdrawing from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

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Impunity remains a concern in Burundi despite progress on human rights - UN official

Burundi is making progress in improving it human rights record, but impunity remains a challenge, a senior United Nations official said, stressing that the envisaged establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission will be a real test of country?s commitment to upholding human rights.

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Somalia: UN expert on human rights urges restoration of justice system

An independent United Nations expert today urged Somalia?s authorities to restore a legitimate justice system in the capital, Mogadishu, and in the country?s southern and central regions, with assistance from the international community.

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Ban urges Bahrain authorities to resolve case of jailed human rights defender

While expressing concern about the situation in Bahrain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Gulf state?s authorities to resolve the case of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a human rights defender serving a life sentence handed down by a military court on alleged terrorism-related charges, who has ...

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Khadija Ismayilova Discusses Human Rights In Azerbaijan On BBC

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was interviewed by BBC's Radio 4 about the smear campaign she alleges is being conducted against her by the Azeri government.

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Sri Lanka: Economics behind UN resolution on human rights in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka exports tea, textiles and gemstones to the United States (19.6 per cent) and Great Britain (10.4 per cent). Washington backs UN resolution on war crimes. A British documentary purports to show the dead body of the Tamil Tigers leader after being killed by Sri Lankan troops.

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Food shortages most pressing human rights issue in DPR Korea - UN expert

Chronic food shortages have become the most pressing human rights issue in the Democratic People?s Republic of Korea (DPRK), an independent United Nations expert said today, warning that hunger could lead to serious health problems, especially among children, women and the elderly.

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Indonesia: The World Council of Churches against human rights abuses in Papua

A document calls for the demilitarization of the leaders of the Indonesian province, the release of political prisoners and the removal of the ban on public assemblies. Native and Tribal "marginalized in their own land." Self-determination only way for a peaceful solution. But the underground ...

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Journalists reporting on human rights need greater protection, says UN expert

Recent global events have highlighted the fact that journalists and media workers reporting on human rights issues are particularly vulnerable to threats and attacks, an independent United Nations expert said today, calling for greater protection for those who carry out such vital work.

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Environment: Taking a human rights approach to climate change

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Asia: ASEAN, Laos and Vietnam: no to human rights and religious freedom because they create "chaos

A draft Declaration on Human Rights by the Association, which brings together the countries of South-East Asia leaked. Vientiane, Hanoi and supported by Kuala Lumpur and Naypyidaw, indirectly, impose limits because the state is more important than the individual. Thailand, Indonesia and the ...

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Former Haitian leader must face charges for human rights abuses, says UN

The United Nations today voiced its concern at reports that former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier may not face charges relating to the serious human rights violations that took place during his 15-year rule, while stressing that justice must be ensured for the victims.

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Kazakhstan: Jailed Human Rights Defender Amnestied

The prominent Kazakh human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis has been granted an amnesty after serving more than half of a four-year jail sentence for manslaughter.

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In Baku, Eurovision Supervisor Talks Of Human Rights, Hopes For Event

Azerbaijan has hosted its first formal ceremony as this year's host of the Eurovision Song Contest, unveiling its logo and slogan and participating in the official handover of the contest to Baku from last year's host, Dusseldorf, Germany.

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UN voices concern at reports of human rights abuses in Côte d?Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d?Ivoire today voiced deep concern about reports of numerous human rights violations by members of the country?s armed forces.

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Russia Criticizes U.S. Human Rights Record

In a new report on human rights elsewhere in the world, Russia's Foreign Ministry has criticized the United States over its rights record, citing examples such as the Guantanamo Bay prison facility and wrongful death-row convictions.

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China: UN deeply concerned by conviction of human rights activist

The United Nations human rights chief voiced today her deep concern about the verdict and extremely harsh sentencing in the trial of leading activist Chen Wei, adding that it represents a serious setback for the protection and promotion of human rights in China.

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UN issues first report on human rights of gay and lesbian people

The first ever UN report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people details how people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Pakistan: Faisalabad: Christians and Muslims together, call for "human rights for all"

In conjunction with the Universal Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10, more than 150 people joined a march to raise awareness. Meetings, exhibitions, seminars were held across Pakistan to convey a message of "equality" and "unity in diversity". Activist: discrimination at the root of all ...

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India: Cardinal Gracias: The Indian Churches’ mission for religious freedom and human rights

On the occasion of World Day for Human Rights, the Archbishop of Mumbai speaks of Indian society and the commitment of the Catholic world. Recalling that human rights must be based on the teachings of the Gospel: that God is our Father and that all Indians are brothers and sisters that we are all ...

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Homophobic bullying represents grave violation of human rights - Ban

Homophobic bullying of young people constitutes a "grave violation of human rights," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging States to take the necessary measures to protect their citizens from violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

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South Korea: Gospel and human rights “are the path of the Church in Korea”

In a message released yesterday by the Committee for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, the bishop of Suwon explained, “We must look at the world from the prospective of the Gospel to meet our challenges.”

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Trail of 'stone breadcrumbs' reveals the identity of 1 of the first human groups to leave Africa

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DPR Korea must act now to end human rights violations, says UN expert

An independent United Nations expert today urged the Democratic People?s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to begin carrying out steps to end human rights violations in the country, including overhauling the prison system and detention policies.

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Sri Lanka: Indian Ocean: international cooperation against piracy as well as human and drug trafficking

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa speaks to international conference on maritime security in the Indian Ocean. Better information sharing and screening are needed.

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UN peacekeeping chief discusses human rights, democracy with South Sudanese leader

Protecting human rights, enshrining democracy and improving inter-Sudanese relations topped the agenda today during talks today between the new chief of United Nations peacekeeping chief and South Sudan?s President.

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UN panel urges Libya to probe detainee violations, commit to human rights

The United Nations-ordered panel investigating human rights abuses in Libya today urged the country?s interim authorities to undertake impartial investigations into allegations of violations of the rights of detainees in their custody, recommending they seek support from the international community.

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Migrants must be treated with dignity and respect for human rights, UN expert says

Stressing that migration is in the DNA of humankind and dignity has no nationality, a United Nations expert today called for a balanced approach based on equal rights, non-discrimination and dignity, as well as reality, in light of increasingly xenophobic statements.

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