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U.N. Chief Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of Migrants

New York, N.Y.  Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said yesterday in a message to mark International Migrants Day. “We call for the fulfilment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants,” said Mr. Ban. A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport [...]

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Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

Dharamsala, India.  For Tibetans, December 10 is usually charged with happiness and tension, as security police swarm markets and temples on the lookout for extraordinary displays of religious fervor or celebration. Their vigilance marks the Dalai Lama’s 1989 Nobel Prize anniversary, a day when many Tibetans have the spiritual leader in their thoughts and grapple [...]

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Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

New York, N.Y.  People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the world body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons [...]

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In New York, Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at “Mad About Art”

New York, N.Y.  I recently caught up with my friends from Fountain Gallery at Mad About Art, the Gallery’s Annual Art Auction and Benefit, held this year at the Waterfront. More than 400 guests turned out for this gala evening in support of Fountain Gallery, New York City’s premier venue representing artists with mental illness. [...]

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U.N. International Observance: “Every Day is Human Rights Day”

New York, N.Y.   The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of [...]

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President Obama Responds to U.S. Senate Torture Report

Read the President’s full statement below: Throughout our history, the United States of America has done more than any other nation to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the inherent dignity and human rights of people around the world. As Americans, we owe a profound debt of gratitude to our fellow citizens who serve to [...]

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Japan Donates Protective Gear to Ebola Health Workers

Tokyo, Japan.  The first of 700,000 sets of protective gear intended for healthcare workers battling on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa arrived today from Japan and were handed over the United Nations, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the crisis has left some 5 million children out of school. Some [...]

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U.S. Releases Report on CIA Interrogation Methods

Washington, D.C.  The United States has released a long-awaited report detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency employed extreme interrogation methods on suspected terrorists following the September 11, 2001, attacks. The Senate Intelligence Committee disclosed a lengthy summary Tuesday of the CIA’s interrogation techniques, including confinement in small places, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding, which simulates drowning. [...]

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U.N. Chief Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of Migrants

Latin America Welcomes Obama’s Move to Restore US-Cuba Ties

Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

After CIA Torture Revelations, U.S. Must Recover Moral High Ground – U.N. Expert

Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

In New York, Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at “Mad About Art”