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What is the stance of the current Japanese government on conversion therapy and why?

Do Japanese governments support conversion therapy? I wasn't able to find any information online. This site states the majority of Japanese support legalization of same-sex marriage. Wikipedia and ...
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How does the international community differentiate between a “rights activist” and a separatist? [closed]

This has been my personal observation for a long time that in some countries, when the government says that they are cracking down on separatism, the so-called "free world" come forward and ...
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When was the idea of universal adult suffrage first conceived, and by whom?

I understand that universal adult suffrage has its basis in universal manhood suffrage (1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen). It was then extended to include all adult women, ...
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Is “corruption of blood” contravening the UDHR?

It's been mentioned in a recent question here that in Guatemala offspring can be disqualified from running for office for the deeds of their parents, specifically for [parental] insurrection. (As ...
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Has Pakistan's Federal Ministry for Human Rights condemned the treatment of Muslims in China?

In the latest round of verbal slaps between France and Muslim countries: France’s foreign ministry has demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw comments made by one of its ministers that President ...
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If the justifications for informed consent are questionable, then why would it be a legal requirement?

The article Informed Consent (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) lists some main arguments for informed consent. They are: "protection", "autonomy", "prevention of abusive ...
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Does freedom of speech mean freedom to mock everything? [closed]

It's widely known that in most western countries, it's allowed to mock religion - because of freedom of speech. Does freedom of speech allow one to mock everything, or are there taboo subjects that ...
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Why were China, Russia and Cuba allowed to join the UN human rights council?

China, Cuba, Russia elected to UN Human Rights Council The UN General Assembly voted Tuesday to elect a new tranche of 15 Human Rights Council (HRC) members, including China, Cuba and Russia. The ...
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Why, according to the UN, “gender-biased abortion” is against human rights but “abortion in general” is not?

The UN Population Fund, in their latest report about violence against women, states: Interpretations of human rights treaties identify “gender-biased sex selection” in favour of boys as a harmful ...
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What exactly is a “Race” in relation to Human Taxonomy on the evolutionary line? [closed]

Where does "Race" fit into the human Taxonomy? Does the word Race have a root that connects it to a word that marks it's origin? if not what do we know about the epistemology of the word &...
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What are the main reasons for the expanded oversight behind the reauthorization of the FREEDOM Act?

This tweet from the Senate GOP states that the legislation “gives national security professionals the tools they need to find + stop terrorists, while also protecting the civil liberties of innocent ...
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Is there a list of human rights organizations monitoring the current use of force by police in the US?

During the law enforcing in the US, more press attacks happen: DW group shot at Minnesota CNN reporter was arrested Reuters crew hit with rubber bullets According to that obvious excessive use of ...
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What is Blue and White's policy on the Arab rights in the (future) West Bank?

I'm interested in the Israeli party Blue and White's positions on the Palestinian freedom of movement Palestian freedom to vote to Knesset state subventions to Israeli settlements Do these positions ...
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In most U.S. states, female genital mutilation is illegal. So why is male circumcision legal?

Hello new users from around the Stack Exchange Network We are aware that this question is about a very emotionally laden topic. So we would like to make sure you are aware of the purpose of ...
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Which right has priority in a shut down in states of emergency: the emergency law or the asylum law (international refugee law)?

Refugee law is the branch of international law which deals with the rights and duties States have vis-a-vis refugees. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee_law Refugees are protected by the refugee ...
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Can Romanian politicians, army, police, etc be held accountable for decisions taken while in a “state of emergency”?

Romania has declared a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has a few effects. Two of which I consider relevant for this questions are: they limit some of people's rights (like ...
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Is the United States selective in its support of human rights in other countries?

It is common for the US government to make statements condemning what it considers to be human rights abuses in other countries. This happens frequently with Russia, China, Iran, etc. But it seems to ...
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Is the current Chilean regime a successor to Pinochet's regime? Why so violent to protesters? [closed]

First, some intro: Recently, after further rising of subway ticket costs in Chile, there were widespread protests. The Chilean president, billionaire Sebastián Piñera, claimed a state of emergency - ...
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Was Ecuador govenrment already warned about inadmissibility of force using agains protesters?

As heard today, there is a civil standoff between military/police and protesters in Ecuador(some sources : 1, 2). Origin of protests(possibly) was implementing IMF economic recommendations, including ...
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What are the current battlegrounds for people’s “rights” in the UK? [closed]

What are the current progressive battlegrounds for “rights” in the UK? The reason I ask is that all of the areas I can think of could be said to already be relatively “progressive.” The Abortion Act ...
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How can a state (or a union) deter a company from developing technology related to censorship / human rights violation?

Background I have recently heard about a project that was developed by Google (Dragonfly search engine) and eventually shut down. This article provides more information about the main issues of this ...
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Freedom of Speech and Assembly in China [closed]

If a group of five Chinese citizens assemble in a Beijing park with a "Democracy Now" sign (or its equivalent in Chinese characters) for a few hours every Saturday, are they likely to be arrested ...
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Freedom of speech and where it applies

There seems to be multiple definitions of freedom of speech out there, and I hear a lot about how companies like Google and Twitter are exempt from this as they are private entities and freedom of ...
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Why US is opposing International Criminal Court? [duplicate]

Some time ago (about half a year in fact), the US withdrew from some treaties related to the ICC. As I understand, the main reason is to protect US military personnel from potential ICC investigations....
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Under what conditions can the right to remain silent be revoked in the USA?

To quote this article about Chelsea Manning's jailing: She said prosecutors have granted her immunity for her testimony, which eliminates her ability to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against ...
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Why can't we use freedom of speech and expression to incite people to rebel against government in India? [closed]

In India we are not allowed to incite people to rebel against the government. Why are we not allowed to do so?
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Sanctions on countries with legal but cruel punishments

I'm not aware of any sanction imposed on countries for legal but barbaric punishments, such as limb amputation in Saudi Arabia, or caning in Malaysia. By "barbaric punishment" I mean what most people ...
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Why is not allowing homeless people in the streets considered against human rights?

BBC tells us about Hungary's effort to outlaw living on the streets: The law was brought in by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, but the United Nations called it "cruel" insisting it goes ...
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What was the international reaction (political level) to ethnic cleansing in Bhutan?

There is very little information on Wikipedia about ethnic cleansing in Bhutan. It is also connected to Gross National Happiness concept: GNH has been described by critics as a propaganda tool used ...
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UN criticises Germany on the grounds of basic human rights, what follows?

The latest report from United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner more or less confirms what critics of the German laws, regulations and practices claim for some years now. Critics ...
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Notwithstanding Clause of Canadian Constitution

The Canadian Constitution has a clause commonly referred to as the Notwithstanding Clause. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_33_of_the_Canadian_Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms Basically, it ...
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Why is Canada trying so hard to defuse Saudi dispute?

Canada Reaching Out To Other Countries To Help Defuse Saudi Dispute Canada seeks UAE help to defuse row with Saudi Arabia Canada to ask allies to help cool Saudi dispute; U.S. offers no aid Why is ...
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Why did Canada take a strong position regarding Saudi arrest of Human rights activist(s)?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Canada Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment after Canada demands activists be freed Canada Reaching Out To Other ...
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Why did Saudi Arabia react so strongly to Canada?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Canada Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment after Canada demands activists be freed Saudi Arabia Orders Its Fund ...
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Has Saudi Arabia expelled ambassadors before over human rights comments (from their government)?

In the latest news on Saudi Arabia, they have expelled the Canadian ambassador (and recalled their own ambassador to Canada) in reaction to human rights comments from Canada, or more precisely demands ...
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Has Trump ever criticized the human-rights record of any country after he became president?

The Guardian has an article about Trump not wanting to criticize North Korea's human rights record before their summit, which is perhaps undestandable from a realpolitk perspective. I want to know if ...
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Should mentally retarded people be allowed to vote in a Democratic system? [closed]

I have respect to all the disabled people. The purpose of this question is to understand who is qualified to vote in a Democratic system. I hope nobody gets me wrong. We know democracy allows all ...
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Which USA Politicians want to shut down the CIA?

Congressman Ron Paul wanted to shut down the CIA for several reasons. This intelligence agency has performed torture and terrorist-like actions all over the world since its creation. Are there any ...
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What is the rationale for hosting CIA secret jails by Romania and Lithuania?

According to this article, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Romania and Lithuania allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret U.S. prisons: The court ...
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Does the new Danish education law conflict with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?

Is this new policy of Denmark consistent with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-denmark-immigration/denmark-to-school-ghetto-kids-in-democracy-and-christmas-...
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Why does Belarus not seem to have ratified any protocol from European Convention on Human Rights?

Territorial scope of European Convention on Human Rights Wikipedia article does not include Belarus. Human rights issues are confirmed by multiple articles such as this one: The government ...
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Why are there so many nations that have still not ratified the Istanbul Convention?

Context: In December 2008, the Council of Europe set up an expert committee, the Ad Hoc Committee for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). In December 2010, ...
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What is a “right” according to the U.S. Constitution?

The United States Declaration of Independence is based upon the "self-evident" truth that "all men are… endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights". The Ninth Amendment of the U.S. ...
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Which human rights are officially supported and recognized by the Chinese Communist Party?

The Chinese government has always been extremely skeptical of the Western definition of human rights. For example, they refuse to implement a democracy, reject the freedom of speech and assembly, ...
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Have any jurisdictions made a large number of prosecutions for FGM?

Many governments publicly take actions that appear to oppose female genital mutilation, such as passing laws against doing it in their own jurisdiction, forbidding people from going to another ...
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Why Aung San Suu Kyi is silent on brutality on Muslim minority in Burma? [closed]

Sung San Suu Kyi is a state counsellor of Myanmar. There are severe violation of human rights in Myanmar. Why Aung San Suu Kyi is not taking any steps to save Muslims there?
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You have the right to remain silent, but why?

Many countries have laws that protect a suspect (or anyone else) from being forced to self-incrimination. For example USA have that codified in the fifth amendment and it's mentioned in the Miranda ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

The Canadian bill C-16 ("An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code") has been the subject of heated debate and controversy. I admit I hadn't followed it very closely, but I'...
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Would ECHR affect Theresa May's announcement to combat extremism?

Theresa may has announced on twitter that she is willing to change human rights laws to help fight extremism. I'm clear: if human rights laws get in the way of tackling extremism and terrorism, ...
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Why is the death sentence considered to be an unacceptable punishment in the Council of Europe, while life imprisonment is not?

I've always been baffled at the Council of Europe fight against the death sentence: on the one hand you have the rights of the prisoner and how a death sentence is too harsh for any crime. On the ...