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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

From this article on the Guardian: From UN hunger expert: US must recognize ‘right to food’ to fix broken system In 2021, the US and Israel were the only countries to vote against a United Nations ...
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To which fundamental rights is the new UK government definition of extremism referring?

The UK government has updated their definition of extremism to one which starts: the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to: negate or destroy ...
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Is there conclusive evidence for Western society’s human rights accusations against China, especially in Xinjiang? [closed]

I noticed the previous human rights accusations in Xinjiang, and when I checked the relevant Wikipedia entries, I found that key statements seemed to lack evidence, such as "incarcerated more ...
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Why is it considered okay for income level to affect tax rate but not the right to have children?

Some rights declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are routinely limited by law: Right to liberty, access to public service, rest and leisure, to freely participate in the cultural ...
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How many journalists have been killed in two currently pending conflicts? [closed]

Currently, two wars in the world have attracted the attention of the media: the war between Russia and Ukraine (within about two years), and the war between Israel and Palestine (within about 100 days)...
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How do anti-feminists and anti-woke people define feminism?

I've seen a lot of self-described right-wing or anti-woke individuals on YouTube say that the Barbie movie is both feminist and anti-male. Here is an example: MAN-HATING FEMINIST TRASH | BARBIE film ...
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Why is the humanitarian crisis in Israel seen as an opportunity to violate the human rights of certain groups in certain countries? [closed]

With the world’s attention focused on the carnage in Israel and Gaza, there is an urgent need to protect civilians at risk of further forced displacement or mass expulsion. Unfortunately, others are ...
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Does this newly proposed French bill violate or go against the principles of international human right of free speech?

Just made aware of this newly proposed bill at the French senate, proposes punishment to who insults Israel Translation to item 3: Insult committed against the State of Israel, by one of the means ...
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Why was Iran appointed to chair the UN's Human Rights Forum?

On 10 May 2023, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) President appointed the Islamic Republic of Iran to chair the 2023 Social Forum, which opens today. “The upcoming Forum focuses on ...
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What's the point of bringing a torture case in Syria at the ICJ? Can't Syria unilaterally block that?

BBC reported on June 12, 2023: The Netherlands and Canada have submitted a case against Syria to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over allegations of torture. I thought that [binding] cases ...
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Who (if any) is the highest-ranking U.S. official who has accused Israel of committing a war crime and/or human rights violation?

It has been said that that Israel is violating human rights and committing war crimes, yet the United States consistently blocks any condemnation of Israel by utilizing its veto power in the UN, and I ...
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Are US governments breaking the Leahy Law by supporting Israel?

As successive U.S. governments continue to provide various forms of support, including military weapons, despite the human rights violations committed by Israel against Palestinians over the past ...
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Did Putin publicly condemn the blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh?

Recently Putin compared the siege of Gaza with that of Leningrad (during WW2), in order to express his concern about the civilian population there. I've been trying to find what terms of comparison ...
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Does the United Nations have a responsibility to pressure Israel to establish a safe corridor to Egypt for those wishing to flee from Gaza?

I would like to know if the United Nations has a responsibility, due to what is stated in its Charter, to begin pressuring Israel as soon as possible to ensure that there exists a safe corridor to ...
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US reaction against Azerbaijan and Turkey on the Armenia issue

Ilham aliyev have claimed that the territory of the modern Armenian republic belongs to Azerbaijan and call it Western Azerbaijan. Regarding latest developments on the issue and Turkey's complete ...
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Did the countries which vote on July 12th against the UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry vote for the same reason?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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Why did Chile and Mexico abstain from voting, on the July 12th UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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Why did India vote in favor, on the July 12th UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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How does the logic work for no prosecution exceptions to the right to not self incriminate in the presence of different jurisdictions?

In many democratic countries there is some sort of a right for an accused to not have to answer police questions to prevent people being forced to incriminate themselves. In the USA this is in the ...
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Are there PRC plans for the people of Taiwan following a successful reunification?

I know that the range of possibilities is broad, but some officials, such as the Chinese ambassador to France already spoke about unspecified re-education: https://twitter.com/badiucao/status/...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

Medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc... The reason for asking is because there doesn't seem to be any theoretical explanations reconciling these competing rights. (At ...
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How does France compare to other countries with respect to police brutality?

Recently France has seen some massive protests against Macron’s pension law. Most of these protests are peaceful, but unavoidably there was some violence, especially since Macron decided to bypass ...
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What does "morality" and "General welfare in a democratic society" mean in the UDHR?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) permits restriction on human rights based on these reasons (Article 29): In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to ...
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To what extent is "right to privacy" related to "right to good name / reputation"?

There is a detail in Article 12 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights that I find interesting: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, ...
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Why did Ukraine abstain from the UNHRC vote on China?

After reading the answers to this question, I noticed something odd: Ukraine appears to have abstained in the recent vote over China's policy towards the Uyghurs. However, given the context of the ...
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Why has BBC and UK suddenly become so pro-human rights?

In international relations, it can be consistently observed that whenever an entity questions another entity's human rights and/or freedom of speech situation, there is a political motive behind it. ...
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Does any country consider housing and food a right?

Are there any countries that have formally codified in their law books that access to housing and food is an inherent right? In other words, safety from violence is seen as something unconditional to ...
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What is the implicit meaning of abstaining from voting at the UN? [closed]

Recently, India abstained from voting against China regarding the Uyghur persecution question. What does it imply when a country abstains from voting at any of the UN councils? In the case of the UNSC,...
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What was the exact vote of the UN Human Rights Council on Xinjiang?

There just was a vote in the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, and it is really easy to find quotes like this: The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council has rejected a resolution to hold a debate ...
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Does EU Charter regarding prohibition of age-based discrimination conflict with age-based voting restriction within member states?

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Title III, Article 21: Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, ...
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Would a Russian visa ban be compliant with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. Would it therefore be legal to implement a Russian visa ...
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When was the last time the US Supreme Court limited rights with a decision?

The Supreme Court has now officially overruled Roe v Wade, allowing states to restrict the rights of pregnant people. When was the last time the Supreme Court came to a decision that reduced the ...
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How do Western democracies justify censorship of foreign media outlets?

One of the features of a democracy is freedom of speech and media, but in the last few months Russian media outlets were closed and blocked online. Such censorship happened for example in the EU and ...
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Does Israel offer relocation or compensation to evicted Palestinians?

The state of Israel frequently evicts Palestinians from areas it occupies, in particular in East Jerusalem or in the West Bank, usually on the basis of laws which favour Jewish settlers. In ...
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What is the targeted audience for the US Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for a specific country?

Background I cannot find the source, but I have read or heard that the Romanian mass media virtually ignored the worrying US Department State Country Report on Human Rights Practices: Some reporters ...
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Why hasn't any country condemned the human right abuses of Chinese government for their Zero-COVID policies (cf. Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues)?

In history, the human right abuses in China were often condemned internationally, for example the forced labors in Xijiang camps and the crackdown of Hong Kong protests. But it seems to me that the ...
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What is the meaning of the term "Genocide" as opposed to "Crimes against Humanity"? [closed]

Genocide as a term came into being relatively after World War 2. There used to be a term earlier called Crimes against Humanity which used to be used to describe similar events. This use of this term ...
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Are families with trans teens who leave Texas counted as Internally Displaced Persons?

Internally displaced persons are defined as, "Persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a ...
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Do the sanctions on the leaders of China actually help them to deepen their autocracy?

Recently Mike Rogers et al introduced a bill to sanction senior leaders of CCP, claiming that the Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for their egregious and disturbing human rights abuse....
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How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?"

note: for background see Which "critical technologies" does Russia dependent upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?" The Brookings ...
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Penal labour in United States

Penal labour is banned in most if not all of the United Kingdom. Perhaps because of No prisoner shall be employed, in the service of the institution, in any disciplinary capacity https://www.ohchr....
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Does "freedom of speech" only refer to safety from the government? [closed]

If people in a country can say whatever they want and not be arrested by the government, but some other organization arrests/imprisons/tortures people who say things they don't like, should we say ...
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On which basis does Israel designate NGOs as terrorist organizations?

Recently Israel designated several human rights NGOs as terrorist organizations. The six organizations are alleged to have links to the PFLP: The Israeli defence ministry said they were linked to the ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

The media and Western leaders are talking a lot about the treatment of the women in Afghanistan [1, 2, 3] and the country's move towards the Sharia law [4]. They are described as issues raising ...
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Is there any international reaction on police violence in France?

On those holidays another round of anti-Covid protests took place in France: Protests were suppressed rudely, with police violence and water cannons. Is there any reaction from international ...
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How does German law define "human dignity" in concrete terms?

The German Basic Law (i.e. de facto Constitution) begins with the bold statement in Article 1, (1): Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state ...
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Biden's stance on Saudi Arabia's human right issues

In 2021, Saudi Arabia announced that Mustafa al-Darwish had been executed. He was arrested in 2015, and many of the offenses he was charged with occurred when he was 17 years old; see here and here. ...
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What can US senators do against diversity trainings in the US Army?

Recently, I've read about Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw launching a campaign against diversity training in the US Army: We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology, I ...
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Why there is nearly no international community response to Colombia protests?

Protests in Colombia are going on since 27 April 2021. There is even an wiki article about it, showing widespread police violence and many victims: The protesters want the riot police to be disbanded ...
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Why didn't the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporate the European Convention of Human Rights?

My Politics teacher wrote on her PowerPoint: The Human Rights Act 1998 doesn't explicitly say that anyone has any rights. The HRA merely requires certain bodies to do certain things in relation to ...
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