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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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Statistics by country/nationality of those sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act (incl. GMA)?

The 2012 Magnitsky Act and its 2016 "Global" [GMA] expansion allows the US authorities to sanction specific individuals for human rights violations. While there is a fairly detailed list on ...
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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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How many constitutions refer to the Declaration of the Rights of Man?

I'm curious how many countries cite the document in their own constitution, as I'm aware that some do (Senegal, for example). Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
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Why is the USA so much concerned about the human rights violations in Xinjiang, but less so about Kashmir?

Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. Xinjiang is controlled by China (it might be worth noting that India also claims ownership, but has no power there). Kashmiris want ...
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Why don't countries revoke an IS fighter's citizenship arguing they have become citizens of IS?

Recently the UK supreme court ruled against IS bride Shamina Begum's attempt to return to the UK to fight her citizenship being revoked. As I understand it, what happened here was that the UK wanted ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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