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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?

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 ...
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Which Articles in the UDHR are related to women's rights?

Which of the 30 articles are related to protecting women from assault and other violence?
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What can the UK government do to help resolve the persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya?

With the Kremlin backed Chechnya president reportedly vowed to wipe out homosexuality in the region by Ramadan: Chechnya’s president has vowed to ‘eliminate’ all gay men by the end of May. Ramzan ...
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In the US, is there any crime for which the punishment is slavery?

Article 13 U.S. Constitution: Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the ...
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Are any of the notable critics of Trumps immigration ban on record as criticizing Iran's etc… ban on anyone connected to Israel?

Leaving aside the relative merits or lack thereof of Trump's ban, it's not really an unprecedented move in world politics. The governments of Iran, and several other countries (Syria, Lebanon, Libya, ...
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How people in US and UK think about selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

US and UK are major suppliers of Saudi-Arabia with weapons. We see that these weapons used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
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Is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a reliable source?

All mainstream media rely on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) regarding reports about attrocities being committed against the Syrian population in the ongoing conflict. A search on ...
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What would happen if all the Western states imposed embargo on the products from China? [closed]

Donald Trump's protectionism is certainly controversial but to at least some degree, all the Western states lead a similar politics towards the North Korea, Cuba or Russia. China, on the other hand, ...
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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, by a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral. (See nytimes, rt, theguardian, and foxnews.) The questions are: Who supplies Saudi ...
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Authenticity of publications of Human Rights Watch

Are reports of Human Rights Watch reviewed by external authorities before they are published? Who verifies the veracity of the information present in their reports? Are evidences and citations ...
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The rights of the majority over the minority in a libertarian society

In a libertarian view, how are the rights of the majority over the rights of the minority handled? Do they have a right to overrule? For example, if there are 10 homeowners in a subdivision and 9 of ...
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Why was Saudi Arabia removed from the UN's blacklist of child rights violators?

What is the UN's reasoning (or excuse) behind removing Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of child rights violators despite being blamed for the killing of hundreds of Yemeni children? What is the ...
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Are there laws against torture in the US?

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a poll. Are there laws against torture in the US? If yes, what is the ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the United States of America and in Canada? Is Holocaust denial an example?
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Is there an official website to check if Saudi Arabia is member of the United Nations human rights council

I told someone about Saudi Arabia's membership of the United Nations human rights council. He denied. Is there an official website to check if Saudi Arabia is member of the United Nations human rights ...
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In what sense did Jefferson consider the right to life “unalienable” in light of his support for capital punishment?

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the 1776 Declaration of Independence that, "All men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the ...
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CIA photographing detainees nak ed before sending them to be tortured [closed]

CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured. Is this a sexual assault? Is this by itself a torture? What should be done for this issue by the International laws (such ...
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Why are US, EU and human-rights NGOs silent against the killing of innocent kurdish people in Turkey? [closed]

Everybody knows that Turkey and AKP party supports ISIS, in Turkey we see an internal war against Kurdish people, the Kurdish parties such as PYD, YPG, etc are based on freedom, human rights and ...