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You have the right to remain silent, but why?

As with many such rights, you should look to pre-modern Europe to understand the context in which such rights were introduced. At that time, without forensic evidence, the best chance of a conviction ...
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In most U.S. states, female genital mutilation is illegal. So why is male circumcision legal?

Clitoridectomies are not equivalent to male circumcision. Clitoridectomies are equivalent to removal of the glans (the head of the penis, which contains most of the nerve endings that produce sexual ...
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Freedom of speech and where it applies

This is a common misconception. Freedom of speech does not mean that everybody can say whatever they want, whenever they want and wherever they want. It means essentially that people cannot be legally ...
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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?

There are actually several points that make it different: The European charter of fundamental rights states in its very first article that human dignity is inviolable. (Just like the German Basic Law ...
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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 can answer this from the US angles, which largely mirrors the European thinking. Stats from this Wikipedia entry The justice system sometimes fails. There are people unwilling to accept a system ...
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Why don't countries revoke an IS fighter's citizenship arguing they have become citizens of IS?

Because recognizing another entity as a country entails admitting it's legally entitled to hold some territory. So the next question would have been: what territory is ISIS legally entitled to hold/...
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Why were China, Russia and Cuba allowed to join the UN human rights council?

If you want to have an organization that includes every country on Earth, you have to have standards that are acceptable to the lowest common denominator nations. Otherwise, they'd "take their ...
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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

Not too sure what the Israel's motivation was, but for the US, the between-the-line essence from what the officials said would be this in simple terms: The "right to food" is a positive ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

It's a little disingenuous to say they're not concerned about it, as much as it is to use 'the media' to describe a highly textured and diverse industrial sector. That said, the status of women in ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

There are two different aspects to this apparent contradiction. When a government signs up to a human rights convention which guarantees a right to healthcare, it needs to pass domestic legislation to ...
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Does freedom of speech mean freedom to mock everything?

In very general terms, the contemporary understanding of freedom of expression is that it should be relatively uninhibited provided that it satisfies two conditions: It does not infringe on other ...
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How do Western democracies justify censorship of foreign media outlets?

You linked the case of RT. The story of the RT ban is, in large parts, the story of RT DE, and the question if that is Russian or German news (or possibly Serbian, or Luxembourgian). Even democracies ...
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In the US, is there any crime for which the punishment is slavery?

Are prisoners considered as slaves? Prisoners are held in prison due to their breaches of laws, prisoners remain in prison for specific terms, prisoners cannot be traded, prisoners have rights (...
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Does freedom of speech mean freedom to mock everything?

It is a bit more complicated. I live in Germany, and StGb §166 (StGb being "Strafgesetzbuch", the penal code) makes insults against religious groups illegal. There is also a paragraph in the ...
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Why, according to the UN, "gender-biased abortion" is against human rights but "abortion in general" is not?

"Unborn baby" is not a protected characteristic and hence the "unborn" cannot be discriminated against. Many would argue that the "unborn" are not legally persons and as ...
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If the justifications for informed consent are questionable, then why would it be a legal requirement?

First of all, politics is not about philosophy. Politics is about finding rules for society which are practical and which work for everyone, or at least for those who are in power. You can provide as ...
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Why are Israeli activists/vigilantes who are blocking aid from reaching Gaza not being stopped by police?

First, a high degree of impunity for far-right vigilantes in Israel is nothing new. If you are familiar with the "price tag" attacks and all-out rampages against Palestinian villages, what ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

This question is starting out from a false assumption, that the media does not regularly cover, mostly in a negative fashion, events in Saudi Arabia concerning both sharia and its treatment of women. ...
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Why did Ukraine abstain from the UNHRC vote on China?

Ukraine delegation has not officially stated the reason why they initially voted this way; Analysts suggest that Ukraine may simply be “afraid of quarreling with China;” “It’s just a shame:” The ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Up front: Holocaust Denial is not limited under U.S. law. There is an adequate list on Wikipedia of free speech exceptions, that for convenience I will replicate here: Communicative impact ...
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In most U.S. states, female genital mutilation is illegal. So why is male circumcision legal?

It takes time for things to change. 200 years ago slavery was legal. 50 years ago genital mutilation was acceptable, and so was electroshock therapy for gay people. Today those things sound like ...
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Why were China, Russia and Cuba allowed to join the UN human rights council?

There seems to be unfortunately no mechanism to keep this from happening. This is not the first time it has happened: Libya got the chairmanship in the past, under Gaddafi. The problem is that, as ...
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Does any country consider housing and food a right?

Yes, articles 36 & 37 of Nepal's constitution, under Part 3; Fundamental Rights and Duties state exactly that: Right relating to Food: Every citizen shall have the right relating to food. Every ...
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Would a Russian visa ban be compliant with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

OK, let's look at the horse's mouth. Article 13 Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including ...
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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

In the case of the USA, the expressed reasoning was primarily economic. As the USA Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs wrote: The United States is concerned that the concept of “food sovereignty” ...
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You have the right to remain silent, but why?

Being arrested can be extremely stressful, especially if you are innocent since you might fear being prosecuted for something you didn't do in addition to being caught off guard. After the arrest ...
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What are the current battlegrounds for people’s “rights” in the UK?

Abortion is legal until the end of the 24th week. Not in Northern Ireland. UK progressiveness really ought to remember to look at the whole UK. I would say that the big areas at the moment are: ...
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What can US senators do against diversity trainings in the US Army?

Congress can pass legislation to end or defund the programs In the United States, Congress determines what the military is allowed to do and provides funding for those activities by passing ...
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How do anti-feminists and anti-woke people define feminism?

The fundamental misunderstanding in the question is that the question defines feminism as an idea, whereas the authors of videos like those in the question are referring to the modern political ...
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