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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

UN: Ortega’s Nicaraguan govt behind widespread repression

A United Nations report released Wednesday on four months of unrest in Nicaragua describes a comprehensive effort of repression by the government that extends from the streets to the courts.


UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face ‘genocide’ case

Investigators working for the U.N.’s top human rights body said Monday that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, taking the unusual step of identifying six …


Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly.


After 18 years’ imprisonment, Uzbek journalist reunited with family in Spokane

After serving 18 years behind bars in Uzbekistan, enduring beatings, starvation, solitary confinement and almost no contact with the outside world, Muhammad Bekjanov is free to tell his story.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Trump administration pulls U.S. out of UN human rights council

The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

EU imposes sanctions on 7 senior Venezuelan officials

The European Union imposed economic and travel sanctions Monday against seven senior Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses or breaching the rule of law in the crisis-ridden country.


China sentences ‘Vulgar Butcher’ activist to 8 years’ prison

A prominent activist who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher as he mocked and pressured Chinese officials was sentenced by a court Tuesday to eight years in prison for subversion.


U.S. slaps 5 Russians with sanctions over human rights

The United States is slapping five Russians with sanctions under a law that lets the U.S. target violators of human rights.


U.N. rights chief: China, White House seem ‘hostile’ on rights

The U.N.’s human rights chief says China’s Communist Party has taken a “hostile position” on the universality of human rights and that “the rhetoric from the White House” is heading …


Supreme Court lets stand Texas ruling on gay spouse benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits – a potential victory for social conservatives hoping …


Mexico defends rights record after report on military abuses

The Mexican government defended its commitment to human rights Wednesday after a study found that nearly all cases of alleged abuses against civilians by soldiers fighting the war on drug …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

Writers urge Trump to seek release of Nobel laureate’s wife

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, literary luminaries such as Margaret Atwood and Philip Roth are calling on China to free the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner …


Christine M. Flowers: Cheering Trump’s honest U.N. speech

Clearly, no one expected Obama-style smoothness from this president, but they were probably not expecting him to take on the U.N. record of human rights with deadly accuracy, either.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Venezuela’s Maduro vows to punish opponents for U.S. sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, dramatically ratcheting up tensions between the two countries and making it harder for embattled President Nicolas Maduro to raise …


Philippine president on human rights: ‘Don’t go there’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Monday with America’s top diplomat, where he voiced solidarity with the U.S. amid global concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program and angrily dismissed media questions …


E.U. parliament threatens veto on Brexit over citizens’ rights

The European Parliament on Monday set itself on a collision course with Britain, making a damning assessment of British proposals on EU citizens’ rights after the U.K. leaves the European …


China frees three activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands.


State Department reprimands China over sex trafficking and forced labor

The State Department on Tuesday listed China as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor, a downgraded designation that could nettle Beijing as …


U.S. to say China among worst on human trafficking, sources say

The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world’s most populous country in the same category …


In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and U.S. interrogates

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme – …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Idaho leaders from both parties laud community outpouring after vandalism at human rights memorial

A bipartisan group of Idaho elected officials came together at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial on Thursday to denounce hate speech and celebrate the community’s overwhelming response to …


Iraq investigating elite unit accused of human rights violations in Mosul campaign

The Iraqi government said it has begun an investigation into one of its elite police units amid allegations that security forces have committed human rights abuses, including torture, rape and …


U.N., Microsoft announce $5 million partnership on human rights

Microsoft says it’s contributing $5 million over five years to the U.N. human rights office, which the Geneva-based agency calls a “landmark partnership” that could prod other big private-sector donors …


Chechen gays survive torture, flee to Moscow safe houses

Anzor is a gay man from Chechnya, the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia where dozens of men suspected of being gay were reportedly detained and tortured, and at least …


Watchdog to Trump: Accountability not red carpet for Duterte

A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should not roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, whom it accused of being a “mastermind” …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane human rights code changes become law without mayor’s signature

In a letter to the City Council, Mayor David Condon said there was no analysis performed on how much processing complaints at City Hall would cost Spokane and that new …


Eye on Boise: Public comments from throughout Idaho favor climate change standards that lawmakers rejected

In Boise, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene last week – just like at earlier public meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Fort Hall – Idahoans turned out in force to …


South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87

Anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison for opposing South Africa’s white minority government – much of that time alongside the country’s first black president, Nelson Mandela …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Spokane City Council passes new human rights protections, delays protections for renters who use subsidies

The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a legislative package compiling human rights protections, including a measure that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants for accepting housing vouchers.


Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s human rights ordinance could saddle landlords with bad tenants

The city of Spokane’s pending human rights ordinance threatens to expand government and strip landlords of ability to screen tenants for good renters.