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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.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

In response to hate speech, Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace proposes proclamation to uphold anti-discrimination laws

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace proposes proclamation in support of “human rights”


U.S. awash in ‘terrible’ human rights abuses, Chinese government report claims

The Chinese government has released a report on human rights in the United States, just a week after the U.S. State Department released its own report on human rights around …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Apple, Intel and others don’t want conflict minerals rule rolled back

Apple doesn’t want to see it scrapped. Neither does Intel or Tiffany & Co. But the U.S. conflict minerals law – which requires American public companies to avoid using minerals …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Idaho human rights leader Marilyn Shuler dies at 77

Marilyn Shuler, a longtime human rights leader and director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission for 20 years, died at a Boise hospital early Friday morning. She was 77.


Analysis: Congress passes watershed human rights provision

Congress passed its annual defense spending bill on Thursday, which in any other instance would be news itself. But tucked into the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act was a watershed …


Imagining Cuba’s human rights situation after Fidel Castro

He overthrew a strongman, brought his country free health care and education, and enlisted Cubans in what he called fights for freedom from Central America to South Africa. Fidel Castro …


22 arbitrarily executed by federal police, Mexico human rights commission finds

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year.


U.S. punishing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses

The U.S. imposed sanctions Wednesday on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and 10 other top officials for human rights abuses in an escalation of Washington’s effort to isolate the …


Twin blasts near Damascus kill 12, wound dozens

Two suicide bombers struck close to the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more in the latest attack to hit the predominantly Shiite area in …


Syria attacks to cut off Islamic State’s capital

BEIRUT – Syrian troops launched an offensive Saturday aimed at cutting off Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa from the Turkish border, a monitoring group said. Troops and militiamen backed by …


Crossing the ‘abortion desert’: Women increasingly travel out of state for procedure

As more states adopt more-restrictive laws and the number of clinics dwindles in the so-called “abortion desert” – an area that stretches from Florida to New Mexico and north into …


Women seeking abortions in South increasingly travel out of state

The National Abortion Federation hotline referred 209 Texas patients to New Mexico last year, compared with 21 in 2013, said Vicki Saporta, the group’s president and chief executive. The number …


Ex-Chicago-area officer found guilty in murder-for-hire plot

Jurors on Tuesday found former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to convict him in the killing of …


On Vietnam human rights, Obama finds a work in progress

For all the lusty cheers and warm welcomes that Obama has gotten during his time in Vietnam, the transformation clearly is still very much a work in progress.


Lawyer: European Human Rights Court to hear Amanda Knox case

The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear Amanda Knox’s case challenging her slander conviction during the trial for her British roommate’s 2007 murder, her Italian defense lawyer …


Human rights group presents annual awards

The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations gave its annual Civil Rights Award to two board members of the newly formed Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Spokane County …


Education Association leader to speak on human rights in Coeur d’Alene

The director of the nation’s largest labor union will speak at the annual Human Rights Banquet in Coeur d’Alene on April 22. John Stocks has been executive director of the …


Judge throws out Kesha’s sexual abuse claims vs. producer

A New York judge has thrown out pop star Kesha’s hate-crime and human-rights claims that producer Dr. Luke drugged, sexually abused and emotionally tormented her.