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Russian Court Says Foster Mother Unfit Because of ‘Male Behavior’

Russian Court Says Foster Mother Unfit Because of ‘Male Behavior’

Russian Court Says Foster Mother Unfit Because of ‘Male Behavior’: A Russian court ruled earlier this month that 40-year-old Yulia Savinovskikh is unfit to foster two children with disabilities, claiming that because she allegedly exudes a “style of male behavior,”...
Pakistani human rights defender Asma Jahangir dies age 66

Pakistani human rights defender Asma Jahangir dies age 66

Pakistani human rights defender Asma Jahangir dies age 66: Asma was a great human rights defender and secularist, and the humanist world will join with other progressive voices today in mourning the loss of her great talent. A former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom...
AZERBAIJAN: State’s theological review bans book on Islam

AZERBAIJAN: State’s theological review bans book on Islam

AZERBAIJAN: State’s theological review bans book on Islam: The State Committee for Work With Religious Organisations has banned a so-far unpublished book on Islam by prominent Muslim theologian Elshad Miri. The State Committee conclusion that Miri’s book...
United States: Cuts to Democracy Funds Reduce U.S. Security

United States: Cuts to Democracy Funds Reduce U.S. Security

United States: Cuts to Democracy Funds Reduce U.S. Security: In response to the release of the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The Administration’s proposed cuts to democracy assistance would have...
Kenya deports opposition lawyer charged with treason

Kenya deports opposition lawyer charged with treason

Kenya deports opposition lawyer charged with treason: Kenyan authorities deported a lawyer charged with treason for attending the symbolic presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga, prompting a rare rebuke from the Chief Justice who accused the...
Azerbaijan Is on a Collision Course with the Council of Europe

Azerbaijan Is on a Collision Course with the Council of Europe

Azerbaijan Is on a Collision Course with the Council of Europe: As of January 2018, there were 161 people behind bars on politically motivated charges in Azerbaijan. The country’s most prominent political prisoner, however, is Ilgar Mammadov, cochairman of the...