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Gun Control

Op-Ed Columnist: Respect First, Then Gun Control

One reaction to the Florida school shooting is the shaming of supporters of gun rights. But there’s a more productive approach.


UK Supreme Court hears key case on gig economy worker

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court was hearing on Tuesday whether a plumber hired on a self-employed basis should have received workers' rights, in a case which could affect the business models of major firms operating in the gig economy.


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'Three Billboards' leads the pack at politically edged BAFTA awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the biggest winner at the BAFTA Film Awards, held in London on Sunday, an event which saw the campaign for women's rights in the entertainment industry take center stage.


Stars join forces with activists on BAFTA awards red carpet

LONDON (Reuters) - Women's rights activists walked the red carpet with some of British cinema's biggest female stars at the BAFTA film awards on Sunday, the latest salvo in a campaign against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.


U.N. urges Iran to stop executions of juveniles on death row

GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official called on Iran on Friday to halt executions of young people convicted of carrying out crimes when they were under the age of 18.


Hungary anti-immigration bill an 'assault on human rights': U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday labeled an anti-immigration law proposed in Hungary an "assault on human rights" and urged its government to uphold the right of freedom of association.


Rights group sues to block Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The ACLU filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes abortions if a doctor performing a termination is aware that the woman has received a diagnosis that her fetus has Down syndrome.


House Speaker Ryan: Florida shooting shouldn't threaten right to own guns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, in a round of interviews with conservative radio shows on Thursday, said the Florida school shooting that killed at least 17 people on Wednesday should not threaten citizens' rights to own guns.


Ice hockey: Canada earns bragging rights over U.S. in clash of rivals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada laid down a marker in their bid for a fifth consecutive women's ice hockey gold medal by edging the United States 2-1 in a fiery preliminary round clash on Thursday, as one of the great Olympic rivalries was renewed.

The rights of disabled Americans are under attack

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been law for 28 years now -- and I can honestly say that rights for Americans with disabilities, including accessibility to public spaces, are now facing more uncertainty and outright hostility than at any time in recent memory.


New York state seeks expedited timeline to close city's Rikers Island jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state officials on Wednesday recommended speeding up New York City's timeline for closing its Rikers Island jail, saying the troubled facility is violating inmates' constitutional rights and state laws.


State considers expediting timeline to close New York's Rikers Island jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - State officials on Wednesday recommended speeding up New York City's timeline for closing its Rikers Island jail, saying the troubled facility is violating inmates' Constitutional rights and state laws.


Beyoncé Songs Come to the Olympics. But Who Pays for the Rights?

Songs with lyrics are permitted at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang for the first time. And because the Games are considered a “live event,” no special permission is required.


Rights group sounds alarm over Chechnya's role in soccer World Cup

MOSCOW/CAIRO (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch has said world soccer's governing body must tackle rights abuses in Russia's Chechnya region now that one of the teams in this year's World Cup in Russia has chosen Chechnya as the location for its base camp.


Sky investor Polygon says Fox offer undervalues broadcaster

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge fund Polygon Global Partners, which is an investor in Sky , said the outcome of the English Premier League soccer rights auction supported its view that the takeover by Twenty-First Century Fox undervalues the British company.


Sky wins bulk of Premier League rights as value slips

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Sky will pay 3.58 billion pounds to show 128 Premier League matches for three seasons from 2019/20 in a deal that brings to an end rampant inflation in the value of the domestic rights for English top-flight soccer.


UPDATE 2-Sky wins bulk of Premier League rights as value slips

* 4.46 bln pounds total is 680 mln pounds lower than last auction (Adds analyst reaction, further background)


Sky pays 3.6 billion pounds to win bulk of new Premier League rights

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Sky will pay 3.58 billion pounds to show 128 Premier League matches for three seasons from 2019/20, in a deal that brings to an end rampant inflation in the value of the domestic rights for English top-flight soccer.


Apple shareholders defeat two proposals at annual meeting

(Reuters) - Apple Inc shareholders at an annual meeting on Tuesday defeated two shareholder proposals: one asking the company to ease its rules for letting shareholders nominate directors to the board and another asking Apple to form a human rights commission.

UN investigating reports of chlorine attacks in Syria

United Nations human rights experts are investigating reports of alleged chlorine bomb attacks on civilians in two Syrian towns, officials said Tuesday.


Don't be shy: EU ombudsman urges states to end secrecy of debates

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments should not hide their debates behind a wall of secrecy but openly declare their positions on proposed EU laws, the bloc's independent civic rights supervisor said in a report on Tuesday.


British defense secretary says warship bound for South China Sea: media

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British warship will sail through the South China Sea next month to assert freedom-of-navigation rights, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said in remarks published on Tuesday.

Education Dept. no longer investigating transgender bathroom complaints

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education confirmed on Monday that the department is no longer investigating civil rights complaints from transgender students banned from using bathrooms conforming with their gender identity.

Life Insurance

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

Insurers have denied life and disability coverage to men taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection, say gay rights advocates and medical experts.


German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.

Politics and Government

Asma Jahangir, Fearless Pakistani Rights Activist, Dies at 66

She gained international acclaim as the voice of conscience in a country where liberal, secular voices have been under threat.

New York state sues Weinstein and his company

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his former company, citing "egregious" violations of state civil and human rights laws.


Pakistani human rights champion Asma Jahangir dies

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who faced death threats by fighting for unpopular causes and was jailed in the 1980s for her pro-democracy work during military rule, died on Sunday in Lahore. She was 66.

Carnival (Pre-Lenten)

Rio Carnival Kicks Off With Samba, Blocos and Nod to #MeToo

Rio de Janeiro’s famous festivities got underway on Friday, with a political undertone and a focus on women’s rights.

UN human rights chief condemns bloody week in Syria

Waves of deadly airstrikes against rebel-held areas in Syria have made this week "one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict," the UN human rights chief said Saturday.


English Premier League rights bonanza kicks off with focus on Amazon

LONDON (Reuters) - England's multi-billion pound Premier League rights auction kicked off on Friday with soccer fans waiting to see if a digital giant such as Amazon would enter the fray against pay-TV players Sky and BT.


Syrian rebel-held area suffers bloodiest week since 2015: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian rebel-held area Eastern Ghouta of Damascus has suffered its bloodiest week since 2015 as a result of government bombardment, with 229 people killed in the last four days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Bermuda Outlaws Gay Marriage, Less Than a Year After It Became Legal

The British overseas territory adopted a domestic partnership law, instead, but gay rights advocates dismissed it as a “separate-but-equal” measure.

State to end parental rights for rapists

Maryland lawmakers approved a bill that lets rape victims impregnated during an attack ask a judge to end their assailants' parental rights.

Pence reignites feud with gay US Olympian

In a late night tweet, Vice President Mike Pence responded to US Olympian Adam Rippon, who turned down a meeting with the vice president. Rippon has previously been vocal in his criticism of Pence's stance on gay rights.


Figure skating: Gay skater Rippon open to meeting Pence - after Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, who is openly gay, said on Thursday he is willing to meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has expressed staunchly anti-gay rights views, for an "open conversation" - but only after the Olympics are over.

USA Today: Gay Olympic athlete turns down Pence meeting

US Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon turned down a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence after criticizing him for his stance on gay rights, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Voter Registration and Requirements

Op-Ed Columnist: Democracy, on the March

How to respond to Trump: Expand voting rights.

Actress: Iranian women are breaking their silence

The bravery of the women recently protesting in Iran stiffened my resolve to participate in the 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles. As a decadelong advocate for women, I felt compelled to use my freedom of expression to demand theirs. Though I walked alongside people of diverse political persuasions, I felt empowered by a common purpose -- a world in which the rights of women and girls are protected and respected.


In the battle over his sole, Louboutin loses a round

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Christian Louboutin's bid for exclusive rights to put red soles on high-heeled shoes ran into trouble on Tuesday when a court adviser said he may not be entitled to stop others...


Syrian Observatory: air strikes kill 16 in eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes pounded insurgent-held suburbs east of Damascus on Tuesday, killing 16 people.


Thai rights news conference called off after police warning

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A news conference by a Thai rights group was called off on Tuesday following a police warning not to hold the event or risk violating a junta ban on public gatherings.


Lawyer Andrei Iancu confirmed to lead U.S. patent office

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed lawyer Andrei Iancu as the next head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, clearing the way for him to lead an agency tasked with deciding who owns the rights to inventions in areas like software, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.


Amazon faces test of ambition in English Premier League soccer auction

LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon's sports broadcasting ambitions will be tested this week in a multi-billion pound auction of English Premier League soccer rights, potentially pitting it against Sky and BT.


Costa Rica votes for new president amid gay rights debate

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Ricans voted for a new president on Sunday in a race upended by debate over same-sex marriage, with leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely opposing gay rights and challenging the country's traditionally centrist politics.

Great Britain

100 Years On, Posters Offer Window Into Struggles of U.K. Suffragists

Posters illustrating women’s fight for voting rights are on display for the first time at the University of Cambridge.


Costa Rica votes for a new president amid row over gay rights

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Ricans vote for a new president on Sunday in a race upended in the final weeks by a debate over same-sex marriage, as leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely opposed gay rights that have recently been expanding in Latin America.


Turkey denies report border guards shot at fleeing Syrians

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish guards at the border with Syria are indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning asylum seekers attempting to cross into Turkey, Human Rights Watch said.


Peru rights victims' families ask court to annul Fujimori pardon

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - The families of victims of human rights abuses under former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori testified on Friday at an international human rights tribunal, asking the court to annul the controversial pardon of the former leader late last year.


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UPDATE 4-German parties edge closer to coalition with migration deal

* Labour rights, healthcare main sticking points (Updates with migration deal, adds details)


U.S. investor group concerned SEC decisions roll back proxy rights

BOSTON (Reuters) - A group representing large investors voiced concern that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is undoing protections for shareholders to bring proxy resolutions opposed by...

Women and Girls

Opinion: How White Supremacy Forgot the Women

The women who fought against civil rights have long been overshadowed by men like George Wallace. That’s shaping politics today.


UPDATE 2-German parties in coalition talks haggle over labour rights

* Labour rights, healthcare main sticking points (Adds details on healthcare, citizenship, collective lawsuits)


German parties in coalition talks haggle over labor rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) were haggling on Friday over labor rights after securing a flurry of agreements on less contentious issues in their talks on forming a new coalition government.

Colleges and Universities

Republicans Tack a Conservative Campus Wish List to a Major Education Bill

The bill contains measures sought by religious schools and free-speech advocates, worrying some college administrators and gay-rights groups.

Voter Registration and Requirements

A ‘Blue’ Florida? There Are No Quick Demographic Fixes for Democrats

Why a big influx of Puerto Ricans and the potential return of voting rights for felons aren’t as meaningful as some might assume for 2020.


Philippine security forces capture top Maoist guerrilla leader

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces arrested the head of the Communist movement's armed wing following President Rodrigo Duterte's order to target guerrilla leaders after peace talks collapsed, police and human rights lawyers said on Thursday.


Israel rejects U.N. report on companies linked to settlements

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday it had identified 206 companies doing business linked to unlawful Israeli settlements in the West Bank and it urged them to avoid any complicity in "pervasive" violations against Palestinians.

Women and Girls

Op-Ed Columnist: I Stand With the ‘She-Devils’

Progress on women’s rights was stalling, and then Donald Trump came along.


UK and EU set for clash over citizens' rights during transition

WUHAN, China (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that European citizens arriving in Britain after Brexit next year may lose some rights, setting up a clash with the European Union over their treatment during any transition period.


Germany urges end to Iranian executions

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government's human rights commissioner on Wednesday condemned Iran's reported execution of a man who was 15 years old when he committed his crime, calling it a completely unacceptable violation of international law.


Fox pays over $3 billion for Thursday Night Football rights: source

(Reuters) - Twenty First Century Fox Inc's Fox Sports has agreed to pay over $3 billion to broadcast the National Football League's "Thursday Night Football," for the next five seasons, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters Wednesday.


Angelina Jolie urges NATO to tackle sexual violence in war

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie called on NATO on Wednesday to help stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, as the Hollywood star broadened her international efforts to protect women's rights.


Thailand charges eight activists as public frustration at junta grows

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Wednesday charged eight activists of a civil rights group with violating the military government's ban on public gatherings, after it kicked off a cross-country march on Jan. 20 in a rare display of public discontent.

Bitcoin (Currency)

The Shift: Kodak’s Dubious Cryptocurrency Gamble

What’s a 130-year-old photo company doing dabbling in cryptocurrency? Either revolutionizing digital rights management or trying to make a quick buck.


Campaigners say UK surveillance powers must change after court ruling

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will need to amend its law allowing for sweeping powers to carry out mass digital surveillance after a court ruled on Tuesday that previous legislation was illegal, civil rights campaigners said.


Woman sues Japanese government over forced sterilization as a teen

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese woman who was forcibly sterilized as a teenager due to intellectual disabilities sued the government on Tuesday in the first case of its kind, seeking compensation because her basic human rights had been trampled on.


Detained Chinese rights lawyer charged with subversion of state power: wife

BEIJING (Reuters) - The wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng said on Tuesday her husband had been charged with "inciting subversion of state power" and that police have summonsed her after she gave interviews to foreign media.


Exclusive: With Roman law doctrine, India moves to stub out tobacco industry rights

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government is pushing the Supreme Court to apply a rarely used doctrine that would strip the $11 billion tobacco industry's legal right to trade, an effort aimed at deterring tobacco companies from challenging tough new regulations.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Is America Growing Less Tolerant on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights?

Acceptance was growing. But a new poll shows that the public may be backsliding.

Birth Control and Family Planning

Editorial: The Gathering Threat to Abortion Rights

An expected procedural vote in the Senate on a 20-week abortion ban highlights the need for the public to vote in November’s midterms.


Russian Stalin-era Great Terror exposer freed from jail pending trial

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian human rights activist who helped to expose the Stalin-era Great Terror and found mass graves of thousands of the victims was freed from jail, while pending trial on child pornography charges, local media reported on Saturday.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bars Democracy Advocate From Running for Legislature

Agnes Chow, 21, whose party says Hong Kong should decide its future in a referendum, said the ruling showed “that our political rights are handicapped.”


U.S. civil rights anthem 'We Shall Overcome' now in public domain

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lyrics and melody of "We Shall Overcome" are now part of the public domain, following the settlement of a copyright lawsuit over the civil rights anthem long associated with the late folk singer Pete Seeger.


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Duterte tells Suu Kyi rights activists are 'just a noisy bunch'

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, heavily criticized abroad for failing to stand up for largely stateless Rohingya Muslims, that she shouldn't bother about rights activists as they are "just a noisy bunch".


Bahrain human rights deteriorate as world looks away: activists

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Human rights in Bahrain have deteriorated significantly in the past year because international pressure on the Gulf Arab kingdom has weakened, activists said on Thursday.


Op-Ed Contributor: Wyatt Tee Walker, Civil Rights Oracle

The Birmingham minister understood white ambivalence about racism.


Chinese officials engaged in 'takeover' of Tibetan Buddhist monastery: Human Rights Watch

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials are engaging in a "takeover" of one of the world's largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with a plan to put Communist Party officials in charge of its administration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.


UPDATE 1-Spark licenses blindness gene therapy rights outside U.S. to Novartis

Jan 24 (Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc, whose breakthrough gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness was approved by U.S. regulators in December, said on Wednesday that it had licensed rights to the drug outside the United States to Switzerland-based Novartis AG.


Spark licenses blindness gene therapy rights outside U.S. to Novartis

(Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc, whose breakthrough gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness was approved by U.S. regulators in December, has licensed rights to the drug in markets outside the United States to Switzerland-based Novartis AG, it said on Wednesday.


Abortion rights group Planned Parenthood's president to step down: Buzzfeed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The president of Planned Parenthood plans to step down from the reproductive rights group after more than a decade on the job, Buzzfeed news reported on Wednesday, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.


Scores convicted in Congo's Beni massacre trial

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A military tribunal investigating a wave of massacres in eastern Congo blamed on Ugandan rebels has convicted 134 people, a senior army prosecutor and a human rights group said on Wednesday.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (Book)

Books of The Times: Black Lives Matter and the Intrepid Lives That Preceded It

“When They Call You a Terrorist,” a memoir by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and “A More Beautiful and Terrible History,” by the historian Jeanne Theoharis, offer insights about the civil rights movement past and present.


Monsanto to defend Brazil patent on GM soybeans -lawyers

SAO PAULO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co has two months to present a defense of its patent on genetically modified soybeans in Brazil, a lawyer for the company told Reuters after authorities suggested the U.S. seed company's intellectual property rights should be revoked.


Membership momentum threatens to derail SPD coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) on Wednesday considered tightening rules on new members' voting rights after campaigners against a renewed coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives succeeded in triggering a surge in applications.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Afghan Pedophiles Get Free Pass From U.S. Military, Report Says

A special inspector says the American military uses loopholes to exempt Afghan security forces from punishment for enslaving and raping children, and other gross human rights violations.


Floridians to decide on ending lifetime ban on voting for felons

(Reuters) - Floridians will be asked in November whether to restore voting rights to people convicted of serious crimes who have completed their sentence after campaigners collected enough signatures on Tuesday to get the proposal included on the ballot.

Walker, Wyatt Tee

Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. King’s Strategist and Harlem Leader, Dies at 88

Dr. Walker played a key role in civil rights protests that turned the tide against racial injustice in the Deep South.


U.N. says Congo forces targeted its officials during deadly protests

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. monitors were among the targets of violence by Congolese security agents who used deadly force to disperse protests organized by the Catholic Church on Sunday, a U.N. human rights spokeswoman said.


BP, Kosmos win rights to two oil blocks in Sao Tome and Principe

SAO TOME, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A consortium composed of BP and Kosmos Energy has won exploration rights to two offshore oil blocks in Sao Tome and Principe's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the national oil agency said late on Monday.


Indonesia looks to U.S. to relax limits on its special forces

JAKARTA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Indonesia said on Tuesday it was pinning its hopes on U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to help ease American limitations on ties with an elite Indonesian special forces unit, imposed over human rights abuses in the 1990s.


Davos elite tap Cate Blanchett, Elton John, Shah Rukh Khan for human rights awards

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Film star Cate Blanchett, singer-songwriter Elton John and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received awards at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday for their work raising awareness about human rights issues.


U.S. top court backs police over arrests at racy Washington party

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out almost $1 million in damages won by a group of partygoers in a civil rights lawsuit against Washington police stemming from a 2008 gathering in a vacant house featuring scantily clad women with money tucked in their garter belts.


U.S. top court takes up property rights case involving endangered frog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed hear a bid by timber company Weyerhaeuser Co seeking to limit the federal government's power to designate private land as protected habitat for endangered species in a case involving a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog.

Women's Marches end with eyes on the midterms

Thousands of demonstrators filed into the Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas on Sunday, the culmination of a weekend in which dozens of Women's Marches took place in cities across the United States. At each of them, attendees called for women's rights and equality while urging supporters and allies to make their voices heard by voting in this year's midterm elections.


Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement

(Reuters) - A hotel in Mexico named Hotel California plans to continue using the name in that country after settling a lawsuit brought by the Eagles over rights related to the country-rock band's classic 1976 song.


Trump move on healthcare religious freedom prompts discrimination fears

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's move on Thursday to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds is raising fears among some civil rights and medical groups that it will provide legal cover for otherwise unlawful discrimination.