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Aljazeera.com 
Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has called on Doha not to accept a list of demands submitted by four Arab countries, stating that it contains conditions that violate human rights conventions and other international and regional agreements. See more..
New Statesman 
Just a little over 36 hours before the polls opened, Theresa May announced one final policy proposal to woo voters. If human rights laws prevent the government from effectively controlling or deporting terrorists, she will change them. Well, that's all ... See more..
NBCNews.com 
Honduras promised on Thursday to turn a new page in human rights -- protecting everyone from indigenous activists to gay rights campaigners -- in a ... See more..
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U.S. News & World Report 
A leading Polish human rights official, Adam Bodnar, has come under fire for saying the "Polish nation" took part in the implementation of the Holocaust _ a controversial statement in a country that never collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II. See more..
The Guardian 
The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions. The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
The Human Rights Council this morning adopted 11 resolutions and a Presidential Statement, in which it decided to dispatch a team of international experts to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on ... See more..
Human Rights Watch (press release) 
The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we ... See more..
Human Rights Watch 
(Bishkek) – The Uzbek government should immediately allow an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance and death in prison of a human rights and opposition activist, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 16, 2017, Nuraddin ... See more..
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(Seoul) – China should immediately release five North Korean refugees held in Chinese detention and agree not to return them to North Korea, where they would face grave danger, Human Rights Watch said today. China should protect the five refugees and ... See more..
Human Rights Campaign (blog) 
H​ere in the ​U.S., ensuring the rights of all people is one of the guiding principles for Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV). We have been advocating for LGBTQ equality for 10 years, including producing theological Islamic content that empowers and ... See more..
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Overview

Human rights should be guaranteed to every person on the planet and yet there are still numerous countries throughout the world that are severely restricting human rights for their citizens.1 One of the most pressing human rights violations occurring is the recruitment and exploitation of child soldiers in several African countries.2 There are currently three ongoing conflicts that use child soldiers in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Syria.3 Although exact statistics on the number of child soldiers who are active in the countries are difficult to obtain, UNICEF has estimated the number of child soldiers active in South Sudan to be around 9,000.4 Officials in the country have observed children younger than 15 years of age engaged in military training, wearing uniforms, and carrying weapons.5

Human trafficking, both inside countries and across international borders, is a pervasive global issue.6 Human trafficking includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation.7 The United Nations estimates that over 2.5 million people are mired in forced labor at any given time.8 Asian countries and the Pacific have the highest concentration of forced labor victims with around 1.4 million victims.9 There are currently 161 countries that are considered to have a risk of being a transit, source, or destination country.10 Human trafficking is a human rights violation that is present and active in over 137 countries and the issue affects all economies.11


Many countries, and several international human rights organizations, consider the right to life the chief human right.12 The right to life, however, is denied in many countries.13 Over the past year Indonesia, Kuwait, Nigeria, and Vietnam have all resumed executions.14 Although it is generally accepted that China executes more citizens per year than the entire world average, the actual number is unknown since executions are considered state secrets.15 The United States remains the only country within the Americas that still uses the death penalty.16 Despite the increases in executions in certain countries, the global community has been turning towards the abolition of state-run executions.17

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1http://www.facingthefuture.org/IssuesSolutions/HumanRightsEquity/HumanRightsFastFacts/tabid/179/Default.aspx#.VC1hyildUvU
2http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2014/02/un-publishes-key-data-on-recruitment-and-use-of-child-soldiers/#.VC1iZildUvU
3-4 Ibid
5 http://www.unicef.org/media/media_73457.html
6 https://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/issues_doc/labour/Forced
_labour/HUMAN_TRAFFICKING_-_THE_FACTS_-_final.pdf

7-11 Ibid
12 http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/001/2014/en/652ac5b3-3979-43e2-b1a1-6c4919e7a518/act500012014en.pdf

13-17 Ibid
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Gender Parity
Traditionally, many societies in the world have given preference to the education of boys over that of girls. There are currently over 58 million primary school-aged children out of school around the world, and girls account for 55% of these.1 The term "gender parity" refers to equal numbers of male and female children enrolled in school. In recent years, only 60% of the world's countries have achieved gender parity at the primary school level and merely 39% of countries have achieved parity at the secondary level.2 UNICEF estimates that 31 million primary school-aged girls are still not enrolled in school, along with 34 million secondary school-aged girls.3 Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst rates of gender parity with only two out of 35 countries having achieved equal rates ...See More of male and female enrollment.4 The countries with the lowest gaps in gender enrollment are Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.5 While 86 out of 133 ranked countries have achieved progress in closing their national gender gaps, the Middle East and North Africa have not improved their overall gender equality scores in recent years.6 However, the United Arab Emirates is the exception, and the country has achieved gender parity in recent years.7 Nicaragua is leading the rest of Latin America in closing the gender gap, and in Asia the Philippines is currently highest ranking country for gender equality.8 There are innumerable benefits to achieving global gender parity and improving the education of girls around the world. Educating girls helps to break the cycle of poverty and provides important opportunities for them to find sustainable jobs and vocations. Additionally, educated women are less likely to be married as children or forced into marriage, and educated women are less likely to die in childbirth and more likely to deliver healthy newborns.9 Moreover, educated women are more likely to ensure that their own children attend school.10 Adolescent girls who attend school regularly are also less at risk for contracting HIV/Aids.11 Girls who attend secondary school make, on average, 25% more in income than girls who do not.12 However, there are still many barriers to achieving the education and equality of women and girls. Cultural norms in many countries give preference to the education and cultivation of boys, leading families of limited income to send their sons to school over their daughters.13 Child marriage, household obligations, and female genital mutilation are all contributing factors to girls in developing countries dropping out of school or attending irregularly.14 Additionally, many girls face violence and exploitation at school or risk violence and social exclusion for their decision to attend school.15 Impoverished and rural girls, particularly girls with disabilities, face even greater challenges in accessing education.16 Show Less