Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, in class at Maikohi secondary school inside a camp for internally displaced persons in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2015.
December 10 marks Human Rights Day, the 65th anniversary of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), signed by 48 nations -- with just eight abstentions.
People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
The United States has succeeded in getting the United Nations to restore a reference to killings due to sexual orientation that had been deleted from a resolution condemning unjustified executions. As Religion Editor based in Paris, I cover main religion developments, coordinate religion news coverage and run the FaithWorld blog. To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome.
Supporters of an Iranian faith healer who was jailed for blasphemy and "touching the wrists of female patients" have accused the country's government of posthumously sentencing him to death to cover up his death from torture and hunger strike. To get best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or other web browser. UNITED NATIONS— Two clear front-runners have emerged from the pack of 12 candidates for the next U.N. The council, which recommends a finalist to the General Assembly for approval, is likely to hold several rounds of votes before making a final decision.
Turk, 64, of Slovenia, is a human rights lawyer who was his country's head of state from 2007 to 2012. There has been a push by more than 50 member states this year to select a woman to fill the top U.N.
General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, right, listens as former Slovenian President Danilo Turk, left, address questions from the 193-member General Assembly about his candidacy for U.N. Ivory Coast is the world's top producer of cocoa but hardly any of it is processed into chocolate there.
Afghanistan is one of only two countries in the world where children still get infected by polio. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged voters Thursday not to give in to the politics of fear.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is toning down his compliments for Russia and Vladimir Putin as such rhetoric got him in trouble recently.
A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has made its public debut.
Silicon Valley is a technology powerhouse and a place that companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple call home. It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. June has been recorded as one of the wettest months in more than a century in many parts of Europe. In the week of International Women’s Day, TERRE DES FEMMES presents the Ethiopian drama DIFRET (German: “Das Madchen Hirut”) in cooperation with Berlin Feminist Film Week. The abduction of 14-years old Hirut for the purpose of marriage is a form of early and forced marriage that is tragically not only common in rural Ethiopia, but worldwide: 700 Million women currently living have been married under the age of 18.
In Germany, mainly girls with a migration background are affected by this human rights violation. For many years, TERRE DES FEMMES has been committed to end violence against women and girls and to promote a free and self-determined life with equal rights for females.
To provide direct help to those affected or threatened by a forced marriage, TERRE DES FEMMES operates a specialized counselling helpline in both German and Turkish. Since joining Reuters in 1977 in London, I've worked in Vienna, Geneva, Islamabad, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bonn and Paris. Secretary General candidate Antonio Guterres, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, delivers his remarks in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber, April 12, 2016. General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, who has shaken up the process this year by calling on governments to formally nominate their candidates and by holding public job interviews with them, took to social media to criticize the council for not making the poll results public. To a group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam the rain came as a blessing, as they used the extra water to brew beer. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that within the next decade, 14.2 Million girls will be forced to marry underage.
According to a 2011 study of the German ministry for family and youth around 3.500 girls and women contacted counselling helplines because they were threatened to be married against their will.

In the years to come, TERRE DES FEMMES will reinforce its national and international campaigning to end early and forced marriages, by influencing the UN process for Sustainable Development Goals and promoting an adjustment of the law that would include social and religious forced marriages as elements of crime.
The non-binding resolution, championed by Islamic states and opposed by Western countries, passed by only 12 votes on Tuesday in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which focuses on human rights, 76-64 with 42 abstentions. Under his leadership, the agency managed the largest refugee and migrant crisis since World War II. Situated close to Reno, Nevada, the so-called Gigafactory will eventually produce more lithium-ion batteries than were made worldwide in 2013.
Mahbooba Akhtarzada who is from Afghanistan, was disabled by polio, but has managed to overcome the obstacles caused by this crippling disease.
Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination at its national convention in Philadelphia. In 2006, I received the European Religion Writer of the Year award and FaithWorld was awarded the RNA 2012 Best Online Section prize.
VOA's Zheela Nasari caught up with Akhtarzada and brings us this report narrated by Bronwyn Benito. Underage wives frequently suffer from domestic and sexualised violence and pass on dependency and poverty to their children – a vicious circle that is almost impossible to breach. International projects supported by TERRE DES FEMMES help girls to stay in school instead of being married off at an early age. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan appointed Professor John Ruggie (prime author of the 2000 voluntary 'Global Compact') as the U.N.
Special Representative of the Secretary General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (SRSG). The mandate of the IGWG is to elaborate on a treaty to regulate “transnational corporations and other business enterprises.” The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Ecuador and South Africa, was passed by affirmative votes from 20 member states of the Human Rights Council, while 13 abstained and 14 voted against it. In July 2015 over 100 civil society organisations from the Treaty Alliance joined together in Geneva to ensure the States present participated in good faith during the first session of the intergovernmental working group (IGWG).

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