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Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent a letter to the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago's school closings. Check out WBEZ's coverage of the latest human rights advocacy work from the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

Can doctors help stop torture?

Dr. Steven Miles vividly remembers the notorious 2004 photograph of U.S. soldiers grinning beside a pile of naked prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Click here to continue reading about the U of M's Dr. Miles at the Star Tribune website.

Chad's ex-president Hissene Habré has been charged in Senegal with genocide, crimes against humanity and torture by a special court in Dakar, Senegal. Click here to continue reading on africareview.com.

Feds Seek Decade for NH Woman Over Rwanda Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi entered the United States in 1998 as a Rwandan refugee with three young daughters who told U.S. Customs officials she took no part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide and instead was a survivor whose relatives were among the 800,000 killed. Now federal prosecutors want to put her behind bars for 10 years after she was convicted in February of masking her role as "gatekeeper" at one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter. Click here to continue reading at abcnews.com.

openGlobalRights

openGlobalRights: a multilingual project aiming to bring people of the south and north together in a discussion about the future of human rights. Click here to read about emerging powers and human rights, global funding patterns of human rights organizations, the impact of religion and faith-based organization on rights advocacy, and the relationship between international law and human rights.

Violence against women rises in El Salvador

Endemic levels of sexual abuse and gender based violence have made El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries in the world for girls and women, amid entrenched "machismo" attitudes and a criminal justice system that too often fails victims. Click here to continue reading Al Jazeera's coverage of violence against women.

As the news from Cleveland, Ohio and the sexual assaults in the military continue to horrify us, I have the nagging sense that we are profoundly and dangerously naive to be shocked at the brutality that went on in the Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland and on our nation's military bases. Continue reading this article by Cheryl Thomas, director of The Advocates for Human Rights' Women's Human Rights Program.

Trafficked children are victims, not criminals

No community in the state is immune from sex trafficking. Minnesota cities have been places of origin, transit and destination for sex-trafficking operations even before federal and state law defined the crime. Continue reading this op-ed by Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the Advocates for Human Rights, in the Duluth News Tribune.

Peru hands Shining Path leader life sentence

A Peruvian court has sentenced one of the last historic leaders of the Shining Path Maoist group to life in prison on terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Continue reading on Al Jazeera.

Cambodia passes bill criminalizing genocide denial

Cambodia's National Assembly approved a bill on Friday making it a crime to deny that atrocities were committed by the country's genocidal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime, a law that critics allege will be used as a weapon against the political opposition. Click here to continue reading this article on the Seattle Times website.

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