Human Rights Watch accuses Iran of homosexual segregation

The same international organization that busted Israel for human rights violations on the West Bank is now accusing Iran of harassing gays, according to the Washington Post.

According to a report made by the non-profit organization, thousands of people have been sentenced to death for homosexuality since 1979, the Iranian revolution.

As of right now, there are several gays among 130 that are awaiting the death penalty.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was snickered at when he said that homosexuality did not exist at a speech at Columbia University.

One of the Western Hemisphere's top human rights courts says that Brazil must investigate human rights violations when 62 members of an Araguaia guerilla movement were forced to disappear, according to the Washington Post.

Now the court is telling Brazil to toss out an amnesty given for crimes that happened during Brazil's two decades of military dictatorship.

The Washington Post also says, "The Costa Rica-based court found the law incompatible with Brazil's commitments under the American Convention on Human Rights."


Taiwan could be "good example" for China's human rights issues

Scholars are being led to believe that Taiwan, China's neighbor from across the Taiwan Strait, could pose as a "good example" for the growing human rights issues in China, according to Focus Taiwan News Channel.

According to a New York University Law professor, Jerome Cohen, Chinese officials within the Communist party "were ready for the introduction of judicial and human rights reforms."

China has always acknowledged they they support human rights but say they support ones of "Chinese characteristics."

"I always advised them that Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have all overcome the odds (when promoting human rights)," Cohen said. "History is not an excuse for violating human rights."

In a growing phenomenon across the country, Ivory Coast is facing serious human rights violations especially after over 50 are now dead, according to the Birmingham Star.

Current Ivory Coast leader, Laurent Gbagbo, with the protection of the army, is refusing to leave office for newly elected, and arch-rival, Alassane Ouattara.

With turmoil throughout the country arising, the United Nations operation in Ivory Coast got wind of hundreds of people being abducted with some actually found dead. Pro-Gbagbo forces are being blamed for the abductions and killings.

Israeli Prime Minister attacks human rights organizations

In attempt to expose "hypocrisy" of "anti-Israeli" human rights organizations, Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, spoke out against those groups, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Israel has been accused of human rights violations on the West Bank, according to a 166-page document created by the international group Human Rights Watch.

Netanyahu did not specifically attack the document, rather he called the organization "Anti-Israeli."

Human rights issues have been affecting Israel's well-being as a country for years and probably will for many more to come. But the fact that they are failing to look it in the face and accept their wrongdoings, the PM continues to ward off the accusations and point the finger on someone else.

Racism starting to be a big problem in Russia

Racism in Russia has been spreading far-wide and getting nastier thus forcing officials to question whether Russia will be safe in the 2018 World Cup, according to Sunday Tribune.

There has been an increase in racial chants and slurs at recent Russian soccer events. Peter Odemwich, who is a Bromwich Albion striker, believes that things might only get worse.

"In a few stadiums it's present, it's obvious, you cannot pretend that you don't see it," Odemwingie said.


Another Duke Energy Corp. executive resigns

James L. Turner, one of the highest-paid executive members apart of Duke Energy Corp.'s board, has resigned amidst the ethics investigation that is probing the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

So far there have been four men to resign during the investigation and all four were apart of email conversations that have been the target of most of the investigation.

The emails mostly included the four men chatting back and forth regarding state ethical standards, as well as their choice of alcohol and social events.

Rep. Charles Rangel is mulling retirement after an on-going ethics investigation, according to New York Daily News.

Rangel, who was censured from the house just last week for ethics violations, was originally still fighting the case but has now since backed off, according to another article from the New York Daily News.

Only time will tell what Rangel's final decision is, but as of right now, Rangel may be headed towards retirement, thus ending his run in the house.

Cam Newton wins Heisman amidst eligibility controversy

Auburn quarterback, Cameron Newton, won the Heisman trophy Saturday night despite on-going investigations regarding his father and a scandal that accused the Newton family of looking for money from Mississippi State during his recruiting process.

"Cam's eligibility has at no point been in jeopardy," said a source close to the situation, according to the Huffington Post.

Cam's father, Cecil Newton, reportedly asked for $180,000 from Mississippi State while he was searching for a transfer school before this season. He was not at last night's ceremony intentionally because he didn't want to steal the spotlight, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Chinese Woman Arrested for a Re-tweet on Her Twitter Account

CNET reports that a Chinese woman was arrested on her wedding day for a re-tweet she made referring to a sarcastic tweet her husband made about a dispute between China and Japan.

According to the Huffington Post, China and Japan are diplomatically feuding which led to an urging of Chinese Nationalists to smash up the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.

The woman was charged "for disrupting social order". Twitter is illegal in China.

Although this may be more of a human rights issue rather than an ethical issue, I feel that this is an important issue. In some way, I feel that both human rights and ethics have a close tie.