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Oregon Creates First of Its Kind LGBT Veterans Liaison Position

There are an estimated 15,000 LGBT veterans in Oregon. The coordinator will be available to serve each of them, regardless of their discharge status.

Speak Out for the Millions of Americans Affected by the FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Policy

Send a letter to the FDA on why its blood donation policy falls short and how it can be revised to meet the goal all of us share – keeping America’s blood supply safe.

HRC Attends Pride Celebration in the Granite State

As the nation celebrated the Supreme Court’s historic decision to extend marriage equality to all 50 states, the Human Rights Campaign participated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s first Pride celebration in years.

More People Power: 14 Human Rights Successes So Far in 2015

By Kristin Hulaas Sunde Time to celebrate another 14 global human rights successes in 2015. 1. We helped Moses, a torture survivor on death row, get pardoned in Nigeria After nearly 10 years in jail, and over 800,000 letters of … Please continue reading.

The Round Up: Fast-track Failings and Obergefell ‘egoism’

Laura Profumo brings you the latest human rights happenings. In the News: In a critical, though arguably overdue, decision, the Court of Appeal has suspended the fast-track immigration appeals system. The process, under which rejected asylum seekers are detained and given only seven days to appeal, was held “structurally unfair” by the High Court, before […]

The “Black Cab Rapist” – Court of Appeal rules on Article 3 investigative duty

Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis v DSD and NBV and Alio Koraou v Chief Constable of Manchester [2015] EWCA Civ 646 – read judgment The Court of Appeal has ruled that the police have a positive duty under Article 3 ECHR to conduct investigations into alleged ill-treatment by private individuals. There is a […]

Recognizing LGBT Independence this Fourth of July

While each year we celebrate America’s independence with family and friends, this year we have something extra to celebrate.

Pride: From Anti-Police Riot to Police Recruitment Booths

On June 28, 1969, police performed a routine raid of a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn. However, not so routine was the response of the patrons, who were tired of being discriminated against for their sexuality and gender identity by the police. Show More Summary

WTF Friday, 7/3/2015

Hey, remember that time Sri Lanka shocked the world by booting Mahinda Rajapaksa out of office just as he was fixing to settle into the presidency for life? (I was there, it was pretty major.) The new president, Maithripala Sirisena, was celebrated for … Continue reading ?

Not dumping on anyone’s living tree: Scalia visits UK

Last week’s decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges has been lauded across the world as a quantum leap for equality and human rights – “a victory for America”, according to President Obama. The Court held by a 5-4 majority that, pursuant to the 14th Amendment, same-sex couples across the United […]

“The America I Believe In”: 3 Hopes for this July 4th

I see this poster every day in the main hallway of our Amnesty International office: it depicts the Statue of Liberty and reads: “The America I believe in leads the world on human rights.” It’s aspirational. And in too many … Please continue reading.

Closing of the Tar Heel mind

Flor de Liz Perez is lightning bottled, a pint-sized streak on the esplanade in front of London’s National Theater. She has light green eyes and a laugh that seems to chase away gray English skies. Perez just opened a new play, “(Expletive) with a Hat,” by a Pulitzer-prize winning playwright. “The Good Wife” fans will […]

10 Questions about the UK Spying on Amnesty International

Yesterday, the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal informed Amnesty International that British intelligence agency GCHQ had spied on the human rights organization by intercepting and accessing its email communications. Even in light of Edward Snowden’s revelations, this is a stunning development: The UK surveilled one … Please continue reading.

From Woodfox to Browder: The Devastation of Solitary Confinement

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has specifically condemned Woodfox’s treatment as torture and called on the United States to eliminate the use of prolonged isolation. Albert’s case has returned to the spotlight in the past month because he is … Please continue reading.

Honoring the Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Today, we honor the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, legislation that marked a milestone in the civil rights movement.

Celebrating at Mississippi Pride

At Jackson’s 2015 Mississippi Pride, members of the LGBT and allied community were ready to celebrate.

On Being the Absolute Worst

Imagine you are a government of a large developed country. You are a member of a variety of international conventions protecting the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. But you hate them. You hate them SO much. You want to put them … Continue reading ?

Human Rights Victory! Swaziland Prisoners of Conscience Freed!

Tuesday, June 30th was a very good day. Two activists in Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, walked free after serving over a year of a two-year prison sentence. Bhekithemba (Bheki) Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine, and Thulani Maseko, an human rights … Please continue reading.

HRC Foundation’s Groundbreaking Conference Supporting LGBTQ Youth to be Held in Dallas

Third annual Time To THRIVE conference is expected to attract 800-plus participants from around the nation for sessions on helping LGBTQ youth thrive in the classroom and beyond.

HRC Commends Episcopal Church for Historic Vote Allowing Religious Weddings for Same-Sex Couples

Yesterday, HRC Foundation hailed the Episcopal Church for its vote today allowing clergy to preside over religious ceremonies for same-sex couples as of November 1.

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