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Wade Henderson Receives Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was one of four recipients of The Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights today.  Recipients are honored for advocating “tirelessly for human rights, both at home and abroad.” “I cannot begin to tell you how humbled I am to receive this … Read More

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Women’s Rights Advocates Make the Case for CEDAW Ratification

Friday, December 3, 2010

Women’s rights advocates recently told the Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law that it is critical for the U.S. as a global leader on human rights to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). “The United States has long stood for the principles of equal justice, … Read More

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Supreme Court Hears Case on Prison Overcrowding

Friday, December 3, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that concerns whether overcrowding in California prisons, which has led to grossly unsanitary conditions and inadequate access to medical and mental health care, warrants a court ordered reduction of nearly 40,000 prisoners within two years. Currently, California state prisons are at 200 percent … Read More

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Pentagon Study Shows Majority of Military Sees No Harm in Repealing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Pentagon study to assess the impact of repealing the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers found that repeal would pose little risk to military effectiveness. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) is the current military policy that requires lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military. Defense Department … Read More

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U.N. Examines U.S. Human Rights Record

Friday, November 12, 2010

For the first time in its history, the United States defended its human rights record before the United Nations Human Rights Council under the new Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process last week. Its presentation before the council and its subsequent Town Hall meeting with various nongovernmental organizations was the culmination of an extensive process in … Read More

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