“We will continue full steam ahead with our mission of counting every person," US Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said in prepared remarks for a congressional hearing Wednesday
UN human rights chief says US sanctions have worsened Venezuela crisis, criticises Maduro for violating civil and political rights
Sanctions have "exacerbated" the crisis in Venezuela, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said after the United States warned it may expand the measures it has imposed targeting President Nicolas Maduro's government.
The Trump government on Friday confirmed that it is intensifying efforts to crack down on "fraud, abuse and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States." In a separate development, the Trump government has published in its Spring agenda that employment authorization for spouses of H1B workers is on its way out.
African-American man shot dead in New York after police mistake pipe for gun on 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination
New York Police shot dead an African-American man in Brooklyn on Wednesday after mistaking a piece of pipe he was holding for a gun
Supreme Court's SC/ST Act judgment: Legislative history of India's attempts (and failures) to protect the downtrodden
Repeated legislation has been unable to solve the problems faced by the SC/ST community. As such, the dilution of the protections afforded to them is problematic.
Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament
So as it stands, the Transgender Persons [Protection of Rights] Bill 2016 is clearly woefully inadequate to meet the needs of the Indian trans community. If passed, it would not only cement problematic definitions of gender into law, but also institute provisions that actively harm the community and potentially lead to more interference and discrimination than they already face.
Hate crime incidents against South Asian Americans are just fraction of actual cases, claims US civil rights group
The latest hate crime statistics released by FBI shows that violence has become 'a fact of life' for South Asian communities
Centre likely to tweak definition of transgender: Major step towards recognition of community's civil and political rights
It is very commendable that the Centre has decided to take action about the definition of transgender in order to safeguard the rights of the community.
Manipur civil rights activist Irom Sharmila married her long-time partner Desmond Coutinho, a British national, under the Special Marriage Act at the Sub-Registrar's office on Thursday morning.
Charlottesville violence: Donald Trump bows to pressure, calls white supremacists 'criminals and thugs'
Bowing to pressure from all sides, President Donald Trump condemned white supremacist groups by name on Monday.
By Jon Herskovitz A U.S.
By Ian Simpson and Gina Cherelus | WASHINGTON/NEW YORK WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Demonstrators took to streets across the country for a second day on Thursday to protest Republican Donald Trump's election victory, voicing worries that Trump would strike a blow against civil rights.Trump's marquee buildings in New York and Washington were targets of protesters, and police put up security fences around the president-elect's hotel in Washington, not far from the White House, and shielded New York's Trump Tower with a line of concrete blocks.About 100 protesters marched from the White House, where Trump had his first transition meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, to the newly opened Trump International Hotel, chanting "love Trumps hate.""This generation deserves better than Donald Trump," said Lily Morton, 17, marching with about 100 classmates from the Georgetown Day School. "The queer people, coloured people, women, girls, everyone that is going to be affected by this, we need to protest to help them."After the students marched on, 72-year-old John Allen, of Silver Spring, Maryland, remained behind to protest at the hotel."We are not going back to this racist white supremacist oligarchy," Allen said.A Trump campaign representative did not respond to requests for comment on the protests.
By Fathin Ungku | JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia When Malaysian officials went to an island near the site of a boat accident that killed dozens of Indonesians on their way home last week, they were told the vessel was plying illegally with more than double the permitted number of passengers aboard.For Paul Khiu, commander of the marine police in Johor state at the southern tip of peninsula Malaysia, the discovery came as no surprise. "These boats can take 30 to 50 people, but they always overload," Khiu told Reuters on his return from Batam island, on the other side of the Singapore Strait
By Ori Lewis | JERUSALEM JERUSALEM An Israeli court sentenced a 14-year-old Palestinian boy to 12 years in prison on Monday for his part in a stabbing attack that wounded two Israelis in October last year.The boy, named by Palestinian officials as Ahmed Manasra, carried out the attack in an Israeli settlement north of Jerusalem along with his 15-year-old cousin. The cousin was shot and killed by an Israeli passerby, while Manasra was wounded.It was one of the first stabbings in a months-long wave of violence that caused alarm across Israel. The attack seriously wounded a 12-year-old Israeli boy who was riding on his bicycle and lightly injured a man.
By Harriet McLeod | CHARLESTON, S.C.
By Andy Sullivan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Donald Trump supporters who plan to stake out polling sites on Election Day may find their own activities tracked closely by thousands of civil-rights activists who are mounting a nationwide effort to prevent problems at the polls.The Republican presidential candidate, who has repeatedly said that the election is rigged, has urged his backers to monitor voting sites for evidence of fraud, raising concerns that overzealous supporters could intimidate voters in the Nov. 8 election.They will not be the only ones out in force on Election Day.
WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday
OTTAWA Canada launched a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women on Wednesday, a long-awaited look into the root causes of decades of violence that have led to more than a thousand deaths and attracted international criticism. The inquiry, which will be overseen by five commissioners, will look at the systemic issues that lead to violence against indigenous women and girls, the Canadian government said. It will run from September to the end of 2018 and deliver a report with recommendations