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2012-07-18 06:26:33

Honoring Nelson Mandela Day, Ford Foundation Announces Major Initiative to Lift New Generation of Human Rights Voices from the Global South 'To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity' -- Nelson Mandela NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ford Foundation today announced the first round of grants in a new five-year, $50 million initiative to strengthen and diversify the global human rights movement to face the challenges of a changing...

2012-02-07 08:15:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SocialFlow, the leading social media content optimization platform, today announced the public availability of the SocialFlow Optimized Publisher for brands and businesses of all sizes. Using applied mathematics and language analysis to understand audiences, topics, attention and engagement on the real-time social graph, the Optimized Publisher lets businesses know and leverage the precise value of each piece of content they...

2011-12-07 09:02:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Society Foundations today announced the appointment of Christopher Stone as the next president of the Foundations, effective July 2012. For almost three decades the Open Society Foundations have been committed to promoting justice, human rights, freedom of expression, health, and education around the world. Stone will oversee more than $850 million in annual expenditures. "Chris Stone shares my commitment to open society, and I am...

2011-11-17 10:24:00

Larry Cox Concludes Four-Year Tenure with Major Campaign Advancements NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International USA today announced its new executive director, Suzanne Nossel, a human rights lawyer and activist, with executive experience in the private sector and government. She will begin the role on January 2, 2012, and will be based in the organization's New York office. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081014/AILOGO) (Photo:...

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2011-02-24 08:30:00

The United States lags the rest of the world in parental leave policy, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. "Millions of U.S. workers - including parents of infants - are harmed by weak or nonexistent laws on paid leave, breastfeeding accommodation, and discrimination against workers with family responsibilities," said Human Rights Watch in the 90-page report, entitled "Failing its Families: Lack of Paid Leave and Work-Family Supports in the U.S." The report is...

2008-12-18 15:03:00

Groups' Letter To President-elect Calls For Return To American Justice System When Prison Camp Is Closed NEW YORK, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four leading civil liberties and human rights organizations today urged President-elect Obama to implement "an unqualified return to America's established system of justice for detaining and prosecuting suspects" when he fulfills his pledge to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and military commissions. In a letter delivered to the...

2008-10-07 15:00:03

A U.S. judge Tuesday ordered the release of a group of Chinese Muslims held for seven years at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention camp. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled that the Chinese Uighurs be released into the United States by Friday, the Human Rights Watch said in a release. Detaining them longer would be unfair since the United States no longer considers them to be enemy combatants and the Constitution bars indefinite imprisonment without charges, Human Rights Watch said....

2008-09-19 03:00:13

In a decade as president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has weakened institutions that protect the country's citizens, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The group released a 230-page report, "A Decade Under Chavez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela." The report examines the impact of the Chavez presidency on the courts, news media, civil society and labor unions. "Ten years ago, Chavez promoted a new constitution that could have significantly...

2008-08-14 09:00:04

By Ellen Barry Sabrina Tavernise contributed reporting from Gori; Andrew E. Kramer from Tbilisi; Michael Schwirtz from Zugdidi, Clifford Levy from Moscow, Anne Barnard from Moscow; Graham Bowley from New York; and Justyna Mielnikiewicz from Gori. * With the fragile truce in Georgia teetering Wednesday, President George W. Bush announced that the United States would send humanitarian aid and dispatched his Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, to help calm the crisis. Nerves frayed...

2008-08-05 12:01:07

Human rights activists told AIDS researchers that HIV-positive immigrants detained in the United States don't get adequate medical care for their conditions. Human Rights Watch said Tuesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security isn't doing enough to either treat the disease or prevent its spread in detention centers. Unless Homeland Security reforms its treatment systems, more immigrants will die or fall sick for no good reason. Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch's Health and Human...