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Thousands of Syrian Refugees ‘Seeking to Enter Greece’ Through Turkey

Greece braces for a refugee crisis on its borders with Turkey as thousands of Syrian refugees are reportedly organizing themselves to march towards Evros and try to cross into Europe. Greece's Minister of Citizen Protection Takis Theodorikakos announced on Wednesday...

EU Calls on Turkey to Protect Ethnic Rights of Greek Minority

Turkey should protect the human rights and property rights of its Greek minority, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore said at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. Gilmore was speaking on the...

Two LGBT Activists Sentenced to Death in Iran

Iran has sentenced two LGBT activists to death, human rights groups reported on Tuesday. A court in Urmia found Zahra Seddiqi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Choubdar, 24, guilty of "corruption on Earth." The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported that they were accused...

Turkey Further Away from EU Values, European Parliament Report Says

Without clear and significant progress in EU-related reforms, the European Parliament cannot envisage resuming accession negotiations with Turkey, warn MEPs in a report adopted on Thursday. In a report adopted on Thursday by 54 votes in favour, 7 against, and...

Turkey Sentences Activist Osman Kavala to Life in Prison

Philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Turkey on Monday. The decision was condemned by the US, Germany, and a host of international human rights organizations. The conviction, which found...

When Women’s Rights Ignored Around the World, Nations Fail

When nations fail to protect their women, not allowing them to take on a full role in the everyday life of society, the nations themselves fail, comparing examples from Afghanistan under the Taliban and then after the US invasion...

Bob Costas Rips IOC, Beijing in Runup To Olympics

During an appearance on CNN Tonight with Michael Smerconish last week, veteran Olympics broadcaster and Greek-American journalist Bob Costas ripped the International Olympic Committee for what he called its “affinity for authoritarian nations.” Costas also pointed out the hypocrisy of...

International Human Rights Day Marks Global Struggle for Dignity

The tenth of December every year marks International Human Rights Day, a day set apart to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The UDHR “proclaims the inalienable rights that...