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Human Rights

This year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 60 years old – and the Olympics will take place in China, a country that flagrantly abuses it. Meanwhile, countries that flaunt their human rights credentials on the world stage have decided that the War on Terror trumps everything else. Fundamental human rights that took years of suffering to establish are being casually swept aside. Social and economic rights that were always belittled are now being ignored altogether.

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Human rights - the facts

Human rights refer not just to personal civil and political rights, but collective economic, social and cultural ones too....

Breathless in Beijing

*Sam Geall* reports on broken promises at the Olympics.
Who killed Maksim Maksimov?

Who killed Maksim Maksimov?

Not that no-one knows. *Maria Yulikova* reports on the brutal assassination of a journalist in Russia.
Devlet Bahçeli

Devlet Bahçeli

In Turkey the political story is unusual: a liberal Islamic government is holding the line against the fascist-tinged nationalism...

Children’s Day

Remembering Brazilian slavery in the capoeira dance, photographed by *Tatiana Cardeal*.
Belgian blues

Belgian blues

True tales of a mixed-up world
‘Maroon the gays’

‘Maroon the gays’

Ugandans facing a barrage of discrimination
Correa kicks out the dimwit

Correa kicks out the dimwit

Ecuador intends to kick the US Air Force off Manta airbase
Fishy carbon credits

Fishy carbon credits

Companies profit from toxic dumping in the sea
‘Francanola’ threatens Aussies

‘Francanola’ threatens Aussies

Australians support the ban on GM crops
A little plot of earth

A little plot of earth

Poor Indian farmers on the march

A guide through the maze

The Declarations, Covenants and Conventions that make up the International Bill of Rights.

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