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Soviet human rights activist Yelena Bonner dies aged 88

Soviet human rights activist Yelena Bonner died of heart failure in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday at the age of 88, her daughter Tatiana Yankelevich said in a statement. She had been hospitalized since February 21. Bonner gained fame by smuggling the papers of her late husband, the nuclear physicist and Russian dissident Andrei Sakharov, out […]

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New York legalizes same-sex marriage

The New York State Legislature passed a bill Friday that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state. It was signed into law by Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo. New York now becomes the sixth and largest U.S. state with legalized same-sex marriage. The practice is legal in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington, D.C.. Four […]

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UN accuses Australia of ‘demonising asylum seekers’

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has questioned Australia’s tough asylum seeker policies this week, stating that Australia’s mandatory detention regime has “cast a shadow” over its human rights record. Navi Pillay, the UN’s Human Rights watchdog, was particularly critical of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s asylum seeker trade deal with Malaysia. This bilateral agreement, if […]

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