Hungary’s LGBT protests and Juneteenth Day: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

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A protest outside the Independent Human Rights Commission, in Herat, Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans have worked as interpreters, security guards and contractors for US and Nato forces in the country in the past 20 years. Demonstrations were held across the country, with protesters demanding special visas and to be evacuated from the country, citing the … Read more

Pope Francis stops short of apology over deaths in ex-Catholic school in Canada

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Pope Francis has said he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and called for respect of the rights and cultures of native peoples, but stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in … Read more

UN experts urge Canada and Vatican to hold swift mass graves investigation

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UN human rights experts have urged the Canadian government and the Vatican to hold swift and thorough investigations into the discovery of unmarked graves at a former residential school in British Columbia. The unmarked graves of up to 215 Indigenous children were discovered at the Kamloops Indian Residential Schools last week, using ground-penetrating radar. “We … Read more

Experience: I was an imam at Guantánamo Bay

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I was one of the first Muslim imams in the United States military. Clergy defend the right of US military personnel to practise their religion. This means providing religious support, taking services and advising the commander in religion, ethics and morale. I grew up in New Jersey as a Lutheran and was still a Christian … Read more