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Pope Francis: Gay People ‘Should Not Be Judged’

He told reporters people should not be marginalised because of their sexual orientation - but he reaffirmed the Church's position that homosexual acts are a sin and said its opposition to gay marriage was clear.
"If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?"
- Pope Francis

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

via BBC | Wed April 17, 2013
New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

Victories for Marriage Equality and First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

via DCist | Wed November 07, 2012
Before last night, voters in more than 30 consecutive statewide elections across the United States approved bans on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, three states broke the trend—with a fourth still counting its votes—in what some advocates and organizations are calling the most successful election for gay rights ever.

Hurdle cleared on total ban on child labour in India

via The Indian Express | Wed August 29, 2012
Employing children below 14 years will now attract a maximum jail term of three years or a fine of up to Rs 50,000 with the Union Cabinet on Tuesday clearing a proposal by the Labour Ministry to completely ban employment of children below that age in all occupations and processes.

Myanmar government abolishes direct media censorship

via Chicao Tribune | Tue August 21, 2012
Myanmar abolished direct media censorship on Monday, the latest dramatic reform by its quasi-civilian regime, but journalists face other formidable restrictions including a ban on private daily newspapers and a pervasive culture of self-censorship.

Human Rights Court Rules in Favor of Community Over Ecuadorian Government

via Indian Country Today | Wed August 01, 2012
In a case that could have broad implications, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, Ecuador, won a major battle on July 25, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Ecuadorian government had violated its rights to communal property and cultural identity.

A sporting victory for equal rights

via Herald Sun | Sat July 14, 2012
A few days ago the runner made history as one of two women named in the Saudi Olympic team.

Libya election: High turnout in historic vote

via BBC | Sat July 07, 2012
Libyans have been voting in their first free national election for 60 years.

Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

via New York Daily News | Sat July 07, 2012
Despite opposition from India, China and Russia, the UN Human Rights Council passed its first resolution on Internet freedom, to support individuals’ rights online.

A small human rights victory as Egypt’s state of emergency ends

via Egypt Independent | Thu May 31, 2012
In place for 31 years, a state of emergency that gives broad and unchecked powers to Egypt’s police force will end at the stroke of midnight today.

Peru Aims To End Child Labour

via BBC | Wed May 30, 2012
President Ollanta Humala recently promised that he would fight for the complete eradication of child labour.

Egyptians vote in landmark presidential election

Story contains video via BBC | Wed May 23, 2012
Egyptians are voting in the first free presidential election in their history, made possible by last year's Arab Spring uprising.

Malawi’s president vows to repeal gay ban

via Detroit Free Press | Sat May 19, 2012
President Joyce Banda declared Friday she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution.

Obama says same-sex couples should be able to marry

via BBC | Wed May 09, 2012
US President Barack Obama has ended months of hedging on the issue of gay marriage by saying he thinks same-sex couples should be able to wed. He has become the first sitting US president to back gay marriage.

Obama announces sanctions for tech used in human rights abuses in Iran and Syria

via Washington Post | Mon April 23, 2012
President Obama issued an executive order Monday that allows U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, including cellphone tracking and Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses.

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