Civil Rights

Indian cinemas ordered to play national anthem

Supreme Court orders anthem to be played before all movie screenings - and all exits blocked.

Occupy Wall Street

US judge orders FBI, CIA, NSA to disclose Occupy spying

US agencies have 60 days to turn over data related to surveillance of income inequality protesters in Philadelphia.

Human Rights

Q&A Mary Lawlor: Defending the rights defenders

The founder of Front Line Defenders discusses the state of human rights today and defending those who protect them.

Human Rights

American leftwing activist Tom Hayden dies at 76

Founding member of SDS, civil rights activist and ex-husband of Jane Fonda later served 18 years in California assembly.

Human Rights

Two US police departments drop body cameras over costs

Police departments shelve body-camera programmes after state laws impose rules for longer video storage.

Muhammad Ali

How Muhammad Ali influenced the Civil Rights Movement

Muhammad Ali galvanised the Civil Rights Movement by appealing to people who otherwise agreed on little politically.

Human Rights

Picturing freedom

Two men, one photograph, and the long American struggle for racial justice.

by Aram Goudsouzian

Latin America

CIVICUS: Global move to hurt civil society worldwide

About 900 civil society leaders and activists from 109 states gather in Colombia's Bogota to discuss active citizenry.

US & Canada

US police shoot Somali teen refugee, triggering protest

Hundreds rally in Salt Lake City to demonstrate against the shooting, which left 17-year-old in critical condition.


Why women should support Sanders not Clinton

The idea that having a woman in office will automatically make the lives of most US women better is wrong-headed.

by Catherine Rottenberg


New hope for India's gay-rights movement

Support for gay rights is no longer a niche demand restricted to those with a personal interest in the matter.

by Chandrahas Choudhury

Head to Head

Transcript: Dr Naomi Wolf on women and civil liberties

Read the full transcript of our discussion on the state of feminism and civil liberties.


India's civil code: A source for ideological disputes

Personal laws often draw from regressive and patriarchal traditions and threaten vital constitutional rights.

by Pragya Tiwari


American Muslims speak out

Responses from community in the wake of incendiary statements by some Republican presidential candidates.

Human Rights

China denies torturing political prisoners

Exiled dissident condemns China's 'lies' after delegation refutes allegations of mistreating prisoners.