5 Articles About Human Rights That You Must Read This Week

Demanding paid family leaveGranting a pardon an innocent manEnacting stricter weapon legislation in the city of Orlando.

These are just three petitions that are trying to better the lives of others.  But there are so many issues affecting your neighbors and fellow citizens. From the plight of Syrians refugees to families forever changed by gun violence, these issues are the frequent subjects of headlines around the world.

We combed the internet to pull out some of the most interesting and thought-provoking coverage. We hope that after reading these, you’ll feel more empowered to speak to these issues, decide what actions will make a difference, and make real change.

Here are 5 articles about human rights you should read this week:

  1. LGBT Seniors Are Being Pushed Back Into the Closet via The Atlantic: “A recent national survey of this population by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging—which provides support and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders—found that the respondents were frequently mistreated by care-center staff, including cases of verbal and physical harassment, as well as refusal of basic services.”

  2. North Carolina police kill unarmed deaf man using sign language via The New York Daily News: A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed 29-year-old Daniel Harris — who was not only unarmed, but deaf — just feet from his home, over a speeding violation. According to early reports from neighbors who witnessed the shooting this past Thursday night, Harris was shot and killed "almost immediately" after exiting his vehicle.

  3. Taking a Stand at Standing Rock via The New York Times: “The Dakota Access pipeline was fast-tracked from Day 1 using the Nationwide Permit No. 12 process, which grants exemption from environmental reviews required by the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act by treating the pipeline as a series of small construction sites.”

  4. Moms Of Babies Who Died In Child Care Share Their Powerful Message via Refinery29: “Like many, many other mothers in America who face the end of their scraped-together maternity leaves, I felt it was too soon to go back to work. Of course, when I came back to the daycare a couple hours later that same morning to see my beautiful, healthy baby boy lying unconscious with blue lips, it was pure horror. There are no words to describe the agony of the loss of a child — and when it was the first time you had left them, that causes a million other layers of grief and pain onto the pain.”

  5. A Wounded Child In Aleppo, Silent And Still, Shocks The World via NPR: “A doctor in Aleppo on Thursday identified the boy as 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh. Osama Abu al-Ezz confirmed he was brought to the hospital known as 'M10' Wednesday night following an airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Qaterji.”

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