Human Rights Violations Eroding Fundamental Freedoms Globally, Bachelet Says

GENEVA – U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet warns a proliferation of human rights violations around the world is eroding fundamental freedoms and heightening grievances that are destabilizing. Presenting a global update Friday to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Bachelet zipped through a long litany of global offenders. No region was spared. Few countries emerged with clean hands. She criticized repressive policies in powerful countries such as Russia, which she said enacted new legal provisions late last year that further limited fundamental freedoms. “Existing restrictive laws…

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Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Taken in Mass Abduction

LAGOS, NIGERIA – Gunmen abducted 317 girls Friday from a boarding school in northern Nigeria, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation. Police and the military have begun joint operations to rescue the girls after the attack at the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe town, according to a police spokesperson in Zamfara state, Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the number abducted. One parent, Nasiru Abdullahi, told The Associated Press that his daughters, ages 10 and 13, are among the…

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