human rights


In Bangladesh, a same-sex marriage might see the couple sent to jail

In 2013, a traditional marriage ceremony took place at the Hindu temple in Pirojpur, Bangladesh, just as has been happening for hundreds of years. The only problem was that both people getting married were women and same-sex marriage is not accepted in Bangladesh. Now, instead of finding happiness, one of the brides is facing criminal charges — accused of abduction.


Why I finally 'came out' as Dalit — and what happened next

Despite the fact that caste discrimination is illegal in India, Yashica Dutt's parents encouraged her to "pass" as upper caste to access better opportunities. But hiding her Dalit identity was taking its toll. So she came out on Facebook, sparking a huge conversation that's still ongoing.


Who's messing with your Internet rights? And who'd tell you if they did?

Fears of terrorism and other threats have led many democracies to increase surveillance of Internet users, and to pressure Internet companies to censor information and share user data. Authoritarian governments have been doing that all along. What rights do you have, and what rights do you want, in the midst of all this? How are different companies protecting your privacy and digital rights? Rebecca MacKinnon, a former China correspondent and current director of the Ranking Digital Rights Project at the New America Foundation, gives some answers, and shares her concerns.


Conflict & Justice

The man who wanted to save the world

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Samantha Power about her new book, "Chasing The Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World;� the book was inspired by the life and tragic death of the man who led the UN mission in Iraq in 2003.

Conflict & Justice

Russia denies visa

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch who says he's been denied a visa by Russian authorities, and he says it's an example of "harassment" of non-governmental groups by the government of Russia.

Conflict & Justice

Unrest in Tibet

Anchor Katy Clark speaks with The World's Mary Kay Magistad about the unrest in Tibet, where protesters burned cars and shops today in the Tibetan city of Lhasa

Conflict & Justice

Drugs and human rights in Mexico

Lorne Matalon reports on how Mexico's push to fight drug-trafficking is affecting the country's human rights record; Mexico's Army is taking the lead in this war on drugs, but critics say that's leading to human rights violations.

Conflict & Justice

China's premier speaks on Tibet

The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on China's response to the turmoil in Tibet; Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao set aside a planned speech aimed at promoting China's accomplishments to field questions about the Tibetan government's crackdown on protesters.