Human Rights



Civil rights and human rights have always been intertwined. At the heart of the civil rights movement is the basic human dignity of all people and their right to live in freedom and with justice and equal opportunity.

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July 13 2013: George Zimmerman is found not guilty of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in relation to the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The shooting took place on 26 February 2012, but, controversially, Zimmerman was not initially charged with a crime because of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law.



The current “humanitarian crisis” where thousands of children and and adults are crammed into shelters, and migrant mothers and children making do in makeshift encampments – is stirring a round of finger-pointing and a debate over and what the United States can or should do in response.

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748 people shot dead by police this year
28 of them were black and unarmed. Read about them. them

At least 75 people have been shot and killed by police across the United States within the past 30 days, according to Washington Post data. This database is based on news reports, public records, Internet databases and original reporting.

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The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint Michigan, United States, that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Lake Huron water (via Detroit) to the Flint River, its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead.

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