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Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Is Back

Uganda's Kill the Gays BillDavid Bahati, the sponsor of Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), announced this weekend that he intends to reintroduce the bill in parliament, after a court found it invalid for procedural reasons last August.

But this time will be different. President Yoweri Museveni is under heavy pressure not to once again invite international condemnation by supporting it. More importantly, the Ugandan coalition opposing it is broad-based and deep.

In fact, American activists could learn a lot from their Ugandan counterparts.

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Rio de Janeiro homicide division to investigate 'resistance killings' by cops

Brazil to investigat resistance killings by copsThe police department in Rio de Janeiro has launched an investigation into so-called "resistance killings" committed by officers who allege victims have died in shootouts while resisting arrest.

Police officials in Brazil have recently been under fire by human rights watch groups for classifying what they believe are public executions as "resistance killings." In 2014, there were 582 deaths labeled as "resistance killings," a whopping 40 percent spike in deaths over the previous year.

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Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris

Banksy mural in GazaThe work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip.

In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas war last summer, with political commentary about the coastal strip's misery.

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UN: Third of Afghan Detainees Report Torture, Ill Treatment

Afghan detainees claim tortureMore than one in three Afghans detained on conflict-related allegations say they were tortured or mistreated, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday based on interviews with nearly 800 detainees.

The detainees reported 16 torture methods, including beatings, suspension from walls or ceilings, electric shocks and near-asphyxiation. Some detainees said their genitals were twisted with a wrench-like device while others reported being kept in extremely hot or cold conditions and being denied food and water.

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'2014 Was A Catastrophic Year,' Amnesty International Says

Human RightsGovernments "must stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power," Amnesty International says in its human rights report for 2014. The group faults the U.S. on a range of issues, from the use of excessive force by police to rights abuses in the name of fighting terrorism.

"Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians," Amnesty says. "And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need."

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Israel cuts off electricity to thousands of West Bank Palestinians

palestinians on West bankIsrael's electric company cut off power Monday to more than 700,000 Palestinians in two major West Bank cities and nearby villages, and warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don't pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt.

The outage in Nablus, the largest West Bank city, and Jenin, to the north, lasted about an hour, but could become a regular part of West Bank life if the Palestinian Authority and the local electric utilities don't pay their bills, the Israel Electric Corp. (IEC) warned.

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America's Deadly Transgender Backlash

transgender deaths in USThe anti-LGBT backlash is here, and transgender populations are suffering the most—even though they hadn’t won that many legal victories in the first place. They’re getting the backlash before winning anything to lash back against.

Let’s start with the worst. Five transgender women of color have already been murdered in 2015, and just last weekend, a (white) transgender woman was stabbed to death by her own father.

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