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Iranian authorities use electric shocks on gay, lesbian, and transgender children, along with other forms of torture, as a way to "cure" their sexual orientation, a new United Nations report disclosed. 

The disclosure comes as President Biden's administration decided to go easy on Iran's bloody human right record. The Biden staffers have been "silent on Iran’s rights record" as they hope to engage the regime on the nuclear issue, the Voice of America observed recently. 

China is forcing Tibet's native population into military-style labor camps, a new report shows. Over half a million ethnic Tibetans were "trained" as part of Beijing's forced labor program between January and July 2020 -- almost 15 percent of the region's population, the report released on Tuesday by the D.C.-based Jamestown Foundation revealed.

A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for seven years after they exposed the human rights abuses by the Myanmar military on the Rohingya minority in the Rakhine state. The judge claimed the two men "collected and obtained confidential documents." Prosecutors insisted that the men had "intended to harm the state by obtaining secret documents for Reuters’ commercial benefit, which clashed with Myanmar’s national interest."

I have been documenting the horrors the Rohingya minority are facing in Myanmar and their cries for help as they face genocide and ethnic cleansing. 421,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh with next to nothing and aid groups doing as much as they can to help these people. The U.S. has answered the call. Right before the UN General Assembly kicks off its second day of speeches, the State Department announced the U.S. will send $32 million in aid to help the Rohingya minority.

Over the last five years, more than 10,000 people were hanged at Syrian prison Saydnaya. A new report released by Amnesty International indicates that once, sometimes twice a week, 50 people at a time were taken out of their prison cells and hanged to death. The mass hangings aren't the only atrocity. Reportedly, detainees were tortured and kept in squalor. Pulled from their cells in the middle of the night. Prisoners were beaten and then transferred to another prison building before being hanged to death.

Husband beating you? Forget extracting yourself from the situation, or standing up for yourself. Why bother reporting the abuse to law enforcement? Instead, here are some makeup tips to help you disguise your battered mug... tumblr_npo9d4dnsh1s6jpovo1_500 A state-owned Moroccan TV channel has rightly drawn a world of criticism for airing a video showing makeup tips to hide the aftermath of domestic abuse and, "and, "carry on with your daily life". Their broadcast reaches approximately two million.

Yesterday the Washington Free Beacon reported that that the Obama administration is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent a veto override when Congress votes on the Iran deal. This morning, CNN hosted a veritable White House press conference about the subject. Former State Department Iran negotiator Hillary Mann Leverett and Obama shill and Haaretz contributor Peter Beinart were anchor Chris Cuomo's entire panel. One point that Beinart made that deserves examination is his assertion that “Iranian dissidents want this deal to go through,” on the theory that opening up Iran will lessen the regime’s human rights abuses. He’s made the same argument here, and we're likely to hear it again in the coming weeks. It's worth asking, then, whether the human rights situation in Iran stands to improve. To begin with, Beinart is being disingenuous when he says that dissidents support the deal. Eli Lake documented in 2013 that, while some support it, many others do not.
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