Latest Discrimination News

African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

Nov. 18, 2018 2:59 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May. More than 100 politicians, diplomats and albinos...

Ed Department investigates claims against women's programs

Nov. 18, 2018 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At home in Turkey, Kursat Pekgoz considered himself a feminist. In the world of American higher education, where he is now pursuing a doctorate in English literature, the 30-year-old activist says it is men who are being treated unfairly. Arguing that campus resource groups for women and...

Bill would allow employers to discriminate against smokers

Nov. 17, 2018 10:57 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A state senator in Kentucky says companies should be allowed to discriminate against people who smoke. Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union pre-filed his proposal this week. The bill would remove smokers from the protected classes outlined in Kentucky's employment...

Lawyer: FBI erred in tying man to synagogue massacre suspect

Nov. 16, 2018 5:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI, a defense attorney said Friday. A public defender representing...

Holocaust scholar sues group that said he 'slandered' Poland

Nov. 16, 2018 1:59 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent Holocaust researcher said Friday that he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland's good name with his work exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II. Historian Jan Grabowski, of...

Lawyers in Charlottesville killing want juror biases exposed

Nov. 16, 2018 10:52 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for a man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia have agreed that the judge at his trial should not try to salvage potential jurors who state any biases during the jury selection process. James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee,...

White supremacist gang members charged in gun, drug ring

Nov. 16, 2018 8:31 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say 39 white supremacist gang members have been arrested in a gun and drug-trafficking operation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa, Florida, announced the arrests Thursday. Investigators say the suspects are connected to the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs....

Sale of racist memorabilia banned at Kentucky fairgrounds

Nov. 16, 2018 8:04 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky State Fair Board has banned the sale of racist memorabilia at the Louisville fairgrounds including Ku Klux Klan and post-World War II Nazi items. News outlets report the board unanimously passed the resolution to ban the items Thursday. The ban follows Nazi Christmas...

Last Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide, get life terms

Nov. 16, 2018 6:42 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, when their reign of terror was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, were convicted Friday by an international tribunal of genocide, crimes against humanity and war...

UN committee criticizes human rights violations in Iran

Nov. 15, 2018 10:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee on human rights approved a resolution Thursday urging Iran to stop its widespread use of arbitrary detention and expressing serious concern at its "alarmingly high" use of the death penalty. The General Assembly's Human Rights Committee adopted the resolution by a...