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U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay: ‘I am supremely confident that I speak with moral authority’

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by Henry Hullah In a world dominated by conflict, Human Rights are usually the first casualty. It is the difficult mandate of United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner to try and protect them. As the longest serving holder of this post, Navi Pillay is leaving just after scolding attacks on the entirety of the security council. She spoke to them in the past week, telling them that greater responsiveness towards the Syrian crisis could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Many commentators believe that what the world has allowed to happen in Syria in turn let ISIS flourish. Chrsitiane Amanpour asked Navi Pillay about the monstrosities of the extremist group that Pillay's department has been documenting. "This group is committing huge atrocities against men, women and children, large number - thousands of people killed and injured." Pillay told the program. "What I want say is all actors, state and non-state actors, are accountable under international humanitarian law. But what I see here is neither side is taking measures to protect civilians." A U.N. report released on the day of the interview has said that chemical weapon attacks by the Assad regime have been ongoing in Syria, even after United Nation's efforts to destroy them. "Our recent report, which is being released today, shows levels of mass atrocities that are over six months period that have really deteriorated, increased to a large measure." "Mostly chlorine gas," asked Amanpour. "That is correct," she confirmed. In the same region, Gaza has been left devastated by the Israel Defense Forces. Pillay came out strongly against the actions of the IDF on the program, but went on to say that Hamas' actions are also unacceptable:​ "Obviously the acts of the Israeli government and the Israeli Defense Forces have caused far more civilian deaths and injuries" "On the other hand, the Hamas and other armed groups are placing civilians as shields. They are placing mortars and rockets within civilian densely populated areas. And those amount to violations of international humanitarian law as well, as disregard for civilians."

Civil rights activist reacts

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Dr. Alveda King discusses her calls for peace in St. Louis

Egypt security forces wanted to ‘simply mow down demonstrators,’ says Human Rights Watch

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Egyptian security forces systematically fired on largely peaceful Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators during the worst spate of violence in the aftermath of President Mohamed Morsy’s removal from power, Human Rights Watch said in a damning new report this week. “The broad accounts that we received largely corroborated each other, and told a story not of a careful effort to deal with the specific threat of violence, but rather a broad effort to simply mow down demonstrators,” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday. His organization says the killings of more than 800 people at Raba’a Square last August likely amount to crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch calls it a premeditated attack equal to, or worse than, China’s Tiananmen Square killings.

Restrictive voting rights win in NC

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In Trenders, Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses 2016, while Mo'ne Davis shows off her fast pitch to Philly fans. Michael Eric Dyson and Allison Riggs discuss North Carolina Court's decision on voting rights.

Fighting for voting rights in OH and WI

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Democrats take the fight for voting rights to the court, trying to defend the ability for all individuals a few months ahead of the midterms. Ed Schultz and State Sen. Nina Turner, candidate for Sec. of State in Ohio, discuss.

Record shows Rand Paul’s Civil Rights Act lie

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Rachel Maddow points out the clear, on-video record of Rand Paul's past objections to the Civil Rights Act, showing he's lying when he denies having held that position.

Why Ohio is ground zero for voting rights

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Ohio Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reese is calling for a constitutional amendment to protect access to the ballot box in her state. Reese speaks to Chris Matthews about how the voter laws affect African Americans and ...

The right’s anti-Obama rhetoric gets uglier

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., and Salon’s Joan Walsh join to discuss new attacks on President Obama from the GOP.  Plus: Rev. Sharpton and guests discuss a controversial float at a Nebraska 4th of July parade that many are calling racist.

Nina Turner’s fight for voting rights

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A Republican attempt to manipulate the vote has been extremely clear in the state of Ohio. Ed Schultz visits with candidate for Secretary of State Nina Turner, who's fighting to save the right to vote.

In reversal, Rand Paul hails Civil Rights Act

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Rachel Maddow highlights Senator Rand Paul's celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and reminds viewers of the time then-candidate Rand Paul wasn't as enthusiastic in his assessment of whether the Civil Rights Act was worth of his support.

Civil Rights Act, 50 years later

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Rep. Charlie Rangel and Zerlina Maxwell join Hardball to discuss the landmark legislation.

The next 50 years of civil rights in America

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50 years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act, what civil rights battles will shape America throughout the next 50? Rev. Al Sharpton is joined by Myrlie-Evers Williams to discuss.

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