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Eleven worldwide human rights organizations wrote a letter to the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico dated March 9, 2017 calling on the adoption of the General Law on Torture that complies with international standards.

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Immigrants held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Denver Contract Detention Facility have alleged that the private prison forced them to work for $1 per day. This suit was first filed back in 2014, but has now been awarded class-action status.

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Dalits, India’s outcast group who are often socially and economically discriminated, are rising to reform the caste system. Some Dalits are converting from Hinduism to Buddhism to escape the inequality that is engraved within the caste system.

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Kafala law in Qatar perpetuates a system of human trafficking, where Immigrants become a “commodity in a profit generating system.” In Qatar it is estimated that there are 1.8 million migrant workers, and 1,000 die every year.

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In September 2016 the Block the Bunker campaign in Seattle was the first to persuade American city officials to divest police funding and allocate more for community services.

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An investigation launched by the FCC on Jan. 17, 2017 concluded that AT&T and Verizon were in violation of the Open Internet Order and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 for providing favourable pricing for their zero-rate service to their in-house content providers.

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On February 23, 2017 the Chinese government released an updated version of the Regulations of Education of Persons with Disabilities that still leaves students with disabilities vulnerable to discrimination.

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On March 9, 2017 a group of peasant farmers from Honduras launched a suit in US federal court against the World Bank (WB) Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). The suit alleges the IFC and WB are “knowingly profiting from the financing of murder.”

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Journalism student Lea Majcen reminded Slovenians, and other democratic nations, of the importance of journalism by revealing an exceedingly unqualified government official.

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In April of 2016 United Nations human rights expert Ikponwosa Ero predicted that in Malawi people with albinism are facing the risk of systemic extinction over time if nobody steps up to the plate to help them. In many countries in African this minority faces this same issue.

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In 2016, the E.B Campbell Hydroelectric Station’s 50-year operating license came up for renewal. The dam is located in eastern Saskatchewan, has been running since 1966 and is owned by SaskPower – a Crown corporation of the Government of Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan: a prairie province where they claim you can see your dog running away for days. At first glance, people may not think that there is much going on in this land full of farms, but they would be wrong.

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Transport Canada has ordered Canadian Pacific Railways to correct safety violations involving the testing of brakes on some of its trains in western Canada.

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Transport Canada has ordered Canadian Pacific Railways to correct safety violations involving the testing of brakes on some of its trains in western Canada.

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Some 30 employers and business representatives in Hamilton, Ontario – including the public school board and the Chamber of Commerce – have signed pledges to pay workers a living wage.

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Researchers at Bristol University and the Imperial College London have found an increase in antimicrobial resistance in cases where urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children are caused by E coli.

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Veterans are dying on home soil and The Liberal Party of Canada is focusing on “homelessness, support for veterans' families, and support for those transitioning to civilian careers,” instead of on suicide prevention. The suicides of 54 returned-home Afghanistan veterans are being ignored.

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Two thirds of grocery shoppers are being misled by foods being labeled as natural when they aren’t necessarily what consumers would think of as being natural foods.

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In December 2015, a court in Tunisia ruled three years’ jail time each for six students accused of homosexuality, which is the maximum sentence allowed. Even against rising pressure from advocacy groups, the government refuses to change its criminal code, which outlaws homosexuality.

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In March 2016, an investigation by Klaus Marre found evidence that Donald Trump’s professed strong Christianity was in doubt.

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Currently, tattoos are widely accepted in North America, but what many people don’t think about it, is the other side of getting tattoos – removing them. An article done by the Canadian broadcaster CBC in 2015 stated that there aren’t many regulations regarding tattoo removal.

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On March 16, 2016, Sevonna M. Brown wrote that although sexual abuse of black women in America is very common, those who face miscarriages as a result are not met with trauma-informed care, even though they are highly in need.

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Inmates of highly secretive U.S. prisons, also known as communication management units (CMUs), are getting one more chance to challenge their confinement in their case against the Federal Bureau of Prisons on March 15, 2016.

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Prince Edward Island is the only province in Canada where abortion services are unavailable. Due to the costs associated with out-of-province surgeries, some women face class-based discrimination in obtaining their right to undergo the procedure.

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Security agents in Nigeria have threatened, harassed, unlawfully detained and seized equipment of local reporters while covering stories on Boko Haram attacks in the country.

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In a brutal rampage that began Jan. 3, 2015, Boko Haram militants laid waste to the Northern Nigerian town of Baga. Thousands fled from their homes. Now, over a year later, the death toll is still unknown.

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Migrants under Canada’s temporary agricultural work programs have launched a campaign, called Harvesting Freedom, for the right to gain permanent residency so that they are eligible for most of the social benefits Canadian citizens receive.

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A methane leak in the Aliso Canyon in California was the largest methane leak in US history, emitting 5 billion cubic feet, or 97,100 tons of methane from Oct. 23, when the leak was discovered, until it was fully stopped on Feb. 18.

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On March 14, 2016, Mauritania ratified a 2014 protocol written by the United Nations in an effort to end a long history of slavery in their country.

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“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.”
—Walter Cronkite

The School of Journalism's Top 25 Under-Reported Stories was developed in partnership with Project Censored. Project Censored was founded in 1976 as part of a media literacy course in Sonoma, California. Today it is operated by the Media Freedom Foundation. Hundreds of students across the U.S. and around the world contribute information about under-reported stories. Every year, the Media Freedom Foundation picks 25 to publish in their annual book. Project Censored on the Web.