Human Rights

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New York State is widening its anti-discrimination laws to apply to public school children. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure Thursday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

More than 100-educators from across the eight counties of Western New York gathered at the Teaching to Change the World Conference held at Erie One Boces in West Seneca. It was presented by The Summer Institute for Human Rights of Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says educators learned about human rights.     

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President Trump's would-be ban on transgender service members in the military has been blocked from going into effect for the foreseeable future.

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., decided on Monday that trans members of the military have a strong case that the president's ban would violate their Fifth Amendment rights. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a preliminary injunction to keep the policy from going into effect while the court case moves forward.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

For immigrants and refugees seeking asylum, receiving proper medical evaluations before entering the United States could be lifesaving - especially for victims of torture.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo is marking the completion of its latest public art project, a mural depicting 28 civil rights leaders.

From Wendy Diina's Facebook page

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators participated in the Women's March in Washington Saturday that brought together all genders, ages and races. 

Arsalan Iftikhar /

Human rights lawyer and journalist Arsalan Iftikhar was one of the regular commentators on the popular Barbershop Guys segment of NPR’s Tell Me More. He recently talked with WBFO about the role of Islam in today’s media and in the global community.

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Teachers from across Western New York gathered in West Seneca Monday for a day-long seminar where they were armed with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust and ongoing human rights abuses.