Human Rights

Human Rights Watch warns on "alarming" closures of Turkish societies

Turkey has shuttered several key children's charities, human rights groups and women's associations, in what a Human Rights Watch researcher called on Monday an "alarming" development that could...

HRW decries Russia and Saudi Arabia's candidacy for UN rights body

Russia and Saudi Arabia's re-election to serve on the UN Human Rights Council would undermine the body's credibility due to the poor human rights track records of the two countries, Human Rights...

HRW: Turkish government tolerating torture under state of emergency

Turkey is turning a blind eye to torture practices under the country's current state of emergency, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Tuesday.

Save the Children: Girls as young as 10 forced into marriage

Girls as young as 10 are forced into marriage and an estimated 700 million women and girls worldwide were married before the age of 18, according to a new report released Tuesday by Save the...

Pakistan approves strict punishments for "honour" killing, rape

The Pakistan parliament on Thursday approved a new law to curb the killing of women by relatives on the pretext of saving saving family honour, a practice on the rise recently. 

CoE Commissioner sees human rights in Europe declining

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks says that human rights in Europe are currently eroding due to economic woes, a refugee crisis that gives rise to fears and leads to...

Commissioner urges Croatia to enhance media freedoms, migrants' integration, fight hate speech

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks says in his report on Croatia that the country should do more in prosecuting war crimes, ensuring the exercise of returnees' rights,...

UN high commissioner: More and more states block rights observers

An increasing number of governments are denying access to UN human rights observers by claiming that no one should meddle in their internal affairs, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said...

China blocks major civil society groups from monitoring G20 summit

The host of this year's G20 summit has "broken precedent" by denying leading civil society organizations the ability to monitor and comment on events inside the venue's media centre, activists...

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for critical talks

Foreign minister and de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday, the first of a four-day visit that comes at a critical juncture in...

Iranian dissident criticizes Italy over his "shameful" arrest

The exiled Iranian opposition activist whom Italy arrested and released after protests from human rights groups said in a Friday interview that Rome authorities had behaved shamefully towards him...

India activist to end hunger strike after 16 years, contest polls

Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila on Tuesday announced she would end her 16-year hunger strike against a controversial national security law.

Rights group warns of torture, arbitrary detentions in Turkey

Turkey has arbitrarily detained and tortured hundreds of people, including soldiers and high-ranking military officers, Amnesty International said on Sunday.

Number of executions in Saudi Arabia crosses 100 this year

Four men were executed in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, taking the total number of executions so far this year in the kingdom to 102.

UN to appoint gay rights observer despite Muslim states' opposition

The UN Human Rights Council decided Thursday to appoint a UN observer on discrimination against homosexual and transgender people, despite efforts by China, Russia and several Muslim countries to...