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Amnesty: Over 100 English-language protesters arrested in Cameroon

More than 100 people have been arrested during several weeks of peaceful protests against the marginalization of the English-speaking minority in Cameroon,...

Amnesty: Syrian government jail secretly hanged up to 13,000 people

A military jail authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government has overseen a "monstrous campaign" of secret atrocities, including the hanging of up...

Almost 100 mentally ill patients died in South Africa due to neglect

Close to a hundred mentally ill people died of neglect after being transferred to unlicensed facilities to cut costs, health ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba said...

More than 5,000 cases brought against Turkey since coup attempt

Thousands of applications have been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on abuses in Turkey since the attempted coup last summer, the court...

NATO will comply with international laws banning torture, chief says

NATO will comply with international rules of law banning torture, the leader of the 28-country alliance said Thursday, after US President Donald Trump claimed...

White House denies torture, "black site" prisons proposal

The White House denied Wednesday that it was considering ordering a review of US interrogation policies of terrorist suspects and the use of CIA "black...

Amnesty: Iran must abolish 'prolific' torture punishments

Young people in Iran are being flogged for eating in public during Ramadan and attending mixed-gender parties in a regime of "legalised brutality," Amnesty...

Sri Lanka drops proposal to decriminalize homosexuality

Sri Lanka has dropped a proposal to decriminalize homosexuality following protests, a senior cabinet minister said Wednesday. The proposal to decriminalize...

Russia extends Snowden's temporary residency by 'couple of years'

Russia has extended the temporary residency of fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden by a "couple of years," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria...

King's son visits Trump after his sharp words with civil rights icon

President-elect Donald Trump met Monday with the son of slain civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King to discuss voting rights. King's eldest son...

HRW: Duterte's drug war, Suu Kyi's Rohingya failure mark dismal 2016

An unprecedented level of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war and Mynamar's failure to address a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims highlight...

Greek, Italian mayors share Palme Prize for assisting migrants

Two mayors in Greece and Italy were Monday named co-winners of the 2016 Olof Palme Prize for their "inspiring leadership" in assisting "fellow human...

Parole given to hunger-striking couple in Iran amid health concerns

Parole was granted on Saturday to a prominent Iranian married couple on hunger strike following warnings about their deteriorating health. "Two prisoners...

Iranian hunger strikers posing political threat, lawmaker warns

A prominent Iranian married couple on hunger strike could cause a political catastrophe if they die, an Iranian lawmaker warned on Saturday. "Two prisoners...

Bahraini prosecution refuses to release activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain's public prosecutor refused Wednesday to release prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab after a court ordered his release hours earlier. The...

Hacktivists leak Thai officials' personal data in protest at new law

A group of hacktivists on Thursday leaked the personal data of at least 3,000 Thai police officers and exposed the Identity Card information of 3,000...

Italy violated migrants' rights, European Court of Human Rights says

Italy violated the rights of migrants held on Lampedusa and in ships near Palermo by detaining them without clear and accessible legal basis, the European...

Yezidi women accept rights award, call Europe "model of co-existence"

Two Yezidi women who survived sexual enslavement and torture by Islamic State militants held back tears as they received the EU's top human rights prize at an...

Turkey overstepped law with post-coup dismissals, experts say

Experts with Europe's human rights watchdog said Friday that mass dismissals by Turkey's government and the liquidation of associations overstepped Turkish and...

Malta becomes first country to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta's human rights commission on Tuesday hailed parliament's decision to ban gay conversion therapy, the first country in the world to do so. The island...

Report: Secret detentions used to extract confessions in China

The Chinese government still uses a secretive detention system called "shuanggui" to extract confessions from Communist Party members suspected of corruption,...

China's top court acquits man 21 years after his execution

China's top court on Friday denounced and revoked the conviction of a man executed for rape and murder 21 years ago, saying the original decision was made "...

Cambodia's brick factories plagued by 'modern slavery,' says NGO

Cambodia's brick factories are plagued by modern forms of slavery such as debt bondage and child labour, according to a report from a local rights organization...

Thousands urge Taiwan lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage rights

More than 10,000 people rallied outside Taiwan's parliament Monday to demand quick legislative action that would clear the way for Taiwan to become the...

New law proposal could strengthen Thailand's national cyber security

Thai authorities may launch a national cyber security committee that will see the junta leader and the military making calls on issues considered harmful to...

Ferrero cuts ties with Romanian supplier after child labour report

Italian confectioner Ferrero Rocher has cut ties to a Romanian supplier following accusations of child labour, slave wages and unhygienic conditions in the...

Erdogan hints controversial underage sex abuse law will be reworked

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Friday that a controversial bill allowing sex offenders to see their convictions overturned by...

Turkey's premier puts brakes on controversial sex offenders bill

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday that he was sending back to a parliamentary commission a controversial draft bill that would have allowed...

UN warns Turkey law could be an "amnesty" for child abusers

A proposed law in Turkey would be a "type of amnesty for child abuse perpetrators," the United Nations warned on Monday, saying the bill would end up hampering...

South Korea prohibits export of Google Maps data amid security fears

The government of South Korea decided on Friday that US-based internet giant Google may not export data used for its global map services, due to security...

Mexican parliament rejects nationwide legalization of gay marriage

The Mexican parliament has rejected Wednesday a government initiative to legalize gay marriage nationwide. President Enrique Pena Nieto's government had...

China passes far-reaching internet security law

China adopted a new cybersecurity law on Monday, reinforcing and upgrading systematic state control of the internet. Individuals and organizations cannot "...

Study: Orban's Hungary is undermining EU's founding values

Hungary's government is undermining democracy in the country as well as the European Union's founding values, according to a new report by the International...

One journalist killed every five days, UNESCO report says

One journalist is being killed every five days as a result of their work, according to figures released in a UNESCO report on Wednesday, coinciding with the...

Tens of thousands march to support gay rights bill in Taiwan

Over 80,000 supporters of gay rights and marriage equality marched in the 14th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride rally in Taipei City on Saturday afternoon in support...

Yezidi survivors of sexual slavery win top EU rights prize

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, Yezidi women who survived sexual enslavement by Islamic State, have been awarded the European Union's top prize for human...

Northern Ireland Christian bakers lose appeal in row over "gay cake"

A Northern Irish bakery lost its appeal against a court ruling that said it discriminated against a gay man by refusing to bake a cake supporting same-sex...

Singapore Speakers' Corner rules seen as threat to popular LGBT rally

Foreign entities including companies and non-governmental organizations will have to apply for a permit to fund or support activities at Singapore's Speakers'...

UN rights body pressures Syria, Russia with Aleppo war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to launch an investigation into war crimes against civilians in Aleppo, putting pressure on the Syrian...

Council of Europe rebukes Turkey for removing lawmakers' immunity

Turkey must restore the legal immunity of lawmakers, a key body of the Council of Europe said in a report issued Monday, challenging the process of removing...

Reports of racism jumped 41 per cent in month after Brexit vote

Police reports of racist offences soared by 41 per cent year-on-year in July, the first full month after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the...

Watchdog: Saudi-led funeral attack apparent “war crime”

A recent airstrike that left more than 100 dead at a Yemeni funeral hall is "an apparent war crime," said Human Rights Watch (HRW) Thursday, arguing ...

Exiled Turkish journalist shortlisted for top EU rights prize

Can Dundar, an exiled Turkish journalist who was sentenced to jail for publishing information about arms shipments to Syria, was shortlisted Tuesday for the...

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...

European rights watchdog calls for end to Turkey's state of emergency

Turkey should begin to repeal some of the steps it has taken under the state of emergency declared after a failed coup in July, the human rights commissioner...

Iraqi activist wins Norway's Rafto human rights prize

Activist Yanar Mohammed was Thursday awarded Norway's 2016 Rafto Prize for her "work on behalf of women and minorities in war-torn Iraq." The 55-year-old...

Rights group: Pakistan police involved in extrajudicial executions

Police in Pakistan are involved in extrajudicial executions through fake encounters, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, which recommends...

Egypt freezes activists' assets over illegal foreign funding case

An Egyptian court upheld an order to freeze assets of five leading human rights campaigners on Saturday in a case related to claims of accepting foreign funds...

Yezidi victim of Islamic State appointed as UN goodwill ambassador

A Yezidi woman who had been raped, tortured and sold into sexual slavery by the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq was appointed UN goodwill ambassador for...

Chinese police arrest over a dozen villagers in Wukan amid clashes

Authorities have raided homes and arrested at least 13 people in a remote village in southern China amid protests over the recent jailing of its...

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...

Planned popular vote on gay marriage ignites debate in Australia

The Australian government has proposed a date for a compulsory plebiscite on same-sex marriage, as concerns over expense and funding fuel opposition to the...

Nepal failing to stop child marriage, says Human Rights Watch

Nepal’s poverty, traditional practices, patriarchy and gender discrimination have led to the country having one of the highest rates of child marriages in Asia...

EU lawmaker accuses Pokemon Go creators of data privacy breaches

 Pokemon Go, the latest mobile gaming craze, could be in breach of EU data protection rules, one of the bloc's lawmakers warned Wednesday, calling on...

Rights group: Broad culture of abuse in Australian juvenile detention

Newly obtained documents reveal a culture of mistreatment and abuse in Australian juvenile detention centres that the government should urgently investigate,...

Gay pride rally in Prague attracts thousands

Thousands of gay rights supporters took to the streets of the Czech capital in the Prague Pride march on Saturday, which kicked off with a showing of...

Legislator blasts US over comments on Indonesia's treatment of gays

An Indonesian lawmaker has warned the United States against meddling in his country's affairs after Washington criticized Jakarta's treatment of...

Human Rights Watch: Gay rights under attack in Indonesia

Sexual minorities are under attack in Indonesia, and President Joko Widodo's silence has raised questions about his stated commitment to diversity, Human...

US religious freedom report challenges apostasy, blasphemy laws

Apostasy and blasphemy laws - especially in deeply conservative Islamic societies - are often in conflict with universally recognized human rights, an annual...

China sentences third activist in trials following national crackdown

A court in northern China's city of Tianjin gave an activist a three-year suspended prison sentence for "subverting state power" on Friday...

German opposition pushes to simplify gender change for transsexuals

A German opposition party is putting forward a draft law that would make it easier for transsexuals to change their gender and name in official documents,...

China jails activist for 7.5 years in second case following crackdown

A court in northern China's city of Tianjin sentenced an activist to seven and a half years in prison for "subverting state power" on Wednesday...

China sentences first activist connected to rights lawyer crackdown

A court in northern China's city of Tianjin found a legal activist guilty of "subverting state power" on Tuesday, in the first known trial following the...

Thousands of children are detained in conflict zones, report finds

Thousands of children have been detained and held without charges for months and even years in conflict zones where governments often treat children as...

Malta effectively deports 20 North Korean workers: report

Malta has effectively deported some 20 North Korean workers over concerns they were being subjected to unfair working conditions to earn hard currency for...

UN: US authorities have violated assembly rights during protests

Discriminatory practices by US police during protests involving African-Americans are in violation of the right to freedom of assembly, a UN official said...

South African police rescue 57 trafficked Malawian children

South African police rescued 57 Malawian children from the clutches of suspected human traffickers, government officials said Wednesday. The boys and girls...

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. The...

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...

Rwanda locks up poor and homeless to "hide" them, rights group says

Rwanda is keeping poor people out of sight by locking them up in "transit centres" around the country, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The authorities...

Amnesty report says hundreds disappeared and tortured in Egypt

Hundreds of Egyptians have been forcibly disappeared for varying periods and tortured by the country's National Security Agency (NSA) as part of a clampdown on...

Cambodian political analyst shot dead in Phnom Penh

Thousands of supporters were accompanying killed Cambodian political analyst Kem Ley's body to temple, where the first stages of his Buddhist funeral were to...

North Korean officials sanctioned by US for human rights abuses

The United States imposed sanctions on North Korean officials implicated in human rights abuses for the first time Wednesday, in conjunction with substantial...

Thailand off US human trafficking blacklist despite skepticism

 The US has removed Thailand from its blacklist of the worst nations for human trafficking, despite skepticism from rights groups operating within...

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...

Detentions reported as Istanbul enforces march ban during pride week

Security services deployed tear gas Sunday to prevent a group of transgender individuals from staging a march, Turkish media reported, a hint of things to come...

Istanbul security high as gay groups threaten to test march ban

Security services were out in full force in Istanbul Sunday as officials prepared to enforce a ban on organized marches that the city's gay community says is...

Panel: UN must prosecute Islamic State for genocide of Yazidis

The UN Security Council should take action to stop the genocide against Iraq's Yezidi minority and prosecute Islamic State fighters for enslaving, raping...

Prominent Bahrain rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrested, family says

Bahraini authorities arrested prominent rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, in a raid on his home early Monday, family members and a rights group said....

Thousands march in Warsaw gay pride parade

Thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday in a huge parade to celebrate diversity and demand equal rights for gays and lesbians in Poland....

Merkel to press China on NGO law, steel production during trip

Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to push for Beijing to ease its stance on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address the steel production crisis during...

Report: Police fail to stop albino killing spree in Malawi

The police is failing to stop a surge of albino killings in the southern African nation of Malawi, human rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday....

Obama under pressure to address human rights during Vietnam visit

Activists called on US President Barack Obama to make human rights a central theme of his upcoming visit to Vietnam. Obama should demand the release of...

Ombudswoman: One in five young people neither goes to school nor works

Human Rights Ombudswoman Lora Vidovic said on Wednesday that 92,000 pensioners in 2015 received allowances of less than HRK 500 (approx. EUR 67) and that...

US government says schools must accommodate transgender students

Schools and universities must let transgender students use toilets and locker rooms "consistent with their gender identity" or risk losing federal money, the...

Amnesty: Nearly 150 died in "horrendous" prison conditions in Nigeria

Nearly 150 people have died in “horrendous” detention conditions in a prison in north-eastern Nigeria this year, Amnesty International said Wednesday....

Lawyer: Egyptian performer who mocked island handover arrested

Egyptian authorities have arrested a member of a performance group which mocked the government's decision to hand two strategic Red Sea islands over to Saudi...

Human Rights Watch calls for the release of Egyptian doctor

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called for the release of an Egyptian doctor, arrested in January, who had been investigating prison health care for the...

China prevents diplomats from visiting activist under house arrest

Chinese security forces Saturday blocked Western diplomats from visiting the veteran civil rights activist Ni Yulan. Diplomats from Germany, France, Canada...

Egypt journalists condemn wave of arrests ahead of planned protests

Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate condemned a wave of arrests ahead of protests planned for Monday against the handover of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi...

European Parliament accuses Turkey of "serious backsliding" on rights

The migration deal struck between the European Union and Ankara should be separate from Turkey's negotiations to join the bloc, the European Parliament...

Rocker Bryan Adams shuns Mississippi in protest of same-sex law

Rock musician Bryan Adams cancelled his upcoming concert in Mississippi to protest the southern US state's "extremely discriminatory" new law that allows...

China launches crackdown on letter calling on President Xi to resign

At least 20 people have been detained by Chinese authorities in a roundup of suspects linked to the publication of a letter calling on President Xi Jinping to...

Human rights body says Polish legal reforms could cripple tribunal

Experts for Europe's leading human rights watchdog said Friday that legal reforms undertaken by Poland that weaken its top court, if upheld, "would undermine...

Italy court grants gay adoption rights denied by draft legislation

An Italian court has granted a lesbian couple in Rome adoption rights, which were last week controversially excluded in a draft law on same-sex partnerships,...

Amnesty slams India over intolerance, religious violence

Religious tensions and attacks on freedom of expression have grown under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration, Amnesty International said in a report...

Italy's Renzi: gay unions bill may be watered down to win passage

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged his Democratic Party (PD) Sunday to reach out to its centrist allies to secure the passage of a controversial law on...

Iran open for "mutual" human rights dialogue with EU, Zarif says

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he was "eager" to start a human rights dialogue with the European Union, but insisted to EU...

Rowhani: Iran must pave the way for more women in politics

President Hassan Rowhani advocated gender equality in Iranian politics in a speech at a women's conference in Tehran on Sunday. "How can a country talk of...

UN human rights envoy begins visit to Sri Lanka

The top UN human rights official began a four-day visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to assess progress in investigating alleged war crimes and improving...
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