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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 international law.

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.

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, according to a Human Rights Watch...

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 "without a shred of evidence".

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 released Friday.

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 first Asian nation to recognize same-sex...

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 the country's internet and digital...

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 manufacture of its Kinder chocolate eggs...

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 marrying their underage abuse victims would be...

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 sex offenders to marry underage girls...

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 the fight against underage marriages...

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 issues.

Mexican parliament rejects nationwide legalization of gay marriage

The Mexican parliament has rejected Wednesday a government initiative to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

China passes far-reaching internet security law

China adopted a new cybersecurity law on Monday, reinforcing and upgrading systematic state control of the internet.

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 Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)...