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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 International said in a statement on...

Sri Lanka drops proposal to decriminalize homosexuality

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

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 Zakharova said in a Facebook post late...

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.

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 the grim state of human rights in Asia...

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 beings fleeing from war, terror, and misery."...

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.

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.

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.

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 government officials in an ongoing cyber...

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 Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said...

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 awards ceremony in Strasbourg on...

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...