Search for missing Thai activist

2014-04-22 09:33

Relatives and rights groups have urged Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of an environmental activist who has worked to help villagers report illegal activity.

Rights group: No justice in CAR

2014-04-08 08:36

The United Nations director for Human Rights Watch has highlighted lack of justice in Central African Republic where Muslims are under attack.

Senegal fails to stop forced child begging

2014-03-19 21:03

Human Rights Watch says tens of thousands of boys in Senegal who attend Quranic boarding schools are still being forced to beg each day.

CAR: UN force needed for survival

2014-03-07 07:45

CAR’s foreign minister says a UN peacekeeping mission is urgently needed in his country to bolster French and African troops struggling to contain sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians.

US urged to recall Uganda envoy over gay bill

2014-02-21 12:15

The US had reportedly been urged to recall its ambassador to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni insisted he would go ahead and sign into law a controversial anti-homosexuality bill.

1 000s forced off land in Ethiopia – HRW

2014-02-19 14:32

Ethiopia is clearing swathes of land and forcibly displacing populations to make room for state-run sugar plantations in the Omo Valley, according to HRW.

HRW: Morocco still abuses migrants

2014-02-10 14:56

New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticised Morocco for the continued abuse of sub-Saharan migrants despite the announcement of a more humanitarian immigration policy.

UN chief denounces attacks on LGBT people

2014-02-06 15:09

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned attacks against homosexuals, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

Gunmen kill 30, raze 56 houses in Nigeria attack

2014-02-04 20:58

Gunmen have killed about 30 people in an early morning raid on two villages in central Nigeria, in the latest violence to hit the region.

Syria govt bulldozes homes as 'punishment'

2014-01-30 13:45

HRW has issued a report that states that the Syrian government used controlled explosives to raze thousands of residential buildings to punish civilians sympathetic to the opposition.

Turkey's ruling AKP down but not out

2014-01-27 16:17

Turkey’s ruling party has been rocked by a fraud scandal that has left many asking what impact this will have on the national elections and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership.

UN urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

2014-01-24 15:38

The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of men, women and children who have been killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

Deadly police force - timeline

2014-01-23 19:54

Amid calls for murder charges to be brought against police for the 2012 Marikana shootings, the injury and death of civilians at the hands of the police continue to make headlines.

Rwanda under fire over probe into murder of activist

2014-01-23 11:10

HRW has condemned what it says is a “disturbing silence” in Rwanda over the murder of an anti-corruption activist six months ago, accusing police in the central African nation of foot-dragging.

SA has failed its citizens - HRW

2014-01-21 22:05

Human Rights Watch says South Africa has failed to protect the rights of its citizens.

Gruesome violence in South Sudan conflict

2014-01-16 17:58

Gruesome violence has been seen in the South Sudan conflict, including beheadings and sex attacks.

Islamist students torch Cairo buildings

2013-12-28 13:13

Student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have stormed a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University where exams were being taken and set it on fire, security officials say.

6 Bodies found after ethnic killings in Mali

2013-12-09 13:47

The body of an old man known as The Last Arab of Timbuktu, the symbol of ethnic minority Arabs who died or disappeared in a backlash against the al-Qaeda occupation, has been found buried in the desert.

Egypt police teargas protesters

2013-12-02 08:40

Police have fired tear gas to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohammed Morsi from Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square.

HRW: Syrian refugees harassed in Lebanon

2013-11-27 18:15

Women refugees who escaped Syria's conflict to find sanctuary in Lebanon have been sexually harassed by employers, landlords and an employee of a local aid group.

Release of Mexican in torture case applauded

2013-11-08 16:22

Human rights groups have hailed a Mexican Supreme Court decision to free a man who claimed soldiers tortured him into confessing to having played a role in a drug-related massacre.

Saudi man jailed for Mohammad tweets is freed

2013-10-29 16:35

A Saudi blogger jailed in 2012 for publishing an imaginary conversation with the Prophet Mohammad on Twitter has been freed early, his lawyer says.

Hope for peace in Syria fades

2013-10-23 15:45

Prospects for a Syria peace conference in Geneva next month look dim after key opposition leaders spurned efforts by Western and Arab powers to persuade them to attend.

Qaeda's rise in Syria threatens Turkey

2013-10-17 10:28

The rise of al-Qaeda in parts of Syria's north has left Turkey facing a new security threat on its already vulnerable border and raised questions about its support for rebels.

Syria to Lebanon refugee influx backlashes

2013-10-09 14:22

As the Syrian refugee influx into Lebanon swells, the backlash is burdened by historical baggage stemming from a fraught relationship between the two countries.


Group accuses Kenya of 'abusing' Somalis

2014-04-11 12:11

HRW has accused Kenya of treating Somalis like scapegoats amid swoops by security forces that have seen thousands arrested and scores expelled back to their torn country.

US should cut security aid to Uganda – HRW

2014-03-20 15:15

Human Rights Watch has reportedly urged the US to cut back security assistance to Uganda in response to the country’s recently enacted anti-gay law.

Spectre of famine in South Sudan

2014-03-13 17:53

South Sudan faces possible famine if warring government and rebel forces do not heed a ceasefire deal they have signed.

HRW: All sides committing 'war crimes' in S Sudan

2014-02-27 10:58

War crimes have been committed by all sides in conflict-wracked South Sudan, HRW says, reporting widespread atrocities in weeks of carnage in the world’s younger nation.

Mugabe parties as Zimbabwe struggles

2014-02-20 11:08

A rights group has reportedly criticised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s planned lavish 90th birthday celebrations set to be attended by liberation movements from the SADC region.

Gaddafi son, aides risk 'kangaroo' justice

2014-02-13 21:15

A human rights organisation has called on Libyan authorities to provide proper defence counsel to slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son and top aides.

At least 22 dead in central Nigeria attack

2014-02-07 08:44

At least 22 people have been killed in a raid in restive central Nigeria, locals say, in the second such attack in the area this week.

Iraq forces abuse women prisoners: HRW

2014-02-06 11:58

Thousands of women are being illegally held in Iraqi prisons, where they suffer torture and other forms of abuse, including sexual assault, Human Rights Watch says.

HRW - investigate S Sudan atrocities

2014-01-30 18:08

Human Rights Watch is demanding a full investigation into atrocities committed in war-torn South Sudan, reporting that in one town alone scores of unburied bodies.

Media watchdog blasts Sochi restrictions

2014-01-28 19:14

An international journalism watchdog has criticised Russian authorities for restricting news coverage of preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

Witnesses: Rebels flee CAR capital

2014-01-27 10:28

Witnesses say a convoy of top members from the rebel coalition loyal to Central African Republic’s former president has fled the capital under the protection of Chadian peacekeepers.

Thailand awaits court ruling on election

2014-01-24 11:35

Thailand's embattled government faces a key court ruling on whether it can go ahead with a fiercely disputed election despite threats by opposition protesters to block the vote.

Russia gay law sparks outrage before Olympics

2014-01-23 11:36

Russia's anti-gay legislation has prompted harsh criticism from international leaders, top athletes and rights activists ahead of its hosting of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

HRW report on SA police 'subjective'

2014-01-22 07:26

The Human Rights Watch 2014 World Report was "generalising and subjective" in its assessment of South Africa’s police force, the ministry says.

Looting spree in S Sudan

2014-01-16 21:47

Wholesale looting of vehicles, equipment and supplies belonging to aid groups is crippling aid groups ability to help in South Sudan.

Gay 'prisoner of conscience' dies in Cameroon

2014-01-12 20:32

A lawyer says a gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying "I'm very much in love with you," and who Amnesty Interational later declared a prisoner of conscience, has died.

Nigeria ignores sectarian violence - HRW

2013-12-12 21:35

HRW says Nigeria's government has ignored years of 'mass murder' in sectarian violence.

SA 'not as Mandela said it would be'

2013-12-06 08:27

Almost two decades later SA is not the country former president Nelson Mandela said it would become, Human Rights Watch says.

French troops start to deploy in CAR

2013-11-28 22:17

French troops have begun to deploy to the strife-torn Central African Republic, airlifting men and equipment to Bangui in preparation for an intervention to restore order.

Somalia fumbles gang rape case

2013-11-11 17:42

Human Rights Watch has called for Somalia's government to order a new, impartial and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union soldiers.

DRC fight to focus on other groups

2013-11-06 18:52

The DR Congo UN chief says the fight will now focus on other armed groups after M23's demise.

Free our reporter, begs China newspaper

2013-10-23 17:33

A Chinese newspaper has pleaded with police to release an investigative reporter accused of defamation, amid a wider government crackdown on freedom of expression.

Brunei Sultan pushes tough Islamic laws

2013-10-22 13:15

The Sultan of Brunei has introduced tough Sharia-law punishments including death by stoning for crimes, hailing what he called a "historic" step toward Islamic orthodoxy.

Abbott urged to focus on Asia human rights

2013-10-15 12:12

Human Rights Watch says it is concerned Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott failed to discuss rights with Asian leaders, saying he shouldn't give them a "free pass" on the issue.

Syria progress encouraging: Arms experts

2013-10-04 09:01

International experts preparing to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal say they had made "encouraging" progress and expect to carry out on-site inspections within days.

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