Saudi mulls end to sports ban in girls' schools

2014-04-09 14:40

Saudi Arabia is considering ending its ban on sports in girls' state schools, after its consultative council recommended the ban be lifted over vociferous opposition from traditionalists.

1000s missing in Nigeria – Red Cross

2014-02-06 16:55

Tens of thousands of people in Nigeria are missing out on vital services because of conflict, with the areas where Boko Haram operates worst affected, the Red Cross says.

Mass grave fuels fear of 1000s buried in Sri Lanka

2014-01-17 14:55

The discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls in northern Sri Lanka has fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it.

Ghana's prisons "inhuman, cruel"

2013-11-15 07:52

Squalid conditions, poor food and overcrowding in Ghana’s prisons amount to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”, a UN representative says.

Ethiopia torturing political detainees - HRW

2013-10-18 09:01

Ethiopian police are torturing political prisoners at a facility in Addis Ababa, a report by the rights group Human Rights Watch says.

Kenyan activists backing ICC under attack - HRW

2013-10-04 22:38

Activists viewed as supporting international crimes against humanity trials of Kenya’s leaders are facing growing attacks, Human Rights Watch says.

Moroccan charged with inciting 'terrorism'

2013-09-25 13:39

A Moroccan journalist arrested last week for posting a link to an al-Qaeda video threatening Morocco has been charged with defending and inciting "terrorism", his lawyer says.

Somalia gang rape victim speaks out

2013-08-20 12:52

Abducted, drugged and gang raped in Somalia: a young mother details the most brutal of allegations against African Union troops and Somali soldiers in a case causing widespread anger.

Outrage over China fruit vendor killing

2013-07-18 09:04

Chinese urban enforcers have beaten to death a roadside fruit seller in a dispute, reports say, highlighting abuses by the units and provoking outrage online.

Activists want Sudan leader arrested

2013-07-15 13:28

Civil rights activists have demanded that Nigeria arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir and deliver him to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for crimes in Darfur.

Reports of army abuses in Nigeria

2013-07-02 08:54

A Nigerian government rights watchdog says it has credible reports the country’s own forces carried out extra-judicial killings, torture and rape to quell an Islamist insurgency in the northeast.

Indonesia neglects migrant children: HRW

2013-06-24 10:00

Human Rights Watch has criticised Indonesia over its treatment of children who are migrants or seeking asylum, saying they are placed in abysmal conditions with no way of appealing their detention.

Bodies in Syria river likely killed in govt areas

2013-06-04 16:13

The bodies of 147 men pulled out of a river in Aleppo between January and March were "probably" executed in government-controlled areas of Syria's main northern city, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Obama urges Myanmar to stop violence

2013-05-21 07:57

President Barack Obama has urged the president of Myanmar to take steps to halt violence against Muslims in his country and move ahead with economic and political reforms.

Kerry meets with Russian NGOs

2013-05-08 15:04

Russian activists say US Secretary of State John Kerry has assured them that Washington is concerned about the Kremlin's crackdown on nongovernmental organisations that have received US funding.

Somali judges 'need protecting from Shabaab'

2013-04-16 10:58

Somalia's judges and lawyers at the vanguard of judicial reforms need protection from al-Shabaab, a rights group says, after deadly bomb attacks targeted law courts in Mogadishu.

Morocco must free jailed Sahrawis – HRW

2013-04-02 10:13

Morocco's military trial and imprisonment of 25 Sahrawis, nine of them for life, violated international law, HRW says, calling on Rabat to either free or retry the defendants in a civilian court.

Russian authorities search NGOs' offices

2013-03-27 21:39

Russian authorities have searched the Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch and three other advocacy groups, inspections that activists say is a campaign to silence criticism of the president.

Al-Qaeda claims wave of Iraq attacks

2013-03-20 12:10

Al-Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks that killed 56 people and wounded more than 220, in a statement posted on jihadist Internet forums.

Mexico slammed over 'disappearances'

2013-02-21 09:01

Human Rights Watch has charged that Mexican security forces were not properly investigated over at least 249 "disappearances" that occurred during President Felipe Calderon's government.

Somali journo 'detained without trial'

2013-02-12 15:17

A Somali journalist is being detained without charge in Somalia for speaking out against the imprisonment of a fellow reporter, a rights group says.

EU urged to delay lifting Zim sanctions

2013-02-07 21:58

A rights group has urged the EU to insist on tangible human rights reforms and free and fair elections as a precondition for lifting targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Somalia sends 'raped' woman to jail

2013-02-05 14:28

A woman who accused Somalia's security forces of raping her has been sentenced to a year in jail for making a false accusation, a report says.

Human Rights Watch urges Mali probe

2013-02-01 09:13

Human Rights Watch has called for a probe into alleged abuses including summary executions after reports of reprisals killings by French-backed Malian forces.

Somalia must free rape journo – group

2013-01-28 10:24

Somalia must release a journalist held by police for over two weeks after interviewing a woman who said she was raped by government troops, a press freedom group says.


AU opens probe into S Sudan atrocities

2014-03-12 12:21

The African Union has opened a commission of inquiry into atrocities carried out in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Libya militias holding thousands prisoner

2014-01-21 20:50

Libya militias have detained thousands, a rights group says, as Islamists withdraw from the Cabinet.

Mali ex-coup leader grilled over troop abuses

2013-11-27 18:12

Amadou Sanogo, who led a March 2012 coup in Mali, has been detained for questioning by a judge investigating alleged abuses committed by his followers.

Egypt detains Syria refugees, forces them to leave

2013-11-11 10:58

Egypt has detained more than 1 500 refugees from Syria, including Palestinians and 250 children, before forcing most to leave the country, HRW says.

Syrian rebels committed war crimes - HRW

2013-10-11 09:37

Rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, thereby committing a war crime, Human Rights Watch says.

Charles Taylor faces final war crimes verdict

2013-09-26 07:46

A UN-backed court is set to hand down its final verdict against Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, jailed initially for 50 years for arming rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal 1990s civil war.

Egypt: Deaths in police custody revive fears

2013-08-27 09:43

Human rights activists and relatives of those killed in recent Egyptian violence have accused the country's authorities of responsibility for the deaths of many in police custody.

Call for restraint in Bangladesh protests

2013-08-01 10:00

At least 150 protesters and a dozen security forces have been killed during street demonstrations in Bangladesh over the past six months, says a rights group, urging both sides to show restraint.

22 wounded as Egypt protest turns violent

2013-07-16 11:59

Clashes in Cairo between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi wounded at least 22 people, emergency services say.

Racist attacks on the rise in Greece

2013-07-15 08:00

Violence against foreigners and immigrants are on the rise in Greece, as the country suffers from a recent economic downturn and increased violent activity from suspected neo-Nazis.

Syria neighbours block thousands: Group

2013-07-01 14:08

Syria's neighbours have closed or tightened restrictions at several border crossings, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded within Syria's dangerous frontier regions, says Human Rights Watch.

Images show destruction in Darfur

2013-06-19 09:07

Satellite images released by HRW show widespread destruction in recent attacks carried out in central Darfur by the Sudanese government and allied militia.

HRW wants probe into I Coast militia boss

2013-05-22 12:02

HRW has urged Ivory Coast authorities to carry out a "credible investigation" of a militia chief whom rights groups suspect of playing a key role in deadly post election violence in 2011.

Syria 'rebel heart-eating video' condemned

2013-05-14 12:03

Human Rights Watch and the Syrian opposition National Coalition have condemned a gruesome video apparently showing a Syrian rebel fighter cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it.

Nigeria to probe army conduct in clashes

2013-04-23 07:43

Nigeria is to investigate its army's conduct after clashes between troops and Islamist fighters in the northeast killed at least 200 people, the single deadliest event since the insurgency began.

1st political prisoners freed in Sudan

2013-04-02 13:57

Sudanese authorities have released six political prisoners, a report says, after President Omar al-Bashir vowed to free all political detainees.

Kremlin watchdog slams NGO raids

2013-03-28 14:40

Members of Kremlin's own rights council have denounced "unprecedented" raids on activist groups, saying the searches were aimed at muting their role as a rare critical voice in Russia.

HRW documents torture by Malian army

2013-03-27 10:10

An investigation by a rights group has found evidence that Mali’s military tortured seven men accused of links with al-Qaeda group that occupied the country’s north last year.

UN sets DRC deadline to act against rape

2013-03-08 07:50

The UN has given the DRC a deadline to act against two army battalions accused of carrying out 126 rapes in an eastern town, a UN official says.

Rights groups to monitor 'Baby Doc' case

2013-02-20 11:04

International human rights groups are sending monitors to a court hearing in Haiti concerning Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.

Somalia arrests 2nd journo in rape case

2013-02-12 11:29

Somali police have arrested a journalist who criticised the jailing of a colleague and a woman he interviewed who said she was raped by security forces, colleagues and rights groups say.

Groups slam rape victim's sentencing

2013-02-05 16:21

Rights groups have condemned as "politically motivated" the case in which a Somali woman has been jailed after she revealed to a journalist that she was raped by security forces.

DRC rebels dismiss 'biased' UN rights report

2013-02-01 09:14

The rebel force active in eastern DRC has dismissed as "cruelly biased" a UN report that denounced a poor and led to UN sanctions against the group.

Somali govt charges raped woman

2013-01-31 20:22

The Somali government has charged the woman who says she was raped and the journalist who interviewed her.

Somali rape journalist arrested

2013-01-15 22:05

A Somali journalist has been arrested after a story about rape by soldiers.

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