Rejection of DA ad infringes freedom - legal team

2014-04-15 20:51

The rejection of the DA's adverts by the SABC is an infringement on the freedom of expression, the party's legal team has argued.

China defends death penalty

2014-03-27 12:35

China has defended the death penalty as a traditional deterrent, after a report said its annual executions had again far exceeded the rest of the world's combined.

Abused women should be supported - minister

2014-03-25 18:40

Gender-based violence victims should receive support no matter who they are and where they live, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says.

South Africans remember Sharpeville massacre

2014-03-21 22:39

Sharpeville has been coloured yellow, red and black as the ANC, EFF and the PAC commemorated Human Rights Day in the historical township in Vereeniging, south of Gauteng.

ANC: Rights will be protected

2014-03-21 17:49

Government has redoubled efforts to ensure that the rights of South Africans are protected and upheld, the ANC says on Human Rights Day .

SA has a good story to tell, says Zuma

2014-03-21 15:42

South Africa has a good story to tell in the past 20 years of its democracy, but it has not been easy, President Jacob Zuma says.

100 people found in house, living in filth

2014-03-20 13:55

A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the US illegally has been uncovered just outside Houston, a police spokesperson says.

Iraqi bill to legalise child marriage

2014-03-14 11:47

A contentious draft law in Iraq may open the door to girls as young as 9 getting married and would require wives to submit to sex anytime, provoking outrage from rights activists.

Congolese men launch feminist group

2014-03-08 11:29

Two dozen men in the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a group to fight for women's rights in the region, which has been called the worst place in the world to be a woman.

China hits back at US in human rights report

2014-02-28 10:21

China has issued a report on human rights in the US, denouncing it for foreign drone strikes, state-sponsored spying and "rampant" gun crime after Washington criticised its rights record.

Dogs rip kids to pieces in N Korean camp

2014-02-26 08:05

Ahn Myong-Chol has witnessed many horrors as a North Korean prison camp guard, but few haunt him like the image of guard dogs attacking school children and tearing them to pieces.

Respect human rights - NWU

2014-02-24 21:25

No infringements of human rights will be tolerated at North West University, its council's executive committee says.

Haiti probes killing of human rights activist

2014-02-12 22:01

Haiti has announced a probe into the killing of a prominent human rights activist and his wife, who were killed in broad daylight.

Dissident's father dies in disputed suicide

2014-02-04 16:10

The apparent suicide of the father of a Chinese dissident is being disputed by his loved ones, authorities report he jumped from a building after being detained, a rights group says.

Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs

2014-02-01 17:56

Thousands of pro-choice campaigners have converged on the Spanish capital to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.

Japan distances itself on sex slavery comment

2014-01-27 14:56

Tokyo has distanced itself from comments by the new head of national broadcaster NHK, who said the Imperial Army's system of wartime sex slavery was not unique to Japan.

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.

China activists push limits, protest 'dictatorship'

2013-12-30 12:46

China's Southern Street Movement has urged an end to China's "dictatorship", scorned the regime as "rogue" and dared leaders to disclose their assets as a step against graft.

China votes to end labour camps

2013-12-24 20:56

China's top legislative committee has voted to abolish "re-education through labour" camps introduced more than half a century ago.

Modise renews call for castration of rapists

2013-11-25 21:42

North West Premier Thandi Modise has repeated her controversial call for repeat rapists to be chemically castration.

Gender bill interferes with freedom of choice - ACDP

2013-11-22 20:49

The ACDP says the women empowerment and gender equality bill interferes with freedom of choice.

Germany a paradise for pimps

2013-11-19 17:03

A decade after legalised prostitution, a debate has kicked off to again ban the trade, after Germany is called "a paradise for pimps".

SA the champion of democracy - Ebrahim

2013-11-15 20:42

South Africa will use its experience in democracy in the UN Human Rights Council, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim says.

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.

Transform to end violence - commission

2013-11-07 18:41

Society needs to transform to fight rising violence against women and children, the Commission for Gender Equality says.


Mind your own business - North Korea

2014-03-29 07:45

'Mind your own business', North Korea's ambassador has told the UN Human Rights Council moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style atrocities in his country.

Regulations strengthen human rights - minister

2014-03-26 20:49

Fresh regulations for new births and deaths would strengthen human rights in the country, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan says.

US first lady stresses freedom of speech in China

2014-03-22 17:01

US First Lady Michelle Obama has told students in the Chinese capital that freedom of speech and religion and access to information should be universal rights.

SA still experiences human rights abuses - Holomisa

2014-03-21 19:57

Despite the promise of a new democratic country, people of South Africa still experience human rights violations, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says.

Human rights day marks sad day - Zuma

2014-03-21 17:33

Human Rights day marks a sad day in South African history, President Jacob Zuma says.

Happy humans know their rights

2014-03-21 05:00

Read more about the rights every human is entitled to in this fun infographic.

Pakistan rape victim self immolates

2014-03-15 05:30

The 17-year-old Pakistani victim of a gang rape has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect.

Iraq executes seven

2014-03-13 20:20

Iraq has executed seven people including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP.

3 police killed in Bahrain bomb

2014-03-04 08:28

A bomb explosion in Bahrain has killed three police, including an Emirati, during confrontations with "rioters" near Manama, in the bloodiest attack since the 2011 uprising.

SA must condemn Uganda gay law - SAHRC

2014-02-27 19:29

South Africa must speak out against homophobic Ugandan legislation, the SA Human Rights Commission says.

SA seeks clarification on sex rights

2014-02-25 20:02

A government official says South Africa will seek clarification from various countries about their laws on sexual orientation.

Racism in science research rising

2014-02-15 11:40

Advances in genetic sequencing are giving rise to a new era of scientific racism, despite decades of efforts to reverse attitudes used to justify the slave trade and Nazi theology.

Malaysia postpones execution after outcry

2014-02-07 10:06

Amnesty International says that Malaysia has postponed plans to execute a man for murder in a case that sparked an outcry from rights groups.

New party to tackle gender issues

2014-02-01 19:58

A new political party, with a focus on gender issues, would contest the national elections this year, Equal Rights Party spokesperson Michael Herbst says.

UN: 250 million school age kids can't read

2014-01-30 09:31

At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a UN report.

Australia pushes asylum policies despite rights outcry

2014-01-24 09:21

Australia says asylum-seeker arrivals has dropped to their lowest level in five years, despite an outcry over human rights violations committed on pacific islands as refugees are processed.

Child brides worldwide need legal protection

2014-01-20 12:13

Cultural traditions and a lack of legal protection are driving tens of millions of girls around the world into early marriage, subjecting them to violence, poverty and maltreatment.

China reforms one-child policy

2013-12-28 08:26

China's top legislative committee has approved a loosening of the country's hugely controversial one-child policy, and has also abolished labour camps.

UK slave-owners were activists

2013-11-26 12:04

A couple who allegedly held three women as "slaves" in a London house for 30 years were prominent Maoist activists in the 1970s, according to media reports.

Women, child abuse knows no divide - Zuma

2013-11-25 18:46

President Jacob Zuma says violence and abuse against women and children knows no class, race, or geographic divide.

UK cops arrest 2 'slave owners'

2013-11-21 19:27

British police have arrested two people who allegedly held three women as slaves in their London home for more than 30 years.

Calls to ban China's ‘one child' policy

2013-11-18 14:28

China's plan to relax its "one child" family planning policy has fuelled calls for the ruling Communist Party to abolish the controversial and unpopular policy.

Iraq forces need rights re-training: UN envoy

2013-11-15 10:56

Iraq's security forces require "massive amounts of re-training" in human rights to better conduct operations amid the worst violence since 2008, the UN's new envoy to Baghdad says.

Gitmo prisoner's secret diaries leaked

2013-11-08 09:35

Al Jazeera America has published part of the secret personal diaries of one of Guantanamo's most high-profile prisoners, with records of meetings with al-Qaeda's chieftains.

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.

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