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Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions

2014-12-20 12:13

Rights groups have condemned Pakistan's decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead.

Kenya urged to respect human rights

2014-12-18 09:31

Nine Western governments have welcomed proposed changes to Kenya's security laws, but say that they should respect human rights.

Psychologist admits he waterboarded Qaeda suspects

2014-12-16 15:21

One of the chief architects of the CIA's harsh Bush-era interrogation programme has admitted for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects.

Kenyan security laws threaten freedoms - rights groups

2014-12-14 17:59

Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a 'police state', rights groups say, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.

UK open to inquiry over role in CIA torture

2014-12-11 18:12

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he would support an inquiry into whether British spies were complicit in CIA torture of terrorism suspects.

Bush knew about CIA torture says Cheney

2014-12-11 15:53

President George W Bush was fully aware of and an 'integral part' of the CIA's torture of terror suspects, his vice-president Dick Cheney has said.

Psychologist defends harsh CIA interrogations

2014-12-11 10:24

One of the two psychologists who earned millions for designing the CIA's post September 11 2001 programme of brutal interrogations defends the treatment of al-Qaeda detainees.

CIA torture is brutal and ineffective - US senate

2014-12-10 15:47

CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged and failed to produce useful intelligence, the US Senate says.

Nigeria security agencies accused of killings

2014-12-09 22:30

Nigeria's human rights commission has accused the country's security agencies of systematic extra-judicial killings.

North Korea threatens to beef up military capability

2014-11-20 09:53

North Korea has threatened to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls US hostility that led to the approval of a landmark UN resolution on its human rights violations.

UK to combat slavery

2014-11-14 05:43

Britain has appointed its first anti-slavery commissioner to counter growth in people-trafficking.

We crossed the line: US admits to anti-torture body

2014-11-12 15:43

The US says it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but has acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had 'crossed the line' following the September 11 attacks.

Allegations of abuse in Western Cape old age home

2014-11-05 08:57

The Department of Social Development is investigating an old age home in the Western Cape because of allegations of elder abuse.

Volleyball woman jailed in Iran declares hunger strike

2014-11-04 06:40

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran after trying to watch a volleyball match is on a hunger strike, refusing food or liquids, her brothers say.

Are SA women better off than Brits, or Americans?

2014-10-31 15:23

Within days of the world slamming SA macho culture for the death of Reeva Steenkamp, a new global scale of gender equality claims women in SA are better off than those in the US and the UK.

Foreign maids endure abuse in UAE - HRW

2014-10-23 15:24

Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group says.

Sleeping in a swamp: South Sudan battles to survive

2014-10-15 12:04

Outside, in the war-zone state of South Sudan, citizens say they are too fearful to venture, frightened of revenge attacks in a civil war that entered its eleventh month.

SAHRC - man retracts anti-Semitic statements

2014-10-06 17:49

The SA Human Rights Commission has urged the public to use social networking sites responsibly.

Myanmar releases more than 100 child soldiers

2014-09-25 15:57

Myanmar's army has released 109 children from its military ranks in its single biggest discharge of child soldiers, but boys are still being illegally recruited from poor families, the UN says.

Court: Home Affairs disregarded rights

2014-09-23 12:56

Home Affairs officials acted with flagrant disregard for the human rights of Botswana national Edwin Samotse when they deported him, the North Gauteng High Court has ruled.

Egypt 'using detention' to silence opponents

2014-09-19 13:59

The growing number of political detainees in Egypt is raising concerns about human rights abuses, an issue US secretary of state John Kerry says he has had 'frank' talks about in Cairo.

Jewish leader: Far-right votes create a bad image

2014-09-13 13:35

The leader of the World Jewish Congress is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians.

'Serious concern' on human rights in Thailand - UN

2014-09-03 08:54

The UN says it was "seriously concerned" about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.

SA first to tackle sexual orientation discrimination, judge

2014-08-29 17:20

South Africa is the first country to include no discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution, Judge Edwin Cameron says.

 

Rights groups urge Abbott to ease up on refugees

2014-12-18 12:00

Human rights groups and politicians have urged Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott not to use the deadly siege in Sydney as a pretext to crack down on refugees.

Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

2014-12-17 14:12

Hillary Clinton says she's proud to have been part of an administration that worked to ban brutal interrogations and says the US should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.

Tens of thousands dead in South Sudan conflict: UN

2014-12-16 09:10

Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country's leaders are putting their 'personal ambitions' ahead of the young nation's future, the UN says.

British govt under pressure over CIA link

2014-12-12 14:32

The British government is under pressure to appoint a judge to investigate whether its spy agencies were complicit in the torture of terrorist suspects by the CIA after 9/11.

US allies condemn CIA torture, praise report

2014-12-11 17:50

Turkey's foreign minister has said that the report on the CIA's harsh treatment of terrorist suspects reveals "unacceptable torture and treatment”.

No secret CIA prison, says Thailand

2014-12-11 13:59

Thailand has never allowed the US to detain or torture terrorism suspects on its soil, a senior Thai official has said.

Malala: Change is coming

2014-12-10 16:46

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai says she hopes that her prize will inspire young girls all over the world to fight for their rights - and to step forward to lead.

Malala, Satyarthi receive their Nobel Prize

2014-12-10 15:25

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi have received their Nobel Peace Prize after two days of celebration honouring their work for children's rights.

Chimps have no human rights - NY court

2014-12-04 21:26

In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court has rejected an animal rights advocate's bid to extend 'legal personhood' to chimpanzees.

Nobel peace laureate calls for end to slavery

2014-11-17 17:46

Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi has called for global support for a campaign to end child slavery.

Mauritania urged to end crackdown on slavery activists

2014-11-13 16:24

Amnesty International has urged Mauritania to end "harassment, intimidation and repression" of anti-slavery activists.

Egyptian rights groups fear govt crackdown looms

2014-11-10 14:32

Some Egyptian human rights groups have shredded documents and instructed their staff to stay home as a government deadline approaches for them to register under a Hosni Mubarak-era law.

Concern as Morocco blocks human rights groups

2014-11-07 14:12

Human Rights Watch has expressed concern over Morocco blocking the activities of local and international human rights organisations operating in the country.

Allegations of abuse in Western Cape old age home

2014-11-04 14:15

The Department of Social Development is investigating an old age home in the Western Cape because of allegations of elder abuse.

Namibia court rules on HIV forced sterilisation case

2014-11-03 14:01

Namibia’s government violated the rights of three HIV-positive women when it had them sterilised without their consent, the country’s Supreme court has ruled.

North Korea rattles sabres at US

2014-10-25 17:28
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North Korea has vowed strong action to counter a US attack on its human rights record and issued fresh warnings that the US was in range of its nuclear weapons.

DA wants probe into Free State municipality

2014-10-15 19:23

The DA has asked the SA Human Rights Commission to investigate the Mantsopa municipality in the Free State.

Taliban splinter group threatens Malala

2014-10-11 13:12

A powerful breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban has threatened teen education activist Malala Yousafzai with "sharp and shiny knives", hours after she was declared joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Demobilised fighters in DRC camp starve to death

2014-10-01 21:07

More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their family members have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

QwaQwa farm evictions 'violated human rights'

2014-09-23 19:31

The SAHRC says the mass eviction of hundreds of residents who lived on a farm in QwaQwa, Free State, by the municipality earlier this year, is a violation of their human rights.

Uighur scholar gets life in prison

2014-09-23 11:00

A Chinese court has sentenced to life in prison the country's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people, his lawyer says, the latest sign of Beijing's determination to suppress dissent.

Zimbabwe police holding cells filthy

2014-09-17 20:39

Zimbabwean lawyers have decried reported assaults and the death of suspects in police custody, as well as conditions in holding cells they called unfit for human habitation.

Mexico torture rampant

2014-09-04 19:07

Torture and other forms of ill-treatment are "out of control" in Mexico, according to rights group Amnesty International.

Home affairs studies Lindela detention ruling

2014-08-29 17:20

The home affairs department is studying the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg's ruling that detaining migrants for an extended period at the Lindela Repatriation Centre is unlawful.

Experts: Torture common in E Africa, DRC

2014-08-26 19:29

Human rights experts from five East African countries and DRC say despite progress in their countries in ratifying the UN Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent.

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