ARTICLES RELATING TO HUMAN RIGHTS

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.

India gang rape accused go free

2014-08-25 19:41

Indian investigators will not charge five men detained earlier this year on suspicion of raping and murdering two teenage girls in a case that sparked global outrage.

14-year Indian hunger striker released

2014-08-20 13:49

An Indian court has ordered the release of a woman who has staged a 14-year-long hunger strike to protest human rights abuses in the country.

HRW urges UN probe of 'systematic' Egypt killings

2014-08-13 13:14

The killing of hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators at two protest camps last year was systematic, ordered by top officials and probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch says, calling for a UN inquiry.

Palestine declares 'Day of Rage'

2014-07-25 10:00
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In the West Bank, Palestinian factions have declared a "Day of Rage" after a night of clashes over Israel's Gaza offensive.

Conservatives in US Senate oppose disability treaty

2014-07-23 11:09

A US Senate committee voted to advance a UN treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but still needs to ratified by the full Senate.

Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Gitmo detainees

2014-07-16 09:22

A US Navy nurse has refused to force-feed prisoners who are on an extended hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, the first protest of its kind at the detention centre, a rights lawyer says.

Mavericks strippers' dignity in question - SAHRC

2014-06-28 11:10

Exotic dancers working in an exclusive section of the Mavericks Gentlemen's Club in Cape Town may have felt compelled to work while menstruating, a report says.

European court rules on euthanasia

2014-06-25 15:39

Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that a ban on assisted suicide is incompatible with human rights.

 

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.

Muti killing a crime against humanity - Phiyega

2014-08-24 14:17

Muti killings are serious crimes against humanity and a collaborative approach is needed to combat them, Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega says.

14-year Indian hunger striker released

2014-08-20 13:50

An Indian court has ordered the release of a woman who has staged a 14-year-long hunger strike to protest human rights abuses in the country.

Turkish women post pictures of shoes in protest against sexism

2014-08-13 15:48

To denounce gender discrimination in Turkey, opposition MP threatened to throw her shoes at fellow deputies.

Video shows troops slitting Boko Haram suspects' throats

2014-08-05 07:49

Footage obtained by Amnesty International and released on Tuesday appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave. [WARNING: graphic content]

Turkish Airlines cancels Tel Aviv flights

2014-07-23 13:00

Turkey's national carrier has decided to temporarily halt its direct flights to Tel Aviv due to the Gaza conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel may be committing war crimes - UN human rights chief

2014-07-23 10:52
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Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza, where its killing of children raise the "strong possibility" that it is violating international law, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says.

European court upholds French ban on face veils

2014-07-01 14:40

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France's law banning face-covering Muslim veils from the streets, in a case brought by a woman who claimed her freedom of religion has been violated.

Human rights infringements won't be tolerated - NWU

2014-06-26 21:31

The North West University council says it would not tolerate any human rights infringement at the university.

UNHCR slams caste-based sex attacks

2014-06-18 06:37

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice.

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