German minister raises rights concerns in Cairo

2016-04-18 21:01

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says his country was worried by reports of mounting rights abuses in Egypt, telling reporters in Cairo that freedoms go along with economic development.

Egypt tries to shut down torture victim centre

2016-04-05 22:53

Egyptian authorities are trying to shut down Egypt's main NGO treating torture victims, many of whom say they were abused by the police or security forces.

Chadian gang-rape victim demands justice for all women

2016-03-22 11:08

Chadian teenager Zouhoura, whose gang-rape by young men from well-to-do families sparked unprecedented mass protests in her country, says she wants justice for herself and for "all women" who have long suffered in silence.

SAHRC finalising report on King Goodwill Zwelithini

2016-02-25 13:25

The SA Human Rights Commission says it is still in the process of finalising its report into 31 complaints lodged against Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Thai fishing industry crackdown intensified

2016-02-01 17:32

Thailand, faced with possible trade sanctions over abuses in its seafood industry, says it has accelerated its fight against human trafficking and unregulated fishing.

Nigeria won't release two detainees

2015-12-31 13:37

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will not release two prominent detainees, despite several court orders for their release.

Guards tortured prisoners, probe finds

2015-12-14 22:06

An investigation has revealed inmates were tortured at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre

China the 'world's worst jailer of journalists'

2015-12-04 16:02

As Chinese President Xi Jinping chairs the two-day Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, at least 44 journalists are behind bars in his country for charges including criticising the state.

Our human rights are violated - Khoi and San chair

2015-11-25 16:00

Chairperson of the Gauteng Khoi and San council John van Rooyen has accused government of neglecting their communities.

EU slams Turkey's rights record

2015-11-10 22:03

Turkey has curtailed freedom of expression and undermined the independence of its judiciary, the European Commission says, in a highly critical report that could clash with efforts to win Ankara's co-operation in handling migrant flows.


Lesbians still vulnerable in South Africa - Judge Cameron

2016-04-09 13:01

Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron has said that while there is an increasing acceptance of homosexuals in many parts of South Africa and in Africa, life continues to be difficult for members of the LGBTI community.

13 global NGOs fear for rights groups in Egypt

2016-03-23 21:01

Thirteen global rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have urged Egypt to drop a renewed investigation of rights activists that has strained ties with Washington.

China slammed over crackdown on activists

2016-03-10 20:56

The US and 11 other countries have taken China to task at the United Nations over its human rights record and demanded it immediately release all detained activists and lawyers.

UN: At least 200 million females estimated to be circumcised

2016-02-05 10:56

The UN children's agency is estimating that at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone female circumcision - half in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.

UN: 'Obscene' civilian death toll in Iraq

2016-01-19 17:53

A UN report says at least 18 802 civilians were killed and another 36 245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and October 31 of last year, as Iraqi forces battled ISIS.

Tunisia jails six students for 'homosexuality'

2015-12-15 07:16

A Tunisian court has sentenced six students to three years in jail each on charges of homosexuality in a judgement condemned by rights activists.

UN: Torture 'entrenched' in Chinese justice system

2015-12-10 20:27

China has dismissed a United Nations report criticising "ongoing" rights abuses in China's courts and prisons, despite legislation outlawing torture in the country.

UN council to meet on North Korea abuses

2015-12-04 09:44

The UN Security Council will hold a meeting this month to discuss human rights violations in North Korea, only the second such session, the US mission to the United Nations says.

Hoot against violence targeting women, children - minister

2015-11-12 19:05

Hoot, whistle and switch on your hazards in solidarity against crimes against women and children. This is the directive from minister in the presidency responsible for women, Susan Shabangu, speaking during a parliamentary debate.

Egyptian human rights lawyers say new prison law legalises abuses

2015-10-26 20:59

Egyptian human rights lawyers say they are concerned that recent amendments to prison laws, which give administrators wider leeway for the use of force, could open the door to more violations in Egypt's prisons.

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