ARTICLES RELATING TO HUMAN RIGHTS

US calls for release of Chinese rights activists

2015-09-02 10:27

The US has urged Chinese authorities to release a dozen human rights and religious freedom defenders detained during a recent visit by a top US diplomat.

Climate change refugees fight New Zealand deportation, appeal to UN

2015-08-19 07:47

A Kiribati family fleeing the impact of climate change on their homeland have asked the United Nations to help them fight deportation from New Zealand, which has ruled they are not refugees.

Jewish extremists suspected in West Bank village fire

2015-08-13 15:08

A tent has been torched and Hebrew graffiti was sprayed at a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank in what residents and an NGO says is a suspected attack by Jewish extremists.

Rio cops kill with impunity: Amnesty

2015-08-03 21:17

Rio de Janeiro's police have killed more than 1 500 people in the last five years, driving up the Olympic host's already high violent death rate, Amnesty International says.

UN asks Canada to do more for indigenous people

2015-07-24 14:19

The Canadian government is responsible for many inequalities affecting indigenous people in the country, the UN says, urging it to do more to support natives.

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

2015-07-12 12:59

BEIJING, July 12 - Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say.

Garnishee orders an assault on human dignity - judge

2015-07-08 19:24

Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai has ruled that the debt collecting procedure used by micro-lenders is “unconstitutional” and “an assault on human dignity”.

ICC postpones trial of DRC's 'Terminator' warlord

2015-07-03 21:24

The war crimes trial of Congolese former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", was has been postponed until September to give his lawyers a chance to prepare their case, the International Criminal Court says.

Mixed reaction to scrapping of anti-gay law in Mozambique

2015-07-03 20:24

Mozambicans have reacted with caution, celebration and rejection to the recent scrapping of a colonial anti-gay law.

Russia cuts funding to 'foreign agent' NGOs

2015-07-02 22:11

Some of Russia's leading NGOs say their work will be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

 

Home affairs trauma for Pretoria transgender woman

2015-08-19 16:01

A transgender woman has told of her trauma at being mistreated by home affairs officials in Centurion, who allegedly prevented her from applying for a gender change in her ID book.

Govt failing disabled children - human rights bodies

2015-08-18 21:07

Thousands of disabled children are losing out on a proper education because the government is not implementing its own inclusive schooling policy, two human rights organisations say.

Homophobic attack victims awarded damages in landmark case

2015-08-13 14:48

Two Cape Town lesbians have each been awarded R150 000 in damages for an attack on their dignity in a pub two years ago. WARNING: Article contains strong language.

British PM tackles Vietnamese children trafficking

2015-07-29 20:31

Britain will seek stronger co-operation with Vietnam to crack down on the trafficking of Vietnamese children to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

106 Chinese lawyers, activists arrested as nationwide crackdown continues

2015-07-13 12:26

More than 100 human rights lawyers and activists from 15 cities and provinces in China have been detained, have disappeared or summoned by police in a nationwide crackdown, according to rights groups.

Pope asks pardon for church's 'offenses' against indigenous

2015-07-10 14:25

Pope Francis has apologised for the sins and 'offenses' committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas

Colombian man ends own life with government help

2015-07-04 10:08

Euthanasia has emerged from legal limbo in Colombia after a cancer patient ended his life with government backing.

UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war

2015-07-03 20:25

The UN's top human rights body has backed calls for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.

UNHCR wants end to forced marriage

2015-07-02 22:25

The UNHCR has adopted a resolution calling for an end to child, early and forced marriage, and recognising child marriage as a violation of human rights.

Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty

2015-06-30 22:26

Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country.

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