China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate granted medical parole

2017-06-26 17:48

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after his diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer.

Discrimination against girls worsens in SA - KidsRights Index 2017

2017-05-16 08:24

Discrimination against girls, HIV/Aids-affected children and those with albinism has worsened in South Africa, according to the annual KidsRights Index.

50 000 at risk in South Sudan

2017-05-04 23:00

The UN human rights chief says up to 50 000 civilians in South Sudan's Upper Nile region are at imminent risk of human rights violations as government troops close in.

China prevents academic from returning home to Australia

2017-03-27 11:45

An academic at an Australian university has been prevented by Chinese authorities from returning to Sydney because he's suspected of endangering national security, his lawyer says.

'He worked hard for me', domestic worker says of human rights lawyer

2017-03-17 10:44

Gloria Kente, who was represented by human rights lawyer Peter Williams in a dispute with her employer's boyfriend, says the lawyer's death has broken her.

Israel law banning entry to boycott supporters draws fire

2017-03-07 20:30

A new Israeli law banning entry to foreigners who support boycotting the country came under fire from human rights groups and the opposition, who called it "thought control" harmful to Israel's international standing.

Philippines takes big step back towards death penalty

2017-03-02 09:19

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to bring back the death penalty for drug-related crimes has cleared a major hurdle, with supporters backing it in congress but critics denouncing the plans as "inhumane".

Canadian imprisoned in North Korea meets Swedish ambassador

2017-03-01 15:49

A Canadian man serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family.

DA lays charges against government over Al-Bashir

2017-02-24 15:30

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has laid charges against the ministers of home affairs and international relations for letting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir slip out of South Africa in 2015 to avoid being handed over to the International Criminal Court.

Australia failing human rights, indigenous people - Amnesty International

2017-02-22 12:47

Aboriginal children are 24 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous Australian children, Amnesty International has said in a report accusing Canberra of complacency amid a raft of rights abuses.


US hits Syria with new sanctions

2017-05-16 23:00

The Trump administration has hit a new group of Syrian companies and people with sanctions over human rights abuses.

Tale of hidden boy shocks Israel

2017-05-12 18:16

The 'heartbreaking' story of a 14-year-old boy imprisoned at home by his parents for years have grabbed the headlines in Israel.

Germany to annul and ban foreign child marriages

2017-04-05 11:28

Germany's cabinet has planned to agree to a ban on child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

Preventing cancer is a human rights issue

2017-03-21 08:25

The South African Constitution gives protection to the rights involved in cancer prevention. On Human Rights Day we take a closer look.

Rome Statute repeal bill withdrawn from Parliament

2017-03-14 13:33

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has withdrawn the draft repeal legislation which would have seen South Africa withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Uproar over naked, mistreated prisoners in Philippine jail

2017-03-02 16:43

Photos showing hundreds of prisoners in a Philippine jail sitting naked while being searched for contraband have triggered accusations of further rights abuses.

Norway mass killer Breivik not treated 'inhumanely' in prison - court

2017-03-01 19:57

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has not been treated "inhumanely" by being held in isolation in prison, an Oslo appeals court has ruled, overturning a lower court judgement.

Rights breaches spreading like 'disease', UN chief says

2017-02-27 17:03

Disregard for basic rights is a spreading "disease" with "the perverse phenomenon of populism" fuelling rising intolerance, the UN chief warned as he opened the Human Rights Council's main session.

2016 an awful year for human rights - Amnesty International

2017-02-22 20:19

Despite the rise in gross human rights violations by various governments, citizens and courts are standing up in defence of their rights, Amnesty International has said.

Amnesty: Toxic fear mongering by Trump and others pushing back human rights

2017-02-22 08:49

'Grave violations of human rights' in 159 countries from Myanmar to France opens door to dark times, group says.

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