France calls for fair asylum seeker distribution

2015-05-16 19:50

The European Union needs a system of border controls and a way for asylum seekers to be more fairly distributed among EU member states, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.

Lawyers for Human Rights gets access to foreigners arrested in raids

2015-05-12 14:40

The department of home affairs and the police have narrowly escaped a contempt of court order by agreeing to let Lawyers for Human Rights consult with between 200 to 400 foreign nationals arrested in raids last week.

Three more to ask for assisted suicide

2015-05-07 10:20

Three people who are terminally ill are working on court applications that will allow doctors to assist in legally ending their life, a report says.

Assisted suicide ruling welcomed

2015-04-30 20:15

The World Federation of Right to Die Societies has commended Pretoria Judge Hans Fabricius for the “wise verdict” allowing terminally ill Robin Stransham-Ford the right to commit suicide with a doctor’s help.

Animals are treated better than humans, court hears

2015-04-29 13:38

Animals are treated better than humans, the North Gauteng High Court has heard in an urgent application by a terminally ill man who wants to be helped to die.

Erdogan: Turkey's ancestors never committed genocide

2015-04-24 10:09

On the eve of the day marking the centenary of the Ottoman massacres of Armenians, Turkey's president says his nation's ancestors never committed genocide.

UN urging exhumation of DRC mass grave

2015-04-16 09:06

The UN mission in DRC has urged the government to exhume more than 400 bodies buried last month in a mass grave, the head of the organisation’s human rights office says.

China release of five feminists welcomed

2015-04-14 19:25

Campaigners have welcomed China's release of five feminist activists held for more than a month, saying the surprise move after an international outcry showed Beijing does sometimes respond to outside pressure.

Gay dad granted 'maternity' leave - report

2015-03-27 19:41

In a ground-breaking ruling, the Labour Court in Durban has granted a gay father full maternity leave to take care of his baby, according to reports.

Government welcomes ruling in ukuthwala case

2015-03-26 14:02

Minister in the Presidency Susan Shabangu has welcomed two recent court rulings that upheld the rights of women and children.


Mandela's last days discussed at euthanasia debate

2015-05-14 22:06

The final days of former president Nelson Mandela formed part of a debate in Johannesburg around end-of-life decisions such as euthanasia.

Zim authorities doing nothing to find abducted activist - HRW

2015-05-08 16:01

The authorities in Zimbabwe "appear to be doing nothing to find Itai Dzamara", an activist who was mysteriously abducted two months ago, Human Rights Watch say.

Assisted suicide order stands, judge rules

2015-05-04 20:44

The court order allowing a Cape Town advocate to commit suicide with the help of a medical doctor will remain in force, even though he died two hours before the order was granted.

NPA to appeal 'right to die' ruling

2015-04-30 12:35

The National Prosecuting Authority will appeal a precedent-setting court ruling giving a terminally ill Cape Town man the right to end his own life with the help of a doctor.

Four to hang for girl's rape, murder in Kashmir

2015-04-24 22:40

A court in Indian-administered Kashmir has sentenced four men to death after they were convicted of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

AU: Somalia sex abuse allegations largely unproven

2015-04-22 08:25

Allegations implicating African Union troops in Somalia in many cases of rape and sex abuse are largely unproven, the AU insists in a long-awaited reply to a damning rights report.

Rights violation charge laid against Zulu king

2015-04-15 22:21

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini faces another charge of hate speech and violating human rights - this time by the Western Cape organiser of the SA National Defence Union.

SAHRC fights for rights of single moms and their kids

2015-04-14 17:27

The SA Human Rights Commission has filed an application in the Western Cape High Court to challenge the current legal practice around the use of surnames for children born to unmarried parents.

Group accuses Israel of war crimes during Gaza war

2015-03-27 14:18

The Israeli army committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last year’s offensive in Gaza, a right group says.

Solitary confinement for Swazi rights lawyer

2015-03-26 10:12

A Jailed Swazi human rights lawyer has been placed in solitary confinement at Big Bend Prison for a period of three weeks, the Law Society of SA says.

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