Palestine declares 'Day of Rage'

2014-07-25 10:00

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.

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.

E Cape 'sex for jobs' scandal to be probed

2014-06-14 08:32

Allegations that legislature officials in Bhisho demanded sex from women interns in exchange for jobs will be investigated, the Eastern Cape government has said.

UN rights chief calls for truth on Tiananmen

2014-06-04 09:54

United Nations human rights Chief Navi Pillay has called on China to reveal the truth about the army's violent suppression of mass pro-democracy protests on Beijing's Tiananmen Square 25 years ago.

Taiwan urges China to face up to Tiananmen

2014-06-03 14:57

Taiwan has urged China to face up to history and protect the rights of dissidents on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

India rape outrage grows

2014-05-30 18:16

Outrage is growing in India over two shocking rape cases as the new government said it was planning to set up a special crisis cell.

SAHRC: Corporal punishment violates rights

2014-05-29 14:09

Corporal punishment is a violation of children's rights as it involves using force to inflict pain and discomfort on a child, the SA Human Rights Commission says.

Teenager tests Maldives death penalty revival

2014-05-22 11:14

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder over a fatal stabbing in the Maldives, becoming the first minor to be accused of a capital offence since the death penalty was reintroduced.

'Tortured' Indonesia maid listed on Time's top 100

2014-04-25 13:06

Time magazine has named an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer as one of the world's 100 most influential people.

Why I'm not here for the mainstream gay rights movement

2014-04-22 10:26

I’m a feminist, I’m queer as hell and I’m all about the advancement of human rights. Therefore, I can’t support the mainstream gay rights movement as it is.

Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law

2014-04-22 09:04

Brunei has postponed its implementation of harsh Islamic punishments, due to have started, that have earned condemnation from the United Nations and sparked rare criticism at home.

Mind your own business - North Korea

2014-03-29 07:45

'Mind your own business', North Korea's ambassador has told the UN Human Rights Council moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style atrocities in his country.

Regulations strengthen human rights - minister

2014-03-26 20:49

Fresh regulations for new births and deaths would strengthen human rights in the country, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan says.

US first lady stresses freedom of speech in China

2014-03-22 17:01

US First Lady Michelle Obama has told students in the Chinese capital that freedom of speech and religion and access to information should be universal rights.

SA still experiences human rights abuses - Holomisa

2014-03-21 19:57

Despite the promise of a new democratic country, people of South Africa still experience human rights violations, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says.

Human rights day marks sad day - Zuma

2014-03-21 17:33

Human Rights day marks a sad day in South African history, President Jacob Zuma says.

Happy humans know their rights

2014-03-21 05:00

Read more about the rights every human is entitled to in this fun infographic.

Pakistan rape victim self immolates

2014-03-15 05:30

The 17-year-old Pakistani victim of a gang rape has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect.

Iraq executes seven

2014-03-13 20:20

Iraq has executed seven people including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP.

3 police killed in Bahrain bomb

2014-03-04 08:28

A bomb explosion in Bahrain has killed three police, including an Emirati, during confrontations with "rioters" near Manama, in the bloodiest attack since the 2011 uprising.

SA must condemn Uganda gay law - SAHRC

2014-02-27 19:29

South Africa must speak out against homophobic Ugandan legislation, the SA Human Rights Commission says.


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

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.

French face veil ban is plain discrimination

2014-07-06 08:01

The European Court of Human Rights’ ruling reinforcing France’s ban on the niqaab is is like stripping a Muslim woman of her dignity and identity, says Mohamed Saeed.

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.

Jordan's Prince Zeid to be next UN rights chief

2014-06-17 09:34

The UN General Assembly has unanimously approved Jordan's Ambassador Prince Zeid al Hussein as the next UN human rights chief. He will be the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

Close Guantanamo Bay

2014-06-11 06:30

"Tear down this prison," should be the "tear down this wall" of the 2000s, says Simon Williamson.

Guantanamo prisoner demands 'civilised' force-feedings

2014-06-04 08:49

A prisoner at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay has said in a court petition that his force-feedings amounted to torture and asked a judge to order his jailers to make them "civilised".

Rename China embassy's street after dissident - lawmakers

2014-05-30 09:54

US lawmakers have called for the street outside China's embassy to be renamed in honor of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Arrests over 'Happy' online video highlight Iran rift

2014-05-23 10:42

The arrest of six Iranian youths for dancing to US singer Pharrell Williams' hit Happy in a video that went viral highlights the rift between conservatives and youths fascinated by the West.

Why I'm not here for the mainstream gay rights movement

2014-04-29 11:30

I’m a feminist, I’m queer as hell and I’m all about the advancement of human rights. Therefore, I can’t support the mainstream gay rights movement as it is.

Why I'm not here for the mainstream gay rights movement

2014-04-23 12:15

I’m a feminist, I’m queer as hell and I’m all about the advancement of human rights. Therefore, I can’t support the mainstream gay rights movement as it is.

Search for missing Thai activist

2014-04-22 09:33

Relatives and rights groups have urged Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of an environmental activist who has worked to help villagers report illegal activity.

Rejection of DA ad infringes freedom - legal team

2014-04-15 20:51

The rejection of the DA's adverts by the SABC is an infringement on the freedom of expression, the party's legal team has argued.

China defends death penalty

2014-03-27 12:35

China has defended the death penalty as a traditional deterrent, after a report said its annual executions had again far exceeded the rest of the world's combined.

Abused women should be supported - minister

2014-03-25 18:40

Gender-based violence victims should receive support no matter who they are and where they live, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says.

South Africans remember Sharpeville massacre

2014-03-21 22:39

Sharpeville has been coloured yellow, red and black as the ANC, EFF and the PAC commemorated Human Rights Day in the historical township in Vereeniging, south of Gauteng.

ANC: Rights will be protected

2014-03-21 17:49

Government has redoubled efforts to ensure that the rights of South Africans are protected and upheld, the ANC says on Human Rights Day .

SA has a good story to tell, says Zuma

2014-03-21 15:42

South Africa has a good story to tell in the past 20 years of its democracy, but it has not been easy, President Jacob Zuma says.

100 people found in house, living in filth

2014-03-20 13:55

A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the US illegally has been uncovered just outside Houston, a police spokesperson says.

Iraqi bill to legalise child marriage

2014-03-14 11:47

A contentious draft law in Iraq may open the door to girls as young as 9 getting married and would require wives to submit to sex anytime, provoking outrage from rights activists.

Congolese men launch feminist group

2014-03-08 11:29

Two dozen men in the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a group to fight for women's rights in the region, which has been called the worst place in the world to be a woman.

China hits back at US in human rights report

2014-02-28 10:21

China has issued a report on human rights in the US, denouncing it for foreign drone strikes, state-sponsored spying and "rampant" gun crime after Washington criticised its rights record.

Dogs rip kids to pieces in N Korean camp

2014-02-26 08:05

Ahn Myong-Chol has witnessed many horrors as a North Korean prison camp guard, but few haunt him like the image of guard dogs attacking school children and tearing them to pieces.

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