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.

Are domestic worker wages fair?

2015-09-30 16:37

A recent News24 survey has revealed how much each province pays domestic workers, and the results are surprising.

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.


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.

My domestic worker lives in shocking conditions

2015-10-07 10:52

The lives of domestic workers may not be the responsibility of their employers, but does that mean they can't do more? Our readers respond.

Kenyan rights body alleges government abuses

2015-09-15 18:03

More than 80 people have disappeared, while many have been tortured says a Kenya rights organisation.

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.

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