Albinos 'hunted like animals' for body parts in Malawi

2015-03-03 08:55

Albinos are living in fear of being killed in Malawi, where their body parts are increasingly being sold for use in traditional rituals that promise to deliver wealth and power.

US to compensate victims of forced sterilisations

2015-02-27 10:23

Virginia lawmakers have agreed to compensate victims who were involuntarily sterilised by state officials decades ago under a programme that was widely accepted at the time.

Thailand fails to tackle human trafficking

2015-02-17 17:16

Thailand's efforts to combat human trafficking in its multi-billion dollar fishing industry have been 'wholly inadequate', and it has failed to end officials' involvement in trafficking and labour abuses.

UN alarmed at increasing attacks against schoolgirls

2015-02-09 18:15

The United Nations human rights office says there have been threats, violent attacks and other abuse against girls for going to school in at least 70 countries over the past five years.

Little being done to improve human rights in SA

2015-01-29 19:22

South Africa has done very little in the past year to improve human rights, the Human Rights Watch says.

US, Cuba move a step closer toward embassies

2015-01-23 14:56

Still at odds over human rights, the US and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement.

Egypt's Sisi: Right to protest is exaggerated

2015-01-20 17:37

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says those questioning his government about human rights are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, stability and investment.

Euthanasia debate rages as court mulls Frenchman’s’ life

2015-01-07 18:31

Europe's human rights court will decide whether a man in a vegetative state should be taken off life support in a case that has torn his family apart and ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France.

Arizona will change drugs used in executions

2014-12-23 09:34

Arizona officials say they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.

Rights groups urge Abbott to ease up on refugees

2014-12-18 12:00

Human rights groups and politicians have urged Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott not to use the deadly siege in Sydney as a pretext to crack down on refugees.


Iran ready to let in Google in on conditions

2015-03-02 05:00

Iran has regularly cut access to Facebook and Twitter, but it it will now allow the services of internet giants like Google if they respect its cultural rules.

Force used to crush freedom in Africa - report

2015-02-25 16:57

A worrying picture of ongoing human rights abuse, particularly in Southern Africa, has been painted by Amnesty International in its 2014/2015 yearly report.

North Korea blasts US human rights conference

2015-02-17 07:42

A North Korean ambassador has criticised a conference on Pyongyang's human rights record that is scheduled to begin in Washington, calling it a 'hostile act', news reports say.

Indian police rescue child slaves

2015-01-30 22:14

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in Hyderabad, a report says.

DRC speaker: Security 'lapses' left 40 dead

2015-01-24 16:05

Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament speaker has admitted - briefly - security services "lapses" during protests against President Joseph Kabila that left around 40 people dead.

'Khmer Rouge slit prisoner throats, ate organs'

2015-01-21 14:43

A witness has told Cambodia's UN-backed court that Khmer Rouge soldiers slit prisoners' throats and ate their gall bladders during the 1970s, as the genocide trial of the two most senior surviving leaders resumed.

Myanmar releases Rohingya political prisoner

2015-01-20 12:08

Rights groups welcomed the release of a prominent Rohingya Muslim doctor who was arrested while trying to calm rioters during sectarian violence in western Myanmar, but noted scores of political prisoners remain behind bars.

Sudan steps up pressure on UN

2014-12-27 18:51

Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations on the future of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.

Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions

2014-12-20 12:13

Rights groups have condemned Pakistan's decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead.

Kenya urged to respect human rights

2014-12-18 09:31

Nine Western governments have welcomed proposed changes to Kenya's security laws, but say that they should respect human rights.

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