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US concerned about Egyptian human rights

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Top US diplomat Antony Blinken said Egypt has more work to do on human rights amid calls for Washington to take a tougher stance...

Uganda security personnel beat journalists covering rights abuse petition

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Ugandan military and police officers beat and seriously injured journalists on Wednesday as they covered the delivery of a petition about human rights violations...

Zimbabwe court rules journalist danger to public, extends detention

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A Zimbabwean court ruled on Friday that a journalist charged with inciting violence was a danger to the public and extended his detention until...

Tanzania urged to end civic space crackdown

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Tanzania should allow peaceful gatherings ahead of elections in October and step back from “draconian” laws, UN appointed independent rights experts said. In a written...

UN rights experts condemn Israel’s annexation plan and US support

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UN human rights experts said on Tuesday that Israel’s plan to annex significant parts of the occupied West Bank would violate international law banning...

ISS: Magufuli is driving Tanzania further from human rights

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Tanzanian president John Magufuli continues to drive his country away from good governance, democracy and human rights. His latest move was to withdraw Tanzania’s...

Iranian violence on protesters denounced

Iranian security forces shot at protesters from helicopters and a rooftop and aimed at peoples’ heads using “severe violence” to quell anti-government unrest, UN...

Ethiopian human rights chief has his hands full

When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a former political prisoner head of the state-funded human rights commission, supporters hailed it as a sign...

UN human rights office in Burundi forced to close

Burundi forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said. Hundreds...

Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights

Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even...

Burundi under fire for expelling UN human rights team

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Burundi's ambassador in Geneva struggled to explain to the UN Human Rights Council why his government threw out a UN team the...

Record number of states punishing human rights activism

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A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the...

Egypt defends its human rights position

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Egypt's United Nations envoy criticised UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein's remarks on systemic violence in the country, saying...

DR Congo faces UN deadline for human rights probe

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Congo has two days to heed UN calls to jointly investigate violence in Kasai province or risk having an international human rights...

Warning signs flashing in CAR senior UN man says

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Despite "vast improvement" in security in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), there are still deep tensions and some fear a...

Egyptian court approves freezing assets of rights activists

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An Egyptian court on Wednesday approved a freeze on the assets of three human rights activists, one of them said, the latest...

Burundi suspends cooperation with U.N. office on human rights

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Burundi suspended its cooperation with a United Nations human rights office on Tuesday, a government spokesman said, amid a deepening row between...

UN rights forum sets up inquiry into Burundi killing and torture

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The top UN human rights forum agreed to set up a commission of inquiry to identify perpetrators of killings and torture in...

UN commission lists rights concerns in conflict-riven South Sudan

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A UN human rights commission said on Thursday it was concerned by intimidation of civil society activists, harassment of journalists, sexual violence...

World Bank accused of belittling Zimbabwe human rights abuses

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Human rights groups slammed the World Bank on Thursday over an internal report on Zimbabwe suggesting it would be a sign of...

Eritrea escapes U.N. Security Council referral over human rights

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Eritrea may escape censure by the U.N. Security Council over its human rights record after the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a...

Rights groups voice concerns after a rare protest in Gambia

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Human rights groups voiced concern on Friday over arrests in Gambia after a rare public demonstration in the West African nation, where...

U.S. concerned by Egypt’s investigation of human rights groups

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he was deeply concerned by the deterioration in the human rights situation in...

ISS: A change of direction for the AU?

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Although the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) emphasises the importance of protecting human rights, the organisation's efforts in this regard...

Four DR Congo pro-democracy activists sentenced to prison

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Four pro-democracy activists were sentenced on Friday to six months in prison in Democratic Republic of Congo for inciting disobedience, part of...

Rights groups accuse Angola of crackdown after activist jailed

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Rights groups accused have Angola's government of using the legal system to crack down on critics after an activist was jailed for...

Eritrea calls U.N. human rights findings “indecent hyperbole”

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Eritrea on Tuesday dismissed what it called "indecent hyperbole" in a U.N. human rights report that described alleged extrajudicial killings, torture and...

Conflict, militancy hit human rights in Middle East, African nations

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Syria was bottom and Ukraine had the biggest slide in a human rights index published on Wednesday, as countries suffering from conflict...

UN says Gambia blocks investigators probing torture and killings

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Gambia has blocked United Nations human rights investigators from completing an investigation into torture and killings during the first ever visit to...

U.S. cites crackdowns on protestors, gays in global rights report

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The United States on Thursday expressed growing concern about government crackdowns on peaceful protest and persecution of gays in a number of...

Human rights abuse rife in CAR

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Topics up for discussion during today's summit of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are peace, stability and development...

South African courts to hear Zimbabwe rights cases

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A South African court ruled today its legal system can be used to investigate and prosecute citizens of neighbouring Zimbabwe for suspected...

Iran official slams “preposterous” U.N. condemnation

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A senior Iranian official rejected as "preposterous" a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Iran, which was adopted by the UN...

Arms deal for Bahrain hinges on human rights report

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The future of US military support for Bahrain, starting with a US$53 million (33 million pounds) arms deal now on the line,...

US concerned about Uganda human rights crackdown

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The United States accused Uganda's government of intensifying human rights abuses, taking aim at an African ally that Washington recently pledged to...

Commonwealth summit starts,dogged by questions over its relevance

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Leaders of the Commonwealth group of mostly former British colonies met for a three-day summit under pressure to get tougher on human...

Commonwealth seeks to avoid slide into irrelevance

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A proposal to appoint a Commonwealth human rights commissioner to steer a more proactive rights agenda looks set to test a summit...

Human rights to test Commonwealth leaders

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A proposal to appoint a Commonwealth human rights commissioner to steer a more proactive rights agenda looks set to test a leaders'...

Libya urged to investigate Gaddafi supporters’ “execution”

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A human rights group called for an investigation into a suspected mass execution of 53 Gaddafi supporters and urged Libyan authorities to...

Arab Spring abuses show need for arms trade curb – Amnesty

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Russia, the United States and European countries ignored fears over human rights abuses and sold large numbers of weapons to governments in...

‘Random’ Egypt arrests after Israel embassy attack

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Egyptian rights groups have accused Egyptian authorities of carrying out random arrests after this month's attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo,...

UN sleuth tells Myanmar to free political prisoners

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The United Nations human rights investigator for Myanmar said he had urged the country's military government to free what he called "large...

Sudan promises own rights group in South Kordofan -SUNA

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Sudan said it would form its own committee to assess the human rights situation in its conflict-ridden Southern Kordofan region, a day...

Ivorian refugees fear return after abuses – Amnesty

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Hundreds of thousands of people remain displaced by Ivory Coast's vicious post-election conflict and many are too afraid to return home for...

Moroccan rights group seeks actions after reform

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Constitutional reform crafted by Morocco's king protects human rights better but won't amount to much unless the state apologises for past abuses...

China admits “long way to go” for citizens to enjoy human...

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China still has "a long way to go" before its citizens can enjoy full human rights, a senior Chinese official said in...

Africa is rife with human rights abuses – Amnesty International

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Torture, executions and other human rights violations are rife in many African countries, according to Amnesty International. The London-based rights group released...

Italy accused of letting Libya mistreat refugees

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Italy's opposition accused the government of turning a blind eye to the fate of 245 Eritrean refugees who were turned back at...

Too many businesses neglecting human rights, corruption concerns: UN survey

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Corruption and human rights issues continue to be neglected by companies despite ongoing interest in United Nations-led efforts to ensure ethical corporate...

Tunisian judge keeps journalist in prison: lawyer

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A Tunisian judge refused to free a journalist who says his six-month prison sentence for assault is politically motivated, and delayed a...