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Jordan's Prince Zeid al-Hussein. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org
Jordanian prince becomes UN's next rights chief

The UN General Assembly Monday approved the nomination of Jordan's Prince Zeid al-Hussein as the next human rights chief, making him the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

Jordanian prince becomes UN's next rights chief
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty

US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Sudan on Thursday for sentencing a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, urging Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.

US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ©Reuters/KCNA
Images show farm work at N. Korea prison camp

North Korea has increased economic linkages with a prison camp where inmates are working by hand in agriculture, according to satellite imagery released Thursday by a human rights group.

Images show farm work at N. Korea prison camp
Syria's Assad coasts to re-election in 'farce' polls
Syria's Assad coasts to re-election in 'farce' polls

Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected Syria's president with 88.7 percent of the vote after a poll labelled a farce by rebels fighting to overthrow him, whose outcome was never in doubt.

Syria's Assad coasts to re-election in 'farce' polls
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Teenager test case in Maldives death penalty revival

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, officials said.

Teenager test case in Maldives death penalty revival
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. Photo courtesy of la-razon.com
Bolivian ex-president can face rights trial in US

A judge in the state of Florida has given a green light for a human rights abuses trial to move forward in the United States against Bolivian ex-president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.

Bolivian ex-president can face rights trial in US
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Kazakhstan sees 31 policemen convicted for torture

35 torture cases have been initiated and 31 policemen convicted in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan sees 31 policemen convicted for torture
A boy affected by what activists say was a gas attack. ©Reuters/Amer Alfaj
HRW says 'strong evidence' Syria govt used chlorine gas

Evidence "strongly suggests" Syria's government used chlorine gas on three towns in mid-April in violation of the chemical weapons treaty it joined last year, Human Rights Watch said.

HRW says 'strong evidence' Syria govt used chlorine gas
Egypt verdict expected for Islamist chief, 700 others
Egypt verdict expected for Islamist chief, 700 others

The Egyptian judge who sentenced to death hundreds of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi will pass judgment Monday on another 700 people, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie.

Egypt verdict expected for Islamist chief, 700 others
Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law

Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the UN's human rights office and rare criticism at home.

Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
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Nigerian arrested for tweeting attack pictures: Amnesty

Amnesty International urged the Nigerian security forces Friday to disclose the whereabouts of a man who was arrested after tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break at the headquarters of the intelligence agency.

Nigerian arrested for tweeting attack pictures: Amnesty
Dr Maha Al Muneef. Photo courtesy of forbes.com
Obama to meet woman activist on Saudi visit

US President Barack Obama will meet a woman activist in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, when women have pledged to defy a driving ban, a US official said.

Obama to meet woman activist on Saudi visit
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Children call Australian immigration detention 'hell'

Children held in immigration detention in Australia have described conditions as "hell" with a human rights inquiry Monday detailing many banging their heads, biting themselves and wetting their beds.

Children call Australian immigration detention 'hell'
Cao Shunli. Photo courtesy of opendemocracy.net
Detained China activist dies after critical illness

A Chinese human rights activist died on Friday after falling critically ill in detention after police denied her medical treatment for months, her brother said.

Detained China activist dies after critical illness
SwitzerlandU.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. ©Reuters/Denis Balibouse
Nigeria gets first visit from UN rights chief

Nigeria, under fire internationally for banning gay marriage and alleged abuses while tackling Islamist insurgents, received its first visit from the United Nations human rights commissioner.

Nigeria gets first visit from UN rights chief
Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage
Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage

The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his considerable moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex was fine as long as it was consensual.

Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage
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Human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Almaty

A man tried to sell a Kyrgyz girl in Almaty for one thousand dollars.

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Almaty
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Cisco cleared in rights case, as tech sector watches

A US court has cleared Cisco Systems over liability for human rights abuses in China, in a case closely watched by the global technology sector and activists.

Cisco cleared in rights case, as tech sector watches
©Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden

A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police said Saturday, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country's former war zone.

Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden
©Reuters/Eric Gaillard
New Zealand prostitute wins sex harassment claim

A New Zealand prostitute has won substantial damages for sexual harassment by a brothel owner, with sex workers hailing the decision as a landmark ruling that shows the country as a world leader in protecting their rights.

New Zealand prostitute wins sex harassment claim