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UN watchdog demands Uzbekistan halt use of torture

Uzbekistan must halt its routine use of torture and cease reprisals against human rights campaigners who expose state abuses, United Nations monitors said Friday.

UN watchdog demands Uzbekistan halt use of torture
Cameron puts Sri Lanka on notice over war crimes
Cameron puts Sri Lanka on notice over war crimes

Britain's David Cameron put Sri Lanka on notice Saturday to address allegations of war crimes within months or else he would lead a push for action at the UN.

Cameron puts Sri Lanka on notice over war crimes
The meeting with Charge d'affaires of the U.S in Kazakhstan. 

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Kazakhstan Justice Minister discusses fighting human trafficking with US diplomats

The attorney general Berik Imashev discussed human trafficking issues with the Charge d'affaires of the United States, John Ordway.

Kazakhstan Justice Minister discusses fighting human trafficking with US diplomats
UN inquiry chief left in tears by N. Korea brutality
UN inquiry chief left in tears by N. Korea brutality

The head of a UN inquiry into North Korea rights abuses told Tuesday how he had been reduced to tears by witness accounts of people who fled the hardline state.

UN inquiry chief left in tears by N. Korea brutality
US report says little progress on China rights
US report says little progress on China rights

A US government commission said Thursday that China's human rights record has not improved under the country's new leadership and raised concerns on issues from minority rights to forced abortion.

US report says little progress on China rights
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Council of Europe chief distances himself from circumcision resolution

Council of Europe chief Thorbjoern Jagland has distanced himself from a controversial resolution of the pan-European human rights body that calls for regulation of circumcision practices.

Council of Europe chief distances himself from circumcision resolution
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Israel: European rights resolution on circumcision 'racist'

Israel labelled as "racist" and "anti-religious" Friday a resolution of the pan-European human rights body calling for regulation of circumcision practices.

Israel: European rights resolution on circumcision 'racist'
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov. Photo courtesy of primeminister.kz
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister on reports compiled by international human rights organizations

Not all reports of international human rights organizations, including reports for foreign governments, are true to the facts: Erlan Idrissov.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister on reports compiled by international human rights organizations
Representatives for Veenzuela, lawyers Luis Britto (L), German Saltron (C) and Manuel Galindo attend the public hearing for the case Brewer Carias vs Venezuela in the Inter-American Court of Human Rig
Venezuela quits regional human rights court

Venezuela withdrew from a regional human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling the wishes of late president Hugo Chavez to the dismay of activists who fear the state may commit abuses.

Venezuela quits regional human rights court
UN rights panel urges N. Korea to grant access
UN rights panel urges N. Korea to grant access

The head of a UN inquiry into human rights in North Korea appealed on Tuesday for access to the country, even as Pyongyang condemned his commission's work as slanderous and provocative.

UN rights panel urges N. Korea to grant access
UN rights panel challenges N. Korea over 'slander' claim
UN rights panel challenges N. Korea over 'slander' claim

The head of a UN inquiry into human rights in North Korea challenged Pyongyang on Monday to back its allegation that testimony gathered by his commission in Seoul amounted to "slander"

UN rights panel challenges N. Korea over 'slander' claim
Obama faces distasteful choice in Egypt
Obama faces distasteful choice in Egypt

The United States again faces the unpalatable policy dilemma that has shaped decades of relations with Egypt.

Obama faces distasteful choice in Egypt
Mukhtar Ablyazov. Photo courtesy of vesti.kz
Ablyazov arrested by French special forces

Ablyazov has been arrested in the south of France near Cannes by French special forces today.

Ablyazov arrested by French special forces
US, Vietnam leaders build ties but disagree on rights
US, Vietnam leaders build ties but disagree on rights

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Vietnam's leader to improve on human rights but the former enemy nations pledged to work together on trade and tensions with China.

US, Vietnam leaders build ties but disagree on rights
Force-feeding of Gitmo inmates is unethical: US doctor
Force-feeding of Gitmo inmates is unethical: US doctor

The force-feeding of hunger striking inmates at the US prison in Guantanamo clearly violates medical ethics and international law.

Force-feeding of Gitmo inmates is unethical: US doctor
Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang. ©REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Vietnam leader faces rights pressure on rare US visit

Vietnam's president on Wednesday starts a rare visit to Washington to boost trade and security ties between the former war foes, but activists urged the United States to press him on human rights.

Vietnam leader faces rights pressure on rare US visit
UN fears for Homs civilians as siege worsens
UN fears for Homs civilians as siege worsens

Long-range weapons and tank attacks are being used in the worsening siege of the Syrian city of Homs.

UN fears for Homs civilians as siege worsens
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Martin Luther King remembered in Washington exhibit

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr is being remembered in a Washington, D.C. exhibition held to tie-in with the 50th anniversary of his famous march on the US capital.

Martin Luther King remembered in Washington exhibit
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Anger over N. Korean refugees repatriated from Laos

Human rights monitors and North Korean defector groups voiced anger and concern Thursday over the forced repatriation to Pyongyang of nine young refugees captured in Laos.

Anger over N. Korean refugees repatriated from Laos
Refugees and migrants face rising dangers: Amnesty
Refugees and migrants face rising dangers: Amnesty

The world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants.

Refugees and migrants face rising dangers: Amnesty