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Head of new UN N. Korea probe 'inundated' on abuses

The head of a landmark UN team set up to probe human rights violations in North Korea said Wednesday he had been inundated by people wanting to give evidence on abuses just hours after his appointment.

Head of new UN N. Korea probe 'inundated' on abuses
Member of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria Carla del Ponte. ©REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Syrian rebels used sarin gas: UN human rights investigator

Syrian rebels have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country's conflict.

Syrian rebels used sarin gas: UN human rights investigator
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HRW urges Obama to address Mexico drug war abuses

US President Barack Obama should address human rights violations related to Mexico's Washington-backed war on drugs when he visits the country this week.

HRW urges Obama to address Mexico drug war abuses
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr. ©REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
Australia rejects calls to boycott Sri Lanka meet

Australia has vowed not to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka over allegations of human rights violations, despite mounting calls not to attend.

Australia rejects calls to boycott Sri Lanka meet
Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban

Russia on Saturday published its own blacklist of US officials banned from entering the country in retaliation for Washington's move Friday to name 18 Russians who allegedly committed human rights abuses.

Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal
Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal

The Chinese human rights activist at the center of a diplomatic crisis a year ago on Tuesday accused Beijing of reneging on the agreement that freed him and urged the United States to intervene.

Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal
Argentine grandmothers attack Pope over 'Dirty War' era
Argentine grandmothers attack Pope over 'Dirty War' era

An Argentinian human rights group set up to find babies stolen during the country's "Dirty War" on Friday accused newly elected Pope Francis of failing to speak out against the country's former military rulers.

Argentine grandmothers attack Pope over 'Dirty War' era
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China performed 330 mn abortions since 1971: data

Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world's most populous nation.

China performed 330 mn abortions since 1971: data
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Lawyers demand US show steps toward closing Guantanamo

Lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo prison called for the US to show concrete steps towards closing the facility on Tuesday, citing a "humanitarian crisis" at the controversial jail.

Lawyers demand US show steps toward closing Guantanamo
Romanian filmmaker Florin Iepan. Photo courtesy of evz.ro
Romania film festival focuses on Holocaust

The One World international human rights documentary film festival which opens in Bucharest on Tuesday will give special focus to the Holocaust to highlight the devastating consequences of hatred and intolerance.

Romania film festival focuses on Holocaust
Fishermen rescue another 63 Rohingya off Indonesia
Fishermen rescue another 63 Rohingya off Indonesia

Fishermen in western Indonesia rescued more than 60 ethnic Rohingya asylum-seekers from Myanmar found adrift in a wooden boat, police said Friday, in the second such arrival this week.

Fishermen rescue another 63 Rohingya off Indonesia
Pussy Riot case shows Putin weak: bandmember's husband
Pussy Riot case shows Putin weak: bandmember's husband

Pussy Riot icon Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is behind bars, but her husband is unbowed, saying the punk band's controversial case has exposed the weaknesses in Russian President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Pussy Riot case shows Putin weak: bandmember's husband
Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo. ©REUTERS/Luc Gnago
Ivory Coast officially becomes member of ICC

Ivory Coast on Friday became a member of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where its former president is facing trial for alleged crimes against humanity.

Ivory Coast officially becomes member of ICC
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague. ©REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain seeks ethical counter-terrorism strategy

Foreign Secretary William Hague will set out on Thursday how Britain intends to work more closely with other countries to tackle terrorism without compromising its own commitment to human rights.

Britain seeks ethical counter-terrorism strategy
Obama vows US will back human rights in Middle East
Obama vows US will back human rights in Middle East

US President Barack Obama vowed to maintain the pressure on the Syrian regime and to defend human rights in the Middle East on Tuesday, but offered no new ideas to halt bloodshed in the Arab world.

Obama vows US will back human rights in Middle East
Josefina Vidal, Cuba's director of U.S. Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ©REUTERS
Cuba says Obama 'misinformed' on island affairs

A senior Cuban official lashed out at President Barack Obama on Friday for linking improved human rights in the country to better diplomatic ties, and suggesting the communist island had outdated policies.

Cuba says Obama 'misinformed' on island affairs
Mexico top court frees French woman jailed for kidnap
Mexico top court frees French woman jailed for kidnap

A French woman was freed from Mexican prison Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled that police violated her rights by staging her arrest for kidnapping on national television seven years ago.

Mexico top court frees French woman jailed for kidnap
Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday as he started his second term on the holiday honoring the iconic civil rights leader.

Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Syrian refugees. ©REUTERS
HRW urges Egypt to halt deportations to Syria

Egypt government unlawfully expelled two Syrian refugees back to the war-ravaged country last week, and two Palestinians from Syria now risk being deported.

HRW urges Egypt to halt deportations to Syria
UN to increase contacts with Syrian opposition
UN to increase contacts with Syrian opposition

The UN humanitarian chief said Monday she has asked the Syrian government for 10 more aid groups to work in the country and will increase contacts with the opposition to help those in need.

UN to increase contacts with Syrian opposition