Jul 23, 2015

More than 200 teachers arrested in Iran during protest, say activists

More than 200 teachers were arrested on Wednesday during a protest outside the parliament in Tehran, an activist group said. The teachers were demanding the release of their colleagues from jail. Authorities launched a crackdown after over 2,000 teachers from across Iran gathered outside ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pacific man's bid to be first climate refugee rejected

A Pacific Islander who launched a landmark bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee faces deportation from New Zealand after a court rejected his appeal Monday. Ioane Teitiota, 38, argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati because rising seas ...

Jul 18, 2015

2009 Philippine massacre suspect Ampatuan dies

The patriarch of a warlord clan who is on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre has died, his lawyer said Saturday, days after he slipped into a coma. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and seven other members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are among 100 ...

Jul 14, 2015

South Korea sends 2 North Korean fishermen back home

South Korea said Tuesday that it had sent back two North Korean fishermen rescued earlier this month from South Korean waters. The two fishermen were sent home through the border village of Panmunjom, where they were greeted by North Korean officials and relatives, said ...

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

Jul 14, 2015

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

China’s state media last month accused Wang Yu, the country’s most prominent female human rights lawyer, of “blabbering about the rule of law and human rights.” Two weeks later, she met a Reuters reporter, saying she thought her arrest was inevitable. Wang has defended ...

New York reaches $5.9m settlement in chokehold death

Jul 14, 2015

New York reaches $5.9m settlement in chokehold death

New York announced Monday it had reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold, sparking a bitter nationwide debate about police tactics and racism. Eric Garner, 43, a father of six, was ...

Jul 13, 2015

Three Chinese Uighurs get six years over terrorism in Indonesia

An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced three members of China’s ethnic Uighur minority community to six years in prison after finding them guilty of conspiring with Indonesian militants, including a fugitive who is on the nation’s most-wanted list. A panel of judges at the ...

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Jul 13, 2015

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has ...

Jul 9, 2015

Guinea ex-junta leader indicted over stadium massacre

Guinean authorities have indicted former military leader Moussa Dadis Camara over a massacre at a stadium in the capital in 2009 in which soldiers are accused of killing at least 157 people, a spokesman for his party said on Thursday. Camara’s indictment could throw ...