Jan 23, 2015

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

Tech specialists and companies are reporting that China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook. The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote on its blog that the controls have hit a wide ...

Jan 23, 2015

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of 'CIA torture crimes'

North Korea called on Thursday for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate allegations of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush era that were contained in a recent Senate report. The move, announced by So Se Pyong, ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...

Jan 21, 2015

Egypt's el-Sissi says protest rights are secondary to stability

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that those questioning his government over human rights and freedom of expression are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, investment and desperately needed stability. Speaking during festivities to celebrate National Police Day Tuesday, ...

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

Jan 21, 2015

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

One man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two women are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women ...

U.S. Supreme Court allows Muslim prisoner to grow short beard

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court allows Muslim prisoner to grow short beard

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an Arkansas prison cannot prevent a Muslim inmate from wearing a short beard, in keeping with his religious beliefs. The case was brought by Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, who is serving a ...

Jan 20, 2015

Hong Kong creates cadet force modeled partly on Chinese army

Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modeled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests. “Through drills and training camps, the new voluntary uniformed youth group aims to ...

Jan 20, 2015

Transgender sex workers face tide of abuse in China

Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Once there, police pulled at Xiao’s wig and punched her, before removing her bra and groping ...