Mar 3, 2015

For North Korean defectors, fame brings cash — and suspicion

Kang Myung-do, then son-in-law of North Korea’s premier, made a spectacular claim about Pyongyang’s nuclear capability when he defected to the South over two decades ago, asserting the secretive country had built five atomic bombs. His testimony at a news conference in 1994 came ...

Feb 19, 2015

Poland to pay $262,000 to inmates held at secret CIA prison

Poland will pay €230,000 ($262,000) in compensation to two terror suspects who say they were tortured at a CIA secret prison that Poland hosted from 2002-2003, a government minister said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna spoke after the European Court of Human Rights in ...

North Korea wants D.C. meet cancelled

Feb 17, 2015

North Korea wants D.C. meet cancelled

North Korea says it will respond “very strongly” to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang’s offer to attend and defend itself. Puzzled conference organizers said the event was open to the ...

Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for third week

Jan 31, 2015

Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for third week

Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International. Raif Badawi underwent the first of what were ...

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, ...

Guantanamo inmate details torture in first book from Cuba prison

Jan 22, 2015

Guantanamo inmate details torture in first book from Cuba prison

The first book published by a longtime Guantanamo Bay inmate that describes torture, humiliation and despair during 13 years in captivity was selling briskly in the United States on Wednesday and drawing hard-won attention to his case. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s account from the U.S. ...

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 ...

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 ...