Beijing conditionally frees five female rights activists

Apr 14, 2015

Beijing conditionally frees five female rights activists

Chinese authorities released five women’s rights campaigners Monday whose detentions sparked an international outcry and underscored the government’s tight restrictions on independent social activism, lawyers said. Lawyer Liang Xiaojun said the five were let go after more than a month in detention under a ...

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

Mar 11, 2015

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. The lawsuit filed in federal court in ...

Security Council condemns 'heinous' murder of Goto

Feb 2, 2015

Security Council condemns 'heinous' murder of Goto

After Islamic State militants claimed his beheading in a video seen in Japan on Sunday, the U.N. Security Council condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. “This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and ...

Jan 15, 2015

Amnesty says satellite images show Nigerian destruction

Satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, an international human rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said it will release early Thursday detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack ...

Islamic State's Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq driven to suicide

Dec 24, 2014

Islamic State's Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq driven to suicide

Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority have told rights activists they were beaten and forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group, driving some to suicide. Islamic State militants have overrun swaths of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate ...

Sep 9, 2014

Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last ...

Truce falters; Ukraine shelling claims lives, sets houses ablaze

Sep 8, 2014

Truce falters; Ukraine shelling claims lives, sets houses ablaze

Shelling and other clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists threw the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine into deepening peril Sunday, two days after it took hold. At least two houses hit by artillery fire blazed in the rural village of Spartak, which lies ...

Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty: Let 'tragedy' be a lesson to Japan's courts

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prosecutors must swiftly accept Thursday’s Shizuoka District Court decision to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case and get to the truth behind the conviction of former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, the Japan branch of Amnesty International said after the ruling. After nearly five decades ...

Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty International slams Japan's 'secrecy' on death penalty

Human rights group Amnesty International criticized Japan on Thursday for its continued used of the death penalty and the “secrecy” surrounding the execution process. At the launch of Amnesty’s annual release of death penalty statistics, spokeswoman Chiara Sangiorgio said Japan must give proper notice ...