May 7, 2015

Chicago police torture victims to be awarded $5.5 million

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a $5.5 million reparations package for the mostly African-American victims of the city’s notorious police torture scandal that also includes a formal apology and a promise to teach schoolchildren about one of the darkest chapters in Chicago’s ...

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 ...