Aug 7, 2015

China accuses prominent rights lawyer of inciting subversion

Police in China have accused a prominent human rights lawyer of inciting subversion and creating a disturbance, her lawyer said on Friday, paving the way for possible formal charges. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has tightened ...

Jul 26, 2015

Bar federation condemns China's detention of lawyers

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has condemned the recent detention of hundreds of human rights lawyers in China. In a statement Friday, the federation said it is “deeply concerned” by the reported mass detentions. The text was issued in the name of the ...

Rights groups troubled by Obama's Kenya, Ethiopia visit

Jul 24, 2015

Rights groups troubled by Obama's Kenya, Ethiopia visit

President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia is drawing fresh criticism that the two countries are heavy-handed on human rights and basic democratic freedoms. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, his ancestral homeland, when he arrives Friday to ...

Embassies will reopen, U.S., Cuba poised to announce

Jul 1, 2015

Embassies will reopen, U.S., Cuba poised to announce

President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been ...