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Malaysia reverses vow to scrap controversial sedition law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday abandoned his pledge to repeal a controversial sedition law critics say is used to silence political opponents, drawing warnings from the opposition of a lurch to authoritarian rule.

At least 17 inmates dead of poisoning in Venezuela

Caracas - At least 17 Venezuelan inmates who had been on hunger strike over prison conditions, died of drug poisoning, police sources told AFP.

Life term sought for Turkish policeman over protester killing

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday sought life imprisonment for a police officer accused of beating a teenager to death during last year's mass anti-government protests, media reported.

British Muslims raise concern over new anti-terror law

London - British Muslim rights groups and ordinary faithful said they felt singled out by a tough new anti-terror law unveiled on Wednesday, labelling the planned legislation divisive and rushed.

N. Korean leader tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under pressure over Pyongyang's human rights record, has toured a museum dedicated to alleged atrocities by US forces during the Korean War, state media said Tuesday.

Tanzania president vows never to expel Maasai

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania's president has vowed never to evict the Maasai people from their traditional lands, which activists claimed were threatened by plans for a hunting reserve for the wealthy.

N.Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

Seoul - North Korea's top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a UN resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise.

China rejects Uighur scholar's appeal against life sentence

Bejing - A Chinese court on Friday rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, as a 70-year-old journalist stood trial in a deepening crackdown on dissent.

Ugandan lawmakers draw up new anti-gay bill

Kampala - Ugandan lawmakers said Thursday they have drawn up new anti-gay legislation with cross-bench support, and hope to present it before parliament by the end of the year.

UN calls for probe of N. Korea 'crimes against humanity'

New York - The United Nations on Tuesday adopted a landmark resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses and laying the groundwork for putting the Pyongyang regime in the dock for crimes against humanity.

Tanzania threat to 'evict' 40,000 for hunting park: campaigners

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania will evict thousands of members of the Maasai community from their traditional lands if it goes ahead with plans to create a hunting park, campaigners claimed Tuesday.

Indonesian police criticised over virginity tests

Jakarta - Indonesia's national police were urged Tuesday to halt virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country with Human Rights Watch saying the practice was harmful and humiliating.

UN to hold key vote on North Korea war crimes probe

New York - The United Nations will on Tuesday confront North Korea over its dismal rights record with a key resolution that could compel Pyongyang to answer to crimes against humanity.

Thousands of Brazilians march in gay rights parade

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of Brazilians took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, speaking out against homophobia in a country that has seen years of violence targeting the gay community.Under the slogan "A million voices!

Producer of fake 'Syrian hero boy' video apologises

Stockholm - The producer of a viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire apologised Sunday after the revelation it was fake drew fierce criticism.

At Guantanamo, force-feeding shrouded in secrecy

Guant - Behind the barbed wire of Guantanamo Bay prison, hunger-striking inmates are routinely force-fed, a practice defended by officials as necessary medical treatment but labeled by critics as torture.

Thousands in Mexico protest over student massacre

Chilpancingo - Thousands of teachers and students took to the streets in Mexico to demand justice for 43 young men feared to have been massacred by drug-gang hitmen working in cahoots with corrupt police.

Pussy Riot thank Amnesty campaigners for support

London - Campaigners from Amnesty International on Friday honoured two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot who served 22 months in prison for staging a shock performance in a Moscow cathedral in 2012.

Thousands in fresh Mexico protest over student massacre

Chilpancingo - Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Mexico on Friday to demand justice for 43 students feared to have been massacred by drug-gang hitmen working in cahoots with corrupt police.

UN probe: IS committing 'crimes against humanity' in Syria

Geneva - The Islamic State group is committing crimes against humanity on a large scale in Syria, a UN report said Friday, painting a horrific picture of beheaded minors and women held as sex slaves.

Russia postpones final hearing on shutdown of top rights NGO

Moscow - Russia on Thursday postponed a final hearing on dissolving the country's most prominent rights group that chronicles Stalin-era repressions and defends activists, a case condemned by supporters as part of a crackdown on civil society.

'We crossed the line', U.S. admits to UN anti-torture body

Geneva - The United States said Wednesday it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had "crossed the line" following the September 11 attacks.

Russian couple registers 'first same-sex marriage'

Saint Petersburg - A lesbian couple tied the knot in Russia in a quiet ceremony seen as the first such marriage in the country where gay unions are illegal, activists told AFP Sunday.

Uganda draws up new anti-gay law: Activists

Kampala - Uganda's ruling party has drawn up new anti-gay legislation and could push it through parliament before the end of the year, rights activists said on Saturday.

Sri Lanka rejects UN accusations over war crime probe

Geneva - Sri Lanka on Saturday angrily rejected accusations by the UN rights chief that it was sabotaging a war crimes probe into the country's brutal separatist war, calling the charges "extremely regrettable.

Malaysia transgenders win landmark court case

Putrajaya - Three Malaysian transgender women on Friday won their landmark bid to overturn an Islamic anti cross-dressing law in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

White House 'deep concern' about China rights advocates

Washington - The White House expressed "deep concern" Thursday about the treatment of human rights advocates in China, just days before President Barack Obama visits Beijing.

Uganda suspends officers over Somalia conduct, sex abuse

Kampala - Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said Thursday.

UN launches global campaign to end statelessness

Geneva - The United Nations launched a campaign Tuesday to end the hellish limbo of 10 million stateless people worldwide deprived of a nationality and basic rights, almost a fifth of them in Myanmar and Ivory Coast.

Volleyball woman jailed in Iran declares hunger strike

London - A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran after trying to watch a volleyball match is on a hunger strike, refusing food or liquids, her brother told AFP.
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