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'Mum, don't die': Murder of Turkish woman ignites anger

Ankara - The murder of a Turkish woman by her ex-husband in front of her daughter sparked outrage Friday after a video of the attack was published online."I don't want to die," Emine Bulut, covered in blood, is heard screaming to her 10-year-old child.

UN experts urge India to end 'collective punishment' in Kashmir

Geneva - A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday urged India to end the communications blackout imposed on Kashmir, warning it amounted to "collective punishment" and risked exacerbating regional tensions.

Turkish police block protests over sacking of pro-Kurdish mayors

Diyarbakir - Turkish police on Wednesday blocked protests over the government's sacking of three mayors in the southeast accused of having links to Kurdish militants, an AFP correspondent said.

Turkey removes pro-Kurdish mayors

Diyarbakir - The Turkish government removed three mayors from office on Monday over alleged links to Kurdish militants as Ankara deepened its crackdown on the opposition.

Hundreds of Mexican women protest police rape of teenager

Mexico - Hundreds of women demanding protection from Mexico City's police force took to the streets Friday after a number of high-profile sexual assault cases involving serving officers.To shouts of "I do believe you!

Kazakhstan court frees anti-Beijing activist

Almaty - A rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted.

Kazakhstan court frees renowned anti-Beijing activist

Almaty - A rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted.

For Russia's detained protesters, rights group is first on scene

Moscow - What started as a Facebook post during a wave of mass protests in Russia eight years ago has turned into a rights group that helps arrested demonstrators -- one in increasing demand as police crack down hard on opposition rallies.

Iran must free women held over veil protests: UN experts

Geneva - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils.

Jailed Saudi activist told to deny torture in release 'deal'

Dubai - Saudi authorities have offered to release jailed activist Loujain al-Hathloul in exchange for her video testimony denying that she had been tortured and sexually harassed in prison, her family claimed Tuesday.

Russian police probe video of officer beating woman

Moscow - Russia's interior ministry opened an investigation Monday after a video showing a riot policeman punching a woman in the stomach during a protest for free elections went viral.

Pride and prejudice: Poland at war over gay rights before vote

Warsaw - Poland's October general election is shaping up to be dominated neither by the economy nor politics as the devout Catholic country goes to war over LGBT rights, denounced by the governing conservatives and an archbishop as a "threat" to their way of li...

Argentine abortion activists unbowed in regional battle

Buenos Aires - One year after Argentina's Senate defeated a bill to legalize abortion, the country's feminists are keeping up the fight and leading Latin America's struggle for abortion rights.

UN rights chief condemns latest US Venezuela sanctions

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Thursday intensified criticism of US sanctions targeting Venezuela, condemning the latest measures as "extremely broad" with the potential to exacerbate suffering among an already vulnerable population.

Activists rally against Polish anti-gay bishop

Warsaw - Several hundred people demonstrated in Warsaw on Wednesday against the city's archbishop for calling LGBT+ activists "the rainbow plague", organisers said.

Murder, 'gay-hunters' strike terror in Russia's LGBT community

Sanktpeterburg - When LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva found her name on a hit list of a "gay-hunting" group, she did not appear to take the threat seriously.

Families' endless search for missing victims of Chile's dictatorship

Santiago - It has been 43 years since Cesar Cerda, a member of Chile's communist party, was dragged off by agents of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

Outrage in Gambia over release of ex-president's assassins

Banjul - Relatives of people murdered by death squads in The Gambia expressed outrage on Monday over the release of three former hitmen, who said they committed dozens of assassinations ordered by ex-president Yahya Jammeh.

Activist Murad urges Yazidis to return to Iraq

Apo - Nobel laureate Nadia Murad on Saturday urged Iraq's Yazidi minority to return to their ancestral heartland of Sinjar, five years after jihadists launched a brutal assault on their community there.

Saudi wins praise, ire as guardianship rules eased

Apo - Saudi Arabia's easing of travel restrictions on women was hailed in the kingdom Friday as a historic leap for gender equality, but it also drew anger from hardliners backing contentious male "guardianship" rules.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male 'guardian' approval

Apo - Saudi Arabia will allow women to travel abroad without approval from a male "guardian", the government said Thursday, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male 'guardian' approval

Apo - Saudi Arabia will allow women to obtain passports and travel abroad without approval from a male "guardian", the government said Thursday, ending a longstanding restriction that drew heavy international criticism.

Bolsonaro appoints military men to investigate dictatorship abuses

Bras - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday appointed two members of the armed forces to a commission investigating deaths and disappearances during the brutal 1964-81 military dictatorship.

Cyprus probes bishop for possible gay hate speech

Nicosia - Cyprus's top law officer instructed police on Thursday to investigate a Greek Orthodox bishop for possible hate speech after he claimed homosexuality is passed on if a pregnant mother enjoys anal sex.

Uighurs challenge China to prove missing relatives are free

Bejing - China's claim that "most" inmates have been released from re-education camps in its Xinjiang region has been met with anger and scepticism by the Uighur diaspora which has launched a social media campaign challenging Beijing to prove it.

Mauritania releases jailed 'blasphemy' blogger

Nouakchott - Mauritania has released a blogger who drew international attention after being accused of blasphemy, his lawyer and the campaign group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.

Deported from Turkey, Syrians return to unfamiliar country

Still reeling from his sudden deportation from Turkey with just the clothes on his back, Mohammad Hassan stood in the arrivals hall at a border crossing in northern Syria unsure what to do next."I left Syria seven years ago," said the 22-year-old.

China says 'most' inmates in Xinjiang camps are out

Bejing - Chinese officials on Tuesday said "most" individuals held in re-education camps in its northwest Xinjiang region have left the centres and found jobs -- though they did not provide any figures.

More than 160 land defenders murdered in 2018: watchdog

Paris - At least 164 land and environmental activists were murdered last year for defending their homes, lands and natural resources from exploitation by mining, food and logging firms, Global Witness said Tuesday.

UN rights chief condemns Brazil tribal leader's killing

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Monday condemned the "reprehensible" murder of a tribal chief in the Amazon, linking the killing to the pro-mining policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
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