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Lawyer of Salvadoran woman jailed for stillbirth criticizes court

Sansalvador - The lawyer of a Salvadoran woman who lost an appeal against a 30-year prison sentence imposed for a miscarriage Friday accused the court of acting with "flippancy.

UN 'shocked and appalled' at mass-execution in Iraq

Geneva - The UN on Friday harshly criticised the mass-hanging of 38 men at a prison in southern Iraq this week, urging Baghdad to immediately halt all executions.

Chinese dissident's widow sends desperate letter

Bejing - Friends of the late Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo voiced concern about his widow's health on Thursday after she sent a letter showing signs of deep depression.

Court upholds Salvadoran woman's 30-year sentence after stillbirth

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran court on Wednesday upheld a 30-year prison sentence being served by a woman whose miscarriage in 2007 was prosecuted as homicide under draconian anti-abortion laws, prompting outrage from rights groups.

UN expert says Guantanamo torture continuing

Geneva - The UN's top expert on torture on Wednesday said reports from sources indicated at least one inmate was still being tortured at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay and reiterated his request to visit.

Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar: govt

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists have been arrested in Myanmar for the possession of "important security documents", the government said on Wednesday.

Harsh Singapore laws stifling free speech: HRW

Kuala Lumpur - Singapore is increasingly using harsh laws to severely restrict freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, urging authorities to let people publicly debate matters of national interest.

Amnesty says EU governments complicit in abuse of Libya migrants

Brussels - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Italy and other EU governments of being "knowingly complicit" in horrific abuses of migrants in Libya, warning of legal action against them at European and UN rights institutions.

Italy can 'hold its head high' on migrant treatment: PM

Rome - Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday that Italy could "hold its head high" with regards to its treatment of migrants, after Amnesty International accused Rome and other EU governments of being "knowingly complicit" in abuses of migrants in Libya...

Russia blocks websites of Khodorkovsky's opposition group

Moscow - Russia said Tuesday that it had ordered the blocking of websites linked to an opposition movement founded by exiled former oligarch and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky over "undesirable" activities.

Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

Tripoli - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in people trafficking.

UN sanctions affecting aid in North Korea: rights chief

New York - The UN rights chief told the Security Council on Monday that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea are complicating the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and called for an assessment.

Myanmar's rich and powerful using defamation to silence critics: report

Defamation cases have rocketed since Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government came to power in Myanmar, a report said Monday, as the rich and powerful intensify their use of draconian laws to muzzle civil society and the media.

Turkey demands life for journalists in coup bid trial

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Monday demanded life terms for three veteran Turkish journalists on trial over accusations of links to the 2016 failed coup, in a case that has raised new concerns for freedom of speech in the country.

Madina, the young Afghan girl who will never see London

Sid - Madina will never know London, the city her Afghan family hoped to reach. The six-year-old's body lies in a Serbian grave after she was struck by a train at the Balkan country's border.

Amnesty condemns 'dangerous and illegal' tactics by Honduras

Mexico - Authorities are using "dangerous and illegal" tactics to silence dissent in Honduras, where at least 14 people have been killed since a hotly-contested presidential vote last month, Amnesty International said Friday.

Salvadoran woman jailed for 'abortion' pleads for freedom

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman jailed for 30 years for a miscarriage deemed to be an illegal abortion on Friday pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her sentence.

EU takes Hungary to court over 'anti-Soros' laws

Brussels - The EU took Hungary to the bloc's top court on Thursday over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets US billionaire George Soros.

Timeline of gay marriage and rights in Australia

Sydney - Australia's parliament passed a law legalising same-sex marriage Thursday. It followed a historic nationwide survey that saw Australians vote overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality.

Argentine court orders house arrest for community leader

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Supreme Court ordered a community activist Wednesday to be released into house arrest after she was held in pre-trial detention for nearly two years, in a case condemned by rights groups.

Taiwan moves to erase authoritarian legacy with new laws

Taipei - Tributes to Taiwan's former dictator Chiang Kai-shek will be removed across the island after lawmakers voted in favour of the mandatory axing of symbols of its authoritarian past.

US Supreme Court appears divided in 'gay wedding cake' case

Washington - The US Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Tuesday as it weighed impassioned arguments in the closely watched case of a Colorado baker who cited his devout Christian faith in refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

'Strong resolution' needed on Myanmar at UN meet: Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling for a "strong resolution" over Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, as the country enters the spotlight of a rare UN Human Rights Council special session later Tuesday.

Rights group criticises Iraq over jihadist suspects

Baghdad - Human Rights Watch in a report on Tuesday criticised Iraq and the autonomous Kurdish authorities over mass trials of suspected Islamic State group jihadists.

DR Congo govt recruited rebels for deadly crackdown on protests: HRW

Brussels - Former militants were recruited by the Democratic Republic of Congo government for a bloody crackdown on protests against the president that left dozens of people dead last year, a rights group alleged Monday.

US, allies push for UN meeting on North Korea rights abuses

New York - The United States, Britain, France and six other countries on Friday requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on human rights abuses in North Korea, which is already under fire for its missile and nuclear tests.

Iran TV accuses jailed British-Iranian of 'undercover' projects

Tehran - Iran state television aired a new video about imprisoned British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Friday, accusing her of taking part in covert activities against the country financed by Britain and the United States.

5,000 indigenous Mexicans forced from homes in land war

Gutierrez - More than 5,000 indigenous Mexicans including pregnant women, sick children and the elderly have been forced to flee their homes because of a land war between rival villages, authorities said Thursday.

Mauritanian activists arrested over massacre protest: rights groups

Nouakchott - Five family members seeking justice for black Mauritanian soldiers executed in 1990 were in custody Thursday for protesting at an independence day celebration, rights groups said.

Supporters, critics of Philippines' Duterte protest

Manila - Thousands of supporters and critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staged rallies on Thursday for and against his threat to declare a "revolutionary government", which has fuelled fears of a looming dictatorship.
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