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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro’s …


After Nicki Minaj backs out of concert in Saudi Arabia, Janet Jackson, 50 Cent and others join lineup

Despite backlash over Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations, the country’s Jeddah World Fest added several new performers to its concert lineup: Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Future, Chris Brown and Tyga.


Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the “stain of the century” of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities.


37 countries rally around China at top UN human rights body

More than three dozen countries have defended China’s “remarkable achievements” in human rights, challenging Western countries that have raised concerns about Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by conditions in U.S. for migrants

The United Nations’ human rights chief said Monday she was “appalled” by the conditions migrants and refugees face in U.S. detention facilities, intensifying a challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

UN: 5,287 killings in Venezuela security operations in 2018

Venezuela’s government registered nearly 5,300 killings during security operations last year linked to cases of “resistance to authority,” the U.N. human rights chief reported Thursday, denouncing a “shockingly high” number …


UN human rights chief meets with Venezuela’s Guaido, Maduro

The United Nations’ top human rights official met Friday in Caracas with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is locked in a prolonged struggle with President Nicolas Maduro for control …


Rights activist in Chechnya gets parole on drug sentence

A court in the Russian province of Chechnya granted parole Monday to a prominent rights activist whose conviction drew an international outcry.


Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

Europe’s human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and an independent interpreter during a long night of …


Police block Chinese court where rights lawyer to be tried

Reporters, foreign diplomats and supporters were prevented from approaching the municipal court in Tianjin city where lawyer Wang Quanzhang was to be tried.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammered

A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company’s shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

UN: Ortega’s Nicaraguan govt behind widespread repression

A United Nations report released Wednesday on four months of unrest in Nicaragua describes a comprehensive effort of repression by the government that extends from the streets to the courts.


UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face ‘genocide’ case

Investigators working for the U.N.’s top human rights body said Monday that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, taking the unusual step of identifying six …


Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly.


After 18 years’ imprisonment, Uzbek journalist reunited with family in Spokane

After serving 18 years behind bars in Uzbekistan, enduring beatings, starvation, solitary confinement and almost no contact with the outside world, Muhammad Bekjanov is free to tell his story.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Trump administration pulls U.S. out of UN human rights council

The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

EU imposes sanctions on 7 senior Venezuelan officials

The European Union imposed economic and travel sanctions Monday against seven senior Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses or breaching the rule of law in the crisis-ridden country.


China sentences ‘Vulgar Butcher’ activist to 8 years’ prison

A prominent activist who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher as he mocked and pressured Chinese officials was sentenced by a court Tuesday to eight years in prison for subversion.


U.S. slaps 5 Russians with sanctions over human rights

The United States is slapping five Russians with sanctions under a law that lets the U.S. target violators of human rights.


U.N. rights chief: China, White House seem ‘hostile’ on rights

The U.N.’s human rights chief says China’s Communist Party has taken a “hostile position” on the universality of human rights and that “the rhetoric from the White House” is heading …


Supreme Court lets stand Texas ruling on gay spouse benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits – a potential victory for social conservatives hoping …


Mexico defends rights record after report on military abuses

The Mexican government defended its commitment to human rights Wednesday after a study found that nearly all cases of alleged abuses against civilians by soldiers fighting the war on drug …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

Writers urge Trump to seek release of Nobel laureate’s wife

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, literary luminaries such as Margaret Atwood and Philip Roth are calling on China to free the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner …


Christine M. Flowers: Cheering Trump’s honest U.N. speech

Clearly, no one expected Obama-style smoothness from this president, but they were probably not expecting him to take on the U.N. record of human rights with deadly accuracy, either.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Venezuela’s Maduro vows to punish opponents for U.S. sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, dramatically ratcheting up tensions between the two countries and making it harder for embattled President Nicolas Maduro to raise …


Philippine president on human rights: ‘Don’t go there’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Monday with America’s top diplomat, where he voiced solidarity with the U.S. amid global concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program and angrily dismissed media questions …


E.U. parliament threatens veto on Brexit over citizens’ rights

The European Parliament on Monday set itself on a collision course with Britain, making a damning assessment of British proposals on EU citizens’ rights after the U.K. leaves the European …


China frees three activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands.


State Department reprimands China over sex trafficking and forced labor

The State Department on Tuesday listed China as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor, a downgraded designation that could nettle Beijing as …