HUMAN RIGHTS

  • 2013-14 devastating for human rights: UN Yesterday

    United Nations: The UN human rights chief says 2013-2014 was "a year of devastating impact on human rights" and he blames rising inequality and exclusion for much of the unrest that has swept across the world in recent years. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the UN General Assembly's human rights...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...
  • More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict: UN September 24, 2014

    Berlin: The UN human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Right Ivan Simonovic says the actual figure "is likely to...
  • Museum on human rights opens in Canada September 20, 2014

    Toronto: Governor General of Canada David Johnston inaugurate the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba in central Canada on Friday. The Museum can play a vital role in helping to engage in dialogue, to learn and to stand up for what is right and good, Xinhua quoted Johnston as...
  • Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court September 14, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country's highest court in a bid to stop the government summarily deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees, their lawyer said. Six human rights defenders have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the expulsions, which are being carried out despite warnings that...
  • Afghan gang rape trial badly flawed: Human Rights Watch September 10, 2014

    Kabul: An Afghan court's conviction of seven men for a gang rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch has said. The court of appeals should competently, impartially and independently conduct judicial review of the September 6 trial and the resulting death sentences. A Kabul...
  • New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The Jordanian prince taking the helm of the UN's human rights office urged the world on Monday to set as its first priority bringing a halt to the gruesome and conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid alHussein, in his first speech...
  • Human rights body condemns 'Mardaani'; says it promotes 'violent' and 'encounterstyle' policing September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has written an open letter urging that 'Mardaani' shouldn't be shown to police officers because the style of policing in the film promotes "violent" and "encounterstyle" policing in the name of "efficiency". Impressed by Rani Mukerji's new movie "Mardaani", which sees the actress playing...
  • UN human rights report on Ukraine distorts facts: Russia August 30, 2014

    Moscow: The latest report of office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights distorts the situation on the RussiaUkraine border, Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday. "The authors of the document continue to follow their selective approach to the tragedy in the east of Ukraine and bluntly spin facts concerning...
  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson August 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the...
  • Accused of black magic, woman forced to eat human excreta, paraded naked August 13, 2014

    A woman in a village in Bihar's Katihar district was forced by some people to eat human excreta and was paraded naked after being branded a witch, police said Wednesday. Kania Devi, a middleaged woman, was abused and beaten in Sakraili village, about 150 km from here, on suspicion of practicing...
  • WBHRC without a chaiperson since Justice AK Ganguly quit over sexual harassment allegations August 8, 2014

    Kolkata: It has been over six months that the West Bengal Human Rights Commission still does not have a chairperson since Justice AK Ganguly had to quit following sexual harassment allegations. Since January 2014 not a single order has been passed or been made public as per the WBHRC website...
  • NHRC issues notice to UP Police July 31, 2014

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh police in a case of sexual assault in Mathura. "The NHRC has taken suo moto cognizance of a media report that a Dalit teenage girl was allegedly gang raped by six youths in Pingri village of Mathura...
  • Anees Jillani: Talks about the growing intolerance of the people July 29, 2014

    In an interview with CNNIBN, human rights activist Anees Jillani talked about the unfortunate death of the three people in Pakistan over posting of a blasphemous picture on Facebook. He said that it was high time the government would do something towards the growing intolerance of the people. ...
  • India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza July 24, 2014

    Geneva: India along with BRICS countries on Wednesday voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestiniandrafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied...
  • BHRC orders Rs 25,000 compensation to police atrocity victim July 22, 2014

    The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) on Tuesday directed the state Home Department to pay Rs 25,000 compensation to the owner of a puncture repair shop, who was illegally confined and assaulted by a Station House Officer (SHO) for demanding repair charges. The incident occurred on November 18, 2013, when Vivek...
  • New Israeli air strikes raise Gaza toll above 200: medics July 16, 2014

    Gaza city: New Israeli air strikes in Gaza early Wednesday killed several people, medics said, bringing the death toll from Israel's operation in the besieged Palestinian territory to 203. A strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah killed two men, emergency services spokesman Ashraf alQudra said and a...
  • Ukraine claims rebels flushed from main stronghold July 5, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's interior minister said on Saturday that most proRussian rebels and their top commander had fled their main eastern stronghold in what would be Kiev's biggest success of the nearly threemonth campaign. "This morning, intelligence reported that Girkin (Igor Strelkov) and a substantial part of the rebels had fled...
  • Bihar minister Ramai Ram lands in trouble July 2, 2014

    Bihar minister Ramai Ram has landed in trouble with the state Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issuing him notice and directing him to submit reply on a complaint of ignoring treatment to his domestic help. State Human Rights member Mandhata Singh while hearing the complaint of Aranya Devi, directed the minister...
  • NHRC Notice to MP Govt Over Atrocity Against Dalit Groom June 25, 2014

    National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh Government, seeking a report on alleged atrocity against a Dalit bridegroom for riding a horse during his wedding procession by some upper caste people in the state. The Commission issued a notice to the state Principal Secretary and sought...
  • Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters: HRW June 23, 2014

    Beirut: Human Rights Watch today urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes". The New Yorkbased rights watchdog accused rebels of using "children as young as 15 to fight in battles" as they try to...
  • Iraq crisis: ISIS hits back with chilling images of coldblooded killings June 17, 2014

    Over the past couple of days, ISIS has had major success, holding to vast amounts of Iraq while the Iraqi government seems to be at a loss on how to add the situation. The question many are asking is how was the ISIS have sprung up with such brutality with...
  • US Sikh group opposes immunity to Manmohan Singh June 17, 2014

    Washington: US based rights group "Sikhs for Justice" has challenged US government's suggestion to a Washington court to grant immunity to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in a human rights violation case. The US Department of Justice in a May 2 submission asked the Washington federal court "to recognize Prime...
  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajpaksa heads to Bolivia for G77 summit June 12, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on headed towards Bolivia to attend a G77 summit, at a time when the parliament is set to discuss the impending international probe on alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE. The G77 meeting is to be held...
  • 'Alternatives to hydro electricity in Uttarakhand not viable' June 12, 2014

    Noted human rights activist and Padmashree awardee Avdhash Kaushal on Thursday said propagation of various alternatives to hydro electricity in Uttarakhand was the handiwork of vested interest groups and not a viable option. "Uttarakhand alone has the potential of generating 37,000 MW of power from hydroelectricity projects," Kaushal said, adding "this...
  • Jonah Hill apologises for gay slur to paparazzo June 4, 2014

    New York: Jonah Hill has apologized for using a gay slur with a paparazzo in an encounter caught on video. A video posted Tuesday by TMZ shows a photographer pestering Hill, who eventually responded with muttered expletives and an antigay expression. On "The Howard Stern Show" on Tuesday, the 30yearold actor...
  • Anglican leader says Pakistan's minorities should have equal rights May 28, 2014

    The Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday called for Pakistan to safeguard the rights of its religious minorities and afford them equal treatment under the law. Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, was on a twoday visit to the eastern city of Lahore where he met with church leaders, government...
  • There shouldn't be a conflict between law and human rights: MoS Home May 28, 2014

    Speaking to CNNIBN on the Irom Sharmila case, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said that while dealing with Irom Sharmila's case, there can't be any conflict between human rights and the law. "While establishing the rule of law, there should not be any abuse of human rights," he said. ...
  • Honour killing: Pakistani woman stoned to death May 27, 2014

    Lahore: In an apparent honour killing, a 25yearold pregnant woman was on Tuesday brutally beaten and stoned to death outside the High Court by her father and brothers for marrying the man of her choice. Police said that Farzana Parveen, resident of Faisalabad, had married Mohammad Iqbal of Jaranwala a few...