HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Pakistan activist shot dead after she hosted a talk on politics of Baluchistan province 20 hours 9 minutes ago

    Karachi: Gunmen shot dead a Pakistani human rights activist on Friday after she hosted a talk on the politics of Baluchistan province, where security forces are fighting a separatist insurgency, police and associates said. Sabeen Mahmud was leaving her Karachi restaurant, where she also holds exhibitions and talks, when the gunman...
  • Ford Foundation and its alleged CIA connections Yesterday

    World's largest NGO funding agency the Ford Foundation has now come under the scanner of the government of India. As expected it has led to a controversy. Some beneficiaries of the Ford Foundation money and some activists are up in the arms condemning the government's decision to put Ford Foundation...
  • Minor boy accused of theft chained inside a police station in Andhra 4 days ago

    In a shocking incident of violation of human rights in the Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh, images have surfaced of a minor boy being chained inside a police station. The boy is accused of theft. ...
  • PIL filed against Kerala Governor P Sathasivam over abuse of power 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Trouble is brewing for Kerala Governor and former chief justice of India P Sathasivam as a PIL has been filed against him in the Supreme Court. The PIL has been filed by senior advocate Adish Agarwala in which he has alleged that Sathasivam misused his judicial powers. According to...
  • Indian-American lawyer to head Hillary Clinton's campaign agenda team April 16, 2015

    Washington: Hillary Clinton has named a prominent Indian-American civil rights lawyer to lead a team of senior policy advisers who will be charged with moulding her presidential campaign agenda. Maya Harris, 46, a former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), will lead the team that will also include...
  • Andhra HC not satisfied with DGP's reply on Chittoor encounter, asks him to reappear before it April 10, 2015

    Amravathi: Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday said that it was not satisfied with the reply given by the state Director General of Police on the encounter in Chittoor district on April 7 in which alleged 20 red sandalwood smugglers were killed inside the forests near Tirupati in Chittoor district. The...
  • Andhra Pradesh government under fire for mass 'encounter' of red sanders smugglers April 8, 2015

    Hyderabad: Even though Andhra Pradesh government has ordered a magistrate inquiry into the encounter of 20 red sandalwood smugglers, protests continued in Tamil Nadu demanding independent probe and action against police personnel. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notice to AP government seeking a detailed report. However,...
  • Australia: School kept special needs child in 'cage-like' structure April 3, 2015

    Sydney: An Australian principal was suspended on Thursday after a primary school child with special needs was allegedly put in a "cage-like" structure inside a classroom. Australian Capital Territory Education Minister Joy Burch said she was "immensely disappointed, disturbed and quite frankly disgusted" that the two-metre "withdrawal space", made of...
  • West Bengal government hands over nun rape case to CBI March 18, 2015

    Kolkata: Five days after a 70-year-old nun was raped in West Bengal's Nadia district, the case has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Tweeting over the incident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the move is after taking the sensitivity of the case into consideration. Earlier in the...
  • UN expert demands international action on North Korea abductions March 17, 2015

    Geneva: A United Nations rights expert squared off with North Korea on Monday by urging the global community to resolve the fate of 200,000 people allegedly abducted by Pyongyang, and refer perpetrators to the International Criminal Court. "There is a real sense of urgency to solve this matter once and for...
  • US federal court summons Amitabh Bachchan in an alleged human rights violation; connects it to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots February 26, 2015

    Washington: The summons issued to Amitabh Bachchan by a federal court in Los Angeles in an alleged human rights violations case has been served on the superstar's Hollywood manager on Monday, according to a Sikh rights body. New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had filed a lawsuit against Bachchan claiming that...
  • Jennifer Lopez: I'd love to have twins again January 27, 2015

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says she wants to be blessed with another baby. "Kids make you believe in all kinds of things, like how anything is possible," people.com quoted Lopez as saying. The mother to six-year-old twins -- Max and Emme -- wants to expand her family. "I don't know if it's...
  • 230 bodies found in mass grave in Syria December 18, 2014

    Damascus: More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were found in a mass grave in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, a media report said on Wednesday. The bodies are believed to be belonging to the members of a tribe that...
  • Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy December 9, 2014

    Beirut: The terrorist Islamic State group beheaded a man in northern Syria after accusing him of blasphemy, a terrorist website and a rights group said on Tuesday. The man was killed in a public square in the town of Sulouk on Monday in front of a crowd that included children, the...
  • Kashmir is 'dormant', its people disillusioned and angry, say social activists November 25, 2014

    Srinagar: Even as voting for the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections started on November 25, there is a fear among the people in the Valley that the situation may turn for the worse if the new government fails to provide a clean, corruption-free and efficient administration. A political analyst in...
  • Indonesian police force orders women recruits to undergo virginity tests, activists protest across the world November 21, 2014

    Jakarta: Human Rights Watch urged Indonesia's national police to halt "discriminatory" virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. The rights group said women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used despite the...
  • Government promises more funds to states for prison reforms: Rajnath Singh November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre on Friday promised to provide more funds to all states for modernisation of prisons as condition of most of the jails in the country are "miserable". Addressing a seminar on prison reforms, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said all recommendations on prison reforms made...
  • Oscar in hand, Harry Belafonte exhorts Hollywood on human rights November 10, 2014

    Reuters: Octogenarian actor and singer Harry Belafonte, accepting a top Hollywood human rights award, asked fellow artists and the entertainment industry to use their powerful platform to show the better side of humanity. Before a star-studded audience and next to a long-time friend, actor Sidney Poitier, the 87-year-old Belafonte received the...
  • Cuttack workplaces mostly not aware of women laws November 9, 2014

    Cuttack: A large number of institutions here having more than 10 employees are not aware of the laws protecting women at workforce, according to a recent study by a social organisation. About 30 per cent heads of offices both in organised and unorganised sectors are not aware of the Visakha Guidelines-1997...
  • Nearly 2,000 dead in Syria jails this year: Monitor November 3, 2014

    Beirut: Nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. The Britain-based monitor said it had documented 1,917 deaths in Syrian prisons since the start of 2014, among them 27 children...
  • India re-elected to UN Economic and Social Council October 29, 2014

    United Nations: India on Wednesday overwhelmingly won its re-election to the United Nations' body on economic and social issues, the win coming just a week after it got re-elected to the world body's human rights council. India was re-elected to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) after it got...
  • British man loses legal bid as court tells him nudity is not a human right October 29, 2014

    London: A British man who spurns clothes has lost a legal bid to have public nudity declared a human right. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Stephen Gough's rights were not violated by repeated arrests and convictions for being naked in public. The court said Gough's legal woes were...
  • 2013-14 devastating for human rights: UN October 22, 2014

    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...