Human Rights

NEPAL: A child is in danger after he is tortured by the family of a policeman; his lawyers are threatened

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is extremely concerned for the safety and health of a young boy, after he was badly tortured by the family of a police inspector. The 14 year old boy worked as a domestic helper in the house of Police Inspector Chet Bahadur Pathak in Kathmandu, and was violently interrogated and brutally assaulted by his employers. After his rescue by local people we are told that the lawyers of several organizations who helped him were threatened, and that Maoist-affiliated persons have influenced the handing of the boy to his aunt, who returned him to the house of his abusers. The condition of the boy is currently unknown.

Domestic violence deaths rise 40 percent in Argentina

A total of 126 women died as a result of domestic violence in Argentina during the first half of this year, 40 percent more than during the same period in 2009, according to statistics published by the organisation La Casa del Encuentro.

UN report looks at labour inequalities for Latin American and Caribbean women

Women in Latin America and the Caribbean are still discriminated against in the labour market and receive lower wages than men for the same work, according to a new United Nations report which also points to women in the region spending more time on unpaid domestic or care work.

Peace In Afghanistan At What Cost To Its Women?

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan confirmed this week that at least 10 members of the Taliban are in the process of being removed from a U.N. blacklist at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It's seen as a step toward peace talks that both military and political leaders agree is the only way to end the nine-year insurgency.

ReliefWeb/Situation Report : Afghanistan: Conflict Kills, Injures 14 Civilians Everyday - ARM Mid-Year Report

Kabul, 12 July 2010: Almost six civilian people were killed and eight were wounded each day in conflictrelatedincidents from 1 January to 30 June 2010, Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said today in amid‐year report on civilian casualties of war.

DRC: Getting away with rape

When nine-year-old Jeanne* from North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was raped by a neighbour, her parents were determined he would not get away with it.

BOTSWANA: HIV treatment for refugees, but for how long?

Until just over a year ago, people living in Dukwi, a remote refugee camp about 200km from Francistown, Botswana's second city, were burying other residents who had died from AIDS-related illnesses at the rate of about five a month.

US urges release of citizen sentenced in China

The US called on China Tuesday to release a US geologist who was sentenced to eight years in prison for obtaining an oil database regarded as a state secret.

Turkey donates $21 mln-aid to Kyrgyzstan

The agreement on the donation was signed during a ceremony held on Saturday as part of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan.

Turkey has extended a 21 million USD financial aid to Kyrgyzstan. The agreement on the donation was signed during a ceremony held on Saturday as part of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan.

Warren Buffett donation adds $1.6 billion to charity

Billionaire US investor Warren Buffett has donated $1.6 billion to charity through the Bill Gates Foundation.