Human Rights

UN experts call for including human rights standards in development goals

A group of independent United Nations experts today urged States to include universally agreed international...

Seizure of springs by settlers greatly limits Palestinian access to water – UN report

Ein Al Ariq spring, next to Qaryut village (Nablus). Following its takeover by Eli settlers the...

India May Back Human Rights Resolution Against Sri Lanka

Under domestic pressure, India's prime minister says the country may back a United Nations resolution this week criticizing Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses.

Guatemala: UN rights chief underlines need to address rule of law challenges

UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay receiving petitions from indigenous authorities at a...

US Soldier Accused of Afghan Massacre in US Prison

An American soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians during a shooting spree in southern Kandahar province last Sunday has arrived at a military base in the central U.S. state of Kansas.

'50 percent Pak urban women get beaten by their husbands'

Fifty percent of women in Pakistan's urban areas admit that their husbands beat them, a 2009 US State Department report on Pakistan has revealed.

Michigan Man Arrested on Health Care Fraud Charge

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson, 51, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with health care fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’...

Syrian Army Defectors Tell of Atrocities

As defections from Syrian forces mount, hundreds of Kurdish Syrian soldiers have put down their guns and fled into Iraq. They tell of how they were forced to open fire on civilians and hide the bodies in mass graves.

Amnesty accuses Sri Lanka of perpetrating war rights abuses post- civil war

An Amnesty International report has accused Sri Lanka of perpetrating human rights violations even after the end of the civil war.

UN and regional experts urge countries to stop reprisals against rights defenders

An independent United Nations expert has joined regional partners today in urging...