Saudi beheadings soar in 2015 under discretionary rulings

Rights group Amnesty International said in November that at least 63 people had been executed since the start of the year for drug-related offenses.

Tunisia jails six students for `homosexuality`

A court in Tunisia has sentenced six students to three years in jail each on charges of homosexuality in a judgment condemned by rights activists, their lawyer said on Monday.


Saudi executes man convicted of killing wife

Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of killing his wife, adding to a toll which rights group Amnesty International says is the kingdom's highest in two decades.

Qatar shamed by inaction on labour reform: Amnesty

Qatar has done "almost nothing" to end labour abuse in the five years since being awarded football`s 2022 World Cup despite huge global pressure to reform, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Suicide bomb kills 9 in north Cameroon town: Official

A local official in northern Cameroon says at least nine people were killed and dozens injured when suspected Boko Haram militants carried out a suicide attack on a town bordering Nigeria.

Kovan dares Jaya, says will continue 'singing'

There have been rising protests across the state demanding Kovan's release with violent clashes between the agitators and police.

'Afghan Taliban committed rapes and mass murders in Kunduz'

Taliban militants committed gang-rapes and mass murders in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, the Amnesty International has said.

Children separated from families in Hungary border chaos: Amnesty

 Children were separated from their families by police in chaotic scenes as migrants broke through Serbia`s border with Hungary on Wednesday, Amnesty International said.

Boko Haram kill 400 in Cameroon since last year: Amnesty

Nigerian Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has killed some 400 civilians since last year in northern Cameroon, with dozens more dying in a "heavy-handed" response by security forces, Amnesty International said in a report published Wednesday.

Saudi executes four after moratorium call

Saudi Arabia Wednesday executed three of its citizens for murder and a Syrian convicted of drugs smuggling, a day after Amnesty International urged a moratorium on rising executions in the conservative kingdom.

Burundi used acid and iron bars to torture opposition: Amnesty

 Burundi security forces used iron bars and acid to force confessions and crush opposition during President Pierre Nkurunziza`s successful bid for a third term in office, Amnesty International said Monday.

Sweden urges Amnesty to learn from its prostitution laws

Sweden is urging Amnesty International to study its pioneering prostitution law, amid disappointment over the human rights group`s vote to back the decriminalisation of the sex trade, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.

At least 70 dead in Syria regime raids near Damascus: Monitor

 At least 70 people were killed Sunday in a string of Syrian government air strikes on a marketplace in Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus, a monitoring group said.

Austrian refugee camp violates children's rights: Amnesty

 Amnesty International on Friday slammed conditions at Austria's main refugee camp as a "disgraceful" violation of human rights, highlighting what it called the "inhumane" plight of more than 1,700 unaccompanied children.

Eleven-year-old rape victim gives birth in Paraguay

 An 11-year-old Paraguayan girl who was raped by her mother`s boyfriend gave birth Thursday, a doctor said.

Syria regime raids kill 37 civilians near Damascus: Report

Syria regime raids kill 37 civilians near Damascus: Report

At least 37 civilians were killed in Syrian government air strikes Wednesday on the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus as a barrage of deadly rebel rocket fire hit the capital, a monitor said.

Amnesty says Sudan army committed `war crimes` in South Kordofan

 Amnesty International said on Tuesday that the Sudanese army had committed war crimes in the conflict-hit South Kordofan region, including bombing and shelling civilian areas and infrastructure.

France `concerned` about death row Iranian juvenile offender

France said Monday it was concerned about the fate of an Iranian juvenile offender who is on death row, just days after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Tehran to revive ties between the two countries.


Saudi beheads murderer in 110th execution since January

 Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded one of its citizens convicted of murder, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

`Strong evidence` of Israel war crimes on `Black Friday`: Amnesty

An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year`s war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.