Saudi-led coalition air raid kills 31 in Yemen: Medics

A Saudi-led coalition air raid struck a factory in northern Yemen on Sunday killing 17 civilians and 14 Shiite Huthi rebels, medics and witnesses said.

Video showing abuse of Gaddafi's son must be probed: HRW

 Human Rights Watch called Tuesday on Libyan authorities to immediately investigate the alleged ill-treatment of detainees including a son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi at a prison in Tripoli.

ICC must investigate president`s camp for wartime abuses: HRW

The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing 2022 Winter Games
Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing 2022 Winter Games

Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society.

Guinea policed protests with `excessive lethal force`: HRW

Guinea`s security services used excessive lethal force and were implicated in gang-rape and widespread criminality while policing weeks of violent anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

HRW says Saudi-led Yemen raid `apparent war crime`

 Human Rights Watch condemned as an "apparent war crime" on Tuesday a Saudi-led air raid in Yemen last week that it said killed at least 65 civilians in residential compounds.

Kuwait DNA tests violate right to privacy: Human Rights Watch

 A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Indian MPs urged to back transgender rights

India’s Parliament should enact a bill to ensure better legal protection for the rights of the transgender population, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

China restricts passports for Tibetans: Rights group

Beijing effectively bans Tibetans and other ethnic minorities from obtaining passports, Human Rights Watch said Monday, amid a surge in Chinese tourists travelling abroad.

In 'first', ISIS beheads two women in Syria: Monitor
In 'first', ISIS beheads two women in Syria: Monitor

The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such execution of women in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said today.

14 Thai students held, face seven years in jail for anti-junta rally

 Fourteen Thai students were taken into custody early Saturday after staging an anti-coup rally on charges that could see them jailed for seven years, police said, as the ruling junta escalates its chokehold on dissent.

Colombian generals implicated in civilian killings: HRW

Human Rights Watch accused some of Colombia`s top generals Wednesday of links to the "generalized and systematic" execution of civilians, who were then presented as felled FARC guerrillas.

Rwandan spy chief Karake arrested in London
Rwandan spy chief Karake arrested in London

 British police have arrested the head of Rwanda`s intelligence service on a warrant from Spain where he is accused of involvement in war crimes linked to the genocide, prompting a furious reaction from Rwanda.

`Fear they will find me`: death threats stalk Afghan acid victim
`Fear they will find me`: death threats stalk Afghan acid victim

 Four years after a militiaman doused Mumtaz with a flesh-searing acid for rejecting his marriage proposal, leaving her disfigured, scarred and traumatised, death threats have forced the 20-year-old Afghan into hiding.

Kenya police accused of abuses against Muslims after massacre

 The response by Kenyan security forces to a wave of massacres a year ago in Kenya`s coastal region has been marked by beatings, arbitrary detentions and theft, human rights groups said Monday.

Inaugural European Games: Azerbaijan rejects human rights violations claims
Inaugural European Games: Azerbaijan rejects human rights violations claims

Azerbaijan rejected claims it had cracked down on human rights activists and political opponents ahead of the European Games starting on Friday, saying there were no political prisoners in its jails.

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening
Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country`s rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

Egypt says Human Rights Watch report politicised, biased

The Egyptian government on Tuesday dismissed a report that accused it of widespread human rights violations as politicised and lacking in objectivity and accuracy.

Bangladesh urged to tackle child marriage "epidemic"

 Bangladesh must ramp up efforts to tackle its "epidemic" of child marriage -- a problem fuelled by the country`s repeated natural disasters, rights campaigners said on Tuesday.

China cites `tremendous` human rights progress in report

China on Monday touted "tremendous achievements" in human rights, citing legal improvements, poverty alleviation, freedom of speech and protection for minorities, even as campaign groups point to a tough crackdown on dissent and civil society.