Philippines Haiyan rebuilding `inadequate`, says UN

 The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday.

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Obama holds talks on security, human rights in Ethiopia

President Barack Obama is holding talks with Ethiopia's leaders on counter-terrorism, human rights and regional security issues.

Eritrea calls for UN probe into `abhorrent` people smuggling

Eritrea on Saturday called on the United Nations to investigate the "abhorrent" flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state.

Instal CCTVs at all prisons in India: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the central government and all the states to instal CCTV cameras in all the prisons across the country and take a call on installing them in police lock-ups, if there are incidents.

China rights activists on trial in Guangzhou amid crackdown

A closely-watched trial of three Chinese rights activists resumed on Thursday in the southern city of Guangzhou as authorities pursued an unprecedented crackdown on human rights lawyers across China.

Amnesty protests `staggering execution spree` in Iran

Amnesty International on Thursday protested at what it called a "staggering execution spree" in Iran so far this year that has seen almost 700 people put to death.

Italy breaches human rights by blocking gay marriage: European court

 A European court ruled Tuesday that Italy breached the human rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union. 

Family of deceased Tibetan monk detained: Rights group

Police detained two family members of a deceased Tibetan monk on Friday, a rights group and media said, one day after his body was cremated in prison against his family`s wishes.

Labour unions, human rights groups step up calls for FIFA reform
Labour unions, human rights groups step up calls for FIFA reform

Prominent labour union and human rights groups on Wednesday stepped up public pressure on world football body FIFA, which is currently mired in a corruption scandal, to agree to be reformed and clean up its act through an independent process.

Bahrain king pardons Shiite activist Rajab for 'health reasons'

Bahrain's King Hamad on Monday pardoned leading rights activist Nabeel Rajab, serving a six-month jail sentence, for "health reasons", the official news agency BNA reported.

China apprehends 'paid protesters' in human rights cases


Beijing: Chinese police claimed to have apprehended "paid protesters" engaged by lawyers and accused a law firm of staging protests with hired people to mount pressure on courts in high-profile human rights protection cases, authorities said today.

RSS slams Amnesty International report on human rights in J&K

Slamming a US-based NGO's report on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, RSS mouthpiece 'Organiser' has said such "lopsided" approach will create grounds for violence and animosities, and even accused the United Nations of being "biased" on such issues.

Pak parliamentary panel to discuss Hindu marriage law

The minority Hindu community in Pakistan, living without a marriage law since the country was founded in 1947, may get a landmark legislation soon to help them register their marriages.

Russian gay couple gets asylum in Finland: Report

A Russian gay couple has been granted asylum in Finland because of the discrimination they faced at home over their sexual orientation, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Friday.

Syria rejects UN criticism of barrel bombs, says ''technical'' issue

Syria rejected a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a "technical" issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body.

Mexico accuses 7 police of abuse in military 'slayings'

Mexican authorities have accused seven police of torturing three women who survived an alleged slaughter by the military a year ago, prosecutors said.

Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain
Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain

The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.

China slams US human rights record in annual report
China slams US human rights record in annual report

China on Friday slammed the US for a "terrible human rights record", denouncing it for police brutality and global surveillance a day after Washington criticised Beijing`s own performance.

US highlights rights abuses in Myanmar

The United States on Thursday voiced concern about "significant human rights problems" in Myanmar, shining a light notably on persistent abuses against the minority Rohingya Muslims.