North Korea halts UN charm offensive over human rights record

A rare diplomatic charm offensive by North Korea appears to be over after it failed to halt a European and Japanese push for the United Nations General Assembly to support referring the hermit state to the International Criminal Court over allegations of human rights abuses. 

Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage

A prominent North Korean defector who has advocated UN action to stop the country`s human rights abuses said on Tuesday authorities have taken his father hostage in a campaign to discredit his story of survival and escape from a prison camp. 

Gross rights abuses committed by both sides in South Sudan: Report

Gross human rights abuses, including rapes, mass killings and torture, have been committed by both sides in the brutal conflict that erupted in South Sudan towards end of last year, according to a new UN report which said civilians were directly targeted in the violence.

Call for sanctions against North Korea over human rights abuses

The United Nations Security Council should slap targeted sanctions on North Korean officials responsible for grave human rights abuses, the head of a special UN inquiry said Thursday.

`Sri Lanka has no faith in international probe`

The Sri Lankan government Saturday said it has no faith in an international investigation into the alleged human rights abuses occurred during the civil war in the country.

Gory videos OK when posted for users to `condemn`: Facebook

Facebook Inc has surreptitiously resumed allowing decapitation videos to be posted on its website, lifting a temporary ban it had placed earlier this year on content featuring graphic violence.

Sri Lanka Army baffled by rights abuses

The Sri Lanka Army Friday said it was baffled by allegations against the military and vowed to battle the "malicious propaganda network".

Sri Lanka accuses US of human rights abuses

Days before a US-sponsored resolution will be taken up against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Colombo accused Washington of committing human rights abuses.

Sri Lanka moving backwards, says Blake

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake has said the country is moving backwards on democracy.

‘UN should urge SL to be accountable on rights abuses`

United Nations members should urge Sri Lanka to act on accountability for abuses at its UPR on November 1, Human Rights Watch said.

Amnesty accuses Maldives regime of human rights abuses

The London-based rights watch group slammed the regime of President Mohamed Waheed for shrugging off its responsibility to human rights violations.

Mugabe plans to retire after next polls: Reports

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seeking immunity from prosecution for a string of human rights abuses, it has emerged.

US sanctions Iranian officials for rights abuses

The US has slapped sanctions on
two senior Iranian officials for "serious" human rights abuses
aimed at protesters who took to the streets in large numbers
following the controversial 2009 elections in Iran.

Sri Lankan minister criticises SM Krishna

A Sri Lankan minister criticised the External Affairs Minister`s suggestion for investigation into alleged human rights abuses in the island.

Jamaica must probe human rights abuses: Amnesty

More than 2,220 fatal shootings by police were reported from 2000 to 2010.

Sri Lankan general returns from US without being grilled

General Sarath Fonseka, who was Sri Lanka`s Army commander when it defeated Tamil separatist rebels in May, returned home from US on Thursday without being questioned by US authorities about alleged war crimes.

Lanka to probe US report on war crimes allegations

Amid growing global pressure to probe allegations of human rights abuses, Sri Lanka on Monday said it would investigate war crimes accusations made against the military in a US government report.

Abuse by Mexican military up 600%: HRW

Human Rights Watch has said the number of human rights complaints levelled against the Mexican military has risen by 600 percent over the past three years to a total of 1,230.