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Women migrants fearing rape take contraceptives before journey: Rights groups

Women migrants fleeing wars, political instability and poverty are taking contraceptives in the expectation of being raped but are so desperate they still embark on the journey, a human rights group said on Wednesday.

Rights group urges Pakistan not to hang mentally ill man

Pakistan must not hang a mentally ill man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, a rights group said on Friday after a court issued a warrant for his execution next week.

Obama must probe Bush, others over CIA torture: Rights group

US President Barack Obama must investigate his predecessor George W Bush and allies over the CIA`s torture of terror suspects, or stand complicit in a government "cover-up," Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Journalists in Kenya threatened: rights group

 Kenya`s government is undermining press freedom in what a media rights group said Wednesday is a "deteriorating climate" in the country.

Rights group urges Indonesia to stop military `virginity tests`

 Indonesia faced calls Thursday to stop virginity tests for women seeking to join the military, with a leading rights group calling the practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading". 

Rights group calls for UN arms embargo on Syria over barrel bombs

 Syrian government troops carried out hundreds of indiscriminate aerial attacks in the past year, most with barrel bombs, in defiance of a United Nations Security Council demand to stop, a US rights group said, calling for a U.N. arms embargo.

Iraqi women trafficked into sexual slavery - rights group

Up to 10,000 women and girls in Iraq have been abducted or trafficked for sexual slavery, prostitution or ransom, rights groups said on Wednesday, as they called for the Iraqi government to crack down on crimes against women.

War-torn South Sudan cracks down on media: Rights group

Journalists in war-torn South Sudan are facing growing pressure with reporters killed or attacked and newspapers closed or threated, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

Rights group chides Israel `policy` of bombing Gaza homes

 An Israeli rights group Wednesday criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds of civilians during last year`s Gaza war.

China anti-terror law may `inflict grave harm`: Rights group

A new anti-terrorism law under review in China could grant the government license to commit a raft of human rights abuses, a rights group said Tuesday, calling for it to be overhauled.

Sudan rights group says raided after opposition unity deal

Security forces raided the Sudanese Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday, just weeks after jailing its former leader, the monitoring group`s leader said, in what activists fear is a widening crackdown ahead of a presidential election in April.

China `executed 2,400` last year: Rights group

The world`s top executioner China put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said Tuesday, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret.

Discrimination clause part of new Olympic city contracts

Discrimination clause part of new Olympic city contracts

A new clause aimed at ensuring the Olympics are free from any form discrimination will be included in future Games host city contracts after the Sochi 2014 Olympics were marred by a controversial Russian anti-gay propaganda law.

Pak Rights group asks authorities to protect minorities

 A rights group today expressed concern over the status of minorities, including Sikhs and Hindus, in Pakistan and asked authorities to ensure equal rights and protection for them.

Hundreds detained in Russian anti-war rallies: Rights group

Moscow police on Sunday arrested hundreds protesting against military intervention in Ukraine, a rights group said.

SC decision on Rajiv killing case very encouraging: Amnesty

Amnesty International termed as "very encouraging" the decision of the SC to commute the death sentence to life of three condemned prisoners in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Sudan, Egypt officers collude in migrant abuse: Rights group

Egyptian and Sudanese security officers have colluded with traffickers accused of holding Eritrean migrants for ransom and torturing them, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

South Sudan atrocities need full investigation: Rights Group

Human Rights Watch demanded Thursday a full investigation into atrocities committed in war-torn South Sudan, reporting that in one town alone scores of both unburied bodies and fresh graves.

Australia asylum policy `draconian`: Rights group

Australia has damaged its human rights record by persistently undercutting refugee protections, including a "draconian" policy to send asylum-seekers to Pacific island camps, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

US court rejects demand for default judgement against Sonia Gandhi

A federal judge has rejected a demand by a rights group seeking a default judgement against Sonia Gandhi in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.