Iranian court sentences Facebook activists to jail

An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Slaying of Libya activist draws UN, Western condemnation

The slaying of a Libyan women`s rights activist in her home just hours after she voted in a general election drew Western and UN condemnation on Thursday.

Thai junta releases activist detained for almost a month

The military junta governing Thailand has said it has released an opposition activist who had been in detention since May 28 this year, media reported Wednesday.

China indicts activist who backed press freedom

A prominent Chinese activist who has pushed for human rights and democracy has been charged with gathering crowds to disrupt public order, more than 10 months after he was taken into police custody, his lawyer said today.

Thailand`s junta releases `Red Shirt` activist

Thailand`s military junta today released an opposition activist who had appeared on an army television channel saying her detention was "too good for words to say" after demands from several human rights group for her freedom.

Malaysian police detain Australian activist

Malaysian police were holding an Australian activist in custody after she was arrested together with 15 others protesting against a rare earth plant accused of producing radioactive waste.

Belarus releases human rights activist ahead of time

Belarus on Saturday unexpectedly freed leading rights activist Ales Belyatsky, whose jailing for tax evasion in November 2011 prompted an outcry in the European Union and human rights circles.

Indian wins `Trafficking in Person Hero` award in US

An Indian activist was today presented with the `Trafficking in Person Hero` award by the US for his work in the fight against human trafficking.

China jails prominent rights activist for four years

Court sentenced China`s rights advocates to 4 years in prison after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets.

First Greenpeace activist gets visa to leave Russia

Russia today started issuing visas to foreign crew members of a Greenpeace protest ship and dropped the criminal case against the last member of the 30-strong team.

Saudi activist sentenced to lashes and prison: Rights group

Saeed did not have legal representation at the secret hearing when he was sentenced, ACPRA said in a statement on its website.

Syrian air strikes kill 12: Activists

Syrian government aircraft on Friday pounded a rebel-held city in the country`s northeast, killing at least 12 people including five children, activists said.

Greenpeace activist hangs briefly off Eiffel Tower in protest

A Greenpeace activist today staged a two-hour protest in a tent suspended from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower against Russia`s detention of 30 members of the environmental lobby group.

Malala meets Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

After finding international fame since being shot by the Taliban last year, education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has been meeting eminent personalities.

Bangladesh defends arrest of prominent activist

A prominent Bangladeshi human rights activist must be held accountable for circulating "false information" about fatalities during recent unrest, Dipu Moni said.

Vidya Balan - a humanist, not an activist

Vidya Balan considers veteran actor Shabana Azmi as her "strongest inspiration" but herself prefers to be dubbed as a humanist rather than an activist.

Syrian forces lay siege to rebel-held town, kill at least 35

The Syrian troops on Sunday launched an assault by airstrikes and heavy shelling on rebel-held town of Qusair killing at least 35 people.

154 Bangladeshi opposition activists sent to jail

As many as 154 opposition activists, who were detained during a raid on their headquarters on Monday night, were sent to jail on Tuesday in connection with two assault cases against them.

Fasting `Save Ganga` activist held in Haridwar

`Save Ganga` activist Swami Poornanand Saraswati was Saturday arrested in Haridwar after district authorities failed to persuade him to end his fast.

Topless activists arrested at Brussels protest

Belgian police have arrested four activists of Ukraine`s Femen movement when they attempted to hold a topless protest in Brussels.