Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions after school massacre

 Rights groups Saturday condemned Pakistan`s decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead.

Armed gangs sowing terror in northern Ivory Coast: HRW

Armed gangs are running amok in northern Ivory Coast, where residents are being subjected to relentless, sometimes deadly attacks, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

'Donors should demand human rights progress in Afghanistan'

Afghanistan's foreign donors should press the Afghan government to prevent further deterioration in the war-torn country's human rights situation and to support crucial services, prominent rights groups said today.

Rights groups slam Egypt over new mass death sentence

Global rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International slammed Egypt today over the mass death sentencing of 188 Islamists days after murder charges were dropped against ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

Thai court sentences five to death in war-torn south

A Thai court sentenced to death five suspected Muslim separatists convicted of killing four soldiers, prompting Human Rights Watch to accuse the government of applying "double standards" in the turbulent south.

Punitive Israeli house demolitions a `war crime`: HRW

 Human Rights Watch called on Israel Saturday to stop razing the homes of Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis, saying the practice can constitute a war crime.

Indonesian police hold virginity tests for female applicants, HRW criticises move
Indonesian police hold virginity tests for female applicants, HRW criticises move

Jakarta: Human Rights Watch today urged Indonesia's national police to halt "discriminatory" virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Islamic State tortured Kurdish child hostages: Rights group
Islamic State tortured Kurdish child hostages: Rights group

Islamic State militants in Syria forced children as young as 14 to watch videos of beheadings and beat them with cables during six months of captivity, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Sikh group seeks Barack Obama's support for justice for 1984 riots

An umbrella Sikh group and a couple of human right bodies have written a letter to US President Barack Obama seeking his support for justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India that claimed 3,000 lives.

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

Indian govt should enact laws to deter communal violence: HRW

A leading human rights body has criticised successive Indian governments for "failing" to prosecute senior officials for their roles in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and called on the new government to seek police reforms and enact laws against communal violence.

Egypt orders activist Abdel Fattah back to jail: Family

An Egyptian court ordered prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah back to jail Monday after he was previously freed on bail during a trial for taking part in an illegal protest, a relative said.

Women abducted by Boko Haram used on frontline: Rights group

Women and girls abducted by Islamic militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria were used in combat operations, forced to lure men into ambush and to marry their captors, according to a report released on Monday. 

Bahrain activist detained for 'insulting' the king

Human rights organizations say a Bahraini activist who is eight months pregnant has been detained for "insulting" the king after she tore up his photograph in court.

Incheon Asian Games: OCA boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women
Incheon Asian Games: OCA boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women

Asia`s top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had "broken the ice" when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics.

Pakistan must restore moratorium on death penalty: HRW

Pakistan should immediately halt a planned execution and officially reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. 

Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes: HRW
Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes: HRW

Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, a day after the Army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

Afghan gang rape trial badly flawed: Rights group

 An Afghan court`s conviction of seven men for a gang-rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch has said.

Israel illegally coerces Africa migrants to leave: HRW

Israel has illegally coerced almost 7,000 African migrants into returning to their home countries, where some face persecution, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Tuesday.