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Kenya security accused of murder and abduction: Report

Security agencies are killing and abducting men in north-east Kenya suspected of links to Islamist extremists, a rights group said Wednesday, as police challenged them to provide evidence to an independent body.

Human Rights Watch says domestic workers `trapped` in Oman

Human Rights Watch warned on Wednesday that many foreign domestic workers in Oman are trapped in abusive employment, urging the sultanate to reform its "restrictive" immigration system.

Rights group blasts EU plans on halting Libya migrant exodus

Rights group blasts EU plans on halting Libya migrant exodus

Human Rights Watch warned that the European Union measures on curbing the flow of migrants from Libya.

Rights experts slam mass arrests as Bangladesh hunts killers

Sheikh Hasina accuses the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its Islamist party ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, of orchestrating the killings to destabilise the country.

Ethiopia killed 'over 400' in protest crackdown: HRW

More than 400 people have been killed in Ethiopia since November.

Lanka's missing persons office lacked consultations: HRW

On May 24, Sri Lanka's cabinet approved the new Office of Missing Persons without talking with the families.

30,000 flee fighting between jihadists, rebels in north Syria: HRW

At least 30,000 people have fled fighting between jihadists and rebels in northern Syria in the past 48 hours, Human Rights Watch said, calling on Turkey to open its border to them.

Rights groups condemn junta police powers for Thai soldiers

An order by Thailand's junta giving sweeping police powers to soldiers is part of the "steady erosion of human rights protections", campaigners said today, calling for the law to be rescinded.

HRW urges Myanmar to end 'abusive restriction' on Rohingyas

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Myanmar to put an end to "abusive restrictions" on the ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority in the western Rakhine state.

Afghan 'virginity tests' a sexual abuse: HRW

Human Rights Watch has slammed "virginity exams" conducted on Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes, saying the invasive tests by government doctors were tantamount to sexual assault.

Sarath Fonseka's appointment to parliament sends wrong signal: HRW

 Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka's appointment to parliament sends "worrying signals" on accountability and contradicts the government's pledges to probe atrocities allegedly committed under his command during the brutal civil war with the LTTE, an international rights group said today.

'India must strengthen planned law to protect transgender people'

India`s upper house of parliament in April last year passed "The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill".

Afghanistan to include female negotiators in upcoming peace talks?

Afghanistan to include female negotiators in upcoming peace talks?

The Afghan government should include female negotiators in the upcoming multistate meeting on the Afghan peace process, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Repeal sedition law, Human Rights Watch tells India

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called for the repeal of a sedition law under which a folk singer has been arrested in Tamil Nadu for criticising Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Malaysia's human rights have been eroded under PM Najib: HRW

Human rights in Malaysia have deteriorated under Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration despite his promises to provide more freedom, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Nine die as US air strike hits Afghan hospital

 US air strikes hit a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz in Afghanistan, killing nine medical staff, Human Rights Watch said.

HRW condemns `serious abuses` of detainees in Yemen

 Warring parties in south Yemen have committed "serious abuses" against civilians and fighters in their custody, including summary executions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Saudi-led coalition air raid kills 31 in Yemen: Medics

A Saudi-led coalition air raid struck a factory in northern Yemen on Sunday killing 17 civilians and 14 Shiite Huthi rebels, medics and witnesses said.

Video showing abuse of Gaddafi's son must be probed: HRW

 Human Rights Watch called Tuesday on Libyan authorities to immediately investigate the alleged ill-treatment of detainees including a son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi at a prison in Tripoli.

ICC must investigate president`s camp for wartime abuses: HRW

The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.