US court lets US group challenge PM Modi immunity

 A US court has asked a human rights group to respond by November 04 to the US government's "suggestion of immunity" in a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against humanity.

US group to contest immunity for PM Modi

A US group that has filed a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against humanity has said it would contest the Obama administration's "suggestion of immunity" for the Indian leader.

Malaysia`s Sedition Act crackdown `chilling` free speech

 A Malaysian government crackdown under its Sedition Act is creating a climate of fear in the country, according to rising numbers of critics who say it could stunt a recent flowering in freedom of speech. 

Carter Center shuts Egypt office over rights concerns

A human rights group founded by former US president Jimmy Carter said it has closed its office in Egypt because of a crackdown on dissent and restrictions on democratic freedoms.

EU wants Turkey as anti-IS ally despite rights concerns

 Brussels needs Turkey as a strategic ally against the Islamic State group and should carry on membership talks with Ankara despite concerns over human rights, the EU`s executive branch said Wednesday.

Concern for US citizen on hunger strike in Cairo jail

 The family of an American citizen on hunger strike in an Egyptian jail for some 250 days are appealing to the US government to press Cairo to let him go fearing his life is at risk.

Clashes for Syria's Kobane kill 400 in three weeks: Monitor

More than 400 people have been killed in three weeks of fighting between Islamic State group jihadists and Kurdish forces for the Syrian town of Kobane, a monitor said on Tuesday.

Kurds battle jihadists for Syria town on brink

Kurdish fighters mounted a desperate defence Friday of a Syrian border town besieged by Islamic State group jihadists as President Bashar al-Assad`s regime warned neighbouring Turkey against intervening on its soil.

No softening of stand on Sri Lanka: US

The US has said that there has been no softening of its stand on Sri Lanka with regard to the human rights situation in that country, as being reported in a section of the media.

UN rights chief slams IS `war crimes`

Islamic State jihadists are inflicting staggering human rights violations in Iraq which could amount to war crimes, a top United Nations official said on Thursday.

Amnesty demands probe into Fiji brutality claims

Amnesty International demanded an investigation Wednesday into claims Fijian soldiers assaulted a man involved in a dispute with the country`s newly-elected prime minister, calling the case an early test of the government`s human rights credentials.

PM Modi, Obama may discuss human rights issues in summit talks

Human rights issues could come up for discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama during the maiden summit talks between them at his Oval Office on Monday.

Air strike kills senior IS jihadist in Syria: Monitor

A senior Islamic State group jihadist was killed on Friday in an air strike in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Lawsuit against Modi will not have any impact on Indo-US talks

The lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a human rights group here would have no impact on "his very important visit" to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama, the White House said Friday.

North Korea slams 'political prostitute' Park speech at UN

North Korea called South Korean President Park Geun-Hye a "political prostitute" on Friday as it denounced her call at the UN General Assembly for Pyongyang to improve its human rights record and abandon nuclear weapons.

Cambodia, Australia sign $35 mn deal over refugees; activists outraged

Cambodia will resettle potentially hundreds of refugees intercepted trying to reach Australia in exchange for $35 million in aid, forging ahead with an opaque deal condemned by rights groups as a threat to asylum seekers` safety.

Human rights under attack everywhere: UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday that human rights were "under attack" throughout the world as he opened the General Assembly debate.

BHRC member proposes amendment to Human Rights Act

Patna: Plagued by shortage of hands, a member of Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has proposed amendment of the Protection of Human Rights Act (PHRA), 1993 to induct persons as ex-officio and deemed members on the lines of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Ukraine conflict death toll soars past 3,000: UN

The death toll in Ukraine`s conflict has soared past 3,000, likely by a significant margin, top UN human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Tuesday.

Ensure essential items for flood-hit Kashmiris, SC tells government
Ensure essential items for flood-hit Kashmiris, SC tells government

The Supreme Court on Thursday voiced concern over the deficiency in supply of essential commodities and services in the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was "impinging upon the human rights and fundamental rights of the people" and sought urgent steps to prevent outbreak of epidemic.