Rights activist welcomes Lanka's pardon to Indian fishermen

Noted human rights activist Avadhash Kaushal on Friday welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapkasa's pardon to five Indian fishermen on death row for alleged drug trafficking but urged him to give the same treatment to the three?fishermen from his own country sentenced to death along with them for the same crime.

Azerbaijan detains prominent rights activist

Prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus was detained on Wednesday and could face charges, a family spokesman said.

`Saudi jails rights activist for 15 years`

A Saudi court on Sunday sentenced to 15 years in jail a prominent rights lawyer described by Amnesty as a prisoner of conscience, relatives said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Taiwan rights activist denied entry by Hong Kong

A Taiwanese rights activist and outspoken critic of his government`s attempts to seek closer ties with Beijing criticised Chinese authorities after he was denied entry to Hong Kong Sunday.

Withdraw FIR against Setalvad, says CPI-M

CPI-M Monday asked the Gujarat government to withdraw the FIR registered against rights activist Teesta Setalvad, calling it "a most vindictive act".

Rights activist detained in Bahrain

A prominent human rights activist is in custody after defying an official ban on protest gatherings in the Gulf kingdom.

Security establishment plans to kill her: Asma

Asma Jahangir said she has received information that Pak`s powerful security establishment is planning to carry out a "murderous attack" on her.

Belarus jails rights activist for tax evasion

A Belarussian court jailed leading human rights activist Ales Belyatsky for 4 1/2 years on tax evasion charges.

Pro-separatist rights activist not allowed to enter Valley

New Delhi-based writer and
rights activist Gautam Navlakha, known for his pro-separatist
views, was not allowed by police to enter the Kashmir
Valley, officials said.

Bahrain police detain, beat rights activist

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was detained on Saturday in a pre-dawn raid.

Activists join chorus for Sen`s release

Intellectuals and activists stepped up protests against the imprisonment of rights activist Binayak Sen.

Iran jails rights activist for `warring against God`

In Iran, "warring against God" is an offence that can carry death penalty.

Iran frees rights activist on bail: Report

Shiva Nazar Ahari was arrested in December 2009 when travelling to Qom.