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UN hits out at rising death toll and human rights violations in Haiti

The UN human rights office has expressed concern about rising violence around Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, saying 99 people have been reported killed in recent...

China leader visits Xinjiang amid human rights concerns

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has visited the north-western Xinjiang region this week amid concerns over China’s detention of a million or more members of...

Chinese leader defends record to UN human rights chief

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has defended the country’s record to the top UN human rights official, saying each nation should be allowed to find...

Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders order women to wear burka in public

Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership has ordered all Afghan women to wear the all-covering burka in public, officials said. The move evokes similar restrictions imposed on women...

Rights group documents ‘suppression of fundamental liberties’ in Vietnam

More than 170 activists have been put under house arrest, blocked from travelling and sometimes assaulted by agents of the Vietnamese government in a...

UN experts urge Sweden to stop planned iron-ore mine project

Two independent UN human rights experts have called on Sweden’s government to refuse a licence to industrial backers of a planned iron-ore mine that...

Russian court orders shutdown of renowned human rights group

Russia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that one of the country’s oldest and most prominent human rights organisations should be shut down. The move stirred...

‘Credible evidence’ of Taliban reprisal killings, UN human rights boss says

The UN human rights chief says her office has received credible allegations of reprisal killings by the Taliban of former Afghan security forces, as...

At least five killed in attack on Syrian hospital

Artillery shells fired from government areas have hit a hospital in a rebel-controlled town in north-western Syria, killing at least five civilians and wounding...

Myanmar security forces kill at least 34 protesters

Security forces in Myanmar dramatically escalated their crackdown on demonstrations against last month’s coup, killing at least 34 protesters in several cities on Wednesday,...

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