NATIONS (AP) - Preliminary investigations by the U.N. peacekeeping force in
Congo indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other
human rights violations after they retreated from the key city of Goma
SALVADOR El Salvador (AP) - Rights groups are calling on El Salvador to
investigate the 1981 army massacre of about 1,000 people at El Mozote.
Judiciary officials say cases could be opened despite a 1980s amnesty law. The
AIRES Argentina (AP) - Judges found all defendants innocent Tuesday in a
high-profile case of an Argentine woman who was allegedly kidnapped and forced
into prostitution a decade ago. The 13 people on trial in the province of
Tucuman had Full...
NATIONS (AP) - Sudan may face more charges for war crimes, crimes against
humanity and genocide in Darfur, the chief prosecutor of the International
Criminal Court said Thursday. Fatou Bensouda told the U.N. Security Council
that crimes continue...
Chile (AP) - Chile's government has apologized to a lesbian judge who was
denied custody of her three daughters because she is gay. The apology was
issued Friday during a ceremony led by Justice Minister Teodoro Ribera. Chile
Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan authorities began trying the country's most famous
judge in absentia Wednesday while she refused to enter the courtroom alleging
violations of her rights. Coming nearly three years after her arrest, the trial...
(AP) - A leading Cuban opposition figure said Thursday that he and another dissident
were threatened, and in one case attacked, by people they took to be
intelligence agents in separate incidents on the same day. Elizardo Sanchez
said two plainclothes...
CITY (AP) - Human rights groups say they found hundreds of women and children
subjected to sexual and physical abuse at a public psychiatric hospital in
Guatemala's capital. The Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala led
NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in
a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and
stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and
(AP) - German pastor Gabriele Stangl says she will never forget the harrowing
confession she heard in 1999. A woman said she had been brutally raped, got
pregnant and had a baby. Then she killed it and buried it in the woods near
NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction
the leaders of Congo's M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the
eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting.
Ohio (AP) - A former military colonel with a Somali security force dubbed the
"Gestapo of Somalia" by its critics was responsible for the torture
of a human rights advocate in the 1980s, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a
(AP) - Egyptian authorities arrested more than 300 children during protests in
Cairo over the past year, beating and torturing some and trying many as adults,
a leading international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said in a
Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's opposition leaders are calling on President Hugo
Chavez to grant amnesty to the country's self-proclaimed political prisoners. Opposition
congressman Edgar Zambrano said he was optimistic after presenting...
Tunisia (AP) - A second suspect in the attack on Tunisia's U.S. embassy died
Saturday after months on a hunger strike, his lawyer said. Mohammed Bakhti, a
prominent member of the ultraconservative Muslim Salafi movement, was admitted
(AP) - A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of
blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said. The ruling
was the final chapter in a case that caused an international outcry over
(AP) - Amnesty International workers in London walked off the job on Tuesday as
the second strike in as many months raised questions about the organization's
ability to remain one of the world's pre-eminent human rights advocates. Workers...
Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing
flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's
justice ministry said Thursday. The ministry said the punishment hasn't been
Morocco (AP) - Morocco has made progress in reducing the number of girls
working as domestic servants but much more needs to be done, Human Rights Watch
reported Thursday. Tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are still
working as domestic...
FALLS Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe's diamond conference was rocked by controversy
Tuesday over the Kimberley Process, the world diamond trade regulatory body,
whose chairwoman was publicly asked to resign because she is Full
(AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now
live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that
critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor.
The law took...
(AP) - The United Nations says access to contraception is a universal human
right that could dramatically improve the lives of women and children in poor
countries. It is the first time the U.N. Population Fund's annual report
(AP) - A radical Islamist cleric described by prosecutors as a key al-Qaida
operative in Europe cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism
charges, judges ruled Monday in the latest twist in a protracted legal saga. Britain's...
NATIONS (AP) - The United States was re-elected Monday to another three-year
term on the U.N. Human Rights Council in the only contested election for the
organization's top human rights body. The U.S. was competing with four
Qatar (AP) - The leadership of Syria's main opposition group in exile is an
all-male affair after elections failed to promote a single woman to the
decision-making group of 41 members. Some of the female delegates at the Syrian