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
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 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...
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...
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
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...
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
(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...
(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
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
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
(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...
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
Serbia (AP) - Azra Ajeti's fellow Gypsies have been buffeted by accusations of
filing bogus asylum claims in the rich EU, but she says there's nothing phony
about her family's life of misery. "We are starving," said...
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...
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
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) - A court has sentenced a democracy activist in central China to 10 years'
imprisonment for subversion, a family member said Thursday. It's the third
lengthy jail term handed down to a dissident in less than a month. Li Tie was...
Morocco (AP) - Morocco has expelled 19 foreigners from the annexed territory of
the Western Sahara, saying they were journalists who entered without permission.
The action, which underlines Morocco's intense sensitivity over criticism of...
Brazil (AP) - Human rights advocates in Brazil have slammed a recent appeals court
ruling that found that having sex with a minor does not necessarily constitute
statutory rape. The Superior Court of Justice ruled earlier this week that a...
LUMPUR Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian
authorities have summoned the German ambassador to explain why his country
provided funds for a project linked to a Kuala Lumpur-based human rights group.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman says the funding...
CITY (AP) - At a busy intersection, a girl with a high half ponytail looks at
you as she begs for coins. There is dirt beneath her fingernails and her pink shirt
looks unwashed. The image in the photo could Full
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(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...
(AP) - China has detained and forced into re-education classes hundreds of
Tibetans who went to India to receive religious instruction from the Dalai
Lama, a U.S.-based human rights group said. It is the first time since the late