Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's blasphemy laws may be used to punish Muslims
suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple in an intriguing twist for a country
where harsh laws governing religious insults are primarily used against Full
Algeria (AP) - A member of a leading human rights organization has been beaten
and arrested in a southern Algerian city. The lawyer for Yacine Zaid said
Tuesday that his client had been punched and beaten by police when Full
Mali (AP) - Salif Haidara sat drinking tea on the side of the road with other
weary bus passengers when a man with a turban and a long beard approached them:
Did they want to become holy warriors? The skinny teen had left his poor
PEDRO Ivory Coast (AP) - The soldiers lined up the detainees in a row on the
grass in the middle of the night and beat them with sticks. Other times,
soldiers struck the prisoners with belts and rifles so hard the Full
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(AP) - A prominent Cuban dissident completed her first week on a hunger strike
with supporters saying her condition is worsening each day and they fear she
might die. Pro-government bloggers, meanwhile, denounced the strike as a sham. Martha...
PAOLO (AP) - Brazil's Truth Commission will investigate only human rights
abuses committed by the country's former dictatorship, not any crimes committed
by opponents of the 1964-1985 regime. The commission said Tuesday on its
NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday backed the naming and
shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack
children in armed conflicts over protests from Russia, China, Pakistan and
Morocco (AP) - Torture is systematic in Morocco for cases involving
anti-government demonstrators and those accused of terrorism, a U.N. expert
said Saturday after concluding a fact-finding mission in the North African
kingdom. U.N. special...
Vietnam (AP) - Vietnam issued jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years on
Monday to three bloggers who wrote about human rights abuses, corruption and
foreign policy, intensifying a crackdown on its citizens' use of Internet to
Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela has begun the process of pulling out of two human
rights bodies by formally withdrawing from a regional human rights pact, the
Organization of American States said Monday. Venezuela's government notified
PENH Cambodia (AP) - One of the leaders of the former Khmer Rouge regime will
be set free after a court in Cambodia ruled Thursday that she was medically
unfit to stand trial for genocide, a decision survivors called Full
(AP) - The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of
burning pages of a Quran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan's
blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world. The girl was believed
Myanmar (AP) - A prominent Myanmar activist said Saturday that he is canceling
a trip to the United States to receive a democracy award, to show solidarity
with more than a dozen fellow activists whose applications for Full
Pakistan (AP) - The telephone call to local journalists generally comes in the
late evening. The voice on the other end is harsh. He has a statement he wants
printed, and he prefaces it with a terse order: "Report our messages
India (AP) - The
government of Kashmir has rejected wide-scale DNA testing of bodies in
thousands of unmarked graves despite pleas by the families of those who
disappeared during two decades of fighting in the restive region. A report by...
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...
(AP) - In a rare move, a Pakistani judge granted bail Friday to a young,
mentally challenged Christian girl accused of insulting Islam by burning pages
of the religion's holy book. Activists who had pressed for the girl's release...
Vietnam (AP) - A Vietnamese journalist who bribed a police officer as part of
an undercover investigation into corruption was sentenced to four years in
prison on Friday, while the officer who accepted the money got a five-year
Conn. (AP) - Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo should be immune from a
lawsuit filed in Connecticut over the 1997 killings of 45 people in a Mexican
village, the U.S. State Department said in a court filing. Zedillo, who is now
NATIONS (AP) - Sudan has withdrawn its candidacy for a seat on the U.N. Human
Rights Council following strong criticism from human rights and pro-democracy
groups. Sudan's U.N. Mission said in a letter obtained Friday by The Associated
(AP) - Pakistani police are investigating whether a Muslim cleric who allegedly
tried to frame a Christian girl for blasphemy should be charged with insulting
Islam himself and potentially face life in prison, a police officer said
(AP) - A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest
of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners
decades ago in his home country, according to Full
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Sri Lanka (AP) - A rights group says security forces in the Maldives have
continued to abuse their power despite the transfer of presidential power in the
Indian ocean archipelago. Amnesty International's Abbas Faiz says "police
Sri Lanka (AP) - The politician knew something was amiss when a suspicious
white van pulled alongside him at a Colombo park and four men got out,
pretending to exercise. Ravindra Udayashanta alerted his supporters, and police.
Soon, the gunbattle...