Human Rights

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 06:44
The United States on Wednesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is cracking down on dissent before elections due in November, to allow a prominent rights activist to continue working in the country. The Congolese government on Tuesday said it had refused to renew the visa of Ida Sawyer, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch's senior researcher in the country.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 06:30
Omani authorities have closed down a privately owned newspaper after detaining three of its journalists over its reporting on alleged corruption within the judiciary, an international watchdog said on Wednesday. The report came one day after the Omani government said it had taken unspecified action against a newspaper for insulting the judiciary.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 06:58
Just a year ago, Ethiopia was basking in the world’s spotlight after a visit from President Obama and global accolades for its decade of double-digit growth and enviable stability in a dangerous region. Since then, however, this country of nearly 100 million has been hit by a widespread drought that has halved growth, and anti-government protests have spread across two of its most populous regions.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 06:57
In violence that recalls the country's Dirty War, 27 people were killed in three cities between 2011 and 2015 at the hands of an alleged police death squad.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 06:54
The Democratic Republic of Congo refused on Tuesday to renew the visa of a senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher, who was to leave the troubled African country shortly. Kinshasa did not give a reason for the decision to effectively expel Ida Sawyer, who has worked for the US rights group in DR Congo since 2008.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 06:32
Egypt's parliament on Tuesday approved restrictions on the police that will prevent them from providing information to the media, a move that critics saw as an attempt to further cover up high-level abuses and corruption.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 06:55
A massive roundup of high ranking MS13 gang members by El Salvador authorities targeting the financial structure of the gang also netted a self proclaimed activist and former gang member whose human rights work documenting alleged police abuses has many questioning the prosecution’s motives.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 06:41
Scores of people were killed across Ethiopia's Oromia and Amhara regions at the weekend as the security forces brutally suppressed a new wave of anti-government protests in two key regions. An opposition leader told the AFP news agency that up to 50 people were killed, while Amnesty International said that more than 90 were killed.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 06:20
A hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and specializing in pediatrics in a rebel-held northern Syria province has been destroyed in a series of airstrikes over the weekend that killed 13 people, including four staff and five children, the international medical charity said Monday.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 06:14
A Saudi-led military coalition conducted air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday for the first time in five months, residents said, after U.N.-backed peace talks to end the conflict broke down over the weekend. Medics said nine civilians were killed in a strike on a potato chip factory in the Nahda district of the capital.