A North Korean traffic police woman directs vehicles at a street junction while behind her the sidewalk is decorated with flags of the ruling party, the Workers' Party on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Members of North Korea's ruling party have gathered in Pyongyang ahead of their …

Human Rights Watch Finds ‘Endemic’ Sexual Abuse by North Korean Officials

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report on “endemic” sexual violence in North Korea. The report was three years in the making, due in part to the exceptional difficulty of obtaining reliable data and testimony from one of history’s most oppressive nations. HRW concluded the abuse of women has “come to be accepted as part of ordinary life” in North Korea and called for international intervention.

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Human Rights Watch: Palestinians Crush Dissent with Torture

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

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Watchdog: Iran-Allied Shiite Militias ‘Have Disappeared Dozens’ of Sunnis in Iraq

Iraq’s security forces, mainly Baghdad-sanctioned militias allied with Iran, have “forcibly disappeared” 78 Sunni Arab males, including children as young as nine, over the course of Baghdad’s military campaign against the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Human Rights Watch (HRW) estimated in a report released on Thursday.

TOPSHOT - A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during …

China: Muslim Torture Camps Are Necessary ‘Education Centers’

A Chinese official dismissed reports of Beijing establishing “political re-education camps” for Uighur Muslims in western Xinjiang province on Thursday, telling reporters that the camps are “vocational centers” necessary to integrate less wealthy citizens into the Chinese economy.

Russia's Supreme Court judge Yuri Ivanenko reads the decision in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organisation be considered an extremist group, …

Exclusive: Jehovah’s Witnesses Face Harsh Persecution in Putin’s Russia

Delegations from around the globe were in Washington this week for the U.S.-led, first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, including two representatives from the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in New York who used the opportunity to highlight the persecution of followers in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Saudi Women Behind the Wheel for First Time as Driving Ban Expires

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi women took the driver’s seat for the first time in their country’s history after midnight Sunday, steering their way through busy streets just minutes after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

Leading Chinese firms including e-commerce giant Alibaba are heavily criticised for gender discrimination in job adverts in a new report by Human Rights Watch

Chinese Firm Job Ads: ‘Men Preferred,’ Perks Include ‘Beautiful Girls’ as Co-Workers

In a report published on Monday, Human Rights Watch excoriated Chinese companies and government agencies for using sexist job advertising to maintain a dramatic imbalance between men and women in the workforce. The report quotes job listings that explicitly state men are required or preferred, plus ads that lure male applicants by promising “goddesses” or “beautiful girls” as co-workers.

While President Xi Jinping has cast himself as a champion of globalisation as the United States retreats behind President Donald Trump's 'America First' policy, foreign firms complain his words have not been accompanied by deeds on the ground

U.S. Blocks China’s U.N. Resolution Praising Xi Jinping’s ‘Win-Win’ Agenda

The U.S. delegation to the United Nations blocked a resolution China introduced Friday that would have glorified the “win-win” agenda of President Xi Jinping. Critics saw the resolution as part of China’s alarmingly successful effort to corrupt and destroy the entire human rights system at the United Nations.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The International Criminal Court prosecutor Bensouda has asked judges to authorize an investigation into various allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, asserted against the U.S. military, CIA, the …

International Criminal Court Takes Steps to Investigate Philippines, Venezuela

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court announced on Thursday that she has launched preliminary probes of police and security forces in the Philippines and Venezuela, which have been accused of using excessive force against suspected drug traffickers and political demonstrators, respectively.

China's President Xi Jinping (C) arrives to speak on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city …

China Congratulates Itself for Making ‘Remarkable Progress’ on Human Rights

China’s state-run Xinhua news service brings the joyous news that China’s State Council Information Office has declared China is making “remarkable progress” on human rights. This is a remarkable development, since authoritarian communist dictatorships are usually very critical of themselves.

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Palestinian Court Grants Bail to Prominent Abbas Critic

A Palestinian court agreed on Sunday to release a prominent activist on bail after his arrest on September 4 following his criticism of president Mahmud Abbas’s administration, his lawyer said.