House arrest of Colombia's Uribe exposes post-peace tensions

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Hero or villain? In Colombia, former President Álvaro Uribe is both. The rift over Uribe, and the broader rift in Colombian society, born of generations of v...

Officials: Laptops for Alabama schools seized by US agency

More than 4,000 new laptop computers bound for an Alabama school district are being held by customs due to human rights concerns, weeks before the school year is set to begin with increased online lea...

Australian university under fire for deleting Twitter post critical of HK security law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has become the target of criticism after it deleted a Twitter post critical of Beijing's implementation of the na...

Taiwan establishes National Human Rights Commission

The establishment of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday is a milestone for Taiwan as it aims to bring local laws and practices more in line with global standards, said President T...

Chinese ambassador lashes out at Western rights reporting

LONDON (AP) — China’s ambassador to the UK lashed out at what he saw as one-sided reporting on human rights issues Thursday, presenting a series of videos defending Chinese actions against Uighur Musl...

Tortured and abused — the harrowing experiences of North Korean women prisoners

The United Nations has released a report that focuses on human rights abuses perpetrated against women in North Korea, recounting the ordeal of dozens of women at the hands of state security officers ...

Fake news alleging former Taiwan president's death circulates online

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — News circulating online that suggested former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had passed away on Tuesday (July 28) was labeled as fake by the Taiwan Solidarity Unio...

UN report: North Korean officials abused repatriated women

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office reported Tuesday that scores of North Korean women who had traveled abroad in a desperate search for work were abused by security officials and police throug...

UN: North Korea abused forcibly repatriated women

The UN human rights body released a scathing report against North Korea Tuesday, accusing the nation of torture and sexual violations against women who were forcibly repatriated after seeking to flee ...

Kyrgyzstan's rights activist Azimzhan Askarov dies at 69

MOSCOW (AP) — Azimzhan Askarov, a human rights defender in Kyrgyzstan who was serving a life term on charges of involvement in ethnic violence that were widely criticized as trumped-up, has died in a ...

UN: US protesters, journalists need their rights protected

GENEVA (AP) — Protesters and journalists in U.S. cities including Portland, Oregon, must be able to take part in peaceful demonstrations without risking arbitrary arrest, detention, the unnecessary us...

Sudan finds mass grave likely linked to foiled 1990 coup

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese authorities have found a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of 28 army officers shot in a foiled coup attempt against former President Omar al-Bashir in 1990, the public p...

US slaps sanctions on strongman ruler of Russia's Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on the regional strongman leader of Russia's republic of Chechnya over human rights violations. Ramzan Kadyrov, 43, has ru...

US adds sanctions on ruler of Russia's Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov

The Trump administration on Monday imposed further sanctions on Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman ruler of Russia's southern region of Chechnya, accusing him of involvement in "gross human rights...

Joe Biden’s stance on China toughens

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has adopted a tougher stance against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after undergoing a strategic "tectonic shift&q...