Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), with Ann Doherty, chief executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearly 30 years ago “left its imprint right across Europe”, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary, has said on a visit (...)

Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, during a funeral ceremony in Bujumbura, Burundi, on November 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIY

It is a bit predictable for a human rights organisation to produce a report saying how bad the human rights situation is, but we have reached a turnin(...)

 Front Line Defenders executive director, Mary Lawlor  at the launch of ‘Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016’. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Ireland should speak up more strongly against human rights abuses in countries where it has political or strategic interests, an advocacy group has sa(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

Adi Roche with a group of 31 special needs children – many of whom have come from disturbed and violent backgrounds – arriving at Dublin Airport, from the Chernobyl region of Belarus to spend Christmas with host families in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Even the hardest of hearts melted in Dublin Airport as 31 young children with special needs arrived on Sunday from their orphanage in Belarus to spend(...)

Adi Roche pictured in Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLoughlin

Irishwoman and founder of the charity, Chernobyl Children International, Adi Roche has been honoured with the World of Children Award for her campaign(...)

 Ilham Aliyev with Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev. A drop in oil prices has made it harder for him to deliver on his promise to raise living standards. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool

The people of Azerbaijan will vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday overshadowed by a merciless crackdown on human rights in the oil-rich forme(...)

Kent Harstedt, OSCE special co-ordinator: ‘It is clear that Belarus still has a long way to go towards fulfilling its democratic commitments.’ Photograph: Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is poised to ease sanctions on Belarusian president Aleksandar Lukashenko and his allies despite criticism of his re-election by in(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. After his last re-election five years ago prompting a brutal police crackdown and the arrest of hundreds of people, including several presidential candidates. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Belta/Pool/EPA

The European Union is poised to suspend sanctions on autocratic Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his allies, if Sunday’s election brings no (...)

 Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, waves  after a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday.  The judges described her work “a monument to suffering and courage.” Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

It takes courage to see the truth; it takes even more to confront it, describe it and present it against the odds. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literat(...)