Since leaving Ireland 14 years ago, Aonghus Kelly (pictured above with his girlfriend) has lived in New Zealand, Bosnia, and the UK, working as a prosecution lawyer on war crimes, organised crimes and terrorism cases.

I have been living away from Ireland now for 12 of the last 14 years. To paraphrase Dickens, it has been the best of times and the worst of times. (...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

 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(...)

Spain heads the list of countries where Irish citizens are most likely to run into trouble with police, according to figures from the past five years (...)

A prison officer on patrol in Mountjoy Prison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government’s failure to allow prisons, Garda stations and other places of detention to be inspected by the United Nations has become a so(...)

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy  and prime minister Hun Sen: acrimony between the two threatens to plunge the country back into political conflict. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

Wanted Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy delayed his return home from South Korea as tension mounts between his supporters and those of prime m(...)

Singapore: named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index. Photograph:   REUTERS/Edgar Su

Asia Briefing comes from Singapore this week, which has just been named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index, whic(...)

Some 150 people attended the annual Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum in  Shanghai on Friday. Photograph: Getty

Shanghai hosted hundreds of Irish people for the biggest meeting to date of Irish expatriates in Asia on Friday. Senior Irish business figures (...)

Irish barrister Coman Kenny, with the skyline of Phnom Penh in the background

Sitting in his high-rise apartment overlooking the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Cóman Kenny can still remember the first time he felt excitement cou(...)

Sri Lankan mourners burying coffins with 61 victims killed in a bomb attack at Kebitogollewa in northern Sri Lanka in June 2006. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka signalled on Thursday it aims to establish a credible judicial process involving foreign judges and prosecutors to investigate alleged war c(...)