Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)

Dominic Ongwen, a senior Lord’s Resistance Army commander is being  handed over to the International Criminal Court to stand trial. Photograph: Reuters

A commander of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) wanted for war crimes was transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tues(...)

Members of the “anti-Balaka” Christian militia in Bangui, Central African Republic, last year. The UN commission accuses the militia of war crimes and the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

A United Nations commission of inquiry says it has found evidence of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, but it could not pro(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan announced the Government will provide €3.2m in urgent humanitarian aid to communities in CAR, Chad and Yemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will provide €3.2 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to communities affected by conflict and drought in the Central African Repu(...)

Fr Bernard Kinvi: running a mission in Bossemptele, in the Central African Republic,  that includes a hospital, school and church.

Outside the doors of the historic Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg, where Germany’s Nazis were tried for carrying out humanity’s worst crimes almost 70 y(...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)

Tom Meagher and Mary Robinson photographed at a seminar organised by the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) today in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix.

“Women’s empowerment is vital to stop man-inflicted violence,” former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has told a seminar organised by the Irish Con(...)

Yemeni anti-terrorism activists hold a banner reading in Arabic: ‘No to armed militias, No to terrorism, No to Violence’ during a rally against the control by Shiite Houthi fighters of the country’s main cities. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/Epa

The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61 per cent in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)