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(...)

About 12,000 children have been recruited into armed groups since the outbreak of war in South Sudan, according to Unicef. Photograph: Charles Lomodong/AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen in war-ravaged South Sudan have abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their school in the oil-rich Upper Nile State, the United (...)

France’s BNP Paribas chairman says the record $8.9bn fine imposed on the euro zone’s biggest bank by assets for US sanctions violations last year was a “wake-up call” . Photograph: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

Banks can no longer afford a “too narrow, legalistic approach” to complying with rules because “the world has changed” and they need to clean up their(...)

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

 Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year, according to Dr Caitríona Henchion, medical director of the the clinic. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year.Most ha(...)

 As many as  12,000 children – most of them boys – have been used as soldiers by armed groups in  South Sudan over the past year. Photograph:  Samir Bor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called “one of the largest ever demob(...)

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(...)

Dr Wajiha Zia of University Hospital Waterford at the Overseas Medics of Ireland meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s reliance on international medical graduates is among the highest of the OECD countries: 34 per cent of doctors working in Ireland were tr(...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)

A supporter of Osama bin Laden holds up his portrait. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai had faced trial on charges of conspiring with bin Laden in al-Qaeda’s nearly simultaneous 1998 bombings of two US embassies in east Africa which killed 224 people

A suspected operative for al-Qaeda who was captured by US commandos in Libya in 2013 and brought to New York to face trial has died in custody after c(...)