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(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton at the launch of the Philomena Project in Dublin last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Philomena Lee, whose devotion to finding her adopted son inspired a Hollywood film, said she would welcome the Government’s proposed Adoption Bill pr(...)

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Peter MurtaghA chilling picture of the challenges facing women’s rights activists in Afghanistan has been given by a campaigner from there who is visi(...)

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn’s five year term as commissioner for research, innovation and science comes to an end in November. File photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s outgoing EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur by French president Francois Hollande, the highest hono(...)

Two women who gave birth to children in mother and baby homes are seeking legal advice on bringing cases against the State, according to the Irish (...)

Guatemalan illegal immigrants deported from the US wait to be processed on their return to Guatemala City this week. Photograph: Reuters

Since October 2013, 52,000 undocumented children entered the United States from Central America and it is estimated that this will reach 90,000 by yea(...)

Mary Lawlor, founder and executive director of Front Line Defenders, after receiving the Order of Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur from  French ambassador  Jean-Pierre Thébault at his Dublin residence last night. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Human rights activist Mary Lawlor has been made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, the highest honour the French government can confer. Mrs Lawlor, t(...)

Actor and founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organisation Sean Penn presents the  2014 Front Line Defenders Award to Noozia Faridi of women’s rights group SAWERA  in Dublin’s City Hall. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dublin’s City Hall erupted in cheers and claps this morning as actor Sean Penn presented the award for the top human rights defender to a Pakistani(...)