Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of urgent reform, Amnesty International has said. Speaking in Belfast on Thursday when publi(...)

 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(...)

Draft Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. With regard to the PLDPA and the accompanying guidance, Amnesty says: “Neither . . . provided sufficient assistance to medical professionals in assessing when a pregnancy posed a risk to life, or adequately protected the rights of the pregnant woman or girl”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy (PLDP) Act, commenced last year, and the accompanying guidance for clinicians published by the Department of (...)

Australian broadcast journalist, Peter Greste, recently freed from prison in Egypt,  at the Frontline club, London. Photograph: Reuters

The Al Jazeera journalist released from an Egyptian prison earlier this month has described his former cell mate Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa as a “r(...)

Social isolation among older people - those aged 65 years and over - puts ageing populations at a higher risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity, according to the Alone charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Loneliness among older people is believed to be as damaging to their health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, with older generations at risk of increase(...)

LGBT activists at one of today’s protests in Northern Ireland over a proposed ‘conscience clause’ Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Equality activists have taken to the streets of Belfast, Derry and Newry in Northern Ireland to demonstrate against the DUP’s proposed conscience clau(...)

 Saudi blogger Raef Badawi has had the second round of his public flogging postponed on medical grounds, Amnesty International said. Photograph: AFP PHOTO/FAMILY HO

Saudi Arabia plans to delay the public flogging of a rights activist on medical grounds for a second time, Amnesty International said, raising the po(...)

 Members of Amnesty International Ireland and the National Union of Journalists gather outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Dublin on January 22nd, 2015, calling for the release of blogger Raif Badawi, who was  sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for creating an online forum for public debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the Government hopes a man sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years’ imprisonment for demandin(...)

The entrance to  the former  Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street, Dublin.   The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill, published last month, proposes survivors of the laundries be entitled to GP care, prescription medicines, nursing and home-help as well as dental, ophthalmic, aural, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services provided by the HSE. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The draft legislation to assist survivors of Magdalene laundries has been described as “unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises” by advocacy (...)

People take part in an Amnesty International protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Vienna, on Friday, against the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Photograph: EPA

Saudi authorities have postponed the second round of public flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam, citing medical reasons, according to a(...)