A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

William Schabas said his work for the PLO had prompted the Human Rights Council’s executive to seek legal advice about his position from UN headquarters. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The head of a UN inquiry into last summer’s conflict between Israel and Gaza said he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultanc(...)

The abolition of Ireland’s antiquated, unworkable and unused blasphemy law has rightly been put firmly back on the agenda by the attack on Charlie Heb(...)

‘The women have a right to reparations, which must be proportionate to the violence done to them.’ Members and supporters of Survivors of Symphysiotomy protesting outside Government Buildings in September. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A former senior civil servant in the Taoiseach’s office has called for a review of Ireland’s current two-year membership of the UN Human Rights Counci(...)

Members of the Yazidi religious minority  at the Syria-Iraq border in Fishkhabour, northern Iraq. Amnesty gives examples where entire Yezidi families have been kidnapped and are being held in terrible conditions in Mosul and villages captured by the Islamic State. Photograph: EPA

Fighters of the Islamic State have been carrying out ethnic and sectarian cleansing of entire non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities in northern Ir(...)

A child cries in a military helicopter after being evacuated by Iraqi forces from Amerli, north of Baghdad. The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on ‘an unimaginable scale’, with a view to holding perpetrators to account. Photograph: Reuters.

The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”(...)

The tilted minaret of the destroyed al-Sousi mosque lies crashed into a house after it was hit by Israeli air strikes in the west of Gaza City yesterday.  Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel has disqualified its foremost human rights group as a volunteer option for youths who choose civilian national service over military conscripti(...)

Palestinians watch a party for a bride ahead of her wedding ceremony at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip today. Phogoraph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said today, while Israeli officials said no pr(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had spoken over the phone to UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon about the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the United Nations secretary general and himself have agreed that security issues and an end to(...)

Palestinians ride a donkey cart as smoke rises from Gaza’s main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip, today. (Photograph: Reuters)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has been urged by a local authority to summon the Israeli ambassador to Iveagh House to convey the outr(...)