‘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(...)

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators. A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Isis) waves an their flag in Raqqa in June. File.  Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators yesterday, in what t(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) published its long-awaited observations on Ireland’s human rights record, but the countr(...)