King Salman meeting US president Barack Obama in Washington last September. File photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The atrocity in Paris on November 13th blew away some of the gloom which had settled on a number of major companies. In the first 30 minutes of trad(...)

Iranians hold aloft posters of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr during an anti-Saudi Arabia demonstration at the Imam Hossein square in Tehran. Photograph: EPA

The Government has said it “regrets” Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of 47 people, including a dissident Shia cleric and a man convicted of the murder o(...)

A man begs for help from the military as he stands in a drain where he had hid himself to escape a lynching by a mob at the Cibitoke district of Burundi capital, Bujumbura last May 7, 2015. Photograph: Aymeric Vincenot/AFP/Getty

Burundi is on the verge of civil war because of a campaign of political repression in which at least 400 people have been killed and almost 3,500 arre(...)

 Travellers are described as “one of the most marginalised and excluded...groups in Irish society”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State’s failure to vindicate the rights of a range of groups, including older people, children, Travellers, women, the homeless and migrants, is h(...)

David Donoghue, Ireland’s ambassador to the UN: ‘At the moment, our stock is very high.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A series of events has been organised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, yet the agreement of th(...)

Ali al-Nimr’s father has appealed to the king for mercy after he lost his last high court appeal.  Photograph: Facebook

International indignation is spreading over the apparently imminent beheading of a Saudi who has been imprisoned since participating in anti-governmen(...)

Jason Rezaian’s  wife and mother leave the Revolutionary Court, in Tehran,  after the Washington Post correspondent’s fourth hearing  in the capital. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

A verdict in Iran’s trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian could be issued within a week, his lawyer was quoted by Iranian media as sayi(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)

 Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on the south of Gaza City on  June 8th, 2014. A UN report accuses both Israel and Gaza of committing war crimes during the 2014 conflict. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA.

Israel’s prime minister says the United Nations report on the 2014 Gaza war is “biased”. Binyamin Netanyahu said the UN Human Rights Council, which co(...)

‘The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, all state laws against equal marriage will fall. The outcome would represent another major step towards the vindication of LGBTI rights generally (and, as a trivial aside, would allow us to congratulate American friends on their judiciary having caught up with the plain people of Ireland). Supporters of same-sex marriages  outside the US Supreme Court on April 28th, 2015. Photograph:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, a(...)