South Armagh-born Labour MP Conor McGinn: “My preference is for a fully functioning Executive and Assembly to deal with this issue, but LGBT couples in Northern Ireland should not be made to wait a moment longer for their basic rights.” File photograph: Conor McGinn/Twitter

A proposed Westminster law for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland will be introduced at the end of March. South Armagh-born Labour MP Conor McGin(...)

A copy of the Amnesty International Report 2017/18. Photograph: Reuters

Increasing homelessness, conditions in direct provision centres, sex workers’ rights and restrictions on women’s and girls’ reproductive rights are am(...)

A Rohingya family’s makeshift tent in the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, in September 2017. Amnesty International said the international community had failed to respond robustly to “crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen”. Photograph:  Tomas Munita/The New York Times

The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership o(...)

Ahed Tamimi (17) arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on Tuesday. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager filmed kicking and slapping Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, went on trial on Tuesday in an Israeli military c(...)

Ifrah Ahmed, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri and Dr Chris Fitzpatrick at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre  in Dublin., Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A fatwa against female genital mutilation (FGM) “in all its forms” has been issued by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ire(...)

Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong (left), Alex Chow (centre) and Nathan Law talk to journalists outside Hong Kong’s court of final appeal on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong’s highest court freed three young leaders of the city’s pro-democracy movement on Tuesday, including the public face of the protests, Joshua(...)

Peter Conlon.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The International Federation of the Red Cross warned its local charities last April to stop using a Dublin-registered online donation platform that al(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: played down divisions over how to legislate for abortion, saying there was more agreement than disagreement on how to proceed.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will not finalise the wording of the abortion referendum until after the Supreme Court rules on an appeal from a High Court case on the(...)

Amnesty activists protest against  detention of Taner Kilic. Photograph: AFP/ John Macdougall

A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered the conditional release of the jailed chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey, the rights group said, althoug(...)

Yu Wensheng: taken away by police, including a specialist Swat team, near his home while on his way to drop his son off at school. Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times

The prominent Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng is being investigated on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” after calling for dem(...)

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