Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov (centre) taking part in the “For Our and Your Children” rally in Moscow on October 28th. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

International rights groups are piling pressure on Russia to release a 77-year-old human rights activist sentenced to 25 days in jail for breaking the(...)

Fanny Binder, mother of Sean, says her ‘heart is full of love’ following the release of her son from jail in Greece. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Amnesty International has welcomed the news that a charity worker from Ireland, who was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of human trafficking i(...)

This grab from a video shows Syrian workers of a Raqqa group carrying human remains at the site of a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of civilians and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. Photograph: AP Photo

More than 500 bodies have been exhumed this week from a mass grave near the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the former capital of Islamic State, which (...)

Some countries categorize sex without consent as a lesser offence to rape, sending a  message that ‘real rape’ only occurs when physical violence is used Amnesty warned. File image: Getty

The Irish judicial system must improve the “timeliness and efficiency” of the legal process around rape, and cut the length of time between reporting (...)

US president Donald Trump and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at a meeting in Riyadh in May 2017. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

By deciding not to hold Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump administratio(...)

Chu Yiu-ming, Benny Tai and Dr Chan Kin-man speak to media after the first day of their court hearing at West Kowloon court in Hong Kong. Photograph:  Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Three of Hong Kong’s most high-profile democracy activists have pleaded not guilty to charges of public nuisance for their involvement in nearly three(...)

 Migrants from  Central American countries are seen near the US border, in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

The first group of migrants from the caravan travelling to the US from Central America has arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The arriva(...)

Migrants in the Ganzour centre in the Libyan capital Tripoli in September. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

A young Eritrean man tried to take his own life in a Libyan migrant detention centre on Monday, three weeks after a Somali man died by suicide in the (...)

Pictured are Kayleigh Green, Irina Bogdan, Octavian Bogdan, Jordan Leonard and Calum Hughes look at a childrens book from Focus Ireland in which they  all wrote a story. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

“The park was near where we lived but we had to move. The guy was selling the house so we all had to move. It was like a piece of glass shattering”. (...)

Campaigners demonstrate in support of the woman during a hearing in the case in September. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A woman who is facing a trial after obtaining abortion pills for her pregnant teenage daughter is due to challenge the prosecution in a potential lega(...)

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