Mourners watch a live public viewing of the funeral of murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz in the nearby Basilica of Saint Mary  in Gdansk, Poland. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz’s funeral drew tens of thousands of people in the Polish Baltic coast city on Saturday amid outrage over his mu(...)

Kosovo’s prime minister Ramush Haradinaj near the monument dedicated to missing persons in Pristina, Kosovo, on new year’s eve. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Two former Kosovo rebel commanders have travelled to The Hague for questioning about their forces’ 1998-9 war with Serbian troops, as a new internatio(...)

Victims of the Colombian armed conflict mark International Human Rights Day in Bogotá in December 2018. Colombia and Mexico accounted for just over half of last year’s total of 321 deaths of human rights defenders globally, said the Front Line Defenders report. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

A record number of human rights defenders were murdered during 2018 in a year that saw global progress set back by a rise in populist right-wing polit(...)

Under the Domestic Violence Act, safety orders will be available to those who are in intimate relationships but who are not cohabiting

An offence of psychological or emotional abuse is to be introduced as part of new domestic violence measures announced by Minister for Justice Charlie(...)

SBCI chief executive Nick Ashmore said its increased support for Finance Ireland would help drive competition in Irish SME lending. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The State-owned Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) on Tuesday launched a new €75 million facility to support small and medium-sized ente(...)

Appropriate arrangements were not put in place to ensure continuity of care . File Photograph: Getty Images

A vulnerable woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted after being released from prison 13 times, a report has found. Appropriate arrangements were not(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (right) sits next to  deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen in the  parliament  in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary has set up a potential clash with Brussels and other EU member states after it passed a law to tighten its control over the judiciary during a(...)

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(...)

The company has recently invested €250,000 in developing a “fibre centre of excellence”. Photograph: Sean Curtin True Media

Limerick-based firm 4site, which builds and designs telecoms infrastructure, has been co-opted on to the FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) Council of Europe. (...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, who said: “I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought, for example, in Northern Ireland – people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice versa.” Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

When future historians try to understand how Britain ended up with a choice between chaos and becoming a satellite of the European Union, one question(...)

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