Frontline Defenders reported that the controversial spyware programme Pegasus, made by the Israeli company NSO, had been found on the phones of six Palestinian human rights activists working for established non-governmental groups. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

Charities operating in the West Bank and Gaza, and with Palestinians elsewhere in the region, provide essential services to displaced and vulnerable p(...)

A woman checks the website of the Israel-made Pegasus spyware at an office in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Wednesday. Photograph: Mario Goldman/AFP

Forget China, or the worst excesses of the most sophisticated surveillance agencies such as the US’s Central Intelligence Agency and National Security(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron flip-flopped again regarding human rights in Egypt during the state visit to Paris of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife first lady Brigitte Macron with Grand Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb in Cairo. Photograph: Amr Nabil/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron lunched with Egyptian human rights defenders in Cairo on Tuesday at the end of a three-day visit marked by a significant shift in Fran(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris on  October 24th, 2017: Mr Macron has emphasised the “unavoidable” necessity of maintaining good relations with Cairo. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to Egypt on Sunday for a three-day visit that raises a thorny foreign policy question. Can a leader who (...)

Former US president Bill Clinton and Denis O’Brien. They have worked closely in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Photograph: Eric Luke

Denis O’Brien takes his philanthropy very seriously. “I was brought up with a set of ethical and moral values which have led me to believe that what f(...)

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The passion and pathos of a young woman’s musical tribute to her father filled the rotunda of Dublin’s City Hall yesterday as the jailed Chinese lawy(...)

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Peter MurtaghA chilling picture of the challenges facing women’s rights activists in Afghanistan has been given by a campaigner from there who is visi(...)