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(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has noted that Irish policy makers must ‘raise our voice in an appropriate way and at the right opportunities, so that our concerns are taken seriously and acted upon’  Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has expressed concern about the “considerable restrictions of fundamental freedoms” in Bahrain following th(...)

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank. Photograph:  Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel has reacted angrily to the decision by Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements and is considering limiting the company’s operations (...)

The Government “must take additional actions on an urgent basis on climate change. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment has called the Government’s failure to take more effective measures to address climate c(...)

Norbert Nkengurutse in the Crawford Gallery, Cork. “Direct provision is not a bad system but it’s a poorly organised system.” Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

When Norbert Nkengurutse arrived in Ireland seeking asylum he hoped his wife and children would be able to follow him without delay. Given the violenc(...)

Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province: Tensions between Uighurs and the ethnic Han majority in China have intensified, and hundreds have died in terror attacks and unrest. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

Social stability in Xinjiang has been “hard-won”, China’s public security minister has said, calling for greater “reform through education” for prison(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw b(...)

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega (right) and vice-president Rosario Murillo: deny government responsibility for the turmoil. Photograph: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

The Nicaraguan authorities and paramilitary groups working with them have killed, tortured, raped and forcibly disappeared anti-government protesters,(...)

UN investigators said on Monday that Myanmar’s army had carried out genocide against the Rohingya in Rakhine state. Photograph:  Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

The Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass (...)

A Yemeni girl (C) suffering from kidney failure receives dialysis treatment in the capital Sanaa on August 28th. Photograph: Getty Images

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen have caused heavy civilian casualties and some may amount to war crimes, UN human rights ex(...)

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