US president Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump, posing for a picture with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud during the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology “Etidal” in Riyadh in May 2017. Saudi Arabia was defeated in its attempt to win election to the UN Human Rights Council last week. Photograph:   Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

The UN’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace a widely discredited predecessor which had been tarnished by the poor ri(...)

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki: he claimed the Emirates and Bahrain had established “the foundations for an era of capitulation to the enemy”. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Palestine has decided to quit the rotating presidency of the Arab League council in response to the organisation’s refusal to condemn Emirati and Bahr(...)

 Smoke rises from the houses of Rohingya Muslims during military operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in a photograph taken   in Teknaff, Bangladesh in September 2017. Photograph:  Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The two soldiers confess their crimes in a monotone, a few blinks of the eye their only betrayal of emotion: executions, mass burials, village obliter(...)

Police arrested hundreds of protesters on Wednesday in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

There was a grim irony to the events that marked yesterday’s 23rd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China: demonstrators attacked by the pol(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: many documented cases of forcibly disappeared citizens and upwards of one million Muslim Uighurs and other minority group members in Xinjiang camps. Photograph: Jason Lee

China’s appointment to a United Nations human rights panel where it will play a key role in picking the world body’s human rights investigators has sp(...)

An Israeli gate in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank: blacklist includes Motorola, Airbnb, Trip Advisor, Expedia and Booking.com as well as Israeli businesses. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to “fight this with all our might” after the United Nations published a list of 112 companies that d(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: requires undivided loyalty from public servants. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Vladimir Putin has fired the veteran head of the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council together with four members of the advisory body known for their outspo(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused the authorities of holding them in solitary confinement, sexual assault and administering beatings and electric shocks. Photograph: Reuters

A prominent Saudi women’s rights activist has rejected an offer that would see her freed in return for agreeing to sign and record a statement saying (...)

Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó addresses an Independence Day rally in Caracas on Friday. Photograph:  Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented a damning report on atrocities carried out by the Venezuelan government, as thousands marched throug(...)

UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet and president of the Human Rights Council Coly Seck in Geneva on Monday. Photograph: Magali Girardin/EPA

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said that 55,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syr(...)

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