Saudi women’s rights activist Aziza al-Youssef is pictured checking her phone during an interview in Riyadh in September 2016. She has been released from prison but remains on trial. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

A Saudi court has temporarily freed three of the women’s rights activists standing trial in a case that has drawn international criticism of the kingd(...)

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from the Mediterranean was the lowest in five years in 2018. Photograph:  Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

An average of six people died each day trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018, according to new figures released by the UN refugee agency, the UNHC(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk (left) on an official visit to Bosnian capital Sarajevo last Thursday shaking hands with members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency: Bakir Izetbegovic, Dragan Covic and Mladen Ivanic. Photograph:   Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnia and international organisations are calling for urgent action to manage a surge in the number of migrants arriving in the country, which people(...)

Abdu Shakur, whose son Rashid Ahmed was among 10 Rohingya men killed by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist villagers on September 2nd, 2017, holds a family picture at Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

An investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar prompted a demand from Washington for a credible probe into the bloodshed there and (...)

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised by human rights groups for receiving president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as an honoured guest, and for saying(...)

Rohingya refugees carry their belongings as they arrive in  Bangladesh. Photograph: Abir Abdullah/EPA

Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.(...)

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta greets thousands of cheering supporters at a rally in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Fears of a renewal of the intertribal violence that marred the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 presidential election have surfaced ahead of the country’s ge(...)

Zainabeu Hamayaji, 47, who hid her daughter in a ditch in her back garden for nine months while Boko Haram occupied their town. Her husband was killed. Photograph: Sally Hayden

When she heard reports that Boko Haram was approaching her home town three years ago, Zainabeu Hamayaji had to think quickly. The Islamist militant gr(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban greeting  Poland’s Beata Szydlo at the Central Eastern European Innovators Summit in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Human rights defenders have urged the European Union to hold Hungary to account for its hard-line migration policy, as it began detaining most asylum(...)

A policeman patrols an area at the Hungary and Serbia border fence near the village of Asotthalom, Hungary, on October 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Hungary has started building a second layer of security fencing to prevent refugees and migrants from crossing its southern borders, and plans to tigh(...)

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