Clashes between riot police and protesters after the Golden Dawn trial verdict was announced in Athens. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

A Greek court has delivered an overwhelming conviction against Golden Dawn, finding the neo-fascist party guilty of operating a criminal gang that bru(...)

Oyub Titiev: has frequently faced death threats for his work to uncover widespread official rights abuses in Chechnya. Photograph: Human Rights Watch/Memorial Human Rights Center

Law enforcers in Chechnya were once again facing criticism for rights violations on Wednesday after a prominent human rights defender in the southern (...)

TDs Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry hold signs saying “Separate church and state” during Dáil prayers. Photograph: RTÉ/Oireachtas TV

Ireland urgently needs to separate church and State, to protect equally everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. The recent census showed t(...)

 Council of Europe urged the State to make progress towards regime that is ‘more respectful of the human rights of women’. Photograph: Getty Images

The State has been urged by one of the world’s largest and most influential human rights bodies to make progress towards a legal abortion regime that (...)

Nils Muiznieks: discrimination against non-Christian children in the school system “has to end”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Until the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution “is dealt with” there can be no progress on women’s reproductive rights here, one of Europe’s most sen(...)

 Ilham Aliyev with Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev. A drop in oil prices has made it harder for him to deliver on his promise to raise living standards. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool

The people of Azerbaijan will vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday overshadowed by a merciless crackdown on human rights in the oil-rich forme(...)

Azerbaijan opposition supporters take part in a rally last month in the capital Baku as the country gears up to host the European Games. Photograph: Tofik Babayev/AFP/Getty

After Azerbaijan was nominated to host the inaugural European Games in 2015, Rasul Jafarov began planning the “Sports for Rights” campaign to draw int(...)

Children hold placards depicting young victims of the Syrian conflict, as they take part in a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on April 6th, 2013 in solidarity to Syrian refugees who fled the conflict in the country. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Fadi can count himself lucky, many times over. A young Syrian who fled his native country after deserting the Syrian army, he has had more than his sh(...)

Rocio de las Nieves Reyes Galvez reacts as she waits for the judicial commission to carry out her eviction in Madrid yesterday. She is unemployed and suffers from a heart condition that makes it difficult for her to find a regular job. Her unemployment benefits ran out three months ago and she and her daughter live on the €250 she gets from her former husband as alimony. Reyes Galvez’s eviction was postponed until November 15th after negotiations with Spanish nationalised lender Bankia. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters.

Spain’s ongoing austerity programme has deepened the country’s poverty problem and is breaching the human rights of vulnerable groups such as children(...)