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Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former president Mary Robinson has said Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, who has fled from Dubai to London, remains a friend of hers. Mrs Robinson said(...)

 US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (seated) at UN headquarters in New York in June. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries “had the courage to join our fight” to reform the “hypocritical a(...)

A Rohingya refugee girl with  make up on her face in the Balukhali Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, today. Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

Myanmar’s army released a report on Monday denying all allegations of rape and killings of Rohingya Muslims by security forces, having days earlier re(...)

Handout picture  from  Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence on May 18th, 2009 is said to be of troops walking amongst debris inside the war zone when they helped evacuate the last of the Tamil civilians from the area. Photograph: Getty

Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels “most likely” committed war crimes including mass killings of civilians during their long conflict(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. Australia’s highest court gave the United Nations permission today to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country’s power to intercept asylum seekers’ boats outside its territorial waters. Photograph: Reuters

Australia’s highest court gave the United Nations permission today to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country’s power to in(...)