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400GB-data stolen from UN servers in July; organization remained mum

30 Jan 2020

400GB-data stolen from UN servers in July; organization remained mum

The United Nations has confirmed to have been hacked in, what looks like, a state-sponsored espionage operation.

BJP leader dragged out of International summit: Here's why

20 Nov 2019

BJP leader dragged out of International summit: Here's why

In an embarrassing turn of events, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly was forcefully escorted out of the Asia Pacific Summit 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for interrupting Pakistani leader Qasim Suri's speech on Jammu and Kashmir.

On Kashmir-issue, Pakistan claims it has support of 60 countries

12 Sep 2019

On Kashmir-issue, Pakistan claims it has support of 60 countries

Pakistan is learned to have submitted a "joint statement" on the "human rights situation" in Jammu and Kashmir and claimed it has the support of as many as 60 countries.

India, Pakistan to counter each other on Kashmir-matter in Geneva

10 Sep 2019

India, Pakistan to counter each other on Kashmir-matter in Geneva

Hostile neighbors India and Pakistan are expected to square off on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in Geneva on Tuesday, where the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is being held.

Women in live-in relationships like "concubines", says Rajasthan Rights Body

05 Sep 2019

Women in live-in relationships like "concubines", says Rajasthan Rights Body

A "concubine" is a derogatory word used for women whom men don't deem "fit" for marriage or someone who lives with a man but doesn't get the same "stature as his wife".

Not just Rahul, Pakistan's UN letter quotes BJP's Khattar too

29 Aug 2019

Not just Rahul, Pakistan's UN letter quotes BJP's Khattar too

On Wednesday, BJP shredded into Congress' Rahul Gandhi, after reports suggested that the latter's take on Kashmir issue was used by Pakistan in its letter to United Nations.

Dubai ruler's wife, Princess Haya, flees UAE with money, kids

30 Jun 2019

Dubai ruler's wife, Princess Haya, flees UAE with money, kids

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, has reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with her two children and £31 million after the break-up of their marriage.

Afghanistan: Boy celebrating his prosthetic limb will melt your heart

08 May 2019

Afghanistan: Boy celebrating his prosthetic limb will melt your heart

Every day, thousands of videos from around the world catch global attention for different reasons.

Rights panel didn't find evidence of Pragya's claims about torture

20 Apr 2019

Rights panel didn't find evidence of Pragya's claims about torture

BJP's Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur claimed she was tortured by ATS, led by martyred IPS officer Hemant Karkare, but her allegations couldn't be proved neither in Supreme Court, High Court or Human Rights panel, reports Mumbai Mirror.

Ansar al-Tawhid jihadists kill 33 regime forces in northwest-Syria: Monitor

04 Mar 2019

Ansar al-Tawhid jihadists kill 33 regime forces in northwest-Syria: Monitor

At least 33 pro-regime fighters were killed yesterday in attacks mounted by jihadist groups near Idlib province, in the deadliest day in six months for loyalist forces, a monitor said.

Syrian jihadist group kills 21 regime forces in Idlib: Monitor

03 Mar 2019

Syrian jihadist group kills 21 regime forces in Idlib: Monitor

A Syrian jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda killed 21 regime and allied forces today near Idlib province, in one of the deadliest breaches of a six-month-old truce deal, a monitor said.

Soon, India will get details of Mallya's Swiss bank accounts

01 Feb 2019

Soon, India will get details of Mallya's Swiss bank accounts

The Indian government may soon get details of money which embattled businessman Vijay Mallya kept in multiple Swiss bank accounts, reports HT.

How Jews found refuge in India shapes International Holocaust-Remembrance Day

29 Jan 2019

How Jews found refuge in India shapes International Holocaust-Remembrance Day

Poignant tales of compassion of Jews finding refuge in India in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust were recounted as the UN commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Noted Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4.5 years jail-time

28 Jan 2019

Noted Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4.5 years jail-time

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced today to 4.5 years in prison for state subversion, a northern Chinese court said.

Kerala: Baby's circumcision goes awry; Human Rights Commission intervenes

07 Jan 2019

Kerala: Baby's circumcision goes awry; Human Rights Commission intervenes

The state human rights commission has asked the Kerala government to compensate the family of a 23-day-old baby boy for medical negligence after his private parts were severely injured during circumcision.

Goa FDA woman officer, 'formalin' whistleblower, alleges harassment by government

30 Dec 2018

Goa FDA woman officer, 'formalin' whistleblower, alleges harassment by government

A woman officer of Goa's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department has alleged harassment by the state government after her tests confirmed the presence of formalin, a toxic chemical, in fish imported to the state.

UN to Britain: Let Julian Assange leave Ecuador embassy freely

22 Dec 2018

UN to Britain: Let Julian Assange leave Ecuador embassy freely

On Friday, UN rights experts called on British authorities to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuador embassy in London without fear of arrest or extradition.

AMU students protest civilian killings in Kashmir, hold candlelight march

20 Dec 2018

AMU students protest civilian killings in Kashmir, hold candlelight march

Students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) held a candlelight peace march yesterday evening to protest the recent killing of seven civilians in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Hundreds gather at Parliament street to celebrate Human Rights Day

10 Dec 2018

Hundreds gather at Parliament street to celebrate Human Rights Day

Hundreds of people from across the country, including prominent activists like Medha Patkar and Shabnam Hashmi, gathered at Parliament Street in central Delhi to celebrate the International Human Rights Day (HRD) today.

#MissWorld: Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned 'Miss World 2018'

08 Dec 2018

#MissWorld: Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned 'Miss World 2018'

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon has been named the winner of the most coveted beauty pageant of the year, Miss World 2018.

UN-Chief honors Hansa Mehta for Universal Declaration of Human Rights

07 Dec 2018

UN-Chief honors Hansa Mehta for Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UN chief Antonio Guterres has lauded the "essential" role played by Indian reformer Hansa Jivraj Mehta in shaping the landmark document on Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ensuring it contains a more gender-sensitive language.

Bahrain votes for new parliament but Shiite-dominated opposition absent

24 Nov 2018

Bahrain votes for new parliament but Shiite-dominated opposition absent

Polls opened in Bahrain today to elect a new parliament, but absent from the ballot is the Shiite-dominated opposition, whose most prominent figures are serving lengthy prison sentences.

India-born Pakistani poet, human rights activist Fahmida Riaz passes away

22 Nov 2018

India-born Pakistani poet, human rights activist Fahmida Riaz passes away

Noted Pakistani poet and human rights activist, Fahmida Riaz, has passed away following a prolonged illness, at the age of 73.

India appointed to UN Human Rights Council; gets most votes

13 Oct 2018

India appointed to UN Human Rights Council; gets most votes

On Friday, India secured its place in the UN Human Rights Council, receiving the maximum number of votes by the General Assembly among all the countries vying for the spot.

US urges Bangladesh to revise its new Digital Security Act

11 Oct 2018

US urges Bangladesh to revise its new Digital Security Act

The US has urged Bangladesh to revise its controversial new law that puts restrictions on the media and bring it into conformity with the country's international commitments on human rights and political freedom.

Missing Interpol Chief detained in China for questioning: Report

06 Oct 2018

Missing Interpol Chief detained in China for questioning: Report

Meng Hongwei, the 64-year-old Interpol Chief who had gone missing has been detained in China for questioning, The South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.

French Police launch investigation after Interpol Chief goes missing

05 Oct 2018

French Police launch investigation after Interpol Chief goes missing

An investigation has been launched by the French Police after Interpol President Meng Hongwei went missing, suggest reports.

Society needs to understand importance of human rights: PM Modi

30 Sep 2018

Society needs to understand importance of human rights: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on the importance of human rights and inculcating them into practice, saying it is the very basis of his government's 'Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' principle.

UN rights chief wants a new panel for Myanmar prosecutions

10 Sep 2018

UN rights chief wants a new panel for Myanmar prosecutions

The UN rights chief called for the creation of a new mechanism for preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar.

Russia accuses US of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria

10 Sep 2018

Russia accuses US of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria

Russia on Sunday accused the United States of carrying out bombing using white phosphorous in eastern Syria against military targets in civilian areas, which is banned under international law.

Why hasn't Center thought of supplying GPS to fishermen: HC

02 Sep 2018

Why hasn't Center thought of supplying GPS to fishermen: HC

The Madras High Court has directed the Center to file an affidavit explaining the steps taken by it to prevent Indian fishermen from crossing the international maritime boundary line and enter the Lankan waters.

Syria: 39 killed in weapons depot blast; explosion's origin unknown

12 Aug 2018

Syria: 39 killed in weapons depot blast; explosion's origin unknown

An explosion of unknown origin at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria's Sarmada in Idlib province killed at least 39 civilians, including a dozen children, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Maneka Gandhi, WCD minster, claims she didn't know 'transgender'. Disturbing

31 Jul 2018

Maneka Gandhi, WCD minster, claims she didn't know 'transgender'. Disturbing

Days after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi created controversy by calling transgenders "the other ones," she has tweeted an "apology," claiming she didn't know "the official terminology for the transgender community."

UP's law and order situation, key 2019 LS election issue

29 Jul 2018

UP's law and order situation, key 2019 LS election issue

With the Lok Sabha polls just months away, the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is set to be a key election issue for both the ruling BJP and the opposition in the state.

Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

26 Jul 2018

Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

The death toll in Islamic State group suicide bombings and shootings in southern Syria rose to nearly 250 overnight, over half of them civilians.

Mumbai teen dies of leptospirosis, family alleges 'custodial torture' death

24 Jul 2018

Mumbai teen dies of leptospirosis, family alleges 'custodial torture' death

Following the death of a 17-year-old in Mumbai's Sion Hospital, his kin and acquaintances launched protests, alleging he died due to custodial torture.

Human Rights Council is UN's 'greatest failure', says Nikki Haley

19 Jul 2018

Human Rights Council is UN's 'greatest failure', says Nikki Haley

Terming the Human Rights Council as the United Nations' "greatest failure", US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, alleged the institution has provided cover for the world's most inhumane regimes, defending the US withdrawal.

Gujarat govt transfers 31 senior IPS-officers, including Vadodara Police Commissioner

17 Jul 2018

Gujarat govt transfers 31 senior IPS-officers, including Vadodara Police Commissioner

The Gujarat government has transferred 31 IPS officers. Vadodara Police Commissioner (PC) Manoj Shashidhar has been transferred and appointed as Inspector General (IG) of Panchmahal Range.

Story of 25 years of NHRC, now told through documentary

08 Jul 2018

Story of 25 years of NHRC, now told through documentary

In a first, the story of 25 eventful years of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will be told in a documentary that seeks to educate and enlighten people about an institution that served as a "watchdog of democracy".

Army Chief dubs UN-report on human-rights violations in J&K 'motivated'

27 Jun 2018

Army Chief dubs UN-report on human-rights violations in J&K 'motivated'

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today slammed the UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, dubbing it as "motivated".