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Iran Upholds Death Sentence For Blogger Who Posted Facebook 'Insults'

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech

A man in Iran has been sentenced to death for "insulting the prophet of Islam" on Facebook. Soheil Arabi, a 30-year-old blogger, was convicted in ...

Indonesian Female Police Recruits Forced To Endure Humiliating & Painful 'Virginity Tests'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Female police recruits in Indonesia are being subjected to humiliating virginity tests, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The agency’s f...

Banned Anal Exam Still Being Used To 'Test' If Men Are Gay In Lebanon

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

An invasive and banned “test” for homosexuality is reportedly still being used in Lebanon. The examination, which involves the insertion of a ...

Breaking the Silence

Katrina Syran | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katrina Syran

My sister-in-law who works for the oldest Help Centre for men and women in Oslo told me about a woman at the Centre who had been sexually violated and trafficked and after five attempts had managed to escape from her perpetrators .

Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored ?

Tun Khin | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

Gregor Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.

'I Wanted To Lie Down And Die': Egypt And Sudan Implicated In Torture Camps

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Hoping to escape poverty and political repression, tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their country in search of a better life. Inste...

In UAE, an Innocent Man Faces the Death Sentence - Please Help

Alastair Sloan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

Mr Ezhur Kalarikkal Gangadharan was, until this summer, a caretaker at Al Rabeeh school in Abu Dhabi. It was a school that had been set up by Brits, and has many British expat teachers working at it...

Yemen Must Ban Child Marriage in New Constitution - Right Group

Emma Batha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Emma Batha

Child bride Nujood Ali made history when she sought a divorce in 2008 at the age of 10. She has since written a book in which she says she was raped...

Gay Marriage Making 'Life Worse' For Gay People In Developing Countries, Charity Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Politics

The advances in gay rights in the West, including gay marriage, has led to a "perverse" worsening of LGBT freedoms in the developing world, a global e...

Jessica Elgot

The Stars Who Sing For Despots | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK

J-Lo, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey. They are some of the world's most iconic divas, with their names recognised all over the world. But it...

The Snowden Statement In Full

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK

Edward Snowden has finally revealed his final plan for asylum, telling human rights activists he will seek to stay in Russia. Russia has said it wi...

Edward Snowden Finally Appears In Moscow

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK

Edward Snowden has finally revealed his final plan for asylum, telling human rights activists he will seek to stay in Russia. Snowden, who has been...

The Only Thing 'Spinning' is the Government on Human Rights

Clive Baldwin | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Clive Baldwin

This week, two events, just hours apart, showed the level of confusion and derision some senior British ministers have sunk to in their approach to hu...

Cameron Lands In Kazakhstan

PA | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron became the first serving prime minister to visit Kazakhstan as he began a visit to the mineral-rich country with hopes of boosting Briti...

Human Rights, Hashtags and the UK's Policy Towards Central Asia

Eleanor Blatchley | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Eleanor Blatchley

It's clear that the biggest priority of all with regards to Uzbekistan is securing the safe passage of UK military equipment from Afghanistan back through Uzbek territory. In February the UK agreed to gift £450,000 of military kit to the country to secure such passage. Defence minister Philip Hammond said he was confident the kit would not be used for 'internal repression'. But even if this supposed confidence is not misguided, what message does it send that a government which just a few years ago was under strict arms embargoes from the EU and US on human rights grounds (for massacring hundreds of its own citizens in Andijan in 2005) is now enjoying military gifts from the UK?

Syrian Rebel Leader Filmed Eating Soldier's Lung Has No Regrets & Promises More Slaughter (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK

The Syrian rebel commander filmed biting into a dead soldier’s lung has insisted he has no regrets. The clip, which was verified by Human Rights...

'Eating Heart' Video Draws Criticism From Foreign Office

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK

The Foreign Office responded to a video of an opposition fighter committing an act of "barbarism" on a Syrian pro-government soldier by stressing the ...

Syrian Rebel Filmed Cutting Out And 'Eating' Soldier's Heart (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Syrian Rebel Leader Filmed Eating Soldier's Lung Has No Regrets & Promises More Slaughter (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PICTURES) Footage of a Syrian reb...

Time for the UK to Show It Takes Torture Seriously

Izza Leghtas | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Izza Leghtas

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will look at the United Kingdom's record on May 7 for the first time since 2004. What a difference eight ...

UN Draft Report Recommends Ban On Killer Robots

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Tech

A campaign launched last month to pre-emptively ban killer robots was given a boost after a draft UN report called for measure to be taken before thei...

Human Rights and Cultural Values

Elena Barbiero | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Elena Barbiero

An interesting issue that often arises when addressing human rights and Western intervention in other countries is the following: are we truly helping or are we simply imposing our values on other cultures? Human Rights surely have a universal value but what about different cultures? And what is 'culture', in first place?

The Real Victims of North Korea's Nuclear Aspirations

Ben Acheson | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Whilst we fret over all-out war, mutually assured destruction and ridiculous pictures of Kim Jong-Un sitting on assorted weaponry, we forget that North Korea's nuclear programme has already had disastrous consequences, even before a missile has been fired in anger.

Bernie Ecclestone Compares Bahrain Protesters With Anti-Thatcherites

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Sport

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has compared Bahrain protesters to those taking part in anti-Thatcher demonstrations saying "you will always get people tha...

The Loss of Democracy in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

While the West frets over the increasingly bellicose utterances of North Korea's deranged delinquent dictator and wrings its hands in frustration over the on-going bloodbath in Syria, attention has strayed from Iraq as it spirals towards civil war.