Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent. The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born […]
Authoritarianism increased last year in Russia to levels unseen since the Soviet era with a raft of harsh laws curbing political freedoms and harassment of opposition activists and critics, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The crackdown coincided with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin and the appointment of his predecessor
A bombing Friday in Beirut assassinated the head of the Intelligence Bureau of that country’s Internal Security Forces, Wissam Al Hassan, a Sunni officer who was a leading foe of the Assad regime and of Hezbollah. The White House issued the following statement : Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Attack in Beirut:
Holding a microphone on a makeshift stage, Abdel Basset al-Sarout — former goalie of the Syrian national youth squad, current bard of the region’s bloodiest uprising — led a packed Homs street in a soul-stirring chant: “The people… want… military intervention!” In Homs, the evolution of chants has reflected
Chinese human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng, whose case overshadowed high-level U.S.-China talks earlier this month, left Beijing for the U.S. with his wife and two children, headed for Newark, New Jersey.
An 18-year-old Tibetan nun has set herself on fire in western China in the latest such protest against Beijing’s handling of its vast Tibetan regions, an overseas rights group said Sunday. Free Tibet said in a statement that the nun set herself ablaze Saturday
The United States said on Tuesday it welcomed efforts by the international community to put a stop to violence in Syria but it still believed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down.
A top U.N. official deplored the “devastatingly remorseless toll of human lives” in Syria on Friday and exhorted the world community “to take immediate measures” to protect citizens.
All we want is our freedom. We know the cost, but we are ready to pay the price. With 1,300 dead already, we cannot give up now, because their deaths would have been in vain.
US senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) called on the U.S. to step up support for the popular uprising in Syria, which has met increasingly violent reaction from the regime of President Bashar Assad.