human rights

Mutilation of teenager terrorises Syrian women

 
Zainab al-Hosni, an 18-year-old woman, was found beheaded, dismembered and skinned after being detained by alleged Syrian security forces, according to human rights groups. She is believed to be the first woman to have died in custody. Our Observers in the central Syrian city of Homs, where Zainab was from, tell us how this gruesome case has shocked women and enflamed protesters. Read more…

Iraq blacks out clashes at Iranian exile camp

 
Deadly clashes broke out on Friday, April 8 between Iraqi troops and members of a controversial Iranian opposition group that was sheltered in Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s rule but now faces increasing hostility from the current Iraqi government. Because journalists are kept far from the scene, the event has largely escaped international attention. Read more...

Accusations of brutality straddle Bahraini divide

 
Although the Shiite protest movement in Bahrain has always asserted its peaceful, non-violent nature, not everyone in the small Gulf state agrees. Stories of anti-government protesters attacking policemen and foreigners are circulating on the Web, and one of our Observers says she witnessed a policeman being savagely murdered. Read more and watch the video...

‘Jasmine Revolution’ fails to launch

 
Inspired by the events taking place across the Middle East and North Africa, human rights activists and organisers made a call to protest across 13 cities in China. With only a couple of hundred people in attendance and a significant police presence, the protests ended two hours later. Read more…
 
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Easter Islanders' battle for their ancestral land ends in bloodshed

 
Violence flared on the tiny South Pacific Easter Island on December 3 after police forcefully evicted indigenous Rapa Nui protesters occupying properties they say were built on their ancestral land. Our Observer tells us about this usually tranquil island’s little known darker side. Read more and see the photos… 
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NLD supporters gather in Rangoon to await Suu Kyi’s release

 
Hundreds of supporters of Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi gathered in front of her National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Rangoon on Friday amid reports of her imminent release. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a non-profit pro-Democracy media, sent us footage of the gathering. Watch the video...
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Iranian asylum seekers sew mouths shut to protest Greek mistreatment

 
As Greece faces growing international pressure to improve its “catastrophic” immigration system, a group of Iranian asylum seekers have sewed their mouths shut during a hunger strike in central Athens to pressure the Greek government to accept their applications for refugee status. Read more...

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Shocking videos show systematic humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers

A former US soldier who served in Iraq has posted a series of three videos on Youtube called “Fun with Iraqi Detainees”. What they show doesn’t exactly match most people’s idea of fun. Read more and watch the videos...

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Nobel peace prize: “In the long term, this prize may help bring about a new era of democracy in China”

Chinese dissent Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel peace prize on October 8. One of our Observers, Wu Wei, who has known the jailed dissident for years, spoke to FRANCE 24 via webcam – defying the Chinese government's condemnation of the award. Watch the video...

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Kashmir video showing human rights violations adds fuel to deadly protests

In recent weeks, violent clashes between security forces and protesters in some parts of Indian-administered Kashmir have led to the deaths of nearly 100 people. The emergence of an amateur video apparently showing Kashmiri security forces parading and humiliating naked young men has added fuel to the fire. Read more...

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