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Indian Supreme Court rules in favor of gender self-identification

Indian Supreme Court rules in favor of gender self-identification

NEW DELHI, April 15 (UPI) -- India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that citizens are free to self-identify their gender.
JC Finley
Chinese appellate court rejects Xu Zhiyong appeal

Chinese appellate court rejects Xu Zhiyong appeal

BEIJING, April 11 (UPI) -- A Chinese appellate court ruled Friday to uphold the four year prison sentence imposed in January on jailed human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong.
JC Finley
Amnesty International: Global executions on the rise

Amnesty International: Global executions on the rise

March 27 (UPI) -- Global executions surged with 778 executions in 22 countries resulting in a 15 percent increase after two decades of steady decline.
Aileen Graef
Egyptian court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death for killing one police officer

Egyptian court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death for killing one police officer

March 24 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and inciting violence during protests in August.
Aileen Graef
Pussy Riot members attacked in a McDonald's

Pussy Riot members attacked in a McDonald's

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, March 7 (UPI) -- Two members of the Russian activist group and punk band Pussy Riot were attacked while eating breakfast at a McDonald's, leaving them with injuries and burns.
Aileen Graef

DRC warlord Katanga charged with war crimes at ICC

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 7 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court said Friday a DRC warlord, Germain Katanga, is guilty of one count of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes.

Report says Israel wounds, kills Palestinians as 'matter of policy'

LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The killing and wounding of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli forces is carried out as "a matter of policy," Amnesty International charged Thursday.
Amnesty demands end of trial, release of Egyptian journalists

Amnesty demands end of trial, release of Egyptian journalists

CAIRO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- An Egyptian military court trying two journalists should end their trial and free them immediately, human rights group Amnesty International said.

EU raps Russia for sentencing 2012 anti-Putin demonstrators

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The European Union finds the sentencing of Russian anti-Putin activists to prison to be disproportionate, a spokesperson for policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Seven Russian protesters given prison sentences

MOSCOW, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- More than 200 people, two members of Pussy Riot among them, were detained by Russian police Monday for protesting outside a courthouse.
Ugandan president signs tough anti-gay bill into law

Ugandan president signs tough anti-gay bill into law

KAMPALA, Uganda, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Monday signed into law a measure that toughens sentences for those convicted of engaging in homosexual acts.

Murder, terrorism charges dropped against opposition politician Lopez

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Venezuelan prosecutors said they dropped the most serious charges against Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition political leader blamed for inciting deadly clashes.
Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a "brutal and oppressive" leader.
Prince Charles performs traditional sword dance in Saudi Arabia [VIDEO]

Prince Charles performs traditional sword dance in Saudi Arabia [VIDEO]

RIYADHFeb. 19 (UPI) -- Prince Charles donned traditional garb for Riyadh's 17-day Janadriyah Festival.
Kate Stanton

Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez surrenders after street clashes

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- After street protests left four people dead, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appears ready to prosecute an opposition leader, court officials said.

Police to investigate death of Manus asylum detainee

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Australia's immigration minister said police will investigate the shooting death of an asylum seeker during this week's disturbances at the Manus Island detention center.

Riot quelled at Australia's Manus Island detention center

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Police and security personnel at Australia's Manus Island detention camp for asylum seekers picked up all 35 escapees after Sunday's breakout, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said.
Viktor Yanukovych: From partner to violent kleptocrat

Viktor Yanukovych: From partner to violent kleptocrat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Over the course of four years the international image of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has evolved from partner to violent kleptocrat.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator

Evidence of mass graves found in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.N. officials say a mass grave has been found in Central African Republic after peacekeepers were accused of failing to prevent ethnic cleansing.

Egyptian prosecutor denies political prisoners

CAIRO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Despite a widespread crackdown on government dissent, Egypt's top prosecutor maintained Wednesday the country does not hold any political prisoners.

Amnesty International: CAR ethnic cleansing ongoing

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Amnesty International said Wednesday international peacekeepers have failed to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic.
Pussy Riot renounces freed members after U.S. concert apperance

Pussy Riot renounces freed members after U.S. concert apperance

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are no longer members of Pussy Riot, the group said on its blog.
Kate Stanton

Pussy Riot member: International support made us free in prison

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Two members of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot told the New York Times Wednesday they do not expect to be jailed again.
Murder trial of ex-Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi resumes, adjourns

Murder trial of ex-Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi resumes, adjourns

CAIRO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, charged with inciting the killing of protesters as president, resumed briefly Tuesday before adjourning.

Rights groups praise Tunisian Constitution

TUNIS, Tunisia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Tunisian rights group al-Bawsala welcomed the principles outlined in Tunisia's new constitution.
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