human rights

Cambodian protesters react during a protest outside the appeals court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 11 February 2014. Protesters called on Cambodian authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers arrested during a protest demanding increased wages on 02 and 03 January 2014.

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Cambodian protesters outside the appeals court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Protesters called on authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers arrested during a protest demanding increased wages

Anti-government protest in Ukraine...epa04032580 Protester throws a Molotov cocktail fire during an opposition supporters protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 20 January 2014. Violence broke out 19 January at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week's passage of new laws that protesters and human rights groups said are designed to stifle dissent. They criminalize libel, establish new penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity.  EPA/ALEXANDR ORLOV

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during an opposition supporters’ protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Violence broke out Sunday at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week’s passage of laws that protesters and human rights groups said were designed to stifle dissent. The laws criminalise libel, establish fresh penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity. Read more

Tibetan exiles are taken in to detain by Indian policewomen during a protest against the alleged human rights abuses of Tibetans by the Chinese government outside the Chinese embassy on the eve of World Human Rights Day in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Tibetans also mark Dec. 10 as the Nobel peace Prize Day, the day their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama received the Nobel peace Prize in 1989.

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Tibetan exiles are detained by Indian policewomen during a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. They were demonstrating against human rights abuses of Tibetans by the Chinese government, on the eve of World Human Rights Day

Sri Lankan mothers from the "Dead and Mi...Sri Lankan mothers from the "Dead and Missing Person's Parents" organisation hold photographs as they takes part in a protest in Jaffna, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo on November 15, 2013. British Prime Minister David Cameron is flying to Jaffna, which bore the main brunt of the fighting, to meet victims of a war which raged for 37 years.  AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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Mothers from Sri Lanka’s Dead and Missing Persons Parents organisation hold photographs of loved ones as they take part in a protest in Jaffna, about 400 km north of Colombo. UK Prime Minister David Cameron is flying to Jaffna, which bore the brunt of the fighting, to meet victims of the civil war which raged for decades. Read more

Vowing empowerment of women...epa03929651 Participants of an annual convention of women's advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea, 30 October 2013. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was 'Becoming one Korea, through women's power.'  EPA/YONHAP

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Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’ Read more

Femen Protests Saudi Prohibition On Women Drivers...BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Activists from the women's rights-group Femen bare their breasts while protesting outside the Saudi embassy against the prohibition on women driving in Saudi Arabia on October 28, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A small number of women in Saudi Arabia protested on Saturday against the ban on women driving, the Arab state is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving a car.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Activists from the women’s rights group Femen protest outside the Saudi embassy in Berlin at the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. A small number of women in Saudi Arabia protested on Saturday against the ban on women driving. The Arab state is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving a car.

A Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA say is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo...A Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA say is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Saad AboBrahim (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)

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A suspected Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA says is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo on Thursday. Read more

TOPSHOTS A demonstrator wears a t-shirt ...TOPSHOTS A demonstrator wears a t-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 20, 2013. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castel to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen.  AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX/ BAX LINDHARDT   DENMARK OUTBAX LINDHARDT/AFP/Getty Images

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A demonstrator wears a T-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen, Denmark. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castle to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen. Read more

People walk by as activists participate ...People walk by as activists participate in a mock force feeding while protesting outside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC July 30, 2013. Activists gathered to protest the use of force feeding prisoners who are held in Guantanamo by the US government. President Barack Obama vowed to close the facility when he first took office in 2009, but four years on the military prison set up in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks still holds 166 men. The vast majority of those held at Guantanamo, detained on Afghan battlefields or handed over by other countries, have never been charged or tried, and dozens have been taking part in a hunger strike in recent months. Seventy detainees were taking part in the hunger strike as of July 23, with 46 of them listed as being fed through nasal tubes, according to the military. More than half of the detainees at Guantanamo have been cleared for release and face no charges in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Activists participate in a mock force feeding outside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on Tuesday to protest the use of force feeding on prisoners held in Guantánamo by the US government. President Barack Obama vowed to close the facility when he first took office in 2009, but four years on the military prison set up in the wake of the September 11 attacks still holds 166 men.

Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Hou...Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords in central London on July 15, 2013. Gay marriage was set to be legalised in England and Wales after the controversial Bill introducing it cleared the Lords today.

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Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords in central London on Monday. Gay marriage was set to be legalised in England and Wales after the controversial Bill introducing it cleared the Lords today Read more