A human rights activist places lights representing thousands of people killed by the police since Rio won the bid to host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A woman stands among photos taken of human rights victims during martial law, displayed at an experiential museum inside a military camp in Manila
Activists of the Awami Ittihad party get into a scuffle with Indian policemen as they are stopped during a protest to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar, India on Thursday
Ukrainian police detain an activist of the feminist movement Femen as she shouts slogans during a demonstration calling for gay rights outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev
Syrians are seen inside a cage in Douma, the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus. It has been reported that a major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as “human shields”. Jaish al-Islam, regarded as the most powerful rebel group near the capital, has put regime soldiers and Alawite civilians it was holding in metal cages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.
Syrians walk through debris following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on a market and a hospital killed several civilians in Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor and activists said. Dozens more were wounded, several seriously, and the toll is likely to rise.
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
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.
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
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.
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.’
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 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.
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.
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 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
Married couple Michael Knaapen (left) and John Becker kiss on Wednesday after hearing the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma) was unconstitutional. The high court ruled to strike down Doma and determined that California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law.
A police officer asks gay marriage advocate David Baker for a photo ID as he holds a pro gay marriage sign in front of the US Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington. The high court may rule on Hollingsworth v Perry which challeges California’s Proposition 8, a ban on same sex marriage.
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People visit the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture of British artist Alan Parkinson, before its opening at the grounds of the UN European headquarters in Geneva. Until June 14, diplomats, UN officials, school children and communities will be able to go inside the 1,000 square metre structure, financed by the United Kingdom Mission to the UN, to think more creatively about how to make the work of the Human Rights Council better understood through discussions and art performances.