Prisoners are subjected to a relentless pattern of abuse in the notorious Jail Ogaden prison in Ethiopia’s Somali region, according to a Human Rights Watch report published this week.

Marking a long-fought victory for human rights campaigners, Afghanistan has enacted an official public health policy aimed at halting virginity testing in clinics and hospitals. Condemned by the WHO, the invasive procedure has persisted despite a 2016 ban, landing scores of…

The election of Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino to lead the UN’s International Organization for Migration—following the unexpected defeat of American candidate Ken Isaacs—might signal waning US clout, writes Barbara Crossette.  

Until 2016, Kenyans suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who were unable to finish prescribed courses of treatment—which often involve arduous daily treks to health facilities and could last for 20 months with debilitating physical side-effects—could be subject…

The UN has named and shamed countries including Yemen, Syria, and the DRC in its annual survey of nations’ failures to protect children. The roundup, which tracks failures across 6 categories, counted over 10,000 children killed or maimed in armed conflicts last year, and…

The Trump administration must halt family separations at the border under a temporary nationwide injunction passed down late Tuesday, a move likely to spark a high-profile legal battle with the Justice Department.

Algeria has expelled some 13,000 migrants in the past 14 months, leaving them stranded in the Sahara desert without food or water. Scores have perished as a growing number of sub-Saharan migrants—pregnant women and children among them—are rounded up "dropped in the desert…

Thailand’s billion dollar fishing industry is rife with human rights violators who maintain horrific on-board conditions, withhold wages, and engage in human trafficking of foreign workers who may not know their rights. After threats of sanctions from the EU and the US…

India is the most dangerous country for women in terms of sexual violence and slave labor, according to a global poll by the Thomas Reuters Foundation of about 550 experts on women’s issues.

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, European airport controls have become so tight that people smugglers have turned to boats and trucks on existing smuggling routes, and Europe cracked down on that too.