human rights

  • 6 Oct 2009

    The Muslim commentator Inayat Bunglawala has called on the Muslim community to be more supportive of its gay and lesbian members. He suggested that "Muslim and some Christian communities" were not showing "respect and tolerance".

  • 6 Oct 2009

    A Catholic cardinal in Hong Kong and the bishop who succeeded him have called on the Chinese government to release imprisoned church leaders to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Peoples' Republic of China

  • 3 Oct 2009

    The police and the Director of Public Prosecutions are facing strong criticism for bringing charges against peaceful protestors who wore fancy dress at the G20 demonstrations in April. They are accused of impersonating police officers.

  • 29 Sep 2009

    Zimbabwe's Supreme Court has ordered a permanent stay of the criminal proceedings against prominent human rights activist Jestina Mukoko, in a move welcomed by campaigners.

  • 24 Sep 2009

    Nine Methodist Church leaders in Fiji have returned to court as the military regime continues to crack down on those who speak out against it. The nine Methodists have been banned from preaching and attending meetings.

  • 22 Sep 2009

    The authorities in Azerbaijan are facing allegations of abuse and repression towards both Muslim and Christian worshipers. A major Sunni mosque has been closed down while Baptists have accused the police of intimidation and violence.

  • 22 Sep 2009

    A hearing into allegations that a teacher promoted racist views in the classroom has been delayed after police cited fears of violence. Adam Walker is accused of promoting hostility to asylum-seekers, gay people and Muslims.

  • 16 Sep 2009

    A Colombian pastor was assassinated at his home on Sunday 13 September, as concern increases about human rights violations against church and human rights workers.

  • 12 Sep 2009

    The American satirist Tom Lehrer said that satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was given the Nobel Peace Prize “for bombing Cambodia”.

  • 11 Sep 2009

    The Prime Minister has issued an apology for the homophobic hounding of the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing. He was driven to suicide in the 1950s by criminal prosecution and “medical treatment” imposed in response to his sexuality.