Dozens of prominent activists have been held for months in Saudi Arabia without charge — and the spotlight on the Kingdom’s human rights record is stronger than ever

Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has come under intense scrutiny in recent months.  Earlier this year, the country detained dozens of prominent women’s rights activists — most without access to communication and many who were never formally charged with a crime.  Award-winning campaigner Samar Badawi was arrested in August, which sparked a massive feud between […]

French rights group files case against PSG over claims scouts 'limited number of black players'

French football club Paris Saint-Germain are facing a discrimination lawsuit over reports that scouts at the club carried out racial profiling and tried to limit the number of black players at the team’s academy. Investigative outlet Mediapart reported on Thursday that PSG scouts had subjected young players to racial profiling – which is illegal in […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer for women’s rights even before she was on the Supreme Court

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a Supreme Court justice, she was widely acknowledged as a trailblazer in establishing women’s rights. As a lawyer who played a prominent role in several Supreme Court cases, Ginsburg’s work against sex discrimination helped to change the way we all think about women. In 1971, Ginsburg wrote a brief that persuaded […]

Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook

Enlarge / Johann Sebastian Bach. (credit: Elias Gottlob Haussmann) Sony Music Entertainment has been forced to abandon its claim that it owned 47 seconds of video of musician James Rhodes using his own piano to play music written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Last week, Rhodes recorded a short video of himself playing a portion of […]

Spain to ‘honor’ sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia despite halting it over rights groups outcry

Just about a week after halting a bombs’ sale to Riyadh following a widespread indignation over Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing in Yemen, the Spanish government said it would still go ahead with the deal. “The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honor a contract that comes from 2015, and was made by […]

European Court rules UK surveillance program violated human rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is the latest to deem the UK government’s mass surveillance program unlawful. Judges ruled the “bulk interception regime” violated the right to privacy and freedom of expression. It said there was “insufficient oversight” over what communications UK agencies were collecting and also noted that there were “inadequate” safeguards […]

US human rights allegations against China incite Muslim extremism – govt paper

The recent request by some US lawmakers to sanction Chinese officials over their alleged abuse of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang can be seen by extremists as a call to action, China’s state-run tabloid said. The Global Times, an influential Chinese tabloid, published by the Communist Party’s Peoples’ Daily newspaper, warned Washington against applying its […]

Saudi Arabia has expelled the Canadian ambassador and is freezing new trade with the country in an escalating feud over human rights

Getty Images/Business Insider Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador and frozen all new trade and investment with Ottawa over an escalating dispute centered on jailed human rights activists. The feud appears to have begun on Friday, when Global Affairs Canada tweeted that it was “gravely concerned” about a new wave of arrests in the Kingdom targeting […]

EU citizens are ‘far from’ having their rights secured after Brexit

Getty Brexit committee of MPs calls on the government to provide more information on the “settled status” scheme for EU citizens living in the UK. A deal on citizens rights is “far from” done, MPs of the Exiting the European Union Committee warned. EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU are […]