As Zambia celebrates 50 years of freedom, its old laws against gays and lesbians are tightened.
June 26 is the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. There should be no more police torture in South Africa, yet it continues.
The US first lady addressed a group of Peking University students while on a tour of China to build goodwill through soft diplomacy.
People who are taught about human rights do not necessarily apply what they've learned in practice, writes Kayum Ahmed.
Trying to lecture students on respecting people's rights will only get you so far. They need experiential human rights education.
In a letter to the UN, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, representing human rights activists, has appealed for a commission of inquiry in Sri Lanka.
Mine owners face an ethical and legal nightmare in trying to deal with illegal shafts.
The SAHRC has called on all South Africans to heed Madiba's example on International Human Rights Day, the day of his memorial service.
Steven M Wise is campaigning for chimps' right to seek freedom from unlawful detention on the grounds that they are essentially people.
China has arrested an activist on a charge of subversion, says his brother and a rights group.
Boycotting Sri Lanka cricket over a disagreeable regime is not the answer, and South Africa should do more than that to engage with the issues.
Two Ugandan activists speak about their struggle for recognition and the abuse they endure in light of the proposed Anti-homosexuality Bill.
A Senegalese activist blames poverty and underdevelopment for Africa's instability.
Angy Peter and Issac Mbadu's fears of early morning raids and arrests are examples of why an inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha is necessary.
"We remain deeply concerned about the current state of human rights in South Africa," Human Rights Commission spokesperson Isaac Mangena has said.
Human rights in their broad and interdependent sense must be the lodestar of both development and security policy.
President Jacob Zuma must move beyond party politics and protect citizens from police brutality and abuse of power, says DA leader Helen Zille.
The top priority is bringing an end to the slaughter. But we must ensure that, after Assad, revenge does not lead to abuses, writes Kenneth Roth.
The international organisation's report has questioned South Africa's commitment to constitutional rights and equality.