It is important that progressive public interest litigation be widely understood for what it is, a mechanism for holding power to account.
Outgoing UN rights champion lays bare hostility to peacemakers.
Russia has revealed it is supplying guns to Mali's government, while French troops have discovered a massive homemade bomb in Gao, north of Mali.
Following the rape of Anene Booysen, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called on authorities to do more to tackle a "pandemic of sexual violence".
Human rights commissioner reveals blood-letting is a third more than previously estimated.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay has urged the West to suspend sanctions on Zimbabwe and its president to give the country a chance to implement reforms.
Activists say the hosting of the United Nations' Navi Pillay is an attempt to sugar-coat Zimbabwe's poor human rights record.
Zimbabwe's justice minister has rejected allegations that the country has state-sponsored violence, and vowed not to recognise gay rights.
SA's Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has arrived in Zimbabwe on her first mission to the troubled Southern African nation.
A highly anticipated visit by human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, to Zimbabwe could have some welcome consequences, writes Webster Zambara.
Ban Ki-moon has asked former SA judge Navi Pillay to stay on as UN high commissioner for human rights for another two years.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has voiced alarm over the fourth murder of a journalist in Brazil this year.
Once a fence sitter, South Africa has now decided to lead by example on the continent and advocate for laws protecting sexual minorities.
Activists have called for a general strike to increase pressure on Syria's president's regime as fears grow of an 'invasion' of protest hub, Homs.
The death toll in the crackdown on Syrian protesters has forced the UN's top human rights official to call for world action to protect civilians.
The UN rights chief has expressed disappointment that China failed to arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges.
Navi Pillay, the United Nations human rights chief, remembers a time when only white men could be judges in South Africa.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay has slammed security forces' takeover of Bahrain hospitals and medical facilities as a "violation of international law".
UN human rights officials will go to Tunisia next week to help investigate violence and advise the new coalition government on justice and reforms.