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Man Who Beat 'Adulterous' Wife Escapes Jail Time

Activists slam 'revolting' court ruling in Portugal

(Newser) - Women's rights groups reacted with outrage after a Portuguese court quoted the Bible in a ruling that justified a suspended sentence for a man who attacked his "adulterous" ex-wife with a nail-spiked bat, NPR reports. The appeals court judges in Porto called adultery a "serious attack" on... More »

He Tried Not to Spill His Drink. Now He's in a 'Nightmare'

Jamie Harron, 27, accidentally brushed against a man's hip in Dubai

(Newser) - He was trying not to spill his drink. That's what a Scottish tourist says led to his arrest in Dubai for touching a man's hip, the BBC reports. Jamie Harron, 27, says he was walking with a drink in the crowded Rock Bottom Cafe when he put out... More »

Amazon Tribespeople Said to Have Been 'Massacred' in Brazil

Gold miners are suspected in the killings

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Brazil are investigating a "massacre" of several members of an uncontacted Amazon tribe. It appears about 10 members of the tribe were out gathering eggs last month when they encountered gold miners by a river in the remote Javari Valley, the New York Times reports. The victims... More »

Duterte: US 'Toned Down' Its Human Rights Concerns

Pentagon may begin airstrikes in the Philippines against ISIS

(Newser) - The US already has a small military force in the Philippines to help in the fight against ISIS, but NBC News reports that the Pentagon might ramp things up by allowing US drones to conduct airstrikes. The strikes would be part of an official military mission that could be unveiled... More »

Spurned in Norway, Breivik to Appeal to Europe

Mass killer claims his human rights were violated

(Newser) - Norway's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, saying the country didn't violate his human rights by isolating him in jail. The Hoeyesterett court ruled there was "no basis" for a different conclusion than the one reached by the Borgarting Court... More »

McCain: Tillerson Remarks Kill 'Hope' Across Globe

In human rights op-ed, senator says our values must inform US foreign policy

(Newser) - When John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one thing got him and his fellow POWs through the toughest moments: hope, bolstered by the belief that the US government and citizens had not forgotten them. But in a Monday op-ed addressing human rights in the New York Times ... More »

Norway Mass Killer Doesn't Have It So Bad: Appeals Court

Anders Behring Breivik isn't being kept in 'inhuman' conditions, court rules

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik isn't being kept in inhuman conditions after all. An Oslo court had agreed last April with the Norwegian mass killer's contention that his imprisonment was "degrading," mainly because he was kept in almost total isolation from other prisoners. On Wednesday, however, an appeals... More »

Russia Voted Off UN Human Rights Council

US, UK keep their seats in General Assembly vote

(Newser) - The United Nations General Assembly voted Russia off the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, a stunning rebuke to the country which is increasingly being accused of war crimes over its actions in Syria. The 193-member General Assembly elected 14 members to the 47-nation council, the UN's main body... More »

Indonesia Defies Protests, Executes 4 by Firing Squad

3 foreigners, Indonesian man executed

(Newser) - Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death. The men were executed by firing squad not long after midnight local time as torrential rains hit the Nusa Kambangan prison... More »

Friends, Family: Iran May Be Holding San Diego Man

Human rights advocate Robin Shahini taken by Iranian authorities, family says

(Newser) - After graduating from San Diego State University in May, Gholamrez "Reza" Shahini, known to most as Robin, headed to Iran to visit his mom and other family. But the 46-year-old San Diego man hasn't been heard from in more than 10 days, and friends and family back in... More »

UN: Ireland's Abortion Ban Is 'Inhumane'

Committee finds woman's human rights were violated

(Newser) - The UN's human rights committee says Ireland's effective ban on abortion violated a woman's human rights and must be reformed in what the Guardian calls "a ground-breaking judgment that is expected to set an international precedent." The committee responded to the case of Amanda Mellet,... More »

Castro Opens Up in Rare Cuba Presser

Cuban president answers question about political prisoners

(Newser) - President Obama made history in Cuba today by getting Cuban President Raul Castro to field questions from reporters—inspiring an exchange over democracy and human rights that apparently left Cubans stunned. The White House negotiated to the last minute to make the press conference happen, the AP reports. Among the... More »

Vocal Miss World Canada Barred From Entering China

Human rights activist Anastasia Lin denied entry in Hong Kong for pageant in Hainan

(Newser) - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong after a Chinese official told her... More »

Man Facing 'Most Gruesome' Penalty Wins Elite Award

Raif Badawi gets Sakharov Prize for human rights—but he's stuck in Saudi prison

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Malala, and all other notables who've taken home one of the European Union's most elite human-rights prizes—but as of now, he can't go and collect his award in person. EU leaders announced Thursday that Raif Badawi... More »

UN: North Korea Obtains Foreign Cash in Cruel Way

Forced labor is a human rights violation one UN official wants brought before ICC

(Newser) - North Korea is saddled with sanctions for its nuclear testing , but Pyongyang has found at least one way to buck the system, the UN now acknowledges: bring in foreign currency via forced labor outside the country , reports CNN . And it's no small chunk of change the nation is said... More »

Amnesty International: Decriminalize the Sex Trade

Group hopes recommendation will improve conditions for sex workers

(Newser) - In a move to stick up for what the head of Amnesty International describes as "one of the most marginalized groups in the world who ... face constant risk of discrimination, violence, and abuse," the organization voted today to recommend decriminalizing that group's line of work: prostitution and... More »

Cabbie Refuses to Pick Up Black Exec, She Fights Back

Baqir Raza is ordered to pay $25K in fines

(Newser) - For Cynthia Jordan, a 57-year-old vice president at a stock transfer firm in New York, it was just another day when a taxi driver refused to let her, a black woman, ride. Except Jordan was with her two daughters on Oct. 19, 2013, and when she saw the look on... More »

China Ignores Own Reform, Rampantly Tortures: HRW

Prisoners electrocuted, deprived of sleep, sprayed with chili oil

(Newser) - China promised years ago to reform its legal system so suspects wouldn't be abused in custody, but according to a Human Rights Watch report out today authorities are flouting the rules and continuing their brutal methods, the AP reports. "Police are torturing criminal suspects to get them to... More »

Report: North Korea Sends 'Slaves' Abroad

State steals wages to combat sanctions, says NK Watch

(Newser) - Though most North Koreans will never leave their isolated country, an estimated 100,000 work long hours abroad to earn hard currency for the state. As sanctions against North Korea continue to take a toll, a program of sending contract workers to build monuments in Africa, fish off Fiji, dig... More »

Court: Orangutan Has Human Rights

Argentina's Sandra wins case to leave zoo

(Newser) - Weeks after a court in New York denied a chimpanzee human rights , a similar case in Argentina has been found in an orangutan's favor. Sandra the orangutan has lived in a Buenos Aires zoo for 20 years, frequently avoiding people coming to see her. Animal rights lawyers filed a... More »

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