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Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Duterte Criticized over His Martial Law Threat

Philippine rights advocates and survivors of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the country's former leader, criticized President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday for his comments that he is considering of declaring martial law to curb what he called the country's run-away drugs problem.

President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Duterte Snarls at UN Human Rights Chief, Calls Him an 'Idiot'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has reacted angrily at the United Nation's human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, by calling him an "idiot" after the UN official urged the country's authorities to investigate the leader for murder.

A Chinese paramilitary police man stands guard outside a prison entrance (Getty Images)

China Accused of Detaining and Torturing Canadain Citizen

A Canadian citizen who was held by Chinese authorities says she was tortured and forced to confess that she bribed a former top official who later becomes a critic of the government.

 A cyclist rides past a public telephone booth in a poor slum area on January 2, 2005 in Beijing, China.

China Releases White Paper on Poverty Reduction, Human Rights Progress

China has issued a white paper on Monday commending the efforts and progress made in poverty reduction and human rights, state-backed Xinhua News reported.

Police parade convicted criminals during a public sentence August 1, 2006 in Shenzhen of Guangdong Province, China.

China Introduces Reforms to Improve Human Rights Judicial Procedures

China on Monday announced amendments to improve its judicial procedures for human rights, according to a white paper published by the State Council Information Office.

 A drug trafficker waits for his conviction verdict in a court during a public sentence

China Defends Judicial System Over Death Penalty Sentence

The Chinese government has defended the country's judicial system, arguing that the death penalty sentence is rarely pronounced on suspects.

US, China

US, China Accuse Each Other of Human Rights Violations

In a strongly worded note, China hit back at the US' "Annual State Department report on human rights around the World" that criticised Beijing's severe clampdown on lawyers. This report published by Washington discussed human rights violation and policies in 199 countries, with specific focus on serious right violation in the Middle East countries.

Police rescued 15 babies and arrested 78 suspects for allegedly human trafficking

Chinese Police Officers Rescue 15 Babies, Arrest 78 Suspected Child Traffickers

Chinese police officers have rescued 15 babies and arrested 78 suspected child traffickers after busting a child trafficking ring in Shandong province in eastern China. The kidnappers are suspected to have taken the babies from Sichuan province to sell them in Shandong province.

Fifteen-year-old boy Abdullah al-Zaher detained and accused for act of terrorism

Saudi Arabia To Behead, Crucify Teenager

A 15-year-old boy is facing beheading after joining a protest rally in Saudi Arabia. The arrested boy who is now 19 years old is Abdullah al-Zaher. He was allegedly detained and accused of "harbouring" protesters and took part on the demonstration and slogan chant as well as setting cars ablaze and throwing Molotov cocktails.

Police Abuse?

Downing Street Denounces Beijing Police for 'Mistreatment' of Diplomats

The UK has accused Chinese police and security forces of manhandling foreign journalists and diplomats outside the courthouse of a free speech trial in Beijing last Monday.

Poise and Presence of Mind

Man's Pants Falls While Accepting Award from Croatian President

The American visual artist Andy Warhol is credited for having predicted that, "In the future, everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame." But he did not say you would enjoy it. For Ivan Zvonimir Cicak of Croatia, the moment must have been excruciating.

United Nations Security Council

China, Russia Unsuccessfully Attempt to Remove North Korea Human Rights Discussions from UN Security Council Agenda

China and Russia failed to remove the human rights discussion on North Korea's situation from the United Nations (UN) Security Council agenda on Thursday.

Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death on grounds of apostasy

#SueMeSaudi: Twitter Netizens React Following Saudi Arabian Government's Threat to Sue User

A Saudi Arabian government official threatened to file a case against an unidentified Twitter user, who allegedly compared the death sentence handed to a Palestinian poet on Friday with the punitive measures of the militant group ISIS. Now, a number of Twitter users have shared their thoughts with the hashtag #SueMeSaudi.

China Urged To Reveal Torture Methods In UN Human Rights Review

China Urged to Reveal Torture Methods in UN Human Rights Review

A human rights watchdog is challenging China to reveal its torture cases and methods and its promise to curb wrongful convictions at a key United Nations torture review which will be held in Geneva from November 17-18.

China Thinks Its 'A Bad Idea' To Discuss North Korea Rights

UN to Discuss Human Rights Issues in North Korea, China Thinks its a 'Bad Idea'

China on Tuesday emphasized that it would not be a good idea for the United Nations Security Council to restore dialogue about North Korea’s alleged violation of human rights, according to Reuters.

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