Iran Hangs Woman For Stabbing Her Alleged Rapist

Hudson Hongo · 10/25/14 10:25AM

Despite international calls for reprieve, Iran has hanged a woman for the murder of a man human rights groups say sexually assaulted her. According to Reuters, 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed Saturday morning for the the 2007 killing of a Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, concluding what Amnesty International called "a deeply flawed investigation and trial."

Graphic Video Shows Sniper Shooting a Relief Worker on a Gaza Street

Adam Weinstein · 07/21/14 12:22PM

The man was perhaps in his early twenties, laboring with yellow-vested relief workers in the rubble of Shujaiyeh to cart out survivors on gurneys and find his family and friends. He was shot, and he fell. The shots kept coming. In a conflict marked by horrific images, this may be the worst yet.

Texas Prisons Are Hot Enough to Kill You

Hamilton Nolan · 04/22/14 01:51PM

The state of Texas has strict rules about how to handle dangerous heat on pig farms; not so in their non-air-conditioned prisons, where 14 inmates have reportedly died of heat exposure since 2007. A new report says the state is doing nothing to address the issue.

Hillary Clinton to Penetrate Myanmar Force Field

Seth Abramovitch · 11/18/11 03:58AM

President Obama announced from Bali on Friday that he's sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the human rights disaster zone known as Myanmar, aka Burma, saying, "After years of darkness we've seen flickers of progress." It will be the first such visit to the country, which has long isolated itself from diplomacy, in over 50 years.

Iran Hangs Three Men For Having Gay Sex

Seth Abramovitch · 09/06/11 11:54PM

It was an old-fashioned gay lynching in Iran on Sunday morning, as the state executed six inmates by hanging at the Karound prison in Ahvaz, in the country's southwest region. According to Iran Human Rights, three of the six were sentenced to death for "'unlawful' acts and acts against Sharia," based on "the articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code." Articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code are the ones dealing with gay sex.

'Chronic Masturbation Syndrome' Sufferer Sues Jail for Porn Ban

Lauri Apple · 07/03/11 10:30AM

Kyle Richards thinks that the ban on pornography and erotica enforced by the Macomb County Jail—and, to a lesser extent, the absence of video games in individual cells—amounts to "cruel and unusual punishment," and is therefore unconstitutional. Is he right?

China to U.S.: Shut Up

Max Read · 04/10/11 04:27PM

The U.S. has released its annual report on human rights! And guess who gets called out by name? Yes, duh, it's China, which has been cracking down on dissidents and activists extra-hard lately. Of course, China doesn't take kindly to being told it sucks at human rights, especially by the U.S., so the Chinese government released its own "I Know You Are But What Am I" report telling the U.S. to butt out and maybe stop locking up black kids. "Stop the domineering behavior of exploiting human rights to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries," it reads, in part. Guys, guys! You're both massive, cruel prison-industrial complexes with no meaningful avenues for dissent. The U.S. has better TV, though. [Reuters; image via AP]

In 76 Countries Being Gay Is a Crime

Jeff Neumann · 08/01/10 03:43PM

A charity network released a study of gay rights around the world and the results are terrifying: 76 countries prosecute people for their sexual orientation, and seven of those use the death penalty to punish same sex acts. [Independent]

Malawi Pardons Jailed Gay Couple

Ravi Somaiya · 05/29/10 10:53AM

Under pressure from the international community, Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika ordered a gay couple, jailed for 14 years for "unnatural acts and gross indecency" to be pardoned and released. But kind of grudgingly.