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Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh granted immunity

Parliament passed an amended version of the bill, following public outcry over proposals to give all Saleh's associates blanket immunity from prosecution.

Islamist Abu Qatada cannot be deported from UK, rules human rights court

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that deporting Abu Qatada to Jordan would put him at risk of facing an unfair trial, based on evidence obtained through torture.

Ni Yulan, disabled Chinese activist, put on trial in Beijing

Ni Yulan, 51, appeared in court lying on a bed and breathing through an oxygen machine, according to her daughter, Dong Xuan, who testified at the hearing.

Israel: Beit Shemesh rally called against Jewish extremism

"All of us, religious, secular, traditional – we must defend the character of the state of Israel against a minority which breaks our national solidarity," said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Does "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" violate human rights?

Human-rights groups call on video-game developers to play a more responsible role, designing games that require players to abide by the international rules of armed conflict.

Indonesia police shave punks to 'restore morals'

Police in Aceh state, Indonesia, forcibly shaved and bathed more than 60 people arrested at a concert for the supposed offense of being "punks."
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An Acehnese punker with Mohawk hairstyle in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia. (Fauzan Ijazah/GlobalPost)

Some 64 Indonesians have been given an unwanted make-over as part of the authorities' treatment for a "new social disease": punk rock.

The punks, ranging from teenagers to people in their 30s, were arrested at a charity concert last weekend in the town of Banda Aceh, in the country's conservative Aceh state, the Jakarta Globe reported.

They were taken to a police school Tuesday for a forcible "re-education."

State police chief Iskandar Hasan told the Globe what that would involve:

"There will be a traditional ceremony. First their hair will be cut. Then they will be tossed into a pool. The women’s hair we’ll cut in the fashion of a female police officer. Then we’ll teach them a lesson.

"We’ll change their disgusting clothes. We’ll replace them with nice clothes. We’ll give them toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sandals and prayer gear."

The punks—who have not been charged with any crime—were to be held at the facility for a further 10 days for "rehabilitation" and religious training, according to Hasan.


Malawi to review anti-gay laws

The push for gay decriminalization from Western governments have undoubtedly brought attention to Africa, where homosexual acts are illegal throughout most of the socially conservative and predominately religious continent. 

Women's rights in Israel under assault

JERUSALEM — The subject of women’s place in public dominated Israel’s headlines this week after a series of incidents highlighted what some say is the growing repression of Israeli women.

Syria: UN calls for 'urgent' action to prevent civil war

"The Syrian authorities’ continual ruthless repression, if not stopped now, can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war," said UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay.

Australian government says it could take more refugees, but there's a catch

Australia has been offered a solution to the contentious issue of Australia's asylum seeker intake: take 50 percent more... with a commensurate increase in "offshore processing."
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Relatives of some of the 30 killed when a boat full of asylum seekers crashed on the rocks at Christmas Island on Dec. 15, 2010, trying to reach Australian soil, grieve during Muslim and Christian services held Feb. 15, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Don Arnold/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia has been offered a solution to the contentious issue of Australia's asylum seeker intake: take 50 percent more... with conditions.
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