The government of Iran sentenced a woman to death by stoning as the world marked International Human Rights Day on Thursday, reports said.
Fox News reported that a woman, identified by the initials A.Kh, was sentenced by the Iranian criminal court in Rasht to be buried to her shoulders and pelted with rocks until she is dead. The woman was convicted of being complicit in the murder of her husband.
"The rate of executions in Iran has not decreased in the last few years, it has increased," noted Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, a prominent Canadian-Iranian human rights activist based in Toronto. more >>
Twenty-five Christians from a large group of Assyrians kidnapped from the Khabur river valley earlier this year have been released, marking progress in negotiations with the Islamic State terror group.
Fides News Agency revealed that the hostages, all men and including two young boys, were released on Wednesday following negotiations, and reached the town of Tel Tamar in Syria.
The newly released Assyrians belong to a group of over 250 that were kidnapped during major raids by IS militants in February. Talks with IS for their release have been going on since, and pockets of Christians have been released throughout the year. Another group of 10 Christians, mostly elderly people, were released on Nov. 24, but overall close to 130 hostages remain in captivity. more >>
As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to come up with barbaric ways to execute its prisoners, the militant group has reportedly ripped a journalist's body in half and executed an Iraqi woman by biting her hand off.
According to the Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency, IS militants in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, executed a journalist whom they accused of acting as a spy for the Syrian army and giving away the locations of IS fighters.
While the militant organization has become well adept at beheading or fatally shooting its prisoners in the back of the head for their executions, IS chose to make an example of the unnamed journalist by forcing him to endure what can be described as one of the group's most brutal methods of execution. more >>
The Chinese government's crackdown against Christian churches has reportedly continued, with authorities shutting down a church in the Guizhou province where a pastor cared for orphans, the sick and elderly.
"Most of our congregation was very upset," pastor Su Tianfu Su of Huoshi Church in Guiyang, told Voice of America News on Thursday.
"We feel we're a faithful group, which has done nothing but a lot of charitable work in Guiyang by reaching out to those in need, including orphans and the sick and the elderly." more >>
A new ad released by the Hillary Clinton campaign showing gay couples kissing suggests that that the fight for equal rights for the LGBT community is far from over.
The ad released on YouTube Sunday with Clinton narrating over kissing same-sex couples, where she notes that "gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."
Clinton said it was outrageous that in 2015, "you can still be fired for being gay, you can still lose your home for being gay, and you can even be denied a wedding cake for being gay." more >>
The governments of China and Russia have indicated they will protect North Korea from facing U.N. sanctioned consequences for its various human rights abuses.
Voice of America reported on Tuesday that although the United States is set to call for a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea's human rights abuses this week, both China and Russia will block any punitive resolutions.
The Security Council's five permanent members include Russia, China, the U.S., the U.K., and France, and it only takes one nation to veto a resolution to ensure that it does not go through. more >>