The European Union has "miserably failed" to play its part in providing a safe haven for Syrian refugees, the secretary general of Amnesty International has said today.
Salil Shetty added:
The UK has been criticised by a human rights charity for failing to resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees.
Amnesty International said the Government should "hang its head in shame" for not opening its borders to the some of the millions of people displaced by continuing violence in Syria.
The UK is one of a number of EU countries who have offered no resettlement or humanitarian places, Amnesty added.
The Government says it has no plans to plans to resettle or provide temporary protection to Syrians, but would consider individual asylum claims.
Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot in the head by the Taliban near her home in Pakistan, will be honoured by Amnesty International in Dublin for her fearless crusade later today.
The 16-year-old, who campaigns for a women's right to an education, will be named Ambassador of Conscience, joining Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.
Malala said she was "truly honoured" by the award and would continue campaigning for equal access to education.
"I am truly honoured to receive this award and would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that there are many millions of children like me across the world who fight every single day for their right to go to school," the teenager said.
Earlier this month Malala opened the £188 million new library in her adopted hometown of Birmingham. She addressed the crowd as "fellow Brummies".
Elton John may be better known for his Tantrums & Tiaras, but it is a pair of the pop legend's platform boots that are up for auction.
The six-inch-high boots, complete with gold keyboard motif platforms and signed by the man himself, are among a number of pop memorabilia items being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for Amnesty International.
Amnesty International has called for the UN to establish an inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea after satellite images uncovered evidence of an expansion of an area thought to be a prison camp, north of Pyongyang.
Amnesty researchers found that between 2006 and 2013 North Korea has constructed a new 20km perimeter around the Ch’oma-Bongvalley, located 70km north of Pyongyang. The new perimeter is said to include civilian villages and encloses inhabitants within it.
Amnesty analysts also identified the construction of new buildings that appear to house workers, which they say is likely to be associated with an expansion of mining activity in the region. Amnesty's Frank Jannuzi said the images are worse than expected:
New satellite images show the North Korean government is expanding the perimeters of a prison camp north of Pyongyang, according to Amnesty International.
North Korea continues to deny the existence of such camps. Amnesty International says the new images show the camp is extending into the nearby area, thereby blurring the lines between the camps and the surrounding population.
The satellite images were specially commissioned after reports of a possible construction of a new political prison camp.
Amnesty International has condemned reports that a 12-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were beheaded in separate incidents in Afghanistan.
Around 130 people, including 62 civilians, have been killed in violence across Syria today, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed.
Some 200 people were killed throughout the country on Wednesday, according to the Observatory.
Troops loyal to President Bashar al Assad hammered the town of Daraya - located on the outskirts of Damascus - today and yesterday, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 200, opposition sources told the Reuters news agency.
Locals said soldiers raided houses and used mortar bombs in the streets as artillery and helicopters continued the assault on the town, meeting little resistance.
In Aleppo, tank shells crashed into buildings as civilians returned to check their houses and grab their belongings.
The son of late Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelayev has been killed in Syria by regime forces, according to Russian news reports.
However, the details of how and where Rustam Gelayev, 24, died differ.
Chechenews.com claims Mr Gelayev was killed earlier this month during the shelling of an Aleppo mosque after he joined a unit of volunteers fighting alongside the insurgents.
Kavkazcenter.com reported Mr Gelayev died when his unit "entered into a battle with superior forces of the Alawite regime".
However, Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing a relative, said Mr Gelayev had been studying in Syria when he decided to leave because of the violence. He was on his to Turkey when he was killed, according to the report.