Sri Lankans went to the polls on the 5th of December to elect its 12th Parliament barely a year after parliamentary elections were held in October 2000.
Delegates from four Afghan factions have signed an agreement on a transitional government to run the country after 20 years of war.
A Division Bench of the High court has issued a rule nisi on the Bangladeshi government to investigate recent attacks on religious minorities as reported by the NGO Ain-O-Salish Kendra (ASK) and to submit a report on the matter by 15 January 2001.
Members of the San Francisco vigil of Women in Black are being investigated by the FBI.
A French human rights organisation says the Tunisian activist, Sihem Bensedrine, has been attacked by police just a week after she was freed from jail.
Mehrangiz Kar, journalist and Iranian women's rights activist, who was jailed in April 2000 for her writings and speeches on women's rights, was allowed to leave Iran for medical treatment for breast cancer in autumn 2001.
Right-wing Austrian government abolishes women's ministry.
17 human rights activists imprisoned after secret trials.
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