Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband expresses uncertainty over her release

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national detained in Tehran, says he still does not know if she will be released following the end of her sentence on Sunday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced in 2016 to five years’ imprisonment over allegations of plotting t

UN Human Rights Office says 18 dead in Myanmar crackdown

The UN Human Rights Office says it has received “credible information” that a crackdown Sunday on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 wounded.“Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Ma

ICC must investigate Israeli war crimes, human rights groups say

Officials representing leading human rights groups on Thursday urged US President Joe Biden to remove sanctions imposed by his predecessor against International Criminal Court (ICC) officials, arguing war crimes committed by Israel against Palestinians must be investigated. The ICC was created in

Israel returns Palestine prisoner to jail 1 day after heart operation

The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) sent Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Abu Ali to the Negev jail just one day after he underwent a cardiac catheterisation operation. Asra Media Office said yesterday that the IPS transferred the 46-year-old prisoner from Soroka Hospital to the Negev jail, describin

Turkey targets jailed activist’s cultural organization

ANKARA: Turkey is targeting a cultural organization founded by the jailed activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been behind bars for more than three years without a conviction. The Trade Ministry filed a lawsuit demanding the dissolution of Anadolu Kultur, an Istanbul-based organ

ICC Israel ruling ‘offers new hope for justice’

An International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling that it has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in Israeli occupied territories has been hailed by Palestinian officials, who say the decision offers new hope for victims to access justice.The decision by a three-judge tribunal on Friday will open th

Rights expert: Israel arrested 543 Palestinian children during 2020

Israel arrested 543 Palestinian children last year, a majority of them from the occupied city of Jerusalem, human rights lawyer Abdel Nasser Farwana has revealed. Farwana added that the detained children have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention in difficult conditions, deprivation, t

Daniel Pearl's family to appeal verdict freeing men convicted of his murder

The family of US journalist Daniel Pearl plans to appeal to Pakistan’s Supreme Court to overturn the decision to free the four men convicted of his murder. Pearl, 38, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted by militants in Karachi in Januar

UN Human Rights Office condemns executions in Iran

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights today "strongly" condemned a series of executions in Iran since mid-December 2020. Those killed include people from minority groups in the country. In a Twitter post, the UN body said that at least 28 people have been executed since mid-Dece

Report: 4,400 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 170 children

Today, Thursday, Palestinian human rights organizations said that by the end of this year, the number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons reached about 4,400 detainees, including 170 children and 40 women. The institutions of the Prisoners and Executives Affairs Authority, the Palestinian

Report: 300 violations against journalists, media groups in Iraq during 2020

Some 305 violations against journalists and media organisations have been documented in 2020, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq said yesterday. In a report published on its website, the association said the most serious violations were committed during the first three months of the y

Saudi court hands prison sentence to women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, local media reported, in a trial that has drawn international condemnation and as Riyadh faces new US scrutiny, Reuters reports. Hathloul, 31, has been held

Rights Organization Requests Algerian Government to Halt Mass Deportation of Migrants

The Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) has called on the government to halt the mass deportation of migrants from sub-Saharan countries. In a report published on Saturday, the League demanded that the government establish a “legal framework and mechanisms for receiving

Israeli soldiers who kill Palestinian kids must be held accountable, say UN watchdogs

UN human-rights watchdogs have called for an independent investigation into the killing of 15-year-old Palestinian Ali Ayman Abu Aliya in the West Bank on Dec. 4. He was shot by Israeli security forces during a protest in Al-Mughayyir by young Palestinians against the construction of an Israeli se

Rights groups called on to pressure UAE to release Turkey businessman

Lawyers of Turkish businessman Mehmet Ali Ozturk, who has been detained in the UAE for three years, have applied to the Human Rights and Equality Institution of Turkey (HREIT) and the National Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture (MNCPT) to put pressure Abu Dhabi to release their client. Accor

More than 130 anti-Lukashenko protesters detained in Belarus - rights group

Police in Belarus detained 135 demonstrators at a Sunday march, the Belarusian rights group Viasna-96 (Spring-96) said, as weekly protests demanding the resignation of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko continued. Belarus, a country of 9.5 million that Russia sees as a security buffer against

EU calls for Israel to revise eviction orders against Palestinians in Jerusalem

The Office of the European Union (EU) Representative called on Friday for Israel to cancel eviction orders for Palestinian families in the Batan Al-Hawa and Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem, a statement announced. On 3 and 23 November, Israeli courts ruled to

Arab League calls for release of Palestinian prisoners during pandemic

The League of Arab States again called for the need to exert pressure on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, especially the elderly, the sick, and people with weak immunity, in line with the rules of international humanitarian law stipulated in the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection o