Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ crimes against Palestinians

An international rights watchdog accused Israel on Tuesday of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians — and against its own Arab minority — that amount to crimes against humanity.New York-based Human Rights Watch published a 213-page report which, it said, w

NGO says 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons

There are 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including an 82-year-old man who has been behind bars since 2001, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club NGO. It released the figures to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, which is observed on April 17.Of the thousands behind ba

EU chiefs raise serious human rights concerns with Turkey’s Erdogan

EU chiefs pressed Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on human rights breaches in his country, during nearly three hours of talks in Ankara on Tuesday, as the two sides consider a closer relationship. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was &ld

Swedish scientist near death after months in solitary confinement in Iran, say UN experts

Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, is in critical condition and near death after months of prolonged solitary confinement, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.“Djalali’s situation is truly horrific,” the experts said

Iran opens new trial of British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Another trial of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was held on Sunday at Iran's Revolutionary Court, her lawyer said. "Her trial was held at branch 15 of the Revolutionary court. Her charge is propaganda against the system," Hojjat Kermani told Reuters. "Zaghari-Ratcliffe was f

Amnesty director slams Turkey over rights abuses

The director of Amnesty International’s Europe office has called for a harder line against Turkey’s human rights violations, saying “the time for delay and dithering is over” in holding the country accountable. “Turkey’s disregard for human rights has recently

UK demands immediate release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, other British-Iranian nationals held in Iran

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe must be allowed to return home to be with her family.“The prime minister raised the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other British-Iranian dual nationals

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