Italy accuses 4 Egypt officers of 'aggravated kidnap' of Giulio Regeni

The Italian public prosecutor has announced the conclusion of the investigation into the murder of Giulio Regeni. Regeni, 28, was a Cambridge University doctoral researcher carrying out research into independent trade unions when he disappeared in Cairo four years ago. His body was later found wi


UN experts: Iran must release lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

UN experts have demanded that Iran release women’s rights figure and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh after she was returned to prison in the country. The appeal comes amid growing scrutiny over Tehran’s treatment of political prisoners and the high-profile release of Australian academic Kylie


Egyptian rights group head hopes release will help other prisoners

The head of a leading Egyptian human rights group who was held for two weeks on terrorism charges said on Saturday he hoped that the campaign to secure his release would help others still jailed on similar allegations. Activists saw the detention last month of Gasser Abdel Razek, executive direct


UN Rights Chief Laments Worsening Situation in Belarus

The United Nations' human rights chief lamented a deteriorating situation in Belarus and said Friday that reported beatings of protesters by security forces may in some cases amount to torture. Michelle Bachelet, the high commissioner for human rights, told the UN Human Rights Council there has b


Ratcliffe Says his Wife’s Detention is a Bargaining Chip for Iran

Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has accused Tehran of practicing hostage diplomacy, saying that his wife has become a bargaining chip between the UK and Iran. Ratcliffe revealed that Iran is seeking to block his wife’s official release in March 2021. Authorities


UN Calls for Probe into Israel Injuring Palestinian Children

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on Israel to launch a transparent investigation into all cases of the use of force which led to death or injury among children. The Office said in a statement Wednesday that in accordance with international law, &l


Human Rights Watch urges IMF to demand Egyptian army's financial data

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ask the Egyptian government to disclose the financial information of companies owned by the military before disbursing the new payment of the current lending programme. This came in a letter sent by the international New


Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson calls on Egypt to release EIPR staff

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has called on the Egyptian authorities to release three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Executive Director Jasser Abdel-Razek, Administrative Director Mohamed Bashir and Director of the Criminal Justice Unit Karim En


Calls on UN to intervene on behalf of Egypt detainees

An international law firm based in London and Istanbul has called on the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to immediately intervene on behalf of an Egyptian family that has suffered torture in detention. Omar Gamal Metwally Ibrahi


Human rights organisation condemns arrests of dissidents' relatives in Egypt

A human rights organisation has condemned the Egyptian regime's arrests and detentions of oppositionists' family members. This came in a recent report issued by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) entitled, We have your Family. The organisation stated: "The Egyptian regi


Israel releases Palestinian hunger striker

Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, who spent 103 days on hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention, was released by Israeli authorities today. Forty-nine-year-old Al-Akhras, from the West Bank city of Jenin, launched the hunger strike after he was detained under an Isr


UN 'concerned' about detention of rights workers in Egypt

Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said yesterday that the international body is "concerned" with the situation of human rights in Egypt. In his daily press briefing, Dujarric said: "We're very concerned about these reports of arrests an


UN Rights Experts Say Japan Was Wrong to Detain Carlos Ghosn

A panel of human rights experts working with the United Nations said that former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn was wrongly detained in Japan and has urged “compensation” and “other reparations” for him from the Japanese government. In an opinion published Monday, the Wo


Rights groups denounce Cuba harassment of activist group

A number of international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have denounced Cuban state harassment of a group of activists in Havana who say they have gone on hunger strike in protest against curbs on free speech. The San Isidro Movement, a group of artists, journalists


EU criticises 'dire condition' of human rights in Bahrain

High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has pledged to use all possible means to continue improving human rights in Bahrain Borrell's remarks came in a statement in which he replied to a letter sent by MEPs regarding the "dire condition" of human righ


UN, several countries denounce arrests of Egyptian activists

  The UN human rights office, the United States, and several European countries on Friday criticised the arrest of three members of a prominent Egyptian rights group after a meeting with diplomats in Cairo. In the past week, security forces detained three staff, including the di


Amnesty International urges G-20 pressure on Saudi Arabia to release activists

Amnesty International called on Thursday for the G20 leaders to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian authorities to release "brave activists" who are imprisoned in the Kingdom. "Instead of keeping pace with the Saudi government in its glamorous phrases about empowering women," said Amnesty, "the G20


Egypt arrests executive director of prominent rights group in latest crackdown

A prominent Egyptian rights group said security agents arrested its executive director on Thursday, days after two other senior members were detained under charges including joining a terrorist group, Reuters reports. "e was detained by security forces from his home in Maadi and taken t




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