COVID-19 Spreads Among Palestinians in Israeli Prisons

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said around 100 Palestinian detainees have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Israeli prisons. The organization said in a statement that the number increased after new infections were recorded in Gilboa Prison, northern Israel, which includes 360 p

Human rights organisations call on Europe not to pressure Tunisia over illegal migrants

On Friday, Tunisian civil rights organisations called on European countries not to pressure the Tunisian government regarding the issue of irregular migrants and linking the file to “terrorism”. This came in an open letter, of which Anadolu Agency received a copy, sent by th

80 Palestinian prisoners have COVID-19, rights group warns

More than 80 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails have contracted coronavirus, the Wa’ed Association for Prisoners and Liberated Prisoners said in a press conference in Gaza today. The detainees are being held in the Gilboa prison and include prisoners who have existi

EU Expresses Concern Over Health of Palestinian Detainee on Hunger Strike

The European Union is closely following the rapidly deteriorating health condition of Palestinian Maher al-Akhras as he continues the hunger strike since July to protest his administrative detention without formal charges in Israel, said Lead Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

US Senators Seek to Declare China Committing 'Genocide' against Uighurs

US senators sought Tuesday to declare that China is committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims, a step that could ramp up pressure on behalf of the estimated one million-plus people in camps. The resolution was introduced by senators across the political spectrum,

UN Deeply Concerned over Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Iran

The Iraqi government announced that it has reached new leads related to the murder of former government aide and security expert Hisham al-Hashemi. In a statement Sunday, government spokesman Ahmed Malla Talal said the details will not be disclosed to preserve the confidentiality of the investiga

Rights groups condemn Houthi shelling of Taiz hospital

Rights groups have condemned the Houthi shelling of the Hope Hospital for Tumors Treatment in Yemen’s central Taiz on Saturday, which injured to health workers and partially damaged the health facility. In separate statements, the Human Rights Information and Training Center (HRITC), the Ye

European Court of Human Rights Slams Turkey for Violations of Free Speech

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday found Turkey guilty of violating the right to free speech of two academics by prosecuting them for publishing a report on minorities. Ibrahim Kaboglu and Baskin Oran were charged in 2005 for “inciting hatred” and “disparaging the sta

56 US congressmen urge Egypt’s Sisi to release prisoners

Fifty-six US lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate called Monday on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to release prisoners of conscience over humanitarian concerns. In a letter sent to the Egyptian leader on Monday, which the Washington Post has a copy of, 55 De

UN Official Urges Israel to Either Charge or Release Akhras

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, has expressed concern about the condition of Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian held in an Israeli jail and on hunger strike for 81 days. Mladenov’s office told WAFA news agency that the Special Coordin

UN Deeply Concerned over Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Iran

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed deep concern over the deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran. In a report on Wednesday, the UN chief stressed that the human rights situation in Iran “remains a matter of grave concern due to the continuous and massive violati

HRW Urges Sanctions over Civilian Deaths in Idlib

Attacks on civilian targets during a Syrian-Russian campaign in northeast Syria's opposition-held Idlib may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, calling for sanctions against top commanders. The rights watchdog published a 167-page report entitled "Targeting Life i

Palestinian PM Demands Release of Detainee on Hunger Strike for 79 Days

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh demanded the immediate release of a Palestinian man, who has been detained by Israel and on hunger strike for 79 days. Shtayyeh held the Israeli government accountable for his life. During a Palestinian cabinet session, the PM urged the international

Egypt refuses to hand over body of executed orphan

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has refused to hand over the body of one of the political prisoners executed over the weekend, allegedly because he was of unknown parentage. Egypt executed 15 political prisoners in what rights groups say is an attempt to terrorise the population and

Amnesty calls on Saudi King to release Hamas official from prison

Amnesty International has once again called Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz to secure the release of former Hamas official Dr Muhammad Al-Khodari from prison. In a series of tweets in Arabic, Amnesty called for the Saudi King to “immediately” release 81-year-old Al

India gang-rape victim’s family get protection over reprisal fears

A court in India has ordered police to protect the family of a woman allegedly gang-raped and killed by four high-caste men, as her brother said they feared reprisals over the accusations.The 19-year-old woman was attacked in mid-September and died this week, sparking outrage and shining the spotl

Jailed Iran Rights Lawyer Ends Hunger Strike over Health Concerns

Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has stopped a hunger strike she began more than 45 days ago due to health concerns, her husband said on Saturday. Sotoudeh, 57, announced she was going on hunger strike last month to demand the release of political prisoners and focus attention o

Human rights abuses persist in Burundi despite new gov't: UN

Human rights abuses including rape, murder and targeting of the country's youth persist in Burundi despite a change of government, a new United Nations report has revealed. The report, released on Thursday, looks at the period preceding and following the May election of retired general Evari