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

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