British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charge

British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned by an Iranian Revolutionary Court on Tuesday and informed about a new charge, state television reported. “Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court summoned Nazanin Zaghari and her designated lawyer this morning and inform

Iranian Lawyer Putting 'Life on Line' in Prison Hunger Strike

A prize-winning Iranian lawyer is over three weeks into a hunger strike to draw attention to the plight of political prisoners in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic, as international concern grows over the state of her health. Nasrin Sotoudeh, co-laureate of the European Parliament's presti

Israel to withhold bodies of all Palestinian militants

Israel decided Wednesday to withhold the bodies of all slain Palestinian militants in a bid to deter attacks, a move slammed by rights groups as "barbaric". Prior to the decision, approved by the government's security cabinet, Israel retained the bodies of militants only from Hamas, the Islamist

Israeli rights group calls on Israel to stop punishing measures against Gaza

An Israeli rights group on Thursday called for Israeli occupation authorities to immediately stop the punishing measures against the besieged Gaza Strip and to allow the entry of fuel, commodities and essential equipment needed to fight COVID-19. The Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement (Gisha) c

Algeria jails journalist amid crackdown on Hirak movement

An Algerian court sentenced journalist and pro-democracy activist Abdelkrim Zeghileche to two years in prison on charges that include “harming national interests” and “insulting the president”, AFP reported, citing the defendant’s lawyer. Zeghileche, who is

US group seeks to reveal intelligence findings about Khashoggi murder

US media reported that on Wednesday the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a lawsuit with the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) requiring it to release intelligence findings about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. In the lawsuit, the Open Society Justice Initiative said

Rights groups denounce Israel’s imprisonment of Sheikh Raed Salah

The International Federation of Jurists denounced Israel’s detention of Palestinian activist Raed Salah and called on the international community and non-governmental organisations to defend the Palestinian people’s rights. The Istanbul-based rights organisation added in a statement t

'Rap Against Dictatorship' artist arrested in Thailand

A Thai rapper - whose anti-military government music has gone viral - has been arrested, according to a group of human rights lawyers, hours after police re-arrested prominent activist Arnon Nampa for his role in a protest calling for reform of the powerful monarchy.Dechathorn Bamrungmuang was bro

US pleads for release of abducted journalist Austin Tice

The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to securing the release of freelance journalist Austin Tice on the eighth anniversary of his disappearance in Syria. Mr Tice has not been seen since he went missing in Syria on August 14, 2012, but US authorities believe he is alive. In March, US P

Rights Groups Denounce 3-Years Jail Sentence Handed to Algerian Journalist

A number of Tunisian organizations called upon the Algerian judiciary to release journalist Khaled Drareni who was sentenced to three years in jail The 35 organizations, including the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists and the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), issued

Palestinian Protesters Urge Israel to Free Boycott Activist

Dozens of Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the West Bank on Tuesday, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Mahmoud Nawajaa was arrested on July 30 and remains in Israeli custody.

Algerian Journalist Drareni Handed 3-Year Jail Term

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni received a three-year prison term Monday, a lawyer said, in a trial rights groups have called a test of press freedom in a country recently rocked by anti-government protests. "It's a very heavy verdict for Khaled Drareni. We are surprised," lawyer and president

Le Havre hostage-taker consumed by plight of Palestinians, say police

The armed man who seized six hostages in a French bank on Thursday spoke to negotiators of hardships facing Palestinians but made no reference to extremist groups.The 34-year-old suspect had a history of mental health illness and spent time in a psychiatric hospital after taking several hostages in

Australia: British-Australian woman in Iran prison ‘is well’

 An Australian ambassador has visited a British-Australian academic convicted of espionage before being moved recently to a notorious Iranian prison and found that she “is well,” Australia’s government said Tuesday.Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Mid

A closed chapter: Afghan refugees face an uphill task getting education in Karachi

When an Afghan refugee boy was one of the top matriculation exam scorers in Mardan, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, last month, Asma Rahimi says she was happy for him, but that the feeling was bittersweet.It’s because she, too, is a child of Afghan refugees and knows well that she will not be

Missing Rohingya refugees found alive on Malaysian islet

 Twenty-six Rohingya refugees, who had been feared drowned while trying to swim ashore on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi, were found alive hiding in the bushes on a nearby islet, a senior coast guard official said on Monday.Malaysia does not recognize refugee status, but the Muslim-maj

Childless man booted from gov’t job for ‘sending his children to Gülenist schools’

A civil servant working for Turkey’s Social Security Institution (SGK) was fired from his job on the basis that he sent his children to schools run by followers of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, even though the man does not have any children. Muhamed Zekeriya Özdil, wh

John Lewis has 'come home': Civil rights hero honored in his Alabama hometown

A celebration of the life of Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement and longtime Georgia congressman, began Saturday in Troy, Alabama. The memorials will continue over six days in five cities. Congressman Lewis has "come home," said Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said at the star