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

WHO slams Israel for health violations against Palestine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday condemned Israel for its violations of health rights in the Palestinian territories and in the occupied Golan Heights during the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives from dozens of countries, including Malaysia, Lebanon and Venezuela delivered speech

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