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

Trial of British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe postponed, UK lawmaker says

A trial of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe scheduled for Sunday in Iran has been postponed, a British lawmaker said on Sunday, citing a conversation with Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Reuters has reported. Member of parliament Tulip Siddiq said in a tweet she h

Husband of Detained UK-Iranian Urges Govt. Help after New Charges

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran for sedition, on Wednesday called on the UK government to do "everything to protect her" after Iran announced she faces fresh charges. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, has spent more than four years in jail or under house

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