'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

Maldives detains migrant workers seeking unpaid wages

 Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the Maldives to drop charges against 80 migrant workers arrested for demanding their unpaid wages in a country otherwise known for its upmarket tourism.The New York-based group said authorities detained the foreign workers during separate demonstrations aga

EPL must probe Saudi human rights record in Newcastle bid: HRW

The English Premier League (EPL) has been reminded to consider Saudi Arabia's human rights record while evaluating a takeover bid of football club Newcastle United by the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund. In a report released on Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, the rights organisation and 

France to probe Abu Dhabi crown prince over torture accusations: sources

Paris- French authorities are opening an investigation into accusations of complicity in acts of torture against the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, sources said Friday. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told AFP that a French investigating magistrate had

Crime gangs ‘exploiting’ African farmworkers in Italy

The long-standing exploitation of migrant farmworkers by crime gangs in southern Italy has been heightened by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, a medical human rights group has claimed. Laborers, mostly from Tunisia, Morocco, and central Africa continued to be poorly treated in Piana di

UK to raise £5m for coronavirus refugees from Syria, Yemen

The UK government will channel £5 million ($6.3 million) of donations to charities that help fight coronavirus in refugee camps and developing countries.The donation made by the British public will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Coronavirus Appeal.The British internation

Tunisian families battle to repatriate children of militants

Over WhatsApp from Tunisia, Taheyya has watched her grandchildren grow up in Syria, where her son joined a militant group.She hopes one day to be able to hold the three surviving siblings in her arms, but for now they are stuck in a displacement camp in the war-torn country.“These are our gran

South Asian marriage websites under fire for color bias

An online backlash has forced the matrimonial website Shaadi.com to take down an ‘skin color’ filter which asked users to specify their skin color using descriptors such as fair, wheatish or dark. The filter on the popular site, which caters to the South Asian diaspora, was one of the pa