Iran using unlawful force in water protest crackdown: rights groups

 Iraan is using unlawful and excessive force in a crackdown against protests over water shortages in its oil-rich but arid southwestern Khuzestan province, international rights groups said on Friday.Amnesty International said it had confirmed the deaths of at least eight protesters and bystan

Israeli demolition of Bedouin homes in West Bank ‘unlawful and heartless,’ says UN expert

 An independent UN human rights expert has condemned the “unlawful and heartless” actions of Israeli authorities in repeatedly demolishing homes belonging to the Palestinian Bedouin community of Humsa Al-Baqai’a, in the occupied West Bank.Michael Lynk, the UN’s special

Israel settlements amount to war crime, UN rights expert says

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a UN human rights investigator said today, calling on countries to make clear to Israel that its "illegal occupation" cannot be cost-free, Reuters reported. Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the oc

Rights groups hail imprisonment of South Africa’s ex-leader

Former South African President Jacob Zuma has begun serving a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court after handing himself over to police minutes before a midnight deadline.Zuma was being held Thursday at the Estcourt Correctional Center, located in KwaZulu-Natal province about 200 kilomet

Human rights report: 91% of Gaza children suffer psychological trauma following Israel's aggression

Nine out of ten children in the Gaza Strip currently suffer some form of conflict-related trauma after the Israeli military attack ended over a month ago, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med Monitor). A human rights report published on Friday revealed that 91 p

Iran says executing child offenders not a rights violation

Iran’s use of the death penalty for crimes committed as minors does not mean it violates human rights, a senior Iranian official has insisted to AFP in response to UN criticism.The Islamic republic executes convicts for crimes they committed while under-age “three to four times”

Grave concerns raised about China at UN rights council

More than 40 countries led by Canada voiced grave concerns at the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday about China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet — triggering a fierce backlash from Beijing.The widely anticipated joint statement had been in the pipeline for several days and was

Probe into human rights abuses in Ethiopia's Tigray region

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Ethiopia's northernmost region of Tigray, Anadolu Agency reports. Some international organizations alleged that rampant human rights violations were committed in t

Rights groups urge UN probe mission for Beirut port blast

 A group of international and regional rights groups on Tuesday urged member states of the UN Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mission into last year’s massive deadly blast at Beirut’s port.Human Rights Watch said the call was made in a joint letter by 53 Lebanes

UN rights chief urges independent probe into deaths in Colombia

The UN rights chief voiced alarm Sunday at deadly clashes in the Colombian city of Cali, calling for an independent investigation and accountability for the violence. Pointing to reports that 14 people had died since Friday amid massive anti-government protests in Colombia’s third-largest c

UN rights council to hold May 27 session on Israel, Palestinians

The UN Human Rights Council said Thursday it would hold a special session on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, amid deadly violence between Israel and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza.The session, planned for next Thursday, will address “the grave human rights situation

Weak laws let child marriage ‘thrive’ in UK: Rights groups

A legal loophole that allows children aged 16 and 17 in England and Wales to marry with parental consent is being exploited to coerce children into marriages they do not want, rights campaigners have warned. Some 20 organizations have signed a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for th

UK says Iran’s treatment of Zaghari-Ratcliffe is ‘torture’

Iran’s treatment of detained dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amounts to “torture,” Britain said on Sunday, after she was convicted anew and banned from leaving the Islamic republic.“Nazanin is held unlawfully in my view as a matter of international law, I think she&

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ crimes against Palestinians

An international rights watchdog accused Israel on Tuesday of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians — and against its own Arab minority — that amount to crimes against humanity.New York-based Human Rights Watch published a 213-page report which, it said, w

NGO says 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons

There are 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including an 82-year-old man who has been behind bars since 2001, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club NGO. It released the figures to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, which is observed on April 17.Of the thousands behind ba

EU chiefs raise serious human rights concerns with Turkey’s Erdogan

EU chiefs pressed Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on human rights breaches in his country, during nearly three hours of talks in Ankara on Tuesday, as the two sides consider a closer relationship. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was &ld

Swedish scientist near death after months in solitary confinement in Iran, say UN experts

Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, is in critical condition and near death after months of prolonged solitary confinement, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.“Djalali’s situation is truly horrific,” the experts said

Iran opens new trial of British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Another trial of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was held on Sunday at Iran's Revolutionary Court, her lawyer said. "Her trial was held at branch 15 of the Revolutionary court. Her charge is propaganda against the system," Hojjat Kermani told Reuters. "Zaghari-Ratcliffe was f