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

UN Official Urges Israel to Either Charge or Release Akhras

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, has expressed concern about the condition of Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian held in an Israeli jail and on hunger strike for 81 days. Mladenov’s office told WAFA news agency that the Special Coordin

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

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