Iran-backed militias deployed snipers in Iraq protests: Sources

Reuters - Thursday, 17 October 2019 - Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during the Iraq’s deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters. The deployment of militia fighters underscores the chaotic nature of Iraqi politics amid ma

Catalan separatist leaders handed jail terms for independence bid

Protesters have hit the streets in north-eastern Spain after the country's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine of the 12 accused Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison. The 12 were accused of sedition over their roles in the region's 2017 failed bid for independence.

US Supreme Court takes up major Louisiana abortion case

The United States Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a major abortion case that could lead to new curbs on access to the procedure as it considers the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors. The justices will hear an appeal by abortion pro

Widow can sue hotel group over top lawyer’s Egyptian safari death

The widow of a top international lawyer who died while on safari will have her case heard in a British court but under Egyptian law, a judge has ruled.Lady Brownlie has been permitted to sue an Egyptian offshoot of the Four Seasons hotel brand over the death of her late husband Sir Ian Brownlie, who

UN launches investigations into human rights violations in Venezuela

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Friday to set up an international fact-finding mission to document violations in Venezuela, including torture and thousands of summary executions. Venezuela's ambassador Jorge Valero rejected the "hostile resolution" - brought by countries, includin

Dubai government guidebook advises on equal rights opportunities

An eight-chapter manual that advises employers on how to hire more people with disabilities was issued on Saturday. Dubai's Ministry of Community Development document outlines supportive policies to ensure people with disabilities have the same employment options as their peers - in line with a na

UN chief rejects claim he didn’t condemn China over Muslims

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly rejected claims by five human rights groups that he hasn’t condemned the Chinese government’s detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region, saying he has spoken out forcefully. “I don’t think an


According to the United Nations (UN), human rights is a cross-cutting theme in all its policies and programmes in the key areas of peace and security, development, humanitarian assistance and economic and social affairs under a series of international human rights treaties and other instruments adop

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at ‘serious risk of genocide’: UN

YANGON - Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a “serious risk of genocide,” UN investigators said Monday, warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains “impossible.”The fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up by the Huma

The Independent ..Nowhere to go: Families who fled Yemen’s war in the north now fear death in the south

Bel Trew - Mahra, Yemen The Yemeni family live 45 people to just three rooms since their building shattered like glass when airstrikes pounded Hodeidah in late 2017. With a handful of belongings, they fled the western port city through a maze of front lines to the safest place they knew: Mahra, in

IOM: 350,000 people displaced in Yemen in 2019

About 350,000 people have been displaced in Yemen in 2019 because of the fifth year of war, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday. The United Nations organization stated in a tweet on the account of its office in Yemen in Twitter: "In 2019 alone, nearly 350,000 people

NJ mayor says he was asked whether he met with terrorists upon return from Turkey

ROSPECT PARK, N.J. – Muslim Americans say they’ve been singled out, detained and interrogated at airports – and elected officials are no exception. Mohamed Khairullah, the longtime mayor of Prospect Park, said he was held for three hours at JFK International Airport in New York la

California Church Leaders Charged with Using Homeless for Forced Labour

Salam Bustanji   California based church leaders have been charged with the imprisonment and forced labor of homeless people. They were promised food and shelter, but instead, they were forced to beg for money, working nine hours a day, six days a week. The church leaders have since been arre

Iraq Denies HRW Report on Forcibly Expelling Displaced People

Baghdad - Fadhel al-Nashmi - Iraqi authorities denied a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) accusing local authorities of forcibly expelling more than 2,000 Iraqis perceived to be linked to ISIS from camps for displaced people in Nineveh governorate. Director of the department of branch affai

Migrants' European dream ends in Tripoli cemetery

By Imed Lamloum - TRIPOLI The European dreams of hundreds of illegal immigrants have over the years come to a brutal end when their rickety boats capsized off Libya's Mediterranean coast and their bodies washed ashore. Today the bodies lie in unmarked graves in the Sidi Hamed cemetery in Tripoli'

Arab states urged to act to protect housemaids

DUBAI - Human Rights Watch urged Arab states on Thursday to make good on longstanding promises of reforms to protect female migrant workers, mostly Asian housemaids, from a multitude of abuses. HRW, in a statement issued on International Migrants Day, called for rapid action to curb "widespre

Tunisian Human rights activist Ben Sedrine accused of 'profiteering'

Tunis & Paris - A row started over the firing of two editors of a Tunisian opposition online publication has evolved into a public controversy over the political and financial practices of a Tunisian radical human rights activist.   After being fired by the online magazine and radio "

UN attacks Israeli rights 'crimes'

Israel's policies against the Palestinians are tantamount to a "crime against humanity", the United Nations' human rights rapporteur has said. The statement came on the same day that the UN Human Rights Council urged Israel to implement 99 measures to improve its rights record. Falk