Israel outlaws Palestinian rights groups, alleging terrorism

Israel has effectively outlawed six prominent Palestinian human rights groups by declaring them terrorist organizations Israel on Friday effectively outlawed six prominent Palestinian human rights groups by declaring them terrorist organizations, a major escalation of its decades-long crackdown on political activism in the occupied territories. The declaration appeared to pave the way for Israel toContinue reading “Israel outlaws Palestinian rights groups, alleging terrorism”

As Colombian protests dissipate, activists hit by wave of arrests

Colombia’s Primera Linea protesters accuse authorities of using arrests, prosecutions to weaken the push for change. Alejandro Gaitan awoke to the sounds of strange voices and heavy boots outside his home in the Colombian city of Armenia, about 280km (173 miles) west of the capital Bogota. Moments later, five police officers burst through the frontContinue reading “As Colombian protests dissipate, activists hit by wave of arrests”

Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues

Myanmar’s military government has arrested two more local journalists, the army-owned television reported on Saturday (Aug 21), in the latest in a sweeping crackdown on the media since a Feb 1 coup. Mr Sithu Aung Myint, a columnist for news site Frontier Myanmar and a commentator with Voice of America radio, and Ms Htet Htet Khine, aContinue reading “Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues”

Gunmen kill 37, including children, in Niger village

Unidentified armed men have killed 37 civilians, including 14 children, in an attack on a village in southwest Niger, according to internal security service memos and a local official. The attack occurred on Monday in the commune of Banibangou, in the Tillabery region near the Malian border, where Islamist militants have massacred hundreds of civiliansContinue reading “Gunmen kill 37, including children, in Niger village”

New wave of Ethiopian detentions of Tigrayans includes kids

Small children are among those held amid a new wave of detentions of ethnic Tigrayans suspected of supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia’s growing war, one detainee says, while witnesses and a human rights watchdog describe fresh disappearances in recent weeks. In an interview with The Associated Press on a hidden phone, one of those detained described grimContinue reading “New wave of Ethiopian detentions of Tigrayans includes kids”

Belarus regime steps up ‘purge’ of activists and media

Alexander Lukashenko leading ‘vicious operation to eviscerate critical voices’ and civil society, rights groups warn Aleysa Ivanova wakes up each morning wondering when the knock on her door will come. “You understand you can be next. Every day I wake up, I think ‘maybe it’ll be tomorrow, maybe today. Maybe they’ll come for me thisContinue reading “Belarus regime steps up ‘purge’ of activists and media”

Israeli campaign aims to whip up US protests against Ben & Jerry’s — report

Cable includes instructions for working with pro-Israel groups to foment demonstrations outside corporate offices as part of pressure campaign seeking to reverse boycott decision A report Tuesday detailed plans for a campaign by Israel’s diplomatic corps to stir popular sentiment in the US and elsewhere against Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever, which announced this monthContinue reading “Israeli campaign aims to whip up US protests against Ben & Jerry’s — report”

Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Israel’s parliament is set to vote Monday on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Arab citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics, including many left-wing and Arab lawmakers, say it’s a racist measure aimed at restricting theContinue reading “Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses”

Myanmar: Security Forces Arrest Defense Lawyers

Wrongful Prosecutions Violate Rights to Counsel, Fair Trial of Accused  Myanmar’s security forces have recently arbitrarily arrested at least six lawyers defending political prisoners, violating both the lawyers’ rights and those of their clients, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests deprive defendants of their counsel of choice and the right to a fair trial andContinue reading “Myanmar: Security Forces Arrest Defense Lawyers”

Rights groups call for probe into Iran’s Raisi for crimes against humanity

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Ebrahim Raisi’s election as Iran’s new president was a blow for human rights and called for him to be investigated over his role in what Washington and rights groups have called the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. Iran has never acknowledged the mass executionsContinue reading “Rights groups call for probe into Iran’s Raisi for crimes against humanity”

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