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Iran: Iranian human rights lawyer barred from practicing law for three years
20th Oct 2014

Iran: Iranian human rights lawyer barred from practicing law for three years

    Award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh told AFP Sunday that she has been barred from practicing for three years and will hold a protest against the decision this week. Sotoudeh was released from jail last year when … Continued

Saudis take to social media to express rage over al-Nimr’s death sentence
17th Oct 2014

Saudis take to social media to express rage over al-Nimr’s death sentence

    [Protesters hold pictures of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at Qatif, against Sheikh Nimr's execution] By: Mariam Abdallah   No one knows or can predict the possible repercussions of the death sentence passed against Saudi cleric Nimr al-Nimr, … Continued

Bahrain: Pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja arrested
16th Oct 2014

Bahrain: Pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja arrested

    Bahraini authorities have ordered pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to be detained for questioning for seven days after a judge accused her of insulting King Hamad by tearing up his picture, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Zainab, who is … Continued

Saudi Arabia sentences Sheikh Nimr to death
16th Oct 2014

Saudi Arabia sentences Sheikh Nimr to death

      A Saudi judge on Wednesday sentenced to death an outspoken Shia cleric who has called for greater rights for Saudi minorities, the cleric’s brother Mohamed al-Nimr, said on his Twitter account. The family of al-Nimr have said … Continued

Libya: Dozens of Palestinians, Syrians found dead after boat sank off Libyan coast
8th Oct 2014

Libya: Dozens of Palestinians, Syrians found dead after boat sank off Libyan coast

    Libyan authorities have found dozens of illegal migrants, mostly Palestinians and Syrians, dead off Libya earlier this month after their boat sank due to technical problems, an international rights watchdog said Tuesday. “The boat which is believed to … Continued

India: Freedom struggle’s first journalist Martyr, Maulvi Muhammad Baqir
24th Sep 2014

India: Freedom struggle’s first journalist Martyr, Maulvi Muhammad Baqir

  [A sketch of Maulvi Baqir’s execution. He and other scholars were tied to canons and were publicly blown away] Maulvi Muhammad Baqir was a great advocate of Hindu Muslim unity.  When in order to weaken the freedom struggle the British started … Continued

Malta: Shipwreck survivors say traffickers “laughed” as hundreds drowned
17th Sep 2014

Malta: Shipwreck survivors say traffickers “laughed” as hundreds drowned

    Survivors of the most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday. “After they hit our boat they waited … Continued

Palestine: Human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja arrested at Bahrain airport
1st Sep 2014

Palestine: Human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja arrested at Bahrain airport

      Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested on Saturday at Bahrain’s international airport when she tried to visit her imprisoned father, fellow Bahraini activists said. Khawaja was traveling back to Bahrain to visit her father, jailed … Continued

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint
19th Aug 2014

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

    The governor of the US state of Missouri has lifted a curfew in a St. Louis suburb after a week of unrest over the police shooting of a black teenager. President Barack Obama has appealed for restraint from … Continued

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri
18th Aug 2014

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

  Authorities in Missouri have re-imposed a curfew amid unrest over the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown. State Governor Jay Nixon has condemned the release of footage indicating Brown took part in a robbery. Officials on Sunday imposed a … Continued

US: Police fire smoke canisters at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri
17th Aug 2014

US: Police fire smoke canisters at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

    Police in the US town of Ferguson, Missouri, have fired smoke canisters to disperse some 200 protesters defying a midnight curfew. Many residents remain angry at the recent police killing of a black teenager. Acting in defiance of … Continued

US: Anger after Missouri police name officer who shot black teenager
16th Aug 2014

US: Anger after Missouri police name officer who shot black teenager

    Information released by police was met with skepticism after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, which sparked outrage and put the spotlight on racial tension and police conduct. Police in the US … Continued

UK: Strasbourg: UK disenfranchisement violates Europe law
13th Aug 2014

UK: Strasbourg: UK disenfranchisement violates Europe law

The European Court of Human Rights has overruled Britain’s prohibition on voting by prisoners. The Strasbourg-based court found, however, that the 10 inmates who challenged the ban were not entitled to compensation. The Strasbourg court agreed 5-2 that the UK … Continued

Japan marks 69th anniversary of US bombing of Hiroshima
6th Aug 2014

Japan marks 69th anniversary of US bombing of Hiroshima

    [Picture provided by Japan's Association of the Photographers of the Atomic (Bomb) Destruction of Hiroshima on results of the US nuclear bomb]   Japan has marked the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The city’s mayor called … Continued

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing, says case against him ‘political’
3rd Jul 2014

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing, says case against him ‘political’

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied that he broke the law after being charged with corruption-related offences. He said the country’s legal system was being used for political purposes. Sarkozy denounced what he called the “political interference” in the … Continued

Lebanese man jailed nine months for beating wife
2nd Jul 2014

Lebanese man jailed nine months for beating wife

  [This YouTube video grab shows Tamara Harisi at Beirut’s Al-Zahraa Hospital after she was brutally attacked by her husband.]   A Lebanese man charged with beating his wife has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined about … Continued

Italian coastguard finds 30 dead migrants in fishing boat
30th Jun 2014

Italian coastguard finds 30 dead migrants in fishing boat

  The Italian coastguard has found the corpses of 30 migrants in a boat off the coast of Sicily. Over the weekend, authorities rescued more than 1,600 people making the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.   Italian rescuers … Continued

Kuwaiti Instagram vigilantism: Hunting for runaway domestic workers
20th Jun 2014

Kuwaiti Instagram vigilantism: Hunting for runaway domestic workers

[A cartoon depicting a maid chained to a woman happily chatting on her telephone was posted to Mn7asha's Instagram. Mn7asha was started to hunt down runaway migrant workers in Kuwait. (Source: Instagram)] Yazan al-Saadi Al-Akhbar: On June 7, a Kuwaiti … Continued

US: More US executions since botched job in April
18th Jun 2014

US: More US executions since botched job in April

    [Photo: Death chamber in US]   Two US states have carried out executions after last-minute Appeals were denied. These were the first since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April.  Late Tuesday, a court denied an appeal … Continued

India: Police gang-rape woman inside police station in UP
12th Jun 2014

India: Police gang-rape woman inside police station in UP

    By Haider Naqvi Hindustan Times: A woman who had gone to find out the reason of her husband’s arrest was allegedly gangraped by three policemen, including a sub inspector and two constables, inside a police station in this … Continued

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