human rights

Human Rights on Trial in Egypt as NGO Funding Case Revived

By Lin Noueihed and Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, March 27 – Egypt has launched a new crackdown on human rights groups, questioning staff and ordering asset freezes over accusations they took foreign funding to destabilise the country after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Egyptian rights activists say they are facing the worst

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Sudanese Forces Silence Female Activists with Violence, Rape

DAKAR, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sudanese security forces have used threats, assault and rape to silence female human rights activists, forcing many to abandon their work or flee the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Government officials have targeted women involved in protests and rights campaigns, including students, teachers, lawyers and

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Big Audience for Panel With Dalai Lama Despite Beijing Protest

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 12 – The Dalai Lama took part in a panel of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Geneva on Friday, addressing a full auditorium about Chinese repression in his native Tibet despite Beijing having urged people to shun the event. China wrote this week to diplomats and U.N. officials calling on them not to

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One Third of Global Population Lives in Nations Without Freedoms

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, Jan 27 – More than a third of the world’s population, or 2.6 billion people, live in nations and territories gripped by repression, corruption and human rights abuses, with the worst being Syria, Tibet and Somalia, an advocacy group said on Wednesday. The year 2015 – shaped by mass migration,

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U.K. PM Cameron Delays Trip to Saudi Arabia

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has delayed a trip to Saudi Arabia, the Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, but cited senior officials as saying this was unconnected to regional tensions sparked by the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric. Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr has angered Shiites

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South Sudanese Commanders Use Child Soldiers as “Cannon Fodder”

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI, Dec 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a dozen senior commanders and officials who children say recruited them as soldiers in South Sudan should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The United Nations says 16,000 children have joined armed groups since South Sudan’s civil war erupted two

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Saudi To Consider Sri Lankan Maid’s Appeal Against Stoning

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming the decision as a “big victory.” The married woman, who had been

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Bangladesh Opposition Leaders to Hang for War Crimes

DHAKA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected final appeals from two opposition leaders against death sentences for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, rulings that are likely to spark protests by their supporters. Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners and four secular writers

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In The Eye Of The Storm

BY Safa Joudeh Over the past month, two separate attacks on on scores of tourists have taken place on Egyptian soil. The tragedies should have kicked off some serious soul-searching, and counter-terrorism tactics ought to have come under scrutiny. But the unexpected has happened. An accidental military airstrike on a convoy of Mexican tourists, and

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The Loss of Yemen

The Tragic state of a Great Nation  By Tamara Khamis Once known as the Arabia Felix, Yemen has now been reduced to a place of regional armed conflict, rebel fighting and destruction. The relatively vibrant life that once filled the streets of the capital has been replaced with fear, violence and an eerie silence. The

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