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HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners
October 31, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June. According to reports from survivors, Shiite, Kurdish, and Yazidi prisoners were separated from Sunni and Christian p....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court sentences 3 lawyers for criticizing judiciary
October 28, 2014
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each con....... [more]

Bahrain court suspends main opposition group
October 28, 2014
A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice filed the lawsuit in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf island kingdom. The group cannot organize rallies or....... [more]

UN rights expert 'shocked' over Iran woman's execution
October 28, 2014
A UN human rights expert said Monday that he was "shocked" by Iran's execution of a woman convicted of murdering a man whom she accused of raping her. Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in Tehran's Evin prison on Saturday morning despite international opposition from many organizations and rights groups....... [more]

Russia urged to investigate deaths and abductions of Crimea activists
October 27, 2014
The Council of Europe said Monday that Russia must investigate the deaths and abductions of activists in Crimea and ensure that the rights of minorities and media are respected. A 16-page report by Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks documented cases of three missing civil society....... [more]

Egypt court orders detention of prominent activist
October 27, 2014
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the detention of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of one of Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activists, at the start of his retrial for breaking a law on demonstrations. Abdel-Fattah was convicted in June for organizing an unauthorized demonstration and assaulting a po....... [more]

Advocacy group criticizes Netherlands for returning refugees to conflict areas
October 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab). The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to S....... [more]

UN rights expert reports escalating violations against Iraq civilians
October 22, 2014
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Monday expressed grave concern over escalating human rights violations by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Simonovic provided a report accessing the human rights issues in Iraq after spending some time on a trip within the region. Upon....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 7 Islamic militants to death
October 22, 2014
An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday confirmed the death sentences of seven Islamic militants who were convicted of killing army officers. The original charges brought against the Islamic militants were shooting at security forces, planning terrorist operations,and attacking military bases and f....... [more]

Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breac....... [more]

US-led airstrikes in Syria kill 10 civilians: rights group
October 19, 2014
US-led airstrikes carried out on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria killed 10 civilians, it was reported by an observing group on Saturday. Washington responded, stating that there is no evidence to back up the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that seven civilians w....... [more]




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