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US aid to Egypt Do not use national security waiver to clear military aid to Egypt, rights groups urge US

Fourteen organizations wrote to the Joe Biden administration urging it not to use a national security waiver to clear military aid to Egypt. The waiver has been used in the past to avoid an evaluation of Egypt’s human rights record as part of the aid is conditional

MENA death penalty West Asian countries lead in global execution list, says Amnesty report

Four countries in the MENA region, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, carried out an overwhelming 88% of all known executions worldwide last year

UN official warns of increasing violence, famine in Tigray region in Ethiopia

The UN Security Council discussed the crisis in the Tigray region amid increasing reports of atrocities. UN officials Michelle Bachelet and Mark Lowcock also called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region

Bahrain human rights abuses Rights groups write to US seeking action against Bahrain’s human rights violations

In a letter addressed to US secretary of state Antony Blinken, the 15 signatory organizations ask the US to restrict arms sales to the Gulf monarchy. Bahrain recently recognized Israel as part of the Abraham accords

Outrage in US over Biden’s bid to reopen immigrant child detention facilities

Two detention facilities for undocumented immigrant minors were reopened by the Biden administration. They had been shut down during the Trump administration in the face of protests

Tunisia unrest Protests over economic decline continue for third day in Tunisia; hundreds arrested

According to the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, the country saw more than 6,500 protests last year alone over the many socio-economic and political issues afflicting the people

 Tunisian blogger sentenced Court in Tunisia sentences blogger to two years in prison over social media posts

Blogger Wajdi Mahouechi was reportedly arrested after he criticized the public prosecutor in Tunisia. On November 12,  the Tunis First Instance Court convicted him of all charges and sentenced him to two years in prison along with a fine of 1,000 Tunisian Dinars (USD 300)

Egypt activist arrested Persecution of political prisoners and activists intensifies in Egypt

Imprisoned human rights activist Gasser Abdel-Razek has been subjected to cruel treatment in prison, claimed his lawyers. Meanwhile, on Monday, a criminal court in Cairo designated 28 Egyptians, including prominent activists, as terrorists

Myanmar student arrests Human rights organizations demand release of jailed student activists in Myanmar 

Several activists and students, many from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, have been recently arrested by the Myanmar authorities for protesting against human rights violations in the country’s Rakhine and Chin States 

Human rights organizations condemn arrest of Egyptian activists

Three functionaries of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer, have been arrested over the past week. They have been sent into pre-trial detention

Reports chronicle continuing violence and discrimination against Rohingya community

Violence against the persecuted Rohingya minority community has persisted despite demands to Myanmar state authorities to ensure their safety

Amnesty India shut Amnesty shuts its offices in India alleging harassment by government

As per Amnesty International, constant harassment by government agencies has forced them to let go of their staff in India and wind down ongoing campaigns and research work

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