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Saudi spying Pegasus Saudis used Pegasus to spy on UN investigator looking into war crimes in Yemen 

Saudi Arabia started spying on the chairman of the UN-mandated Group of Eminent Experts weeks before the independent panel released a bombshell report recommending criminal prosecution against members of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen

Nada Homsi released in Lebanon Journalist Nada Homsi freed after 23 days of illegal detention in Lebanon

Homsi was in Lebanon working with US news outlet NPR (National Public Radio) when she was detained on November 16 after members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate raided her home

patrick zaki Egypt Egyptian court grants provisional release to human rights researcher Patrick George Zaki

Zaki was arrested in February 2020 after returning to Egypt from Italy where he was studying at the University of Bologna. He has since spent 22 months in pre-trial detention on various charges

Rights organizations call for renewed probe into possible war crimes in Yemen

The call by rights organizations comes a day after The Guardian revealed that Saudi Arabia had used a mixture of threats and inducements to persuade countries to vote down an extension of the probe into possible war crimes in Yemen

Israeli Pegasus software Pegasus used to spy on six Palestinian human rights activists, finds investigation 

The investigation by Frontline Defenders revealed that the iPhones of the six activists were hacked using the Pegasus spyware from July 2020 onwards. Three of the activists were working with Palestinian human rights groups recently designated as terrorists by Israel

UK unions condemn Israel UK unions condemn Israel’s “terrorist” label to Palestinian human rights groups

The unions urged the UK government and the international community to pressure Israel to reverse the decision and uphold Palestinian rights in accordance with international law

Bangladesh enforced disappearances A decade of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Several rights organizations have called for Bangladeshi security agencies to be held accountable for allegedly subjecting hundreds of people to enforced disappearances in the country

Qatar laborers deaths Amnesty underscores Qatar’s failure to investigate workers’ deaths in new report

The rights group asked the Qatari government to do more to investigate and identify the underlying causes of deaths of the foreign workers

US military aid to Egypt Amnesty International urges US to withhold $300 million military aid to Egypt

Amnesty cited Egypt’s continuously declining human rights situation and systematic abuses against citizens, which fail to meet the human rights conditions set by the US Congress for countries to be eligible for receiving US military aid

Bahrain -Pegasus Bahrain hacked phones of 9 activists using Israeli spyware, says Citizen Lab 

Canada-based Citizen Lab stated that it has verified the numbers with Paris-based Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, organisations responsible for last month’s global media coverage which implicated dozens of governments across the world for using the spyware

Algeria journalist jailed Journalist sentenced for covering protests by marginalized Berber community in Algeria

Rabah Kareche of the Liberte daily was arrested on April 19 and kept in pre-trial detention following his articles on the Berber Tuareg tribe community’s demonstrations against land grab

Canada arms sale Rights groups ask Canada to stop its weapon sales to Saudi Arabia 

The Justin Trudeau-led government in Canada has repeatedly ignored similar calls in the past, claiming that “there is no serious risk” of its military equipment being used for human rights violations in Yemen 

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