Human Rights
Protests in Tunisia Civil society and rights groups raise concern over rising state repression in Tunisia

In a press conference Tuesday, the groups expressed alarm over the rapidly declining status of human rights and civil liberties in the country, days after security forces violently attacked anti-government protesters and made dozens of arrests

US prisoners strike Hunger strike continues in New York’s infamous Rikers Island

Inmates have complained of indifference by officials regarding the risk of COVID-19 spread, inadequate heating during winter, lack of proper hygiene and rising violence inside the prison

“In Arauca we have suffered every form of war”

Amid an escalation in the armed conflict in the border region of Arauca, social leader and human rights defender Sonia López discusses the broader context of systemic state violence against communities

Protest in Afghanistan Civil society and rights groups in Afghanistan demand release of professor Faizullah Jalal 

Dr. Jalal, who teaches political science and law at Kabul University, has been critical of the Taliban and the previous administrations in Afghanistan. He has publicly criticized the Taliban government’s sole focus on security and demanded action to alleviate people’s economic problems

Protests in Tunisia Tunisia likely to see more protests against president Saied’s power grab 

Over the last few months, Tunisian president Kais Saied has consolidated his control over the executive and legislative authority in the country. His latest action was to announce the formulation of a new constitution to be put to a national referendum next year followed by general elections

Chile is at the political crossroads: social renewal or decades of painful neoliberal policy

Presidential candidate José Antonio Kast reflects the failure of Chile to prosecute those who violated the rights of Chileans during the 30 years of Pinochet’s rule

Tamil journalist attacked in Sri Lanka Media fraternity condemns military assault on Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka

Tamil journalist Viswalingam Viswachandran was reportedly attacked by military personnel while he was covering a memorial for those killed in the civil war in the northeastern Sri Lankan town of Mullaitivu 

PTM leaders indicted Pakistan Pashtun movement leaders in Pakistan indicted in dubious sedition case as struggle awaits

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi has indicted National Assembly member Ali Wazir and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chief Manzur Pashteen as offenders in a sedition case

Sanctions against Houthis in Yemen As Saudi air raids on Yemen continue, UNSC sanctions three Houthi officials

Both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis have claimed gains in the battle for control over the city of Marib in northern Yemen, ongoing for several months now. Marib is the last major city under the control of the Saudi-led coalition in the north

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

CODESA Western Sahara Saharawi human rights defenders condemn Moroccan war crimes

The report published by CODESA on the atrocities committed by the Moroccan forces blames UN agencies and other human rights organizations for failing to intervene and investigate the cases of human rights violations

US weapons sale to Saudi Arabia US takes a U-turn, approves $650 million weapons sales to Saudi Arabia 

The sale of air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia will mark a U-turn in US president Joe Biden’s foreign policy declared in the first week of February. At that point, he had promised to end the US role in the war in Yemen and the sale of all offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia

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