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Bahrain human rights Leading Bahraini human rights activist launches hunger strike demanding communication with family

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is serving the tenth year of his life sentence after his conviction on charges including “organizing and managing a terrorist organization,” which human rights groups have slammed as unfair and oppressive

Hodeidah in Yemen UN calls on warring parties in Yemen to restart talks as thousands displaced in Hodeidah

The strategically important port city of Hodeidah witnessed a sudden withdrawal of the Hadi regime’s forces in several areas, leading to close to 6,000 civilians being internally displaced

Protest in Palestine Demonstrations held in support of six Palestinian groups terror-listed by Israel

The demonstrations were held in front of the UN and UNESCO offices in Ramallah and Gaza city. The protesters called for increased international pressure on Israel to rescind its terrorist designation of the six Palestinian groups 

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

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike Thousands of Palestinian prisoners reject meals in solidarity with administrative detainees on hunger strike

Seven Palestinian detainees are on hunger strike to protest their illegal administrative detention by Israel under which they can be kept in prison for indefinite periods of times without charge or trial. The policy is being used to currently detain roughly 520 Palestinians

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

PayPal in Palestine Rights groups launch initiative demanding PayPal services in Palestine

While PayPal operates in over 200 countries, including many affected by years of war and civil conflict, it does not provide services in Palestine. Rights groups have condemned this discriminatory policy against Palestinians as residents of the illegal Israeli settlements in the same area have access to PayPal services

Israeli forces kill Palestinians Israeli forces kill 5 Palestinians in occupied territories days after Mahmoud Abbas calls for peace talks

Two people were killed in Jenin in the West Bank and three others in the Beit Anan village in Jerusalem when Israeli forces stormed Palestinian villages early in the morning

Libyan lawmakers Libya’s eastern parliament votes to withdraw confidence from interim government

The vote is a blow to the UN-mediated peace talks between close to 75 political and tribal factions in the country, as well as the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections that are scheduled for December 24 

Lebanon new govt Lebanon’s new government wins confidence vote in parliament

The new government headed by prime minister Najib Mikati received the support of 85 out of 100 members of the parliament present during the eight-hour-long session, with 17 members not participating

Afghanistan economy UN warns of economic collapse in Afghanistan

Several agencies including the UNDP have noted that if the current situation continues, all basic services will collapse and almost all Afghans will fall below the poverty line by next year

Egypt HRW report HRW calls for sanctions against Egypt over spate of extrajudicial killings

The human rights group also called for the UN to create an investigating and monitoring mechanism for the rapidly degrading human rights situation in Egypt due to the government’s widespread rights violations

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