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Israel snubs German foreign minister in row over human rights talks

Benjamin Netanyahu cancels talks with Sigmar Gabriel after German foreign minister vows to meet Israeli rights groups Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has abruptly cancelled a meeting with the visiting German foreign minister,...Show More Summary

Anti-terrorism laws have ‘chilling effect’ on vital aid deliveries to Somalia

Aid organisations’ fear of prosecution under UK and US counter-terror laws hinders provision of humanitarian assistance in areas held by Islamic militants Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations...Show More Summary

Dual National’s Husband Urges UK to Secure Her Release From Iran

Supreme Court Upholds Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Five-Year Prison Sentence The husband of Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British citizen imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, is urging the British government to secure her release now that Iran’s Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of her five-year prison sentence. Show More Summary

International prize for Arabic fiction goes to Mohammed Hasan Alwan

A Small Death, the Saudi novelist’s historical novel about a Sufi mystic and adventurer, takes $50,000 honour for ‘striking artistry’ A historical novel about the life and adventures of an Andalusian adventurer and Sufi mystic has taken the most prestigious prize in Arabic fiction. Show More Summary

Yemen hunger crisis: UN appeal raises half of $2.1bn target

António Guterres tells humanitarian aid conference the war-torn country is facing ‘a tragedy of immense proportions’ The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has said the UN has now been promised $1.1bn (£860m) – half the amount requested...Show More Summary

Former MP: Guardian Council Has “No Legal Authority” to Exclude Religious Minorities From Elections

The Guardian Council’s attempt to ban religious minorities from running in Iran’s nationwide local council elections on May 19, 2017 is unlawful and infringes on their constitutional rights, a former reformist member of Parliament told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Ahmad Shirzad, who represented Isfahan in the sixth parliamentary session (2000-04), said the […]

Shirin Ebadi: 'Outside of Iran I knew I’d be more useful. I could speak'

Human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel peace prize before being forced into exile from Iran. She talks about Islamphobia, self-care and hope Of all the places one might encounter Shirin Ebadi, Tallahassee should not be one. I...Show More Summary

Israeli ambassador's visit sparks unrest at Soas University of London

Some staff and students say invitation to Mark Regev is provocative and urge director Lady Amos to stop meeting Students and academics at Soas University of London have said a visit by the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev this week could lead to serious tension and substantial distress on the campus. Related: One hundred years of Soas - in pictures Continue reading...

US considers banning laptops on flights from UK airports

All travellers from Europe could face ban aimed at thwarting terrorists who want to smuggle explosives in electronic gadgets The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. Show More Summary

Among worldwide Armenian genocide observances, Lebanon's is first among equals

The thump of the bass drum reverberated through the neighborhood. It was the cue for the dozens of young scouts in two-tone uniforms to take their positions in a procession through Beirut’s Christian quarter to the Patriarchate of the Armenian Catholic Church. The solemn march Monday afternoon...

Student Arrested by Intelligence Ministry Held in Solitary Confinement Without Charge

Payam Shakiba, a political science graduate student at Tehran’s Allameh Tabataba’i University, has been held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison’s Ward 209 since his arrest by the Intelligence Ministry in late February 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Shakiba, 30, has not had access to a lawyer […]

Swedish Resident Held in Evin Prison for One Year Denied Lawyer for Third Time

Ahmadreza Jalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident detained in Evin Prison since April 2016, has been denied a lawyer of his choosing for the third time, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “Unfortunately, Ahmadreza’s trial has been delayed for several months only because Judge [Abolqasem] Salavati has not accepted any […]

The Guardian view on Egypt’s dictatorship: a war of Sisi’s own making | Editorial

Egyptian forces appear to have shot detainees in cold blood. There are too many signs that a military dictatorship in a key Arab nation is losing control in the sands of the Sinai The news that Egypt’s army shot dead up to eight unarmed...Show More Summary

Artists urge Radiohead to cancel gig in Israel

Open letter signed by liked of Ken Loach, Roger Waters and Young Fathers urges band to join cultural boycott High-profile figures from the arts world, including Ken Loach to Roger Waters, have called on Radiohead to cancel an upcoming gig in Israel as part of a cultural boycott. Show More Summary

British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran loses legal appeal

The country’s supreme court upheld the conviction of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held on national security charges for over a year Iran’s supreme court has upheld the conviction of a British-Iranian woman sentenced to five...Show More Summary

Israeli teen accused of bomb threats 'targeted 2,000 institutions and US senator'

Michael Kadar, a US-Israeli citizen arrested over bomb threats, allegedly made hoax calls worldwide and is accused of trying to blackmail US senator An Israeli teenager arrested for allegedly making bomb threats against Jewish centres...Show More Summary

Revisiting the Malki Affair – By Christopher Solomon

Revisiting the Malki Affair By Christopher Solomon @Solomon_Chris For Syria Comment – April 23, 2017 On April 22, 1955, a charismatic young Syrian army officer was gunned down on a football field. The assassination of Adnan al-Malki brought about the one of the first political crackdowns in Syria’s history. Show More Summary

IRGC Commander Publicly Criticizes Rouhani’s Refusal to Block Telegram Call Service Before Election

One month before Iranians head to the polls, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has revealed that President Hassan Rouhani opposed pressure to ban the popular Telegram application’s newly released “Voice Calls” service. “In a meeting with Rouhani, we emphasized that allowing Telegram to initiate a voice calling service in Iran […]

Eight Baha’is Arrested Without a Warrant by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and Denied Legal Council

Seven Baha’i citizens were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island, southern Iran, on April 18, 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Mahnaz Jannesar, Nasim Ghanavatian, Maral Rasti, Farhad Ameri, Arash Rasekhi, Mehrallah Afshar and Omid Afaghi are being held on unknown charges in […]

University Student Groups Decry Security Climate on Campus, Rising Costs and Gender Segregation

Seventy-two student organizations from universities throughout Iran have issued a joint statement asking President Hassan Rouhani to end the security climate on campuses, halt the rising cost of education, and stop discriminatory practices against female students. Show More Summary

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