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The powerful cleric's political ambitions have been branded a cynical ploy by youth protesters who have been demonstrating against corruption, a dire economic situation, and state-backed violence.

Amnesty International has noted an alarming increase in executions in Egypt, and it has prompted calls for an end to the death penalty.

<em>Amnesty</em> urges Bangladesh to halt Rohingya remote island relocation

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Amnesty urges Bangladesh to halt Rohingya remote island relocation

Bangladesh began the transfer on Thursday amid sustained criticism from human rights groups.

Iranian prisoners to have fingers amputated after 'sham' conviction

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Iranian prisoners to have fingers amputated after 'sham' conviction

Six men in Iran are at risk of having four fingers on their right hand amputated after being convicted of theft, while another was flogged for ...

Rise in executions reveals 'human rights crisis' in Egypt

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Rise in executions reveals 'human rights crisis' in Egypt

Egypt has embarked on an execution spree in recent months, putting scores of people to death.

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European ambassadors 'deeply concerned' by detention of Saudi activists

The ambassadors said they are 'deeply concerned' about the activists, highlighting the cases of Loujain Al-Hathloul and Samar Badawi.

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Ten years on, Tunisia is Arab Spring's only success

Only Tunisia has made the transition during the Arab Spring, with the other popular uprisings ending in repression, war or chaos.

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Rights protesters arrested in Mauritania

40 people were arrested in Nouakchott at a demonstration by widows and relatives of victims of historic civil unrest.

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Turkey blocks Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

Tidal failed to comply with new internet regulations, the Turkish government said.

European Parliament calls for Algerian journalist Drareni’s immediate release

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European Parliament calls for Algerian journalist Drareni’s immediate release

The European Parliament has passed an urgent resolution calling for the release of jailed journalist Khaled Drarerni, citing the 'deterioration ...

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Veteran Egyptian human rights activist dies of Covid-19

Hafez Abu Seada, a co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights who was arrested several times by the regime of former President ...

Iraqi children 'forced to live among corpses and bombs'

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Iraqi children 'forced to live among corpses and bombs'

Hundreds of Iraqi families forced out of camps are living in horrific conditions, the charity Save the Children said.

Rights groups highlight UK’s role in fuelling Yemen’s conflict

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Rights groups highlight UK’s role in fuelling Yemen’s conflict

A new report by two NGOs has called on the UK to halt the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, saying it is fuelling the Yemen war.

Algeria slashes activist's jail term for 'offending Islam'

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Algeria slashes activist's jail term for 'offending Islam'

An Algerian court has cut the sentence of a Hirak activist who was found guilty of “offending Islam” from ten years in jail to one year.

Jailed Saudi activist’s trial transferred to terrorism court

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Jailed Saudi activist’s trial transferred to terrorism court

The trial of jailed Saudi womens’ rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul has been transferred to a court dealing with terrorism cases, her family ...

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Pompeo’s attack on BDS is assault on free speech

Comment: The only remedy to Pompeo’s assault on the rights of American supporters of Palestinians is to fully open the debate, writes Mitchell Plitnick.

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UN 'very concerned' over Egypt arrest of rights workers

The United Nations has expressed concern over the arrests of three human rights activists in Egypt, amid a continued crackdown on dissent by ...

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Iranian-Swedish academic's execution 'imminent': Amnesty International

Ahmadreza Djalali is said to be in solitary confinement at Evin prison ahead of his execution.

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Sweden urges Iran to call off execution of researcher

Ahmadreza Djalali, formerly based in Stockholm where he worked at the Karolinska Institute, a medical university, was arrested during a visit to ...

Hunger-striking Saudi activist's trial resumes Wednesday: family

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Hunger-striking Saudi activist's trial resumes Wednesday: family

The trial of Loujain Hathloul began in March 2019, but campaigners and her family say court sessions are arbitrarily announced and closed to ...

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Tigray leader says his people 'ready to die'

TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichaelaccused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of issuing threats to buy time.

Iraqi refugees face abuse over perceived IS links

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Iraqi refugees face abuse over perceived IS links

Amnesty's regional director called on the Iraq's central authority and the Kurdish regional government to address the "collective punishment of ...

Iraq arrests IS 'administrative chief' at Baghdad airport

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Iraq arrests IS 'administrative chief' at Baghdad airport

The man, known as Abu Naba, was detained in October as he was 'getting into a taxi, just after landing in Baghdad'.

Ethiopia army threatens 'no mercy' in assault on Mekele

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Ethiopia army threatens 'no mercy' in assault on Mekele

Ethiopia's military warned civilian residents of Mekele to flee while they still can.

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