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UNHRC will investigate systemic racism and discrimination against Black people, stopping short of a more intensive investigation singling out the US.

Michelle Bachelet has weighed in on the campaign to release prisoners over the coronavirus pandemic, saying it is upon states to reduce prison populations as much as possible.

Palestinians welcome UN's blacklisting of companies operating in settlements

Yousef Alhelou

Palestinians welcome UN's blacklisting of companies operating in settlements

The UN released a list of companies complicit in violating Palestinian human rights, in the first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses connected to Israel's illegal settlement industry.

Democracy languishes in Modi's anti-Muslim India

Umar Lateef Misgar

Democracy languishes in Modi's anti-Muslim India

Comment: India's new citizenship law brings home the existential threat that Indian Muslims face under a Hindu-supremacist government, writes ...

South Africa shames other nations at UN over Palestine

Suraya Dadoo

South Africa shames other nations at UN over Palestine

Comment: South Africa ended its Security Council term on a fiery note, calling out inaction and the need for UN reform, writes Suraya Dadoo.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Why going home is not an option for Syrians

As Syrians face pressure from host countries to return home, many face dangers of returning to a broken state where they will be pushed into government forces or suffer prosecution.

Hannah Wallace

Cybercrime in the UAE: Curtailing freedom of expression

The internet for many is a forum to express views and opinions, but in the UAE the government has implemented a succession of restrictive laws ...

Suraya Dadoo

A deafening silence surrounds Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Comment: A new UNHRC report stating that Israel may have committed war crimes in Gaza has met with global silence, writes Suraya Dadoo.

Zeenat Adam

South Africa's Saudi arms deals undermine human rights record

Comment: Pretoria's foreign policy has been corrupted from defence of human rights into a drive for foreign investment, writes Zeenat Adam

US leaves <em>UNHRC</em>, and does Israel's bidding, again

Imad K. Harb

US leaves UNHRC, and does Israel's bidding, again

Comment: Withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council is a clear example of the Trump administration's policy of blind support for Israel, ...

Rouf Dar

Kashmir and Palestine: A history of occupation and solidarity

Comment: As India and Israel entwine in a military romance, the Kashmir-Palestine bond remains steadfast, united by their common struggle for a ...

Syrians deserve justice in all its forms

Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic

Syrians deserve justice in all its forms

Comment: Perpetrators of war crimes in Syria must not be given amnesty, writes the UNHRC Independent International Commission of ...

Britain must speak up on UAE's human rights violations

Joe Odell

Britain must speak up on UAE's human rights violations

Comment: Post-Brexit, the UK is looking to increase its trading relationship with the UAE, and has failed to condemn recent escalating ...

UAE summons Swiss ambassador over Bahrain human rights remarks

The New Arab

UAE summons Swiss ambassador over Bahrain human rights remarks

The UAE summoned the Swiss ambassador to discuss and condemn a statement made by her country on Tuesday about the human rights situation in ...

US and Israel to punish 'biased' UN human-rights council

The New Arab

US and Israel to punish 'biased' UN human-rights council

Allies float the idea of the US leaving the UNHRC ahead of the council's publication of a database listing companies currently in ...

The New Arab

Syrian doctor coins new term for children's extreme war-trauma

Syrian children who survived the devastating ongoing crisis are suffering from post-traumatic stress. But their experience is more than the physical and emotional trauma that medical professions usually see.

Ramona Wadi

False narratives and selective memory in Libya

Comment: A UN Human Rights Council proposal to hold perpetrators accountable for human rights violations in Libya is plagued with ambiguities, ...

Sana Uqba

Yemen's children face displacement, starvation and bombing

Children are suffering the most in Yemen's war with harrowing images of skeletal children suffering form starvation.

The New Arab

US condemns UN 'blacklisting' West Bank settlement companies

The US has accused Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council of bias against Israel for adopting a resolution to name all settlement businesses ...

Saudi Arabia pushes UN to condemn Iran, Russia

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Saudi Arabia pushes UN to condemn Iran, Russia

Saudi Arabia is pushing the UN General Assembly's human rights committee to condemn Iranian and Russian intervention in Syria, a move that ...

AAAJ and agencies

Ex-Israeli PM sued in America for deadly flotilla raid

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is being sued in an American court for his country's deadly raid against Turkish boats attempting to ...

Israel working on preventing war crime prosecutions

Nidal Mohammad Watad

Israel working on preventing war crime prosecutions

An Israeli committee headed by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has been formed to help prevent Israeli soldiers and leaders from being ...

Dismissing Israel's war crimes undermines Washington's moral fabric

Said Arikat

Dismissing Israel's war crimes undermines Washington's moral fabric

Comment: By rejecting any suggestion that Israel may have been wrong in waging war(s) on Gaza, the United States is losing what credibility it ...

Anti-cybercrime legislation a boon to censors

Kirolos Nathan

Anti-cybercrime legislation a boon to censors

Comment: The vague wording of new anti-cybercrime legislation across the region can be used to clamp down on dissent, says Kirolos Nathan.

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