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Despite the challenges, human rights defenders across the Middle East and North Africa are continuing their battle for civil rights in the face of increasing oppression.

Three protesters are said to have been killed and 73 injured in heavy clashes with security forces in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriyah.

Anti-zionism isn't anti-semitism, Facebook should make the distinction

Mitchell Plitnick

Anti-zionism isn't anti-semitism, Facebook should make the distinction

Comment: Facebook is considering classing anti-Zionism as a kind of hate speech. Doing so would be detrimental to Palestinians and Jews alike, writes Mitchell Plitnick.

Families of Beirut blast victims: Judge removal politicized

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Families of Beirut blast victims: Judge removal politicized

Families of the victims and survivors have accused the ruling political class of corruption and negligence that led to the explosion of ammonium ...

Libya: Ten years after uprising, abusive militias evade justice

The New Arab Staff

Libya: Ten years after uprising, abusive militias evade justice

It is the 10-year anniversary of the overthrowing of Gaddafi, and not much as changed, Amnesty International argues.

Alessandra Bajec

How human traffickers are exploiting Covid-19 in North Africa

In-depth: Human trafficking has been pushed deeper into the shadows by the pandemic, with criminal gangs exploiting the economic fallout from Covid-19.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In first, Iraq arrests four suspects in protest killings

It is unclear whether the accused are linked to powerful paramilitary forces alleged to be involved in the killing of some 600 protesters.

The New Arab Staff

HRW accuses Australia of 'blocking' justice for Palestinians

Human Rights Watch condemned remarks by Australia's Foreign Minister saying that the country did not recognise the International Criminal ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Families of detainees detail vision for justice in Syria

Syrian families, who lost members inside Bashar Al-Assad’s prisons, have laid out their plans to seek justice and called for the fates of those ...

Lebanon's Hariri and France's Macron discuss Lebanese crisis

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon's Hariri and France's Macron discuss Lebanese crisis

Macron has been spearheading international efforts to rescue Lebanon from its deepest crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Cilina Nasser

With Lokman Slim's assassination, Lebanon sinks further into impunity

Comment: While Lokman Slim's killing may not lead to accountability, it will certainly not silence his comrades, writes Cilina Nasser.

ICC probe is first real test for Biden administration

Muhammad Shehada

ICC probe is first real test for Biden administration

Comment: If he is to rebuild trust with Palestinians, Biden must not stand in the way of the ICC investigation into Israeli war crimes, writes ...

Israel panics after ICC pledges to investigate 'war crimes'

The New Arab Staff

Israel panics after ICC pledges to investigate 'war crimes'

The foreign ministry sent a classified cable to Israeli ambassadors for them to ask for support around the world against the ICC ruling

Lokman Slim: The daring Lebanese activist, admired intellectual

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lokman Slim: The daring Lebanese activist, admired intellectual

The death of writer, intellectual and activist Lokman Slim shocked Lebanon.

ICC ruling heralds war crimes probe in Palestinian territories

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

ICC ruling heralds war crimes probe in Palestinian territories

The ICC ruled that it had jurisdiction over the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, paving the way for a war crimes probe.

Belkis Wille

Mass grave discovery highlights Iraq's impunity gap

Comment: One-sided justice in Iraq will not serve anyone's interests. Impunity for abusive security forces needs to end, writes Human Rights Watch's Belkis Wille.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amnesty, HRW call for investigation into Lokman Slim's killing

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch deplored the murder of Lokman Slim and urged for Lebanese authorities to implement a thorough ...

The New Arab Staff

Yazidi victims of IS massacres receive burial in Iraq

Members of the Yazidi community will gather for a burial ceremony to honour 104 victims, as many more await identification.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Feared IS leader killed in raid

The Islamic State's most powerful operative in Iraq has been killed by counter-terrorism and security forces, striking a serious blow to the ...

Tripoli's working class lives matter

Nizar Hassan

Tripoli's working class lives matter

Comment: Tripoli and its revolutionary youth must resist a reality in which their deaths are seen as an affordable crime by the ruling class, ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US 'outraged' as Pakistan court upholds acquittal

Following the failure of an appeal against the acquittal of the mastermind behind Daniel Pearls’ kidnapping and murder, the White House has ...

Amnesty slams France over weapons used against Lebanon protesters

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amnesty slams France over weapons used against Lebanon protesters

Amnesty International has condemned French sales of law enforcement weapons to Lebanon, saying they had played a ‘shameful’ role in suppressing ...

Why Tunisia's disenfranchised youth are taking to the streets

Alessandra Bajec

Why Tunisia's disenfranchised youth are taking to the streets

In-depth: A groundswell of youth unrest has swept across Tunisia, fuelled by economic frustration and the broken promises of the post-revolution ...

Syria chemical weapons disarmament report 'incomplete': UN official

The New Arab Staff

Syria chemical weapons disarmament report 'incomplete': UN official

UN disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu said Syria's recent submission 'cannot be considered accurate and complete'.

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