After months of unrest, municipal officials in Jerusalem have begun a widespread crackdown on the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, enforcing the finest points of the law in what rights groups have dubbed an act of "collective punishment".
Small businesses have been shuttered for unpaid bills, or for lacking the proper licenses. Livestock.. More
Thousands of Rohingya boat people who have left Myanmar in the past month have yet to reach their destinations, say relatives and an advocacy group for the persecuted minority, raising fears their boats have been prevented from reaching shore.
About 12,000 Rohingya, a mostly stateless Muslim people, have left the western Myanmar state of Rakhine since.. More
The water at the Lietchor refugee camp has gone from waist to knee high, but it was still deep enough last month for a five-year-old to drown as his mother went to collect her weekly grain rations.
"I had a boy and he drowned and I no longer have him," Nyabong Yual told Al Jazeera, her shaking hands folding and unfolding as she spoke.
China has imprisoned almost two dozen people - mostly Muslim religious leaders - in the western region of Xinjiang, in a stepped up crackdown on "illegal religious activities", Chinese media reported.
The 22 Imams were given prison terms ranging from five to 16 years at a mass public sentencing in Xinjiang on Monday, the state-run China News.. More
For months, the streets of mainly Arab East Jerusalem, in the shadow of the Old City but where tourists seldom venture, have been ablaze, with daily clashes between armed Israeli police and Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.
The roots of the unrest are many: from the killing in July of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists --.. More
Over a third of the 10 million stateless people across the world are children, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday at the launch of a global campaign aimed at eradicating statelessness in 10 years' time.
"Statelessness is inhuman. We believe it is time to end this injustice," said UN refugee agency chief Antonio.. More
A staggering 1,917 people have died of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment in Syrian prisons this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.
The Britain-based observatory said on Sunday it had documented nearly 2,000 deaths since the start of 2014.
The dead include 27 children under the age of 18 and 11 women.
Human rights.. More
Seven Palestinians were killed and 350 others, including three journalists and an ex-female prisoner, detained by Israel during October, a Palestinian NGO said Saturday.
Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies said the seven dead victims included four teenagers less than 15 years of age.
The center added in its monthly report about Israeli.. More
U.N. experts questioned Israeli officials on Monday over alleged rights abuses ranging from the demolition of Palestinian houses and the expansion of Jewish settlements to limited Palestinian access to water and their farmland.
Israel's delegation defended its record before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which examined respect for civil.. More
Israeli police have detained more than 100 Palestinians in East Jerusalem since July for allegedly "throwing stones" at trains.
In a Tuesday statement, police said that more than 100 Palestinians had been arrested since July – when a Palestinian teenager was murdered by suspected Jewish settlers – for pelting passing trains with.. More
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa kills seven out of 10 victims and new cases could hit 10,000 a week within two months if it is not brought under control, the World Health Organization has said.
The organization's assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward said on Tuesday that the death rate was higher than the official 50 percent rate and that.. More
Shia militias have abducted and murdered scores of Sunni civilians in Iraq in crimes committed in retribution against the actions of ISIL, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
The London-based rights group on Tuesday published what it said was evidence that Shia militias abducted civilians in Baghdad, Samarra and Kirkuk, and killed them.. More
At a steep rocky hillside by the road that winds down to the Dead Sea, children of this Palestinian Bedouin community run up and down the rugged slopes, as goats graze on thorny weeds and sheep bleat nearby.
The encampment falls on a bare ridge between Jerusalem and Jericho, almost at sea level, as its name suggests. Just several hundred meters north.. More
As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, 21-year-old Shadan Jabareen says she has experienced institutionalized discrimination since she was a child. In 1994, her parents wanted to get away from the constant noise and the overcrowded Umm al-Fahm and move to a Jewish-Israeli community.
"My dad heard an advertisement on the radio for homes in Katzir,".. More
Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million by late January 2015, up from the current total of 5,800, according to a new study by a US medical agency.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Tuesday suggesting that Ebola cases could increase to between 550,000 and 1.4 million in four months, based on several factors including.. More
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo denounced China Monday following the reports that Beijing forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress their population. "The world received disturbing reports today...More