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  • Crimean Tatars still insecure on anniversary of deportation

    Crimean Tatars commemorated on Sunday the 70th anniversary of their mass deportation under Soviet leader Josef Stalin, but feel insecure once again after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March through a controversial referendum. Stalin had accused the Tatars of collaborating with the German occupiers and exiled them to Central Asia in 1944. They.. More

  • Amnesty: Torture is alive and flourishing

    The use of torture is widespread 30 years after the United Nations adopted a convention outlawing the practice, Amnesty International has said. At least 44 percent of more than 21,000 people from 21 countries surveyed by the London-based rights group for its new report released on Monday, said that they would not feel safe from torture if arrested.. More

  • Anti-Palestinian arson attacks on the rise

    This week, Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Nazareth had a note delivered at his home. It warned that he and his followers had until May 5 to leave the "land of Israel". On Tuesday April 29, Israeli police announced that a Jewish man from Safed had been arrested after delivering that note. In a similar incident, vandals.. More

  • Israel tightens grip around al-Aqsa mosque

    A right-wing Israeli settlement group has been put in charge of two controversial new projects to develop the area around al-Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, the compound of holy sites that includes al-Aqsa mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. Elad received planning approval this month to develop a huge visitors’ center, called.. More

  • Myanmar's Rohingya face a humanitarian crisis

    Ruk and Kun Suma were born five minutes apart on March 27 in a camp for displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State, a northwestern province of Myanmar. Their mother, an emaciated 40-year-old woman named Noor Begun, suffers from tuberculosis and is unable to breastfeed them. The family cannot afford milk either. For the first two weeks of their lives, Ruk and.. More

  • Syrian refugees struggle in urban Jordan

    Three years after fleeing their war-torn country, more than half a million Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s urban centres have become more vulnerable and destitute, a new study has revealed. A household assessment released by CARE International on Thursday found that urban Syrian refugees are struggling to cope with inadequate housing and high.. More

  • UN: Syria drought to deepen food crisis

    The United Nations has warned that a looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate a refugee crisis caused by the three-year conflict. Syria's breadbasket northwestern region has received less than half of the average rainfall since September and, if it stays dry up to wheat harvest time in mid-May, the country.. More

  • Report: Racism becoming more widespread in France

    Racism has increased among French people according to an annual report by the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) on the fight against racism. The report released Tuesday said 35 percent of surveyed French people acknowledged being racist comparing to 29 percent in 2012. Nine percent among them said they are "quite.. More

  • Seeking shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan

    Holding her son's death certificate in one hand, Layla Awad explained that she had been provided with basic aid but struggles financially after the men in her family were killed in November. "Both of my sons are dead but I have not been given their pension yet," she said. Awad's two sons and husband were killed in an attack in Fallujah,.. More

  • Palestinians forced to demolish own homes

    For the past two months, Hamzah Abu Terr has slept on the floor of his home. He gave his bed to his three small children whose room he was forced to destroy earlier this year, to avoid large demolition fines issued by the Israeli municipality. "I had no choice," said Hamzah, sitting on the couch at his home in East Jerusalem next to his eldest.. More

  • Egypt's human rights situation is going from ugly to uglier

    Egypt's deteriorating human rights situation in the past three years has had something of a boiled frog effect to it - things have gotten worse just gradually enough that the country's unfolding problems have been pushed to the margins. But the severe abuses meted out to Egyptian citizens are crushing any hopes of a pluralistic, truly democratic society.. More

  • Displaced Syrians battle for online lifeline

    Yousef sat on the navy couch with his arms wrapped tightly around his legs, and rocked back and forth. It's a position he has become all too familiar with over the past year. He turned on his laptop and waited fitfully for Skype to load. "Without Skype I wouldn't be able to be in touch with my family in Aleppo," he said in his living room.. More

  • Crimean Tatars refuse to participate in referendum

    As Crimea’s parliament has voted to officially recognize the Tatar language to guarantee proportional representation in the republic’s legislative, the Crimean Tatars still refuse to participate in the referendum, which could have the region join Russia. According to the new act, the Crimean Tatar National Assembly and its bodies will be.. More

  • Iranian Sunnis complain of discrimination

    In a recent speech made in Iran's southern city of Bandar Abbas, President Hassan Rouhani asserted that his government has promised equal rights to Shia and Sunni Iranians. But human rights groups claim that Sunni Muslims' rights are being systematically violated in Iran. New York-based Human Rights Watch has said Iran's authorities discriminate against.. More

  • Syria doctors flee amid crackdown

    Mohammed has paid a heavy price for treating the wounded in his home country. In late 2012, he was working as a field doctor in Damascus when he became the target of a brutal crackdown on those providing medical assistance to the injured in opposition-held areas. "I left Syria after I was detained three times," he told Al Jazeera from his.. More