Human rights

Human Rights Watch representative Omar Shakir
Supreme Court freezes order to deport HRW official

At a time when the world is debating the openness of Israeli democracy, this extended legal battle started when the Strategic Affairs and Interior ministries sough to deport HRW director Omar Shakir.

A representative for Blue & White Human Rights offering pamphlets to Palestinians
Human rights in an age of populism

The story of liberal democracies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been, to a large extent, the story of protecting personal liberties by independent democratic institutions.

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Iran detains 30 at yoga class citing inappropriate clothing and behavior

Participating in mixed sporting events is illegal in Iran, as are most activities that mix both men and women.

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Iran summons female singer to court for performing solo in public

The video disappeared from her social media accounts, following the announcement of the court summons. However, it has been reposted in several other locations.

Palestinian human rights activist warned of threat to his life by CIA

"If they don't want to kill me, then I'm not doing my job," el-Baghdadi wrote on Twitter.

Muslim woman with the Egyptian flag
Sri Lanka bans face veils after Easter day bombing attacks on churches

Human Rights Watch condemned the ban.

Farmers at work in Rhamtal, India, after the completion of Netafim's community irrigation project
India investigates 40 migrant workers in Gabon after U.N. flags labor abuse

The company named in the U.N. statement - India-based timber firm Accurate Industries - could not be reached for comment.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet
U.N. Human Rights chief condemns Saudi Arabia for beheading of 37 men

Most were minority Shi'ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced, the UN Human Rights Chief said.

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U.S. government backs off case of female genital mutilation

The decision by the U.S. government "is sending a damaging message to law enforcement, the courts and to the courageous survivors who are breaking the silence around FGM"- human rights activist.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet
Denmark, Austria, UK, Australia to oppose anti-Israel resolutions at UNHRC

Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday night that these four countries would vote “no” on all Agenda Item 7 resolutions to protest the UNHRC’s bias against Israel.

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