Gaza crossfire leaves eight dead in heightened clashes

The long-protracted conflict in Gaza continues as new attacks have left seven Palestinians and one Israeli soldier dead. The exchange took place near the city of Khan Younis in the south of Gaza as an undercover Israeli intelligence operation became exposed. Israeli forces have defended the secret operation that was being carried out, that resulted … Read more →

20-year anniversary of the UK Human Rights Act 1998

On 9 November 2018 the UK celebrated 20 years of the Human Rights Act. The anniversary is cause for recognition, but also a reminder that it was only 20 years ago that a specific framework of human rights was incorporated into domestic law in the UK. The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporated the rights and … Read more →

Midterm anti-abortion laws highlight decline of US women’s rights

In the US states of West Virginia and Alabama measures were passed that could limit or ban abortion in those states and possibly beyond. This could overturn a 1973 law, Roe v. Wade that legalised abortion across the US. The new move echoes a sharp turn towards more conservative values and policies that have emerged … Read more →

Nizar Zakka jailed in Iran shuns Lebanese regime on his birthday

Lebanese-US citizen Nizar Zakka, who has been held in Iran for 3 years on spurious charges of spying, has lamented that the Lebanese state seems to be in “full coma” over his continued imprisonment in Iran. On celebrating his birthday in prison Mr Zakka thanked the Iranian political prisoners who are jailed with him “underground” … Read more →

Final imposition of US sanctions on Iran – the human cost

The US has launched their toughest sanctions on Iran in recent times. The sanctions are part of a move made by the US to strongarm Iran into surrendering any nuclear capacity. The latest sanctions are part of a process of US disengagement from the 2015 nuclear deal and make up the next phase in part … Read more →

A Week of Hate in the US-thirteen people killed

A week of tragic and bloody violence in the US has seen 13 people die, six injured and a number of individuals threatened with violence within 72-hours. All attacks came with a similar theme: one of an ideology of hate for others. The events have called into question the roles of hateful rhetoric in politics … Read more →

Rights groups call for UN investigation into Khashoggi’s death

A consortium of major human rights and press freedom organisations has called for a UN investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi disappeared on 2 October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. At the time of his disappearance, Khashoggi was a 60 year-old journalist at the Washingon Post, who went to the … Read more →

Syrian refugees blocked from returning to ex-rebel held areas

Syrian residents attempting to return home to towns such as Qaboun and Darayya, neighbourhoods in Damascus, are being blocked from returning home by the Syrian government. Residents told Human Rights Watch that the government has also been, ‘demolishing their properties with no warning, and without providing alternative housing or compensation.’ Both areas have been set … Read more →

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