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Turkey seeks arrest warrant for NBA basketball player Enes Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for basketball player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organisation. The Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office has also prepared an extradition request as well as requested an Interpol red notice for Kanter, a Turkish citizen who has been a vocal critic of President Recep Tayyip … Read more →

Nazanin starts hunger strike in response to Iran spy demands

The British-Iranian charity worker who has been jailed for 1,000 days has now started hunger strike in response to escalating pressure to become a spy for Iran. Her husband Richard revealed in a press conference at the Frontline Club in London, that as of 14 January, Nazanin has officially started a 3-day hunger strike. Mr … Read more →

Sudan: In fourth week of clashes police fire tear gas leaving 40 dead

In what marks the fourth week of protests in a growing movement against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, police fired tear gas at crowds of protestors in Khartoum on 13 January. Protestors were chanting “peace peace” and “revolution is the people’s choice” but despite their peaceful calls were met by riot police. Human Rights Watch … Read more →

Protests spread in Thailand as military junta delays election

Tensions continue to mount in Thailand as the ruling military junta has signalled that the long postponed elections will be delayed yet again, the fifth delay in less than five years. On January 13, in one of the biggest pro-democracy protests in Thailand in over four years, hundreds of people took to the streets for … Read more →

War of words between the UK and Iran Over Imprisonment of Nazanin Ratcliffe

Amidst an ongoing war of words between the UK and Iran, prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has announced a hunger strike after over 1,000 days imprisonment. On 28 December the UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of using Nazanin as a pawn for diplomatic leverage. Hunt went on to say: “Nazanin isn’t the only person who … Read more →

US Stops UN Human Rights Investigations

The Trump administration has stopped cooperating with UN investigators over potential human rights violations occurring inside America. Reports from the UN suggest that there are 13 requests for investigation that have been made to the US government, and so far all requests remain unanswered since 7 May 2018. A report from the Guardian suggests that … Read more →

The UN calls for Nabeel Rajab’s immediate release

On January 6, the UN Human Rights office called for Bahrain to release Nabeel Rajab, a human rights defender imprisoned for tweeting criticism about Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes in Yemen and alleging torture inside Bahrain’s Jau Prison. Having already served two and a half years, he lost his final appeal against a five-year jail term last … Read more →

Sudan Uprising: Scores Killed As Protests Continue

Since the 14th December protests have rocked Sudan to its core. Thousands of people have been demonstrating against the incumbent government of Omar Hassan al-Bashir in several cities across the country. Security forces are reportedly using tear gas, batons and live ammunition to disperse the crowds, injuring hundreds and killing tens of people. But the … Read more →

Brussels: Protests over UN migration pact turn violent

Around 5,500 members of far-right groups in Belgium turned out onto the streets of Brussels to protest against the recent UN migration pact on 16 December. Protests started in front of the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels and were said to be organised by Belgian right-wing groups. Demonstrators held banners with slogans such … Read more →

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