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At least 170 civilians killed in the last six months in Cameroon

Government forces in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have killed at least 170 civilians, used indiscriminate force and torched hundreds of homes over the past six months, Human Rights Watch said in new research released today. Armed separatists have also assaulted and kidnapped dozens of people during the same period, executing at least two men, amid intensifying … Read more →

Saudi Women’s Rights Defenders face charges

On 13 March 2019 a group of Saudi women’s rights activists stood trial for the first time since their arrest in May 2018. Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan and Hatoon Al-Fassi are four of 10 women that appeared at the Criminal Court in Saudi’s capital city, Riyadh. Court president Ibrahim Al-Sayari spoke to the … Read more →

NGOs call on European leaders to end human rights crisis at Europe’s border

Three years ago the EU signed a deal with Turkey designed to help share the responsibility for accommodating refugees arriving in Europe from the war in Syria. But in an open letter to European leaders, 25 NGOs have accused the EU of trapping refugees in “unsustainable, ineffective and dangerous” conditions. “We, the 25 undersigned humanitarian, … Read more →

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes

On 11 March, Iranian defence lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf, was sentenced, whilst in prison without going to court, to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. She was charged with several national security-related offences, all of which she denies. Nasrin, laureate of the Sakharov … Read more →

UK Foreign Secretary Calls for Support for Children of Militant Groups

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has released a statement on the UK’s consideration of how to bring back the children of Britons, who left the UK to join militant groups. He said he was working with Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, on how children could be safely returned. “We have been looking at how … Read more →

Turkey Expels Three German Journalists

Turkey has expelled three German journalists, igniting fresh concern over deteriorating press freedom in a country with a history of silencing opposition voices. Two of the journalists left the country on Sunday 10 March, while the third is already in Germany. The reporters were given 10 days to leave the country and, according to the … Read more →

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