Media org threatened in Palestine

SHAFAQNA - Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, the main headquarters of Palestine Today TV, in the al-Biereh city, in the Ramallah and al-Biereh District in the occupied West Bank, and shut it down. The army also kidnapped…

Press Freedom in Turkey is non existent

SHAFAQNA - An EU member aspirant Turkey has become a European political liability now that the inner nature of its brutal regime has come up to the surface, unveiling very undemocratic tendencies. As Turkish President Recep Erdogan has worked…

Turning a Blind Eye on Impunity in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Last week’s announcement that the US plans to deploy military advisors to assist the Nigerian government fight Boko Haram and is considering restarting the training of an infantry battalion, despite the lack of investigation by…

Apartheid - Israel wall of shame

SHAFAQNA - For the past few days, students across the UK have been taking part in the controversial Israeli Apartheid Week in an attempt to raise awareness of Israel’s “apartheid policies over the Palestinian people”. However, Jewish…

Thousands of “Child Refugees” to Britain Deported to Afghanistan and Iraq

SHAFAQNA- Children that arrive alone to the UK are being returned once they turn 18 (Image: Shutterstock) Thousands of young people who sought refuge in Britain as unaccompanied child asylum seekers have since been deported to war…

Kim Sharif from the International League for Yemen War Crimes take to Downing Street

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SHAFAQNA - In coordination with the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the International League for Yemen War Crimes organized a rally at Downing Street to denounce Britain's propensity to arm war criminals. Kim Sharif, a prominent lawyer and…

Silencing the UN and covering up war crimes - the Saudi lobby marches on

SHAFAQNA - - A recent report reveals that Britain and Saudi Arabia have worked hand in gloves to water down the United Nations’ criticism of the Bahraini regime for its poor human rights record. According to documents obtained by British…

Turkey's adopt Daesh's methods against the Kurds

SHAFAQNA - A news report published by RT TV this Saturday reveals an interesting side to the Turkish military as it shows how Daesh-like Ankara military leadership truly stands in its targeting of "enemy groups." "Turkish forces have allegedly…

UK enables war crimes in Yemen says Amnesty International

SHAFAQNA - Leading rights group Amnesty International has strongly criticized Britain for supplying Saudi Arabia with billions of pounds worth of arms which are broadly used in attacks on Yemen. In a new report, Amnesty cited dramatic rise…

HRW slams Egypt for closure of anti-torture NGO

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch has slammed Egyptian authorities for deciding to close down an NGO assisting victims of torture over unspecified violations. The Health Ministry informed El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of…

Hunger strike in Palestine

SHAFAQNA - Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq is entering his 83rd day of hunger striking against his administrative detention by Israeli authorities. al-Qiq is one of over 600 Palestinians currently being detained without any charges filed,…

Victimization in the land of Voltaire - France, the police state and the intellectual

SHAFAQNA - They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In the case of France’s state of emergency, it is the road to Freedom which is littered with gags and shackles. One teacher most of all: Mr Salah Lamrani has learnt what…

Rights activists bring Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout to the US

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini and Foreign activists chose to build a symbolic monument, a huge balloon resembling the Pearl (LuaLua) Roundabout, in Washington to voice their support for the protest movement that was launched in Bahrain in 2011. The…

French teacher suffers unjust witch-hunt - Freedom of Expression in France

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SHAFAQNA - Under the cover of its state of emergency Paris has allowed for an insidious intellectual witch-hunt to be carried out against all those the "Establishment" feels stands beyond its pre-ordained narrative. Today one teacher is speaking…

Human Rights Organizations Call on Manama to Respect Freedom of Speech

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SHAFAQNA- The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, Justice Human Rights Organization, Center for Human rights in Bahrain and Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain signed…

Amnesty demands release for Palestinian teen detained without charge

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International called for the release of 17-year-old Palestinian Muhammad al-Hashlamoun, one of two minors the group says Israel is holding without charge or trial under administrative detention. Al-Hashlamoun was detained…

UN blows the lid off on female mutilation

SHAFAQNA - A new UNICEF report says at least 200 million women and girls have suffered the terrible practice of genital mutilation in 30 countries across the world. In some countries the procedure is practically universal. Of these 200…

rights group warns against France emergency law and sectarian targeting

SHAFAQNA - France has carried out abusive and discriminatory raids and house arrests against Muslims under its current state of emergency, traumatizing and stigmatizing those targeted, including children and the elderly, human rights groups…

UN human rights chief: Turkey must probe 'shooting of civilians'

SHAFAQNA - The UN human rights chief has called on Turkey to investigate the alleged shooting of unarmed people in the country after footage of the incident emerged online. Zeid Raad al-Hussein also voiced concern over reports that the cameraman,…

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr - 12 Days to Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA - On February 11, 2016 supporters of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr will organize a grand protest to mark his passing, and voice together their rejection of tyranny. Sheikh al-Nimr Arbaeen commemoration will serve as a stepping stone to a global…

Amnesty International denounces Al Saud's unforgiving diktat

SHAFAQNA - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s first year in power has seen the country’s human rights record deteriorate markedly, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of his accession to the throne on January 23, 2015. Despite…

Travel ban of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab must be overturned - NGOs in letter to Bahrain King

SHAFAQNA - To King of Bahrain, Minister of Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the UN in Geneva Your Majesty, We, the undersigned NGOs, call on the Bahraini authorities to lift the arbitrary travel…

Muslims suffer in Myanmar - The forgotten genocide

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SHAFAQNA - The government of Myanmar’s departing president, Thein Sein, oversaw the systematic persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority — a human rights debacle that one study has described as genocide. Mr. Thein Sein also…

Spike in violence in Afghanistan threatens media freedom

SHAFAQNA - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a damning statement this Thursday following a series of attack against media workers. It wrote, "RAF has been horrified to learn that at least seven members of Tolo TV’s staff were killed…

Bahrain sentences a boy to life in prison over comments

SHAFAQNA - Ahmad al-Arab will be 147 years old after serving his jail term handed down by a Bahraini court. The High Criminal Court in the capital Manama on Tuesday sentenced the 17-year-old to an additional 10 years in prison on charges…

Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq Urges Immediate Release of Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s main opposition bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society warned the Manama regime against the consequences of continued detention of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary-general of the group, calling for his immediate release. The…

Waleed Abu al-Khair, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for defending human rights

SHAFAQNA - He's the lawyer who has defended so many others who have had their human rights denied. Now Waleed Abu al-Khair is imprisoned for his human rights activism. From setting up one of the few human rights organisations in Saudi Arabia…

Bahrain clerics condemn attack on Shiites, call for justice and tolerance on all sides

SHAFAQNA - Clerics in Bahrain condemned the "blatant assault and gunfire that targeted the Al-Marzouq Hussainia in Wadyan village in the island of Sitra, especially that these attacks are being launched repeatedly as the attack against Al-Himla…