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Iran’s Zarif: Respecting human rights is a national security requirement

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SHAFAQNA- Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan. During the meeting, Zarif said Iran relies on domestic support as the…

Amnesty warned: Twelve Saudi Shiite prisoners are at risk of "imminent" execution

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SHAFAQNA- Amnesty International warned on Wednesday that twelve Saudi prisoners who are part of the country’s Shia minority are at risk of "imminent" execution. Riyadh received over 250 human rights warnings over murdering the critic journalist…

Will EU adhere to its "Common Position" for selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

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SHAFAQNA- Public opinion across the EU takes a decisive hard line against arming human rights-abusing regimes, yet weapons manufactured in Europe continue to be used in conflict and atrocities by Saudi Arabia and others. Now, the European…

Shiite Supreme authority: Khashoggi's murder is a case of human rights violations by enemies of Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Shiite Supreme authority Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi stressed that killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is one of the human rights violations done by enemies of Islam, adding that murder of the reporter discover that all of the…

Sweden temporarily interrupts Muslim Uighurs deportations to China

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SHAFAQNA- Swedish authorities said Monday they had temporarily interrupted the expulsion of Muslim  Uighurs to China due to concerns over discrimination against this  minority . "Information from several human rights organisations indicates…

CANADA: Activists to call for an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Arms deals are not merely a financial transaction. They are a powerful expression of political support and partnership between two governments. When Stephen Harper signed the $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 – the…

UN accuses China of holding more than a million Muslims in secret prison

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SHAFAQNA - The United Nations has accused China of holding as many as a million Uighur and other Muslim people in a vast web of detention camps in the far western Xinjiang province. United Nations' human rights experts have voiced alarm over…

UN experts blames all sides for war crimes in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - UN experts have strongly suggested that the various parties involved in the conflict in Yemen have perpetrated war crimes. The group of experts has reason to believe the government of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, are responsible…

Al Kawther Project for Widows and Orphans participated in the UN Human Rights Council

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SHAFAQNA-Al Kawther Project for Widows and Orphan participated in the 38th session of the Human Rights Council In Geneva in June 2018. Also participated in a side event on Faith and Gender violence, which was organised by Al Khoei Foundation…

The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations says number of displaced in south-west Syria has reached 270,000. The number of people forced to flee their homes as a result of the two week escalation in fighting .The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis…

Us supreme court upholds travel ban

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SHAFAQNA - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Donald Trump's September order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the United States. The travel restriction, the administration's third, affects people from…

Qatar takes UAE to International Court of Justice

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : Qatar has taken the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN International Court of Justice over human rights violations off the back of the Gulf Crisis, Al Jazeera reported today. Just over a year after the…

Seven Shia Muslims martyred while defending in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Abna24 : Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and macinegun fire on the terrorist-besieged Shiite towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya in northern countryside…

OIC Member States Underline Protection of Palestinians against Israeli Crimes

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SHAFAQNA - Heads of Muslim states who gathered in Turkey for a special summit on recent Israeli massacre Gazans called for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinian people against Israeli crimes. In a final communiqué…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

Social Resistance in Yemen is Real and It Spells as Resilience

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SHAFAQNA - With more enemies set to destroy it than friends to rely on for basic survival, Yemen remains in the throes of a match to the death with its powerful neighbour: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Labelled an enemy by Riyadh on account…

Al Khalifa forces detain young man in new violent raids

SHAFAQNA - At least one person was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning as Manama’s security forces carried out a series of raids across Bahrain. The young man identified as Mohammed Ahmed al-Akri was reportedly detained in the…

Bahrain’s Jaw Prison draws up list of Shiite religious texts banned at facility

SHAFAQNA - Authorities in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison have drawn up a list of books that are now banned at the facility. The list includes a number of widely circulated Shiite religious texts and other educational materials. The restrictions…

Yemen risks new cholera outbreak as rainy season begins

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SHAFAQNA - Yemen’s rainy season will likely trigger another wave of cholera, putting millions at risk in the war-torn country, which is still reeling from one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the killer disease, scientists warned on Thursday. Experts…

JSC hosts important seminar on freedom of the press in Palestine at SOAS

SHAFAQNA - To mark World Freedom Day (May 3rd) the Journalist Support Committee organised a seminar at SOAS university (London) this Thursday, hoping to break ground on the need for fair media representation on the issue of Palestine. While…

Amnesty International slams Bahrain over military court

SHAFAQNA - In a report released on Wednesday, the UK-based rights group pointed to the death sentences issued against the four individuals, including three civilians, by the Military Court of Cassation on 25 April. “Despite the King’s…

Al Khalifa forces raze recently reconstructed Shiite mosque

SHAFAQNA - Religious discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite majority has been extended to the relaying of bricks from a toppled mosque. On Sunday, bulldozers accompanied by Manama’s security forces destroyed a Shiite mosque in Hamad…

Bahraini Shiite clerics threatened with ‘legal action’ over appeal for commutation of death sentences

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s leading Shiite clerics provoked a furious reaction from the regime in Manama for merely appealing for the commutation of death sentences in the Gulf kingdom. The country’s interior ministry threatened the religious…

Bahraini Al-Wefaq speaks against collective political death sentences

SHAFAQNA - Reacting to reports that Manama intends to soon carry several death sentences against political prisoners, Al Wefaq issues the following statement: The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said that the military court in Bahrain issued…

Prof Tariq Ramadan’s health deteriorates as detention continues

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SHAFAQNA - Professor Tariq Ramadan continues to be held in prison in France, recently having been transferred to Fresnes Prison in the south of Paris. The professor has been in detention for over 2 months, with approximately half of that time…

RSF Index 2018: Middle East riven by conflicts, political clashes

SHAFAQNA - The Middle East’s countries are yet again at the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Armed conflicts, terrorism charges against independent journalists and media, and growing online surveillance and censorship make reporting…

German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA - German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats…

Rights body probes anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

SHAFAQNA - CCTV footage shows mob looting shops as Buddhist monks look on, leading investigator says Kumuduni Withana and her team have been travelling from village to village in Sri Lanka's Central Province, interviewing the victims of recent…