Middle East

HRW condemns Lebanon's 'pressure' on Syrians to leave

Thousands of Syrian refugees have been affected by Lebanon's housing demolition order.

Destruction of Syrian refugees' shelters in Lebanon condemned

Iraq

Iraq detaining thousands in 'degrading' conditions: HRW

Analysts warn conditions in Iraqi prisons could lead to 'radicalisation' of vulnerable prisoners.

Iraq detaining thousands in 'degrading' conditions: HRW

Syria's War

Syria co-opting aid to entrench repressive policies: Report

Government's aid and reconstruction policies used to punish perceived opponents and reward supporters, HRW says.

Syria co-opting aid to entrench repressive policies: Report

Middle East

HRW: Abuses in Egypt's Sinai amount to war crimes

Rights body reports abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings, as it calls for halt to military aid to Cairo.

Vietnam

'Fear and paranoia': How Vietnam controls its media

'Level of terror rises sharply' as Vietnam ranks 176th out of 180 countries in the 2019 Press Freedom Index.

'Fear and paranoia': How Vietnam controls its media

Middle East

How Egypt's referendum deepened its human rights crisis

Rights groups say Egypt's constitutional amendments consolidate executive control of judiciary, placing army above law.

How Egypt's referendum deepened its human rights crisis

Africa

Nigeria's Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison.

Nigeria's Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

Human Rights Watch

HRW: Torture persists in Iraq jail

US-based group says torture is ongoing in Mosul's Faisaliya prison, despite calls on government to take action.

HRW: Torture persists in Iraq jail

Israel

'Chilling message': Israel court orders expulsion of HRW official

Israeli court cites Omar Shakir's alleged support for boycotts of Israel, orders him to leave the country by May 1.

'Chilling message': Israel court orders expulsion of HRW official

Omar al-Bashir

Sudan army 'not against' protesters' demands, won't allow 'chaos'

Military understands aspirations of citizens seeking al-Bashir's exit but won't permit loss of security, minister says.

Sudan

Sudanese protesters keep up pressure on al-Bashir

Demonstrators gather outside army HQ in the capital for second straight day in bid to precipitate president’s removal.

Sudanese protesters keep up pressure on al-Bashir

Sudan

Five killed in protests against Sudan's president: Activists

Police spokesman General Hashim Abdel-Rahim disputes tally saying only one person was killed during Saturday protests.

Science & Technology

Singapore's fake news bill poses 'risks to freedom of speech'

Bill would require social media sites to carry warnings on posts the government deems false and remove certain comments.

Singapore's fake news bill poses 'risks to freedom of speech'

Middle East

HRW: Eight Lebanese citizens face 'terrorism' trial in UAE

Emirati media reported the men are linked to Hezbollah but their families say they have no political affiliations.

HRW: Eight Lebanese citizens face 'terrorism' trial in UAE

Sudan

Sudan's al-Bashir orders release of detained female protesters

Move to release the women coincided with International Women's Day, which saw continued protests against Bashir's rule.

Sudan's al-Bashir orders release of detained female protesters