Human Rights

STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Russia’s arrests of Navalny ruled as political

STRASBOURG, France— The Latest on a European court ruling on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says his win at the European Court of Human Rights is important for other political activists in Russia who are targeted by the state. The court in Strasbourg on Thursday … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Russia’s arrests of Navalny ruled as political

United States | Deterioration of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tanzania

United States – The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the Government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination. We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, … Continue reading United States | Deterioration of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tanzania

BEIRUT | The Latest: Syria state news agency says 19 held by IS freed

BEIRUT— The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Syria’s state news agency says troops have liberated 19 hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in central Syria. SANA news agency said in its report Wednesday that the operation occurred in the Hamima area east of … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Syria state news agency says 19 held by IS freed

BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

BELGRADE, Serbia— A rights group on Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic that the … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

BEIRUT | Report: Syrian troops shell northern villages, kill 7

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held villages in the country’s northwest on Friday, killing seven people in violation of a truce reached by Russia and Turkey last month, opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven people, including three women and three children, were killed in the shelling of Umm … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: Syrian troops shell northern villages, kill 7

BERLIN  | European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur

BERLIN  — The European Court of Human Rights says an Austrian woman’s conviction for calling the prophet of Islam a pedophile didn’t breach her freedom of speech. The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled Thursday that Austrian courts had “carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.” … Continue reading BERLIN  | European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur

PARIS  | Report: Foreign fighters led IS atrocities against Yazidis

PARIS  — An international human rights group says foreign fighters, including many Europeans, were responsible for carrying out the Islamic State group’s atrocities against minority Yazidis. The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights says the extremist group’s actions amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who escaped the Islamic State and … Continue reading PARIS  | Report: Foreign fighters led IS atrocities against Yazidis

BEIRUT | Monitor: Blast in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib kills 3

BEIRUT — A Syrian war monitor and an opposition paramedics group say an explosion in the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib has killed at least three people and wounded others. The Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said Sunday’s blast occurred near a mosque killing three people, including a child. The Britain-based Syrian … Continue reading BEIRUT | Monitor: Blast in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib kills 3