Israeli army shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl at checkpoint

Israeli troops shot an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl at an occupation checkpoint in the West Bank on Wednesday. Israel claims she continued to walk toward the checkpoint after soldiers ordered her to stop. The girl, identified as Baraa Ramadan Issawi, was shot in her legs, according to Israeli media. Israeli media first reported that soldiers …

Israel destroyed a Syrian-owned home in the occupied Golan Heights for the first time in more than 30 years

Israeli forces destroyed a home in the town of Majdal Shams – the first such demolition in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights for more than 30 years, according to the Al-Marsad human rights group based in the territory. In an appeal to the European Union, Al-Marsad states that the Syrian owners of dozens of homes …

Iran religious leader issued a fatwa forbidding women from cycling in public

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa on women riding bicycles, but that hasn’t stopped a bunch of defiant women from doing it anyway. Women in Iran have been posting photos on social media of themselves riding bicycles, defying a fatwa forbidding them from cycling in public. Iranian women have been using social …

Palestinian child killed along Gaza border

A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was killed along the Gazan border late Wednesday, with a Palestinian official and an eyewitness accusing Israel but the army denying any exchange of fire. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the health ministry in the Gaza Strip, which is run by Islamist movement Hamas, said the boy died when Israeli troops fired …

Sikhs protest outside UN headquarters over Indo-Pak tensions, demand referendum for Punjab

Several members of the Sikh community held a protest outside the UN headquarters here to raise their concerns over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and its impact on the lives of the people in Punjab. The ‘Save Punjab Rally’, organised yesterday by rights group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in collaboration with civil rights …

Srebrenica elects as mayor Serb who denies massacre was genocide

Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb nationalist forces seeking to carve an ethnically homogeneous state out of Bosnia, has elected its first Serbian mayor since the 1995 massacre. For relatives of the victims, the election of Mladen Grujicic, a Serbian nationalist who denies that the massacre was genocide despite international …

UN chief says Assad responsible for 300,000 deaths, renews call to refer Syria to war crimes court

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad’s “failure of leadership” has caused the deaths of over 300,000 people, according to an interview released Monday. Asked by the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle if he considered Assad a mass murderer, Ban said that question was for other institutions to answer. He added, though: “It’s …

Israeli forces arrest 31 Palestinians in West Bank and East Jerusalem

Israel arrested dozens of Palestinians after a shooting rampage in Jerusalem killed two people and wounded five others, police said on Monday. The arrests after Sunday’s attack included 31 Palestinians seeking to participate in celebrations in memory of the assailant as well as members of his family in east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan …

Plan for UK military to opt out of European convention on human rights

Controversial plans for the military to opt out from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) during future conflicts will be introduced by ministers, to see off what the prime minister described as an “industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers. The long-mooted idea will be announced on Tuesday at the Conservative party conference by Theresa …

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