The Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, on Friday announced his resignation after nearly two months of increasingly violent protests. Earlier on Friday, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a key religious figure in Iraq and one of the nation’s most respected Shiite clerics, condemned the violence against protestors and called for a shift in government. Abdul-Mahdi’s [...]

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Amnesty International on Tuesday verified evidence confirming the death of more than 100 protesters in Iran as the country entered its fifth day of a state-imposed communication blackout after protests erupted on Friday in response to a sharp increase in fuel prices. Amnesty is alleging numerous specific charges that they believe “reveal a harrowing pattern [...]

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Protests have broken out across Iran after President Hassan Rouhani announced Friday that petrol will be rationed and the government subsidy will be reduced, causing prices to increase by over 50 percent. Under the new plan, the government has stated that the excess funds created by the price increase will be redistributed to those families [...]

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Haiti has experienced many protests this year. The protests have primarily focused on a myriad of economic concerns and were initially sparked by a fuel crisis within the country. The underlying impetus of these protests, however, are allegations that many senior officials in the Haitian government, including President Jovenel Moïse, have been implicated in the [...]

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German federal public prosecutors charged two suspected former Syrian intelligence officers with “more than 4000 alleged cases of torture” in the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz in October. The case, which is anticipated to start in 2020, will be the “first criminal trial worldwide” over alleged crimes against humanity in Syria. The defendants are Anwar R [...]

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) made separate allegations Friday that Turkey has been illegally deporting refugees back into Syria since January. These allegations stem from investigations performed by each organization in which they conducted interviews with refugees possessing evidence that Turkey has violated international non-refoulement laws. Amnesty found 20 definitive cases where refugees [...]

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James Jeffrey, the US special envoy to Syria, on Wednesday told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “we’ve seen several incidents which we consider war crimes” during Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria. These allegations follow a number of other similar claims made by leading human rights organizations. Jeffrey’s office has been investigating the actions of [...]

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called Friday for the release of thousands of people recently arrested en masse in Egypt in response to several peaceful protests at the end of September. The OHCHR stated that Egypt violated the protesters’ rights to due process as well as freedom of assembly [...]

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