Afghan Women Protest Against Compulsory Hijab Wearing

A group of women took to the streets in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday to advocate for equal rights with men and strongly opposed compulsory wearing of Hijab. The Taliban’s Ministry of Virtue and Vice had recently placed posters …

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Lithuania Compensates Guantanamo “Forever Prisoner” More Than $110,000

Lithuania has compensated more than $110,000 to Abu Zubaydah, the Guantánamo detainee known as the “forever prisoner” for allowing the CIA to detain and torture him at a local black site. Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabia-born Palestinian, was accused of being …

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Myanmar Court Sentenced Suu Kyi Four more Years

A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in jail on Monday on charges of unlicensed walkie-talkies and breaking coronavirus rules. The court handed Suu Kyi a two-year sentence for breaching an …

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Saudi Princess, Daughter Released After Nearly 3-Year In Jail

Saudi authorities released a Saudi Princess, Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 57, and her daughter, Souhoud Al Sharif after almost three years in prison, her lawyer confirmed. Basmah’s legal adviser, Henri Estramant said that the two were released …

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Taliban Arrests Prominent Afghan Professor After Criticism

The Taliban arrested a prominent university professor in Afghanistan on Jan. 8 after he publicly criticized the regime in a live television debate. Taliban authorities arrested Faizullah Jalal, a long-time professor of law and political science in Kabul University, after …

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Cambodian Prime Minister to Visit Myanmar Despite Warning of Looming Civil War

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose country holds the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, was set to visit Myanmar on Friday and Saturday despite warnings of a looming civil war. “We feel that all …

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EU Backs Myanmar Arms Embargo in Response to Junta Atrocities

The European Union has called for an international arms embargo against Myanmar following a massacre that left 35 people dead including humanitarian workers. On Christmas eve, junta forces killed 35 people, including two Save the Children workers, and set fire …

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Russian Court Orders Closure of Second Major Human Rights Group in Two Days

A Russian court on Dec. 29 ordered the closure of Memorial Human Rights Center (MHRC) a day after the Russian Supreme Court shut down its sister organization, Memorial International. The Moscow City Court agreed with prosecutors who alleged that MHRC …

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Indonesia Turns Away Rohingya Stranded off Aceh, Sends them to Malaysia

Indonesian authorities said Tuesday they are sending the Rohingya refugees back to Malaysia.  Navy Official Dian Suryansyah said Rohingya were not Indonesian citizens, and the army could not “simply bring them in as refugees.” “This is in line with government …

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Afghan Women Protest Taliban Travel Rules

Dozens of Afghan women, including a number of female activists on Tuesday marched through the streets of Afghan capital city of Kabul, chanting slogans against Taliban’s new restriction rule on them. The protestors gathered in front of the Taliban’s Ministry …

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