Floods in Sudan destroy thousands of homes, killing at least 65 people

Photo of flood in Sudan 2013: Credit - Nafeer Sudan In Sudan at least 65 people were killed, and more than 14,000 homes were destroyed, during recent torrential rain and flooding. Sudan usually experiences heavy rain between June and October each year, however, this year’s disastrous downpour has damaged more than 30,400 homes and killed almost 700 cattle. At least 14 schools have been damaged across the country, and more than 1,600 water sources have been contaminated with Sudan’s Khartoum, Blue Nile, and River Nile states among the hardest hit by the floods. The UN said on Wednesday that...

Tens of thousands take to the streets as election protests grow in Belarus

Photo of President Alexander Lukashenko Tens of thousands flooded Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for a fifth consecutive day of protest against a corrupt election they claimed helped extend the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Demonstrators have been protesting since Sunday, demanding a recount of the ballet that gave Lukashenko a landslide victory extending his 26 years of “iron-fisted” rule. However, the police moved aggressively to break up the protests earlier this week, using batons, stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, leaving hundreds injured and at least one killed. They...

Human rights report finds 44 Chad prisoners died 'due to the conditions of detention’

44 prisoners were found dead in their cell in a prison in Chad because they were kept in 46°C heat, according to a National Human Rights Commission report released this month.

Greek government abandoned asylum seekers at sea breaking international law

The Greek government secretly abandoned at least 1,072 asylum seekers in inflatable rafts at the edge of Greek territorial waters, according to a report by The New York Times . Some migrants reported being left in leaky or over-capacity lifeboats with no motors before being picked up by the Turkish Coast Guard. There were at least 31 expulsions of this type, which are illegal under international law. The Greek government has denied taking part in any illegal activity.

Israel blocks aid to Gaza Strip in response to incendiary balloons

Photo of Israeli Defence Force Artillery Corps Following a US-brokered agreement which normalized relationships between the UAE and Israel, Israel has responded to explosive-laden balloons released in protest by Hamas operatives by imposing a blockade on aid to the Gaza strip. Human rights NGOs have widely condemned this blockade, describing it as an “another cynical move of continuous collective punishment, intended deliberately to hurt the Gaza Strip’s two million residents”. Criticism of the blockade also highlighted the damaging effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused, especially...

‘Investigate human rights abuses in Kashmir’ Human Rights Watch tells India

Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised India for alleged human rights abuses by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and has urged Delhi to order an independent investigation into the killings of three people by the army that took place last July. The army reportedly killed three persons in Baramulla district on July 18 whom they claimed were militants. However, the relatives of the dead insist that they were in Baramulla in search of work and had no connection to militancy. In the spotlight is the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a law that effectively permits the army to abuse human rights with impunity. Jammu and Kashmir has been in turmoil since the law was imposed on the state since 1990. “There can be no end to the cycle of violence in Kashmir if security forces are not held accountable for their past and current abuses,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch.

Five Israeli Officers charged with robbery and assault of Palestinians

Photo of Israeli police in 2017 Five Israeli Border Police officers have been charged with 14 cases of robbery and assault, against Palestinian men entering Israel on Thursday. The officers are suspected of stealing thousands of shekels and beating Palestinian men as well as breach of trust and obstructing an investigation. The five officers were identified as Amir Edri, the alleged commander of the unit, Tal Yosef Mizrahi, Uri Medina, Refael Hazan and Lidor Zafriri. The five officers would allegedly wait for Palestinian men near a hole in the security fence in the southern West Bank and then...

Israel and UAE make deal to normalise relations, as Palestinians slam agreement

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal to normalize relations between the two countries, which wil see Israel halt plans to annex parts of the West Bank. Palestinian officals have however called the deal a"betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian cause". US President Donald Trump issued a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, saying this “is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will...

UK court ruling finds police use of facial recognition technology a violation of human rights

The UK Court of Appeal ruled the British law enforcement’s facial recognition usage is “unlawful”, in a landmark case being celebrated by human rights campaigners this week. Judges stated that South Wales Police breached privacy rights, data protection laws and equality laws on Tuesday, following a legal challenge brought by civil rights group Liberty. The use of automated facial recognition technology was assumed on a trial basis by the South Wales Police in 2017, when a system called AFR Locate was deployed at several dozen major events such as football matches. Police matches scan against watchlists of known individuals to identify wanted persons, had open warrants against them, or were in some way or another ‘persons of interest’. The Court of Appeal judgment stated that South Wales Police had never sought to investigate that the software being used "does not have an unacceptable bias on grounds of race or sex.”

3 killed in violent clashes following offensive social media post in India's Bengaluru

Photo Credit: Simon Williams-Im A violent clash between the police and protesters, following an offensive social media post about Prophet Muhammad, has led to the deaths of three people in Bengaluru, in Southern India. The derogatory post sparked outrage and led to attacks on the police station as well as police houses and vehicles. The police resorted to live ammunition resulting in the death of three people. Police have further imposed a prohibition against public gatherings in Bengaluru. Police Commissioner, Kamal Pant, reported to Al Jazeera that they have arrested the person responsible...