Anti-government activists and families of Beirut blast victims take part in a protest, in front the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on September 24th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

The Beirut port blast inquiry has been suspended for a second time after two ex-ministers mounted legal action to remove investigating judge Tarek Bit(...)

Loujain al-Hathloul: one prison guard wrote that the prominent female rights campaigner  “was subjected to unprecedented sexual harassment” which he witnessed.  Photograph: Rania Sanjar/ AFP via Getty Images

Insider accounts have surfaced of alleged torture of high-profile Saudi political detainees, according to campaign group Human Rights Watch. In a wee(...)

The PSNI is also involved in two projects, called Crest and Connexions, with a private company called Motorola Solutions Israel. File photograph: PA

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has been urged to suspend its work on four security-research projects involving the Israeli ministry res(...)

 Lebanese Sunni clerics wear protective face masks as they attend a protest in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank in front of the headquarters of the United Nations in  Beirut last week. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh

Success in labelling critiques of Israeli treatment of Palestinians as “anti-Semitic” is to put such critiques beyond the Pale of legitimate argument(...)

Palestinian women wait to cross a checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, to attend prayers at a mosque. Photograph: Nasser Nasser/AP Photo

Israel has rejected a damning report by Human Rights Watch that accused the country of crimes against humanity, apartheid and persecution. HRW execut(...)

The wreckage of the Ukrainian  passenger   aircraft downed by Iranian armed forces on January 8th, 2020, near Tehran, killing all 176 people  on board. Photograph:  EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

A year after Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran airport it is under growing international pressure to try those responsible and comp(...)

Researchers also documented people with mental health problems, including children, being subjected to alternative ‘treatments’, including eating or drinking mixes of herbs. Photograph: Florent Vergnes/AFP

The World Health Organisation has warned of a mental health crisis across Africa, as services are disrupted or stopped, even as demand rises due to th(...)

Burundi’s former president Pierre Nkurunziza: he refused to step down after two terms. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Burundians responsible for serious human rights violations continue to enjoy impunity despite the death of the previous president, according to a Unit(...)

Migrants  from Tunisia and Libya are examined as they arrive on board  an Italian coast guard  boat in the Italian Pelagie Island of Lampedusa. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

At least 364 children and minors have been intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea this year, trying to reach Europe, and been forced back to Libya, acco(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: since taking power in 2010, Mr Orban has tightened central control over a host of previously independent news agencies and turned public news outlets into transmitters for government messaging. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Hungary’s nationalist government is again being accused of suffocating independent media after dozens of journalists at leading news outlet Index quit(...)

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