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China ‘prepares DNA testing’ of Muslims in Xinjiang

China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of Muslim-majority Xinjiang amid human rights observers’ concern. China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that’s been under a security crackdown, rights …

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Croatia ‘Forcing’ Hungary To Take In Migrants

The Levant – – More than 20,000 migrants, have streamed into Croatia since Hungary on Tuesday barred their route to the European Union through its southern border with Serbia with a metal fence, tear gas and water cannon. Croatia said on Saturday it had “forced” Hungary to take in thousands of …

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Will Yemen kick-off the ‘War of the two Blocs?’

By Sharmine Narwani* for RT– There is media confusion about what is going on in Yemen and the broader Middle East. Pundits are pointing out that the US is looking schizophrenic with policies that back opposite sides of the fight against al-Qaeda-style extremism in Iraq and in Yemen. But it …

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Iran Frees Activist Blogger Hossein Derakhshan

THE LEVANT – An activist known as the “blogfather” of Iran has finally been released from prison in his homeland after six years. Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been pardoned by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. He was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of spying for Israel, then sentenced to …

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Bahrain releases pro-democracy activist awaiting trial

THE LEVANT – Bahraini authorities released pro-democracy activist Zainab Al Khawaja from detention on Wednesday, her lawyer and sister said, as she awaits trial over a charge of insulting Bahrain’s king by tearing up his picture. Zainab, daughter of jailed activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, fell foul of the judge last …

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Iran: Ruling on Official Linked to Protester Deaths

THE LEVANT – An Iranian Supreme Court ruling barring from government positions a former judiciary figure linked to protester deaths after the disputed 2009 presidential election is a step toward justice, but far from adequate. In 2010 a parliamentary committee had found Mortazavi responsible for the deaths of three persons due …

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Yemen: Civilian Toll of Fighting in Capital

THE LEVANT – The Houthi armed group and the Yemeni armed forces’ Sixth Regional Command appear to have committed violations of the laws of war during fighting in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, from September 17-21, 2014. The government should investigate alleged violations by both sides and appropriately punish those responsible. Human Rights …

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Bahraini forces attack Imam Hussain mourners

THE LEVANT – Bahraini regime forces have attacked Shia mourners commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), the third Shia Imam. Security forces targeted the mourners in several villages across the country on Saturday. They destroyed and removed all banners, flags and black cloths commemorating the Ashura …

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Vicious, unjust rulings in case of Rasmea Odeh

THE LEVANT – Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Oct 28 statement of Rasmea Defense Committee: Judge Gershwin Drain handed down a series of outrageous and unjust decisions, Oct 27 – 28, in the case of revered Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh. The government is going all out to …

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The murder of Serena Shim

THE LEVANT – Mystery of American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey… just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence …

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#IamTawfik: Grieving Civil Society Initiates Campaign

THE LEVANT – By Ayat Mneina – Grieving friends and admirers of Tawfik Bensaud and Sami El-Kawafi have started a social media campaign in their names less than a week after their assassinations.  This is the first time the vicious operation against Benghazi and Derna-which has previously targeted Libyan military figures, judges, …

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Yemen: Provide Whereabouts of ‘Disappeared’ Activist

THE LEVANT –  Yemeni authorities should urgently provide information on the whereabouts of a forcibly disappeared southern movement activist, Human Rights Watch said today, following a letter to the interior minister on September 17, 2014, which received no response. The authorities should provide Khaled al-Junaidi, 42, immediate access to his …

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Lives of detained Sufi journalists in the balance

THE LEVANT – Reporters Without Borders – Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the many journalists and netizens who continue to be detained despite suffering serious ailments, and condemns the lack of adequate medical treatment in the prisons where they are held. There is currently a great deal of concern …

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British human rights researchers held in Qatar released

THE LEVANT – Two British-Nepalese human rights researchers held in custody in Qatar have been released. Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, researchers for the Global Network for Rights and Development, were released early on Tuesday morning “They were released at 12:30am,” Upadhyaya’s wife told Gulf News. “He called me and …

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Khalil Halwachi is arrested in Bahrain

THE LEVANT – Fears over the safety of Mr. Khalil’s Halwachi, father of the Head of monitoring and documentation of EBOHR, after raiding his home at dawn and arresting him. The European- Bahraini Organisation For Human Rights expresses its deep concern over the  arrest of 57-year-old Mr. Khalil Halwachi by the Bahraini …

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Bahrain’s Freedom Fighters

THE LEVANT – As she rushed to her father’ side as he’s been taken ill, Maryam Al Khawaja, daughter of prominent rights activist and main figure of the opposition in Bahrain – Abdel Hadi Al Khawaja, was once again confronted with the reality of state-run oppression. A pariah in her …

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Maryam Al Khawaja is denied entry to Bahrain

THE LEVANT – Leading Maryam Al-Khawaja, a Bahraini citizen and the Co-Director of the Gulf Center For Human Rights, was denied entry to her country today [August 30, 2014]. According to the organisation, she was planning to visit her father, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is in prison and on his …

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UN Chief: Gaza massacre, destruction shame whole world

THE LEVANT – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded an end to the senseless cycle of suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, telling the General Assembly that “the massive deaths and destruction in Gaza have shocked and shamed the world.” Ban urged the international community to support the enormous task of rebuilding …

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