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Canada: Mohamed Fahmy, Amnesty International Seek “Charter” To Help Canadians Jailed Overseas


journalist Mohamed Fahmy is leading the call for a new law that would lay out how Canadian politicians and bureaucrats should proceed when citizens are detained overseas. Fahmy, along with Amnesty International and other civil society groups advocating to see a ” protection charter” that would give transparency to a process that appears to be applied unequally and unevenly around …

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Dispatches: Tunisia – Nobel Prize Sends Message of Hope

President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui (L-R), Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abassi and President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessattar ben Moussa arrive to give a news conference in Tunis September 21, 2013.

© 2013 Reuters

By:  Amna Guellali human rights watch There was a time Tunisia looked set to follow the path of many of the popular uprisings during the Arab Spring – first hope, then a decent into bloodshed and chaos. What helped save Tunisia’s prospects was an extraordinary coming together of civil society groups that guided a national dialogue and charted a path …

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United Nations: lack of funds Stops Aid to Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Photo from zaatari refugee camp in Jordan

The U.N. food agency said it has ceased assistance to 229,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan because of a lack of funds, but will continue to provide for 211,000 others. World Food Program spokeswoman Dina El-Kassaby said “Due to a lack of funds we had to suspend from the first of September assistance to 229,000 Syrians who live in Jordan, outside …

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Saudi Arabia: businesswoman charged with torturing domestic helper to death


The businesswoman claimed the wounds on her helper were caused by a fall from the second A Saudi businesswoman faces charges of causing Death of her domestic helper’s will goes on trial few weeks later. The domestic helper whose nationality was not mentioned was reportedly beaten up and deprived of food for a long time and eventually moved to  hospital where …

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Human Rights Groups criticize ‘Surge’ in Israeli Home Demolitions in West Bank

Israelis bulldoze Palestinian homes

Human Rights Groups denounced Israeli demolitions of homes in the West Bank where the U.N. said 63 houses and other structures were destroyed this week alone, making 132 Palestinians homeless. In a joint statement, 31 international organizations including Oxfam and Amnesty International slammed the “surge” in demolitions and urged world leaders “to take urgent action” to put an end to …

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 Fraser Institute: Canada ranks 6th on freedom index


  A new study  suggests Canada ranks 6th  out of 152 countries when it comes to human freedom while  US is 20th. The study  is a joint project of the Fraser Institute, the Liberales Institut of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for .Freedom (Germany), and the Cato Institute (United States) .it  used 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms. Hong …

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ICRC ‘Worried’ at Abandoned Corpses in Yemen War

Staff from the ICRC and the Yemeni Red Crescent Society (YRCS) help to collect and transport the bodies of people who died due to fighting. / CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/O. Chassot

  On Tuesday , International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said  that it was “extremely concerned” by a growing number of corpses abandoned in the war zones in Yemen. Nourane Houas,the head of the ICRC’s Protection Department in Yemen said “With the escalation of the fighting, more casualties are being left behind owing to the increased danger associated with …

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Qatar Launchs Major Labour Reform for Migrant Workers


  (WPS) The Wage Protection System   is a Qatari new Labour Reforms aims to ensure that migrant laborers, will receive their pay on time. Under the new system , workers will be paid twice a month or monthly, and the payments  will  be electronically and directly  transferred to their bank accounts. As Failure to pay salaries on time, especially for …

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Egypt: Establish International Inquiry Into Rab’a Massacre

An officer from the Egyptian Central Security Forces (CSF) takes aim at a crowd of retreating protesters as security forces disperse the Rab’a sit-in on August 14, 2013. © 2013 AFP/Getty Images

No Charges 2 Years After Security Forces Killed At Least 800 Protesters  Human Rights Watch Egyptian authorities have held no government official or member of the security forces responsible for the mass killing of protesters in Cairo’s Rab’a al-Adawiya Square two years ago. On August 14, 2013, security forces killed at least 817 people and most likely more than 1,000 …

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Blood, death and flames: memories of Egypt’s Rabaa massacre


Amnesty International  By: Nadine Haddad ,( Egypt Campaigner at Amnesty International) As you walk through the bustling traffic in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square today, you would never know the bloodiest incident in Egypt’s recent history had taken place there two years ago, when the dispersal by security forces of two sit-ins in Cairo and other protests across Egypt left up to …

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