UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet led calls on Tuesday for Afghanistan’s new Taliban leaders to respect the rights of all Afghans and warned that the treatment of women and girls is a “fundamental red line” that should not be crossed.
Ms. Bachelet added that “a fundamental red line will be the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls, and respect for their rights to liberty, freedom of movement, education, self-expression and employment, guided by international human rights norms. In particular, ensuring access to quality secondary education for girls will be an essential indicator of commitment to human rights.”
Warning that Afghanistan…
A historic defeat for the Muslim Brotherhood Justice and Development Party (PJD) in the elections in Morocco and the Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani, supported by the PJD, has failed to win a seat in parliament.
The Moroccan Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the turnout exceeded 50 percent, and this participation is much higher than the last percentage recorded in the 2016 elections.
The minister said that The Liberal Party leads the parliamentary elections with 97 seats.
Since Turkey took control of Afrin in 2018, the city’s Syrian Kurds face arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violations, property theft, extrajudicial killing, and gender-based violence. Throughout the Turkish-occupied territories, a cycle of violence and abuse has become common as Turkish-backed opposition groups are turning to criminal activities to exploit citizens, particularly Syrian Kurds and Yazidis.
Afrin is now among the worst places in Syria for women’s rights and political representation.
Since Turkey’s occupation, women have been almost entirely forced out of the public sphere, particularly the indigenous Kurdish and Yazidi women, said Bodette.
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State terror group denied on Tuesday night it had conducted airstrikes against Iran-backed militias operating in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, after reports claimed a number of vehicles in the area were struck.
A spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, Colonel Wayne Marotto, tweeted that the coalition “can confirm we did not conduct air strikes in Al-Bukamal, Sept. 14, 2021.”
If not them, then who are attacking those Iran-backed terrorists in Syria?
As the nation mourned the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11, the George W. Bush administration frantically tried to find its footing and prevent what many feared would be a second wave of attacks.
President Bush ordered members of his administration, including top counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, to imagine what the next attack could look like and take steps to prevent it.
The Bush administration also empowered the FBI and its partners at the CIA, National Security Agency and the Pentagon to take the fight to al-Qaida.
The military invaded Afghanistan, which had been a haven for the…
There has been no let-up in more than six years of conflict in Yemen, as a growing “climate of fear” among civilians continues, a panel of UN-appointed independent rights experts said.
The country has been divided since 2015 between Government forces backed by the military coalition, and the Houthi rebel group — also known formally as the Ansar Allah movement — who hold most of the north, including the capital, Sana’a.
The climate of fear, lawlessness and impunity for all those living in Yemen has worsened further despite political agreements and high-level discussions between key actors
Intense hostilities because of…
Experts say blocking right to apply for asylum is an infringement of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Border officials are now being trained to force boats away from British waters as surging numbers of migrants attempt to cross channel.
The number of migrants and refugees crossing the channel in small dinghies has risen this year after the British and French governments clamped down on other forms of illegal entry such as hiding in the back of trucks crossing from ports in France.
France and the UK agreed in July to deploy more police and invest in detection technology to stop channel crossings. French police have confiscated more dinghies but they say they cannot completely prevent departures.
Qatar pledged $500 million for Gaza following the May 10–21 conflict that saw heavy bombardments in the Strip and intense rocket fire into Israel.
Qatari support is considered a crucial lifeline for impoverished Palestinians living in Gaza, which has been under Israeli blockade since 2007, the year the Hamas terror group took power.
Qatar has been accused of allowing terror financiers to operate within its borders, which has been one of the justifications for the Qatar diplomatic crisis that started in 2017 and ended in 2021.
Qatar has been accused of supporting Hamas, the Palestinian group designated as a terrorist organization by many countries such as United States
“UNICEF is deeply concerned after the reported deaths of a 10-year-old child on 24 August in Diyala by the detonation of an explosive remnant of war (ERW) and of an 11-year-old child on 25 August in Muradiya Village, South of Baquba, due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED.) UNICEF expresses its deep sorrow and condolences to the children’s families, friends, and communities.
“UNICEF urges all parties in Iraq to accelerate every effort to clear existing mines and unexploded ordnance and promote victim assistance and to uphold children’s right to a safe and protective environment.
Landmines and ERW often result in civilian casualties, with children being the most vulnerable. Since children are smaller than adults, they are more likely to take the full impact of the blast and are therefore more likely to suffer death or serious injuries.
Amnesty found families of victims were not offered post-mortem investigation to determine whether working conditions contributed to deaths.
Research carried out by Amnesty International showed that at least 70 percent of deaths had not been investigated and gone unexplained between 2010 and 2019, despite Qatar’s healthcare system being equipped to look into the causes of death.
Most of the families interviewed by Amnesty mentioned no pre-existing conditions that could have caused their relatives’ premature deaths.
Several relatives described the impact of extreme heat and difficult conditions their relatives had been exposed to at work with temperatures reaching 39°C or 40°C before their deaths.