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'Real risk' of refugees freezing to death in Syria after rains destroy shelters

As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in LebanonAt least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Contin...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Lebanon, Migration And Development, Idlib

Bahrain arbitrarily detained activist's family, UN body rules

Trio are related to UK-based Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has protested against kingdomBahrain has been found guilty by a UN body of arbitrarily detaining three relatives of a British-based human rights activist as a reprisal for his protest in London against the visit of the country’s king in 2017.In a judgment published on Thursday, the UN called for all three to be released from detention and suggested evidence showed they had been victims of torture and false confessions. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Protest, Law, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Un, Bahrain, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei

UK councils invest £566m in arms firms implicated in Saudi's Yemen campaign

Exclusive: workers’ pensions invested in five firms linked to conflict which has killed thousands of civilians More than half a billion pounds of council workers’ pension money has been directly invested by local councils in arms companies implicated in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a conflict in which thousands of civilians have been killed.Council pension funds have sizeable shareholdings in BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, according to nearly 1...
Tags: Politics, UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Local Government, Airbus, Freedom Of Information, Yemen, Bae Systems, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems Airbus Lockheed Martin Raytheon

Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Saudi Arabia, White House, Women, Society, World news, US news, Blogging, Bbc, Divorce, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Feminism

Children 'still being tortured to confess to Isis links' by Kurdish security forces

Nearly two years after raising the alarm, Human Rights Watch report reveals continued allegations of electric shocks and beatings on boys aged 14 to 17Kurdish security forces in Erbil are continuing to torture children to confess their involvement with Islamic State, according to allegations in a report released by Human Rights Watch.According to the organisation, which first raised the alarm about the mistreatment of child detainees by Kurdish security forces nearly two years ago, it has collec...
Tags: Isis, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, Iraq, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Torture, Human Rights Watch, Erbil, Human Rights Watch According

A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters

Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in apartheid South Africa, writes Beverley NaidooThe news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe intends to go on hunger strike, to protest against denial of medical care in her Iranian prison, is heart-rending (Report, 4 January).It’s a desperate decision but one that may cause permanent, if not fatal, self-harm. Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in the segregated white women’s section of Pretoria Central Prison in apartheid South Af...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Human Rights, Law, US, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Amnesty International, Brexit, Trump, E-petitions, Amnesty International UK

Baghdad at 10 million: fragile dreams of normality as megacity status beckons

The next 15 megacities #1: Iraq’s capital remains a profoundly damaged place, but the city feels more stable these days – at times even vibrantAfter an exhausting journey through Baghdad’s vast and grimy suburbs, the pastel-coloured blocks of Besmaya Dream City rise up above the rushes just beyond one of the modern gates marking the edge of the city.The orderliness of these dozens of towers – some lived in, some unfinished – is a shock in the otherwise chaotic jumble of low-rise cityscape. The r...
Tags: Housing, Iraq, Society, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Cities and development, Baghdad, Hanwha, Besmaya Dream City

The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia’s jailed activists: let them go | Editorial

The Saudi regime locks up and tortures campaigners who advocate reforms it agrees with. This needs to stopSaudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom, civil liberties and women’s rights. This would not have changed much if the kingdom’s 82-year-old monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, seen as a conservative figure, was in charge. However, the king is decrepit and does not run the country. Since he ascended to the...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Women, World news, Canada, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Feminism, Harry, Istanbul, Mohammed, King Salman, Riyadh

Think Riyadh’s Netflix ban was bad? Imagine if Hasan Minhaj was a Saudi citizen | Safa Al Ahmad

If the US comic lived in the kingdom, he would have been spied on, arrested, tortured and possibly worseThe government of Saudi Arabia makes it very clear that resistance to its regime is futile. It will not tolerate dissent; it is untouchable. Related: Outrage after Netflix pulls comedy show criticising Saudi Arabia Continue reading...
Tags: Comedy, Human Rights, Media, Law, Saudi Arabia, US, World news, Netflix, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Freedom Of Speech, Torture, Riyadh, Hasan Minhaj, Al Ahmad

Experts urge Egypt to rethink two-child population strategy

Medics say limiting families s not the answer for a country where a baby is born every 15 secondsIn the cramped office of New Cairo hospital’s family planning clinic, Safah Hosny sets a box overflowing with contraceptives next to the visitors’ ledger on a small desk.There are eight condoms for one Egyptian pound, about 4p, or ampoules of injectable birth control, for just under 9p. A contraceptive implant lasting three years costs 22p, while copper IEDs – the most popular form of birth control o...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Population, Contraception and family planning, Global development, New Cairo, Hosny, Safah Hosny

Women forced into marriage overseas asked to repay cost of return to UK

Foreign Office criticised for seeking to recoup outlay on victims’ fares and expensesThe Foreign Office is seeking to recoup the cost of repatriating young women who have been forced into marriages overseas, it has been revealed, with charities criticising the government for making women “pay for their protection”.An investigation found that many of the 82 victims of forced marriage repatriated in 2016-17 had to pay for living costs between making distress calls and returning home, as well as th...
Tags: UK, Africa, Society, UK News, Middle East and North Africa, Somalia, Forced marriage, Foreign Office, Foreign Office They

Palestinian superbug epidemic could spread, say doctors

Medics say antibiotics shortage stops them following protocols to fight drug-resistant bacteriaDoctors in Gaza and the West Bank have warned they are battling an , a growing problem in the world’s conflict zones, which could also spill over the Palestinian borders.The rise and spread of such virulent infections adds to the devastation of war, increasing medical costs, blocking hospital beds because patients need care for longer, and often leaving people whose injuries might once have been heale...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, West Bank, Drug resistance

Asylum seeker to sue UK for funding Libyan detention centres

Ethiopian teenager says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour in centres part-funded by UKA teenage asylum seeker from Ethiopia is planning to sue the government for its role in funding detention centres in Libya, where he says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour.The teenager, who turned 18 a few weeks ago, cannot be named. He lives in London and is waiting for the Home Office to determine his asylum claim. His legal action against the government’s Dep...
Tags: UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Africa, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Ethiopia, Libya, Department for International Development DfID

Iran sentences three human rights lawyers to prison, reports say

Trio face lengthy terms for opposing the ruling system amid accusations of ‘propaganda’Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, according to newspaper reports.The Arman daily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an “illegal gathering” and one year for “propaganda” against the ruling system. It added that they could appeal against the verdict. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ghasem Sholeh Saadi, Arash Keikhosravi

Conflicts and poverty drive big jump in global migration, finds report

International migrant numbers have risen by a fifth over four years to 280m, says UNRising instances of conflict and poverty have propelled a 20% increase in the number of international migrants over the space of four years, according to a major report from the UN showing the scale of global migration.According to the UN’s International Labour Organization the total number of people who left their home country in search of work, to join family, or to flee conflicts and persecution increased to 2...
Tags: Business, Society, World news, Poverty, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Un, Inequality, International Labour Organization

UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by weapons sales to the Saudi coalition

UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by the billions brought in through the bungling, deceitful sale of British weapons to Saudi ArabiaThe war in Yemen has killed as many as 57,000 people since March 2015, left 8.4 million people surviving on food aid and created a cholera epidemic. The British government claims to have been at the forefront of international humanitarian assistance, giving more than £570m to Yemen in bilateral aid since the war began.Yet the financial value of aid is a drop in the ocean ...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Arms trade, Conflict and arms

‘They silenced Khashoggi but gave thousands a voice’

Omar Abdulaziz broke down when told of the death of his mentor. From his Montreal home, he explains why the murder has made Saudi dissidents strongerFor Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi dissident living in exile in Canada, the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was more than a prominent columnist and veteran who knew the ins and outs of the Saudi royal court. He was a mentor and father figure.Abdulaziz, who often lambasts the Saudi leadership and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in onl...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, Americas, World news, Canada, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Freedom Of Speech, Montreal, Mohammed bin Salman, Abdulaziz, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Omar Abdulaziz

The famine facing Yemen is a war crime – it must be investigated | Emily Thornberry

The Saudi-led coalition has deliberately targeted civilians. The UK must press for answers – not be complicit in a cover-upToday the UN security council will debate a UK-drafted resolution containing a rather gentle entreaty to the warring parties in Yemen. It will ask them to take “constant care to spare civilian objects, including those necessary for food production, distribution, processing and storage”.If that sounds like the safety instructions for a new vacuum cleaner, then welcome to the ...
Tags: UK, Law, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Britain, United States, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, War Crimes, Un, UN Security Council, Emily Thornberry, Yemen, Arms trade, Mohammed bin Salman

The Guardian view on the sentencing of Matthew Hedges: a violation of rights | Editorial

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt is right to stand firm in defence of the British academic jailed for life in the UAE for spyingThis year, the United Arab Emirates launched the inaugural World Tolerance Summit – its latest initiative to brand itself a humane and progressive country celebrating openness and dialogue. That was last week. Today, it jailed the British academic Matthew Hedges for life for spying, stunning diplomats as well as friends and supporters. The sentence has sent a chill through...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Education, Law, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, United Arab Emirates, Jeremy Hunt, Uae, Durham University, Mohammed bin Zayed, Hedges

We have a duty to help the children of Palestine | Letters

On the UN’s Universal Children’s Day – 20 November – teachers and lecturers urge the UK government to lobby for the release of child prisoners and an end to the mistreatment of children detained under military lawAs teachers and lecturers, we feel strongly that today, on the UN’s Universal Children’s Day, we must call on our government to work with increased determination to achieve improved welfare for the children living in Palestine under occupation and in Gaza. On this day, we are reminded t...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Education, Children, Israel, Society, World news, Teaching, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Trade unions, Gaza, Palestine, United Nations, Schools, Un

Briton dies from rabies after trip to Morocco

UK resident infected with disease after being bitten by cat, says Public Health EnglandA Briton has died after contracting rabies while visiting Morocco, public health officials have said.The UK resident was infected with the disease after being bitten by a cat, Public Health England (PHE) said on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Morocco, Public Health England PHE, Public Health EnglandA Briton

The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit | Editorial

The suffering grows and no end is in sight. This is turning out to be our crime tooThe suffering of civilians in Yemen is not only the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It is a crime. Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman says her country is being “systematically destroyed”. Half of the country’s 22 million inhabitants are on the brink of starvation; 1.8 million children are severely malnourished. For many it is already too late. The United Nations predicts this could become the worst famine for...
Tags: Health, Politics, Saudi Arabia, US, Society, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, World Health Organization, Un, Yemen, Emirati, Hodeidah

Looming violence in Yemen as UN peace talks pushed back

Chances of famine exacerbated by escalating fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalitionPeace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war have been pushed back to the end of the year, sparking fears that intense violence in Hodeidah will worsen and the country will be plunged into famine as the Saudi-backed coalition seeks to completely retake the vital port city.Fighting in Houthi rebel-controlled Hodeidah has flared in the past week as militias loyal to the Yemeni government attempt to break t...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Hodeidah, Jamal Khashoggi

Bahrain election condemned after opposition ban

UK and EU call on Bahrain to end repression and allow ‘free and fair elections’Upcoming parliamentary elections in Bahrain have been deprived of any legitimacy by a ban on opposition parties, legislators in the US, UK, Ireland and the European parliament have declared in four separate letters calling on the country to end the repression.Bahrain, a former British colony ruled by the Sunni al-Khalifa royal family, is due to hold elections on 24 November for the Council of Representatives of Bahrai...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Caroline Lucas, US Congress, Bahrain, Gulf

'End war on Yemen's children': conflict escalates around Hodeidah hospital

UN warns heightening of hostilities following US ceasefire calls will have devastating impact on severely malnourished childrenFighting has intensified around the largest hospital operating in the port city of Hodeidah, preventing access to severely malnourished and vulnerable children, the UN’s children’s agency has warned.The escalation in conflict follows US calls for a ceasefire and suggestions that peace talks may be held in Sweden. On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition said it had attacked ...
Tags: Sweden, Children, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Sana'a, Hodeidah, Conflict and arms

Qatar has made great progress in reforming its labour system | Letters

Qatar is not ambivalent to the plight of its migrant workforce, says Thamer Al ThaniPete Pattisson’s article (Migrants claim recruiters lured them into forced labour at top Qatar hotel, 29 October) fails to acknowledge the progress Qatar has made in reforming its labour system and attempts to portray Qatar as ambivalent to the plight of our migrant workforce. This is simply not true. The State of Qatar has been working to overhaul our labour system so that all employees in Qatar are protected by...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Law, Qatar, World news, Middle East and North Africa, International Labour Organisation, Thamer Al ThaniPete Pattisson

Famine in Yemen could become one of worst in living memory, UN says

Country is in ‘clear and present danger’ of mass deaths from starvation, top aid official saysYemen is sliding fast toward what could become one of the worst famines in living memory, the UN’s top emergency relief official has warned.The country is in “clear and present danger” of mass deaths from starvation, and as many as 14 million people – half the population – could soon be entirely dependent on aid to survive, the under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, Mark Lowcock, said. Contin...
Tags: Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Un, Yemen, Mark Lowcock

The world can no longer ignore Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses | Rodney Dixon

After Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, it’s time to stop pretending that locking up dissidents is normalFor the dozens of women and other activists arrested in Saudi Arabia this past year alone, Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance last week at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul will not have come as a surprise. For those who have been able to leave the kingdom after speaking out, meanwhile, it has now become overwhelmingly clear that even on the outside they need to be extremely careful. The regime has a...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Istanbul, Saudi Embassy, Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Rodney Dixon

Yemen on brink of 'world's worst famine in 100 years' if war continues

UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned.If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Continue reading...
Tags: Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Un, Yemen, Lise Grande

My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid. I see the parallels with Israel | Nkosi Zwelivelile

It took an international effort to end institutionalised racism in my country – now it must happen again, for Palestinian peopleMy grandfather, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, would have turned 100 this year. The world is marking the centenary of his birth and celebrating his leadership in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. But while my country has long been free from racist minority rule, the world is not yet free of the crime of apartheid.Like Madiba and Desmond Tutu before me, I see th...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Palestinian territories, Desmond Tutu, Madiba, Nkosi Zwelivelile, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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