Middle East

Palestinian territories: separate and unequal

22 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: This report shows that Israel operates a two-tier system for the two populations of the West Bank in the large areas where it exercises exclusive control. Read

Calls to free Syrian activist

19 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: Syrian authorities should not prosecute a political activist for statements criticizing Iran’s 2009 presidential election and should release him immediately. Read

US aid diverted to Yemen insurgency

15 December 10 - Yemen is diverting US military counterterrorism assistance to an abusive military campaign unrelated to terrorist threats, a prominent human rights group has learned from Wikileaks. Read

Iranian calls to expell UK Ambassador

13 December 10 - From BBC News: Iranian politicians have called for Britain’s ambassador to Tehran to be expelled after comments he made about the country’s human rights record. Read

Iran denies releasing women scheduled for stoning

10 December 10 - From Reuters: An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning has not been released, state-run Press TV said on Friday, denying a report by a European human rights group which quoted "sources in Iran" as saying she had been freed. Read

Mideast peace key to resolving Iran impasse

10 December 10 - Israeli leaders and their neo-conservative supporters insist the State Department cables published by Wikileaks prove that Sunni Arab leaders are more preoccupied with the threat posed by Iran than with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian (...) Read

Christian pastor faces death in Iran

8 December 10 - From CNN: A Christan pastor in Iran has been sentenced to death for allegedly renouncing his Muslim religion and another faces a possible indictment on the same charge of apostasy, according to a prominent activist group working for human rights in (...) Read

Little progress at Geneva talks with Iran

8 December 10 - The first meeting between Iran and the world’s major powers in more than a year ended Tuesday with little to show apart from a vague promise to meet again next month in Turkey. Read

Israel cause of Palestinian health woes

7 December 10 - From AFP: The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in the Jewish state were the direct consequence of government policies. Read

Larijani defends Iran’s rights record

4 December 10 - From Newsweek: Iran is routinely lambasted for its use of torture, summary executions, and midnight raids to quell the political opposition. Read
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