Israel frees 207 African migrants from prison

Monday, 16 April 2018

Israel on Sunday freed 207 African migrants from prison following a supreme court ruling after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu controversially reversed a deal with the UN refugee agency on the detainees’ fate.After an operation lasting several hours a spokeswoman for the immigration authority told AFP late on Sunday that all detainees had been released. There are around 42,000 African migrants in Israel. Authorities transferred 207 of them from a nearby open detention facility in ...

Mauritania unchained: Modern slave owners face 20 years in prison

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Not all slaves have been freed. In Mauritania, slavery is a reprehensible practice which still exists. A private court in Nouadhibou, Mauritania’s second largest city, recently sentenced three slave owners up to 10 and 20 years in prison. El Eid Ould Mubarak, is a lawyer and human rights activist working on the case. “This is the first time there is a Mauritanian committee in place implementing the law against slavery: the verdict is valid, and is in line with the legal atmosphere ...

From streets to torture factory: Plight of protesters in Iran

Friday, 23 February 2018

When you enter the streets to protest against the government in Iran, you know exactly what to expect should you get caught. But through sheer desperation, thousands have been forced to take to the streets, with a large number known to have paid a terrible price. With thousands having been arrested during the latest unrest in Iran, many have completely disappeared while in custody, while others are claimed by authorities to have taken their own lives. Out on the streets, where protesters openly ...

The list that says a lot about ‘suspicious suicides’ in Iran

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Desperate times call for desperate measures, they say. Suspicious suicides in Iran’s prisons are recently gaining attention inside the country and abroad, resulting in a wave of criticism targeting Tehran’s rulers. For those unfamiliar with the sensitive topic of Iran’s suicides that mushroom at desperate times for the clerical regime, a short look at the history behind this concept is necessary. Furthermore, interesting is how Tehran kills an individual to destroy any evidence ...

ANALYSIS: Human rights violations a tool to spread fear in Iran

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Despite widespread international criticism of the Iranian regime’s treatment of its citizens who participated in the recent protests, human rights violations have skyrocketed in Iran.The fate of about 8,000 protest detainees is still uncertain as they that are still languishing in the country’s prisons. Confusing and conflicting statements are being made by the theocratic regime’s propaganda machine on ways of containing future protests.For weeks the Iranian regime promised a ...

The grim repeat of torture, deaths in Iranian prisons after protests

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hardly anyone outside Iran doubts the difference between the present protests unfolding in Iran and the previous ones in the country. The closest in the way of comparison is the 2009 uprising. In the present instance, what started as protests for “bread” quickly spread across 141 cities of Iran and engulfed all of its 31 provinces. According to a classified report obtained by Iranian opposition, People Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from sources in the regime, 35 percent ...

Jailbirds in India grab eyeballs with an English play

Friday, 29 December 2017

English plays are staged regularly in the Indian city of Calcutta where the legacy of British colonial rule is on display everywhere from the elite social clubs to breathtaking monuments and larger-than-life bronze statues of generals and statesmen. But the latest production of Stagecraft, the city’s premier English language theatre group, The Teahouse of the August Moon, adapted from Vern Sneider’s 1951 novel, is a trailblazer. The entire cast of 13 men and five women are ...

PHOTOS: Prison-themed restaurant in Egypt draws in curious diners

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A restaurant in the coastal city of Mansoura called "Food Crime" is doing good business because of its novelty, according to patrons. Props like handcuffs, inmate number plaques, a prisoners' cage and even an electric chair are served up as welcome selfie-fodder. "It's a catchy idea and I did not want to do something that is traditional," said the restaurant's owner, Waleed Naeem, 37. "Our prices are competitive - our most expensive sandwich on the menu is just 15 pounds ...

Shireen Maalouf, the pianist playing for prisoners

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shireen Maalouf is one of the most precious people I met while studying in Lebanon. She resembles sweet rain that flows in a forgotten and remote land.She simply feels the pain of others and hopes to save them at all times. Her financial capabilities were not much but she had a bigger heart than just play piano for the rich and the intellectuals in fancy theatres.Shireen, the passionate and skilled pianist, thus escaped from all those who feel no pain and decided to transport her piano in a ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Britain denies $500 mln debt to Iran linked to bid to free jailed aid worker

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Britain said on Thursday that moves towards paying half a billion dollars to Iran for a debt owed since the 1979 Islamic Revolution had nothing to do with a bid to secure the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was detained in April and sentenced to five years after an Iranian court convicted her of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges. Prime Minister Theresa ...

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