Middle East

"Hebron attack must not derail talks"

1 September 10 - From the BBC: On the eve of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the US has appealed to both sides not to let the killing of four Jewish settlers near Hebron derail the talks. Read
 

Palestinian rivals crackdown on opponents

30 August 10 - From the Associated Press: The rival Palestinian governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have clamped down harder on opponents and critics in recent months — deepening a nasty split that could prevent Palestinian statehood even if peace talks with Israel kicking off this week succeed (...) Read
 

Gaza: UN mission concludes Turkey inquiry

28 August 10 - From UNOG: The international, independent fact-finding mission of high-level experts appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council to inquire into the Gaza flotilla incident has concluded a one-week visit to Turkey. Read
 

Yemen abandons rights to combat terrorism

25 August 10 - From Amnesty International: The Yemeni authorities must stop sacrificing human rights in the name of security as they confront threats from al-Qa’ida, Zaidi Shi’a rebels in the north, and address growing demands for secession in the (...) Read
 

Israel rejects UN flotilla inquiry

25 August 10 - From VOA News: U.N. officials say the Israeli government is blocking them from speaking to Israeli soldiers about the country’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Read
 

UN sends Gaza flotilla mission to Turkey

24 August 10 - From OHCHR: The international independent fact-finding mission of high-level experts appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council to inquire into the Gaza flotilla incident on Sunday began a two-week visit to Turkey (22-29 August) and Jordan (29 August – 4 September) to (...) Read
 

Afghanistan: Taliban justice ’fairer’ than state’s

20 August 10 - Residents of northern provinces of Afghanistan say they are turning to ad hoc Taleban tribunals as an alternative to the official state-run courts, which they say are corrupt and ineffectual. Read
 

Bahrain: charge or release activists

19 August 10 - From Human Rights Watch: The Bahraini government should immediately release four opposition activists detained in recent days or bring formal charges against them. Read
 

African migrants killed on Egypt/Israel border

16 August 10 - From CNN: As many as four African migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea trying to cross into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai desert were shot dead by smugglers and 10 others were wounded, according to state media. Read
 

Food cartels feast on Ramadan profits

16 August 10 - Opportunistic food traders have been blamed for soaring food prices across the Middle East that have added a financial burden on families observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Read
 
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