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Saudi Arabia's new counterterrorism law, which criminalises criticism of its rulers and classes 'disturbing public order' a terrorist act, has been condemned by Human Rights Watch.

Myanmar's draconian controls over its minority Rohingya Muslim population amount to "apartheid", Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a probe into the root causes of their mass exodus.

Saudi official denounces violence against Israel as 'un-Islamic'

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Saudi official denounces violence against Israel as 'un-Islamic'

Former Saudi justice minister spoke to Israeli paper Maariv saying Islam should not be brought into politics

Morocco's minorities demand clarity on religious freedom law

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Morocco's minorities demand clarity on religious freedom law

Representatives of Morocco's religious minorities gathered in an unprecedented meeting in Rabat to demand protection from repression ...

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Tom Charles

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Comment: For the UK, cultural ties, such as the British Council-UAE collaboration act as a lubricant to facilitate the easy flow of capital, ...

Vacy Vlazna

Inside the Battle of Algiers: Lessons for Palestine

Comment: Zohra Drif's gripping account of her actions as a young freedom fighter in 1950s Algiers has important lessons for the Palestinian struggle for liberation, writes Vacy Vlazna.

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Arab League to meet on Iran at Saudi request

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss "violations" committed by Iran in the ...

Emile Nakhleh

Tillerson's vanishing act while the Middle East is burning

Comment: Secretary of State Tillerson appears totally disengaged from Middle East policy, where traditional American diplomacy has been replaced ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian refugees file war crime charges against Assad regime

Syrian refugees in Germany filed new criminal complaints on Wednesday accusing Bashar al-Assad's regime of war crimes and crimes against ...

'Decade in jail' for criticising Saudi crown prince

The New Arab

'Decade in jail' for criticising Saudi crown prince

Saudi Arabia announced new anti-terror laws on Sunday, which will result in the death penalty for convicted militants and between five and ten ...

The New Arab

Sisi sponsors #WeNeedToTalk while silencing voices at home

Under the hashtag #WeNeedToTalk designed to promote an upcoming conference in Cairo, thousands of Egyptians used the platform to highlight ...

The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide

James Snell

The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide

Book review: Azeem Ibrahim should be commended for his prescience, while the wider world is damned for its indifference, writes James Snell.

LGBT crackdown: Egypt moves to make homosexuality 'major offence'

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LGBT crackdown: Egypt moves to make homosexuality 'major offence'

An Egyptian lawmaker has submitted a draft law that would see homosexuals and their "supporters" sentenced to lengthy jail terms, amid a ...

Sisi in France: 'No political prisoners in Egypt'

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Sisi in France: 'No political prisoners in Egypt'

Egypt's President Sisi is in Paris for his first meeting with French leader Macron, who is under pressure from rights groups to denounce Egypt's ...

Rights group slams France's 'disgraceful' approach to Egypt

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Rights group slams France's 'disgraceful' approach to Egypt

Human Rights Watch has accused France of "ignoring serious abuses" by the Egyptian Sisi regime and urged Macron to ensure that human rights are ...

Nayeem Rather

A Kashmiri mother's search for her 'disappeared' son

In-depth: When the Indian army abducted Parveena Ahanager's son, 27 years ago, she began a long and lonely journey for justice, reports Nayeem Rather.

Malia Bouattia

BDS' fight against worldwide state repression

Comment: The Israel-boycott movement is gaining strength, and attempts to close down events have only inspired activists to carry on the fight, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Wave of 'thirsty protests' hit Morocco after water shortages

In a bid to express their discontent over the water crisis, residents began organising regular peaceful protests in a town near the capital ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia cancels Egyptian singer Sherine's charity concert

Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring famous Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab.

UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

The New Arab

UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

Qatar's former deputy prime minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of plotting to invade Doha with an army of mercenaries.

Matt Broomfield

Sudanese activists fear lifting sanctions will 'greenlight' regime atrocities

In-depth: Sudanese activists have told The New Arab of their fears the Sudanese regime will step up human rights violations now US sanctions ...

Saudi Arabia's new kingdom: 'Reform accelerated by <em>repression</em>'

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Saudi Arabia's new kingdom: 'Reform accelerated by repression'

Saudi Arabia is modernising, but its programme of reform is being driven by an authoritarian hunger for power that is eroding all room for ...

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Comment: For Assad's regime, doubt is a political necessity, writes Idrees Ahmad.

Egypt bans prominent human rights activist from receiving award

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Egypt bans prominent human rights activist from receiving award

Egyptian activist Mohammed Zaree said he hopes the award will him and other members of the country's vulnerable human rights community some ...

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