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Russia helps Aleppo residents escape

As Syrian forces bomb Aleppo, Russia offers beleaguered residents "humanitarian escape corridors."

Russia helps Aleppo residents escape

Hollande calls on Egypt to respect human rights

French President Francois Hollande, visiting Egypt, says human rights should be respected in the fight against terrorism.

Hollande calls on Egypt to respect human rights

A gentleman’s guide to wife-beating

PA mufti of Gaza on official TV teaches men how to 'discipline' women, instructing them to 'hit her, don't make her ugly.'

A gentleman’s guide to wife-beating

Massive PA torture exposed by Palestinians

Palestinian human rights commission reveals cases of torture in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with PA Security Forces taking part.

Massive PA torture exposed by Palestinians

Key to success against BDS: Education and legal action

BDS does not only affect Israel, but it also adversely affects the local communities in which it occurs.

Key to success against BDS: Education and legal action

Defending Jews from Israel?

US to demand Jewish Duma suspect's rights

Consulate promises parents of US citizen it will get involved, after learning he is deprived legal aid and suffers medical conditions.

US to demand Jewish Duma suspect's rights

Watch: Haunting Video Shows Darker Side of 'Moderate' Rouhani

In powerful video, Iranian human rights group shows how behind his image as a 'moderate' lies a darker side to Iran's president.

Watch: Haunting Video Shows Darker Side of 'Moderate' Rouhani

Watch: Journalist 'Punks' Iranian Negotiating Team

Reporter travels to Vienna with a fake ayatollah to confront Iranian negotiators over Tehran's dismal human rights record.

Watch: Journalist 'Punks' Iranian Negotiating Team

Impact on the deal next week?

US Slams Iran for 'Inhuman' Rights Abuses

State Dept. folds to Cruz's threats, releases 4-month overdue report revealing Iran's rights violations days before nuclear deal deadline.

US Slams Iran for 'Inhuman' Rights Abuses

Whistleblower: Qatar Set to Lose 2022 World Cup

According to a whistleblower who is working with the FBI, Qatar is likely to have its 2022 World Cup bid canceled after all.

Whistleblower: Qatar Set to Lose 2022 World Cup

Watch: Activist Punks Saudi Officials

When gay-hanging Saudi Arabia held a job fair at the Gaylord National Resort, the opportunity was just too good to miss for David Keyes.

Watch: Activist Punks Saudi Officials

Watch: Activists 'Punk' Iranian Foreign Minister

Human rights activists hand out free ice cream at NYU event where Iranian RM Javad Zarif speaking, to 'celebrate' over 1,000 executions.

Watch: Activists 'Punk' Iranian Foreign Minister

Amnesty Probing Iraqi Abuses in Tikrit Takeover

Human rights group Amnesty International said Thursday it was investigating Iraqi forces for human rights violations in Tikrit battle.

Amnesty Probing Iraqi Abuses in Tikrit Takeover

Albanian Human Rights Author to Receive Israeli Literary Prize

World-renown novelist and poet Ismail Kadare in Jerusalem to receive top literary award, notes close ties between Jews, Albanians.

Albanian Human Rights Author to Receive Israeli Literary Prize

Arab Atheist Blogger Reveals PA Rights Violations

Blogger arrested by PA for ten months over his religious views who finally fled for France speaks out over the abuse and ongoing fears.

Arab Atheist Blogger Reveals PA Rights Violations

Saudi Arabia Restaurants Ban Single Women

Several restaurants in Saudi Arabia display signs that say "women are not allowed", sparking outrage from human rights groups.

Saudi Arabia Restaurants Ban Single Women

Iranian Nobel Laureate: Rouhani is Just as Bad As Ahmadinejad

Shirin Ebadi says the human rights situation has not improved under Rouhani but, in fact, is in some cases even worse.

Iranian Nobel Laureate: Rouhani is Just as Bad As Ahmadinejad

Saudi Arabia to Deal 'Strictly' with Female Drivers

Authorities in Riyadh threaten strict measures against women drivers as annual campaign urges females to defy driving ban.

Saudi Arabia to Deal 'Strictly' with Female Drivers

Amnesty Investigator Admits: Palestinian 'Witnesses' Often Lie

Article by Amnesty field researcher seemingly backs Israeli concerns that NGOs simply swallow Palestinian narrative.

Amnesty Investigator Admits: Palestinian 'Witnesses' Often Lie

Iran Calls Obama 'Two-Faced' On Saudi Rights

Tehran slams Obama's 'hypocrisy' for not raising Saudi human rights breaches during visit last week, accuses US and Israel of 'terror.'

Iran Calls Obama 'Two-Faced' On Saudi Rights

Prime Minister Issues Scathing Attack on UN Human Rights Council

Netanyahu brands UNHRC a 'procession of hypocrisy'; council also under fire for whitewashing Saudi human rights abuses.

Prime Minister Issues Scathing Attack on UN Human Rights Council

Imprisoned Saudi Princesses Give Emotional Plea for Help

Princesses allegedly locked in a Jeddah palace say royal family is starving them, call on world leaders to stop 'gender apartheid.'

Imprisoned Saudi Princesses Give Emotional Plea for Help

Israel Treating Victims of Ukrainian Unrest

Seven Ukrainians scheduled to arrive at Kaplan Medical Center for treatment this week.

Israel Treating Victims of Ukrainian Unrest

Saudi Arabia Gets First Female Newspaper Editor

The English-language Saudi Gazette appoints woman as its editor, a step forward in a country where women are repressed.

Saudi Arabia Gets First Female Newspaper Editor

Horrific Accounts of Hunger as Homs Evacuation Ends

Homs evacuation sees 1,300 people transferred to safety; horrific accounts of hunger in the besieged city make headlines worldwide.

Horrific Accounts of Hunger as Homs Evacuation Ends

UN Experts Slam Surge in Iranian Executions

After Amnesty report reveals two people executed every day so far this year, UN calls on Tehran to curb the killings.

UN Experts Slam Surge in Iranian Executions

Bangladesh: Newspaper Editor Jailed for Trying to Visit Israel

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury's set to add fuel to criticism over Bangladeshi government's human rights record.

Bangladesh: Newspaper Editor Jailed for Trying to Visit Israel

Report: Top NGOs Failing Middle Eastern Women

NGO Monitor report finds Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are failing to advocate women's rights in the region.

Report: Top NGOs Failing Middle Eastern Women

UN Humanitarian Chief: 250,000 Syrians Unreachable

Top humanitarian official Valerie Amos reports situation in war-torn Syria in 'chilling' closed-door Security Council briefing.

UN Humanitarian Chief: 250,000 Syrians Unreachable

UN Human Rights Chief Says Assad Ordered War Crimes

Despite mounting evidence of massive human rights violations, UNHRC head's statements the first time Assad directly blamed.

UN Human Rights Chief Says Assad Ordered War Crimes

IDF Delegation to Philippines to Depart on Wednesday

IDF delegation to the Philippines has treated more than 2,500 patients and helped repair damaged infrastructure.

IDF Delegation to Philippines to Depart on Wednesday

Saudi Arabia, Russia and China Elected to UNHRC

Irony: Countries with questionable human rights records win seats on none other than the UN Human Rights Council.

Saudi Arabia, Russia and China Elected to UNHRC

Two Killed as Saudi Government Cracks Down on Illegal Workers

Clashes between immigrants, police come a week after the end of an amnesty on illegal immigrants; one million deported in the past 3 months.

Two Killed as Saudi Government Cracks Down on Illegal Workers

Saudi Arabia: Shocking Video Highlights Abuse of Migrant Workers

Footage of violent attack against migrant worker by his employer goes viral, offering a disturbing insight into abuse faced by many.

Saudi Arabia: Shocking Video Highlights Abuse of Migrant Workers

HRW Praises Israeli Decision to Attend UN Rights Review

Human Rights Watch praises Israeli submission to UN Human Rights Council review, but calls for further concessions.

HRW Praises Israeli Decision to Attend UN Rights Review

'No Woman No Drive'

Arab artist and social activist finds a creative way to oppose - and ridicule - Saudi Arabian ban on women drivers.

'No Woman No Drive'

Rights Group Slams Saudi Arabia's 'Hot Air' Over Human Rights

Amnesty International report accuses Saudi government of failing to live up to any of its human rights commitments.

Rights Group Slams Saudi Arabia's 'Hot Air' Over Human Rights

Iran, Syria to Seek Seats on UN Human Rights Council

Some of the most oppressive regimes, possibly including Iran and Syria, are vying to serve on United Nations' Human Rights Council.

Iran, Syria to Seek Seats on UN Human Rights Council

Israel to Re-Engage with UN 'Human Rights' Body

Israel has indicated that it is ready to re-engage with UN Human Rights Council, which is notorious for blatant bias against Jewish state.

Israel to Re-Engage with UN 'Human Rights' Body

Assad's Government Tortured Citizens, Says HRW

Syrians were arbitrarily detained and tortured by government forces in security buildings in northern Syria, says Human Rights Watch.

Assad's Government Tortured Citizens, Says HRW

'The UN Has Inverted Right and Wrong', Says Expert

It's time to re-think the United Nations, which turns Israel into a villain, says human rights scholar Anne Bayefsky.

'The UN Has Inverted Right and Wrong', Says Expert

Rights Group Urges Kuwait to Drop 'Offending Emir' Charges

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urges Kuwait to drop charges against individuals accused of offending the emir.

Rights Group Urges Kuwait to Drop 'Offending Emir' Charges

Hamas Cracks Down on 'Inappropriate' Haircuts in Gaza

Hamas security forces in Gaza have been rounding up young men and forcing them to get haircuts on grounds of inappropriate hairstyles.

Hamas Cracks Down on 'Inappropriate' Haircuts in Gaza

US Secy of State Kerry to Visit Turkey Following Israel Apology

US Secy of State John Kerry is set to visit Turkey on Sunday in the wake of an apology to Ankara by Israel over the Mavi Marmara incident.

US Secy of State Kerry to Visit Turkey Following Israel Apology

UN Holds Minute of Silence Honoring Chavez

U.N. Watch has criticized the chief UN human rights body for holding a minute of silence for late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.

UN Holds Minute of Silence Honoring Chavez

Israel Allows Turkish Food Trucks into Gaza

A spokesman for COGAT announced that Israel had approved the transfer of three trucks of food supplied by the Turkish government into Gaza.

Israel Allows Turkish Food Trucks into Gaza

Russia Evacuates Citizens from Syria, Sends Humanitarian Aid

Russia has sent two aircrafts loaded with humanitarian aid to Syria to evacuate its citizens who are now ready to leave.

Russia Evacuates Citizens from Syria, Sends Humanitarian Aid

Israel Boycotts Review at UN Human Rights Council

Israel boycotts a UNHRC review of its rights situation, after cutting off ties with the body due to ongoing bias.

Israel Boycotts Review at UN Human Rights Council

Britain Lists Israel as ‘Country of Concern’ on Rights Report

The British Foreign Office included the state of Israel in its report on human rights violators, alongside Iran.

Britain Lists Israel as ‘Country of Concern’ on Rights Report

US Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review

US urges Israel to partake in UN review of human rights situation despite state’s decision to cut ties with council due to blatant bias.

US Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review

UN: Syrians Face Starvation From Civil War

Syrians will starve this year and probably for years to come without international assistance, the United Nations warned Wednesday.

UN: Syrians Face Starvation From Civil War

Group: Human Rights Watch Again Lying About Israel

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is once again leveling false charges against Israel, said watchdog NGO Monitor

Group: Human Rights Watch Again Lying About Israel

Human Rights Violators to Join UN Rights Council; US May Lose

Human rights groups warn that many countries up for seats on UN Human Rights Council are unfit under UN membership criteria.

Human Rights Violators to Join UN Rights Council; US May Lose

No Humanitarian Aid on Estelle Ship, Says IDF

The IDF has confirmed that there was no humanitarian aid on the Estelle, the boat which sought to break Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza.

No Humanitarian Aid on Estelle Ship, Says IDF

South Sudanese Judicial System to be Revamped

South Sudan's Chief Justice Chan Reech: mobile courts to deal with a “backlog of cases in its justice system.”

South Sudanese Judicial System to be Revamped

Aid Agencies: Worldwide Appeal for Syria's Displaced Citizens

International aid agencies issued an appeal for Syria's displaced citizens, saying more than 1.5 million have been driven from their homes.

Aid Agencies: Worldwide Appeal for Syria's Displaced Citizens

Syrian UNHRC Envoy Defects as UN Aid Official Heads to Syria

As UN humanitarian chief Valarie Amos heads to Syria, Geneva-based UN human rights envoy Danny Al-Baaj announced he would abandon Assad.

Syrian UNHRC Envoy Defects as UN Aid Official Heads to Syria

Int'l Aid Groups Blame Israel That Gaza Water Unfit to Drink

Two international aid organizations claim that Gaza's water is unfit to drink, but they blame Israel for the problem.

Int'l Aid Groups Blame Israel That Gaza Water Unfit to Drink

PA Shuts Down Human Rights Organization

The Palestinian Authority has shut down a branch of a human rights organization, officials said Friday.

PA Shuts Down Human Rights Organization

US Human Rights Group: Syrian Army Using Human Shields

A US-based human rights group has accused the Syrian government army of using human shields in its war on rebels.

US Human Rights Group: Syrian Army Using Human Shields