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  • Syria: More than 500 civilians killed in one week

    More than 500 Syrian civilians have been killed in a single week, mostly in regime and Russian air raids and shelling, across several cities in the war-torn country. Casualty figures released on Saturday by the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a grassroots network of activists in Syria, recorded 508 civilians killed between August 13 and August.. More

  • Almost 18,000 died in Syria's prisons: Amnesty

    Almost 18,000 Syrians have died in regime jails since 2011, with authorities using torture, beatings, electric shocks and rape against prisoners on a "massive scale," a rights groups has said. The UK-based Amnesty International said an average of 300 detainees were dying every month in a report on Thursday that it said was based on the experiences.. More

  • Muslims in Taiwan: A Small Thriving Community

    For the Taipei Grand Mosque like for many others across the world, the day of Friday is not a normal day. Unlike on other weekdays, the Mosque, which has the capacity of around 1000 people, is generally overcrowded on a Friday. So much so that one can see numerous people praying outside the Mosque as well. This is roughly an indicator of the growing.. More

  • Syrian regime forces hit hospitals in Aleppo's 'worst week': rights group

    Syrian regime forces launched air strikes against six hospitals in the Aleppo area within a week in attacks that amounted to war crimes, a U.S.-based rights group said on Wednesday. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said it was the worst week for attacks on medical facilities in the Aleppo region since the beginning of the war. The medical facilities.. More

  • Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse

    Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two rights groups have said. Under Canberra's immigration policy, people intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat are sent to a prison on Manus Island,.. More

  • UN: Civilians fleeing Fallujah face extreme abuse

    The UN human rights chief has said there are "extremely distressing, credible reports" that Iraqis fleeing the fighting in Fallujah are facing extreme abuse and even death at the hands of Shia armed groups allied with the government troops. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, citing witness testimonies, said on Tuesday that allegations of abuse included.. More

  • Rohingya refugee: We were hunted down by mob in Myanmar

    For decades, Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing Myanmar, a Buddhist majority country where they are forced to live in apartheid-like conditions and denied access to jobs, education and healthcare. But in recent years the exodus of refugees has surged. Since 2012, more than 100,000 people have braved perilous boat journeys in search of better lives.. More

  • Monitor: 60,000 dead in Syria regime jails

    More than 60,000 people have been killed through torture or died in dire humanitarian conditions inside Syrian regime prisons throughout the country's five-year uprising, according to a monitor. The numbers were obtained from Syrian regime sources, the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. "Since March 2011,.. More

  • Iraq humanitarian crisis 'one of the world's worst'

    More than 10 million Iraqis are in need of immediate humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates. Iraqi civilians and officials have voiced concern over the humanitarian situation in the country's western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. For almost two years now, Fallujah has endured a siege imposed on the city after it became the first to fall to the.. More

  • Rise in Palestinian children held by Israel 'alarming'

    A jabbing pain in his shoulder and thigh roused Obada from his sleep at 3am. In the half-light, the 15-year-old could make out eight masked men surrounding his bed, their rifles pointed at him. "I felt terrified," he said of the experience of being arrested in February from his home in the village of al-Araqa, near Jenin in the northern West.. More

  • Children in US 'scared and depressed' by Trump rhetoric

    An SPLC survey of some 2,000 US schools found that two thirds of teachers described vulnerable students - including blacks, Muslims, Latinos and other minorities - as affected by rhetoric in the 2016 White House race. New York, United States - Something ugly is happening inside America's classrooms. Headscarf-wearing Muslim girls are being called.. More

  • War, disasters disrupt education of 80 million, more aid needed: experts

    At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labor, trafficking and extremism, experts said on Thursday. Many humanitarian aid appeals for 2015 ignored education, and aid appeals for education were only one-third funded. Overall, education received.. More

  • Million displaced Pakistanis face tough choices before going home

    Of some 5.3 million people displaced by fighting in northwestern Pakistan in recent years, a million or so remain to be resettled under a program the authorities see as key to keeping a lid on extremist violence. People are generally anxious to get back, having lived in refugee camps or cramped conditions in towns and cities since being forced to leave.. More

  • Europe sees five-fold increase of Islamophobic events

    The Organization "Racism Islamofobia Watch" has released its annual report on Islamophobia in Europe for 2015. According to the report, the year 2015 has been characterized by an uncontrolled explosion of violence against French Muslims from the aftermath of January attacks in the premises of Charlie Hebdo and in the Hyper Cacher of Porte.. More

  • Israel razing Palestinian buildings at 'alarming' rate

    Israel is razing Palestinian homes and other buildings constructed with international aid at an "alarming" rate, the UN says, with more demolitions so far this year than in all of 2015. In total 121 structures funded partly or fully by international donors were demolished in the occupied West Bank between January 1 and March 2, overtaking.. More