Human rights

Freedom House: Syria, Western Sahara worst in world for political rights

The think tank also downgraded Jordan to "not free" in its 2021 democracy rankings.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | Mar 4, 2021
al-monitor A man walks past trucks near the border in Guerguerat, Western Sahara, on Nov. 26, 2020, after the intervention of the royal Moroccan armed forces in the area. Morocco in early November accused the Polisario Front of blocking the key highway for trade with the rest of Africa, and launched a military operation to reopen it. Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images.

Israeli leaders unite in slamming ICC prosecutor

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin harshly condemned the decision by International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes.

Rina Bassist | Courts and the law | Mar 4, 2021

Erdogan unveils human rights reforms, raising skepticism among advocates

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday announced an 11-point human rights action plan, pledging to fortify freedoms and legal protections after years of democratic backsliding under his government.

Diego Cupolo | Human rights | Mar 2, 2021

Pentagon: ‘No changes’ so far to US-Saudi military relations after Khashoggi report

US military officials have taken point on maintaining ties with Middle Eastern leaders as the Biden administration talks tough on human rights.

Jared Szuba | Human rights | Mar 1, 2021

Houthi security official in Yemen sanctioned by UN for crimes against women

Sultan Saleh Aida Aida Zabin, who heads criminal investigations in Houthi rebel territory, has allegedly played a role in arbitrary detentions, torture and sexual crimes against women involved in politics.

Al-Monitor Staff | Women’s rights | Mar 1, 2021