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Saudi women’s activists stand trial nearly a year after detention

Several Saudi Arabian women rights activists stood trial on Wednesday for the first time since they were detained last year in a case that has intensified global scrutiny of kingdom's human rights record following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan and Hatoon Al-Fassi are among around 10 women appearing before…

Refugees in Libya ‘tortured’ for breaking out of detention centre

As many as 30 refugees and migrants, including minors, are believed to have been brought to an underground cell and allegedly tortured in Libya for breaking out and holding a protest earlier this week. An estimated 150 male detainees escaped from the large cell on Tuesday in Tripoli's Triq al Sikka, where some of them have…

Australia to reopen offshore detention camp after losing vote

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the Australian government would reopen its controversial offshore detention centre on Christmas Island, stepping up the conservative administration's hardline policies towards asylum seekers and refugees in an immediate response to a historic defeat over the issue in parliament.     Morrison on Wednesday approved the reopening of the remote facility…

Australia called to act against Chinese detention of Uighurs

Melbourne, Australia – Members of the Uighur Muslim community in Australia are renewing calls for action from the government amid reports that a number of Australian permanent residents are effectively trapped in China's Xinjiang province. The Guardian reported on Monday that at least 17 Australian residents are being held under house arrest, in prison or…

US: Shutdown looms as talks stall over detention policies

Bipartisan border-security negotiations seeking to avert another government shutdown in the United States have broken down in a dispute over immigration detention policies, according to lawmakers and aides. "The talks are stalled right now," Republican Senator Richard Shelby told the Fox News Sunday TV programme, adding that he hoped negotiators would return to the table…

U.S. diplomats visit American Paul Whelan amid questions about his detention

CLOSE Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the U.S. hopes to gain access soon to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia on espionage charges and that "if the detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return." (Jan. 2) APThis undated photo provided by the Whelan family shows Paul Whelan…

Japan court extends ex-Nissan chief Ghosn’s detention by 10 days

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will spend Christmas and the beginning of 2019 behind bars, after a Tokyo court extended his detention for another 10 days. "Today, a decision was made to detain (Ghosn). The full term of the detention will expire on January 1," the Tokyo District Court said in a statement on Sunday.…

Barricaded refugees ‘ready to die’ than return to Libya detention

Refugees and migrants refusing to leave a cargo boat in a Libyan port are pleading to be taken to Europe, saying they are prepared to die than be returned to detention in the North African country. As the standoff with Libyan authorities in Misrata entered its ninth day, two of those on board said on…

Australia under growing pressure over remote detention policy

Canberra, Australia - Opposition to Australia's policy of confining people on remote Pacific islands if they try to get to the country by boat is coming under increasing pressure as evidence grows of the toll it has taken on the health of those detained. Outrage in Australia at reports of vulnerable asylum seeker children suffering…

Saudi Prince Khaled bin Talal freed from detention

Saudi Prince Khaled bin Talal, a nephew of King Salman, has been released after almost a year in detention, according to his relatives. Princess Reem bint Alwaleed, Prince Khaled's niece, and two other relatives shared photos on Twitter on Friday showing the prince embracing his son, who has been in a coma for several years,…

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