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Saudi leaders may be responsible for activists’ torture: UK MPs

Three British lawmakers on Monday endorsed reports stating that women activists detained in Saudi Arabia have been tortured, and said responsibility for what is likely a violation of international law could lie with "Saudi authorities at the highest level". The conclusions of the panel indicate growing uneasiness among Western allies with alleged rights abuses under…

As Trump wages political war over border, activists fight back

Green Valley, Arizona - Shura Wallin shuffles through a stack of drawings given to her by migrant children. She finds the one she is looking for and lifts it up. It depicts a Border Patrol vehicle chasing three stick figures, their arms raised as they flee. Each week, Wallin and other humanitarian volunteers set out…

British MPs, lawyers request visit to detained Saudi activists

A cross-party group of UK parliamentarians and international lawyers has asked to visit detained female activists in Saudi Arabia to investigate allegations that they are being tortured and denied legal representation and family visits. In a letter to the Saudi ambassador to Britain, MP Crispin Blunt, the head of the group's detention review panel, asked Prince Mohammed…

France opens probe into racist violence by far-right activists

Authorities in northern France have launched an inquiry into allegations of violence and racism by members of a far-right group in the city of Lille, after an undercover Al Jazeera investigation exposed Generation Identity (GI) activists carrying out a racist attack on a teenage girl and admitting to a series of other assaults on Muslims…

‘Step up’: Twitter’s apology over photo angers Indian activists

New Delhi, India - Women journalists and activists in India have hit back after Twitter apologised for a photo of its top official holding a placard that criticised the patriarchy propped up by India's caste system. The placard that read "smash Brahminical patriarchy" referred to the highest Hindu caste and its alleged sanction for patriarchal oppression…

Amid poll restrictions, Eswatini activists hope for change

Mbabane, Eswatini - Clutching a loudspeaker, a young man standing atop a pick-up truck repeatedly shouts "Votela! Votela!" as rush-hour pedestrians and shoppers walk past behind him, seemingly uninterested. He is urging them to cast their vote in favour of his candidate standing for parliament in this week's poll in the mountainous southern African kingdom…
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