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Despite questions about its role in funding and fuelling terrorism, Saudi Arabia is by far the world’s biggest buyer of UK arms

.The last two months have seen three terrible terrorist attacks carried out in the UK. The attacks were the responsibility of those that have carried them out, and they have been rightly condemned. Last week it was revealed by the Guardian that the Home Office may not publish a report into the funding of terrorism in the UK. It is …

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Trump’s $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia will fuel the war in Yemen and make an unstable region even more dangerous.

Trump's $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia will fuel the war in Yemen and make an unstable region even more dangerous.

.For months now, US arms companies have been in negotiations with Saudi Royalty, with Donald Trump widely expected to confirm over $100 billion worth of sales on a visit to Riyadh that begins today. The deals, which come at a time when Saudi Arabia is slashing public spending and borrowing billions, are expected to include warships, bombs, missiles and fighter …

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Over 2,000 nationals abroad fighting alongside Takfiri militants: Saudi ministry

Over 2,000 nationals abroad fighting alongside Takfiri militants: Saudi ministry

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry has acknowledged that more than 2,000 of its citizens have traveled to other countries, including Syria, to join Takfiri militant groups. “The number of Saudis proven to be in conflict areas is 2,093,” the ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told daily newspaper Al-Hayat on Monday, adding that over 70 percent of them, or 1,540, were fighting …

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Nigeria: End Repression of Shia Group

Nigeria: End Repression of Shia Group

Protesters from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria carry banners during a march calling for the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenatudeen, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, August 11, 2016. © 2016 Getty Images ×××× (Abuja) – Nigerian authorities should end their violent repression of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a minority Shia group, …

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Prince Charles must call for human rights on Middle East tour

Prince Charles must call for human rights on Middle East tour

Prince Charles to visit Oman, UAE and Bahrain between 5-11 November All three dictatorships appear on the UK government’s list of ‘priority markets’ for arms exports Prince Charles to visit controversial UK naval base in Bahrai Since the collapse of peace talks last week, the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen. Campaigners have called on Prince …

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Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world

Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world

Over recent days, the relationship between the French and UK governments has been strained by renewed disagreement over who should take responsibility for children at Calais. The two governments have once more effectively abandoned these children in conditions which obviously put their safety and welfare at risk. This in contrast to the arrival in the UK of significant numbers of …

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Australia is heading in the wrong direction with refugee ban

Australia is heading in the wrong direction with refugee ban

There was a time when Australia led the way on refugee protection. Following World War II, Australia came second only to the United States on resettling European refugees. Its signature brought the Refugee Convention into force a few years later. And, in the 1970s, it resettled the third highest number of Indochinese refugees following the wars there. Sadly those days …

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Italy: Refugees and migrants slapped and subjected to electric shocks to force fingerprinting

Italy: Refugees and migrants slapped and subjected to electric shocks to force fingerprinting

Police in Italy have subjected refugees and migrants to serious ill-treatment, including beatings, electric shocks – and have even used pliers on one man’s testicles – to force them to be fingerprinted under an EU-sponsored scheme to process refugees and migrants in the country. In some cases, this treatment may amount to torture. These shocking claims are revealed in a …

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South Africa: Decision to leave International Criminal Court a ‘deep betrayal of millions of victims worldwide’

“South Africa’s sudden notice to withdraw from the ICC is deeply disappointing. In making this move, the country is betraying millions of victims of the gravest human rights violations and undermining the international justice system,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa.

Parliament must urgently convene to reconsider the government’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding instrument of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said today. “South Africa’s sudden notice to withdraw from the ICC is deeply disappointing. In making this move, the country is betraying millions of victims of the gravest human rights violations and undermining the international …

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