The Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women's rights activists in the country in the past six months, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations accusing activists of being "spies" who seek the "overthrow" of the government, says Amnesty International.
With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around Aleppo,the United Nations has made an urgent call for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.
This year, 6 and 9 August mark the 71st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities destroyed by atomic bombs with a combined death toll estimated at more than 225,000 people.
Over 35 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian, human rights and development organisations have issued a statement on the Russia-Syrian proposal to establish 'humanitarian corridors' out of Aleppo.
An aerial attack which partially destroyed a maternity hospital in rural Idlib province in northwest Syria appears to be part of a despicable pattern of unlawful attacks deliberately targeting medical facilities, said Amnesty International.
Amid reports that Aleppo is ‘de facto besieged’, as the war-battered city is now almost completely encircled by Syrian troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has reiterated his demand for safe, regular and sustained access to the quarter of a million people trapped behind the front lines.