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MEPs Demand Freeze on Turkey Accession Talks

Members on all sides of the European Parliament have called on the Commission to halt accession talks with Turkey thanks to its questionable human rights record, which has deteriorated following an attempted coup earlier this year.

Freed Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian speaks during the inauguration of the Washington Post Headquarters on January 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Rezaian was released from Iran after 18 months behind bars on spying charges. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sues Iran for Kidnapping, Torture

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian filed a federal lawsuit against the government of Iran on Monday, asserting that he was taken hostage and psychologically tortured during 18 months of captivity, to extract concessions from the U.S. government in the Iranian nuclear deal.

China Commits Warship, Special Forces to Joint Exercises with Asian Rivals

EU Official: ‘Extremely Worrying’ Trend of Foreigner Abuses in China

China’s increasingly belligerent behavior against foreign NGO workers and journalists has triggered concern from EU officials in the country, who describe the trend as “extremely worrying” and are encouraging communist Chinese officials to allow foreign workers to do their jobs properly.

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US Reducing Mexico Aid Amid Human Rights Abuse Concerns

As allegations of human rights abuses reportedly committed by police and military forces have persisted in Mexico, the U.S. has started to withhold aid payments. For many years, the U.S. has been providing security aid to Mexico, much of it through the Mérida Initiative as a way to counter the efforts of violent drug cartels.

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UN Report: Iran’s Human Rights Record Worse Under Rouhani than Ahmadinejad

A report released this month on “The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” reveals that Iranians are worse off under “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani than his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that, based on their current trajectory, they are expected to exceed well over 1,000 executions by year’s end.