Last year saw a spike in the number of migrants, many of them Iranians, trying to cross the English Channel to reach Britain by boat. The re-imposed sanctions by the United States have hurt the Iranian economy and made life hard for ordinary Iranians, causing some to flee.
After Rahaf al-Qunun made headlines last week for escaping her strict Saudi family and seeking asylum through the internet, another Saudi woman has called out for help via Twitter, this time from within Saudi Arabia.
The agency's annual report said that states, civic groups, and popular movements are pushing back against autocrats who are seeking to curtail freedoms. Populists are fueling a resistance that keeps winning, which re-energizes the global defense of human rights, the report says.
Venezuelans have fled their country en masse since 2015, but out of the will to survive has emerged singer Reymar Perdomo and her song “Me Fui” – a catchy, joyous tune that has become a viral sensation and raised the profile of Venezuelan migrants.
Kenyan security forces gave the all clear a day after Somali terrorist group Al Shabab killed 14 people in a raid on a luxury hotel in the Westlands neighborhood, the latest attack in a bloody six-year campaign against the Kenyan government that has left hundreds of Kenyans dead.
Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted Aasia Bibi of blasphemy after eight years on death row on Oct. 31. As she awaits the final verdict, extremists and angry mobs are still calling for her death because she refuses to convert to Islam.