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General view of a Parliamentary session in Tehran, Iran, 22 October 2020, Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

New amendments to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code will empower authorities to further choke free expression and target religious and ethnic minorities, while providing fertile ground for arbitrary arrests and detentions, says ARTICLE 19.

A policeman enters Dubai's Al-Awir central prison in the United Arab Emirates, 21 May 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images

The recent death of Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar from health complications contracted during a prison term in the UAE has raised alarm over the fate of thirteen prisoners of conscience, including two women activists, who remain in Emirati prisons despite serving their sentences.

Protesters hold a rainbow flag while chanting slogans against the government and police repression, in Tunis, Tunisia, 6 February 2021, FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images

Amidst an ongoing campaign of increased persecution and abuses, Tunisian LGBTI activists are targeted by security forces during protests, and face online harassment in violation of their right to privacy and free expression.