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Lebanese protesters that have taken to the streets since the Beirut port blast have been met with excessive violence and systematic targeting by security forces, says the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.

In a new report, the Arab Centre for Advancement of Social Media (7amleh) documents the deployment of mass surveillance technologies by Israel during the coronavirus pandemic and explores the impact of these policies and practices on Palestinian digital rights.

For his reporting on the Hirak protest movement, journalist Khaled Drareni has been given a three-year sentence in a court ruling condemned by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. “I just did my job as an independent journalist,” said Drareni during his trial.

Dr. Vasmaghi could face a prison sentence. While she refused to attend a hearing at the Revolutionary Court, she shares her public defence statement ahead of the court’s decision on Monday 10 August.

July in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Saudi woman human rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul has been incommunicado in prison for the sixth week amidst an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls for her immediate release, as well as many other imprisoned human rights defenders facing dire circumstances.

As discriminatory laws and a failure to protect trans people from violence and harassment continue to plague the LGBTQI+ community in Morocco, Human Rights Watch offers an insightful glimpse at the vulnerability trans people experience in the Kingdom.

With violations against media in Palestine declining during the first half of 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms documents a rise in attacks by Israeli authorities and Facebook.

The International Press Institute condemns the ‘systemic’ targeting of Al Jazeera journalists Ghada Oueiss and Ola Fares, who continue to face Saudi-led online smear campaigns and phone hacking for their critical reporting.

In the wake of an alarming rise in attacks on freedom of expression, Lebanese NGOs establish a coalition to oppose attempts by authorities to stifle freedom of expression.

After a highly criticised trial based on forced confessions, the country’s highest court upholds death sentences for tortured pro-democracy activists Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa.

June in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

With more women accused of “inciting immorality” online, rights groups denounce an ongoing security campaign designed to suppress freedom of expression in the country.

As a second coronavirus outbreak hits the country, imprisoned women human rights defenders are facing continued ill-treatment as well as new charges designed to prolong their imprisonment.

Rights organizations condemn the abduction of Sanaa Seif, who was previously assaulted for demanding information on her arbitrarily detained brother, activist Alaa Abd-El Fattah.

With more online activists finding themselves detained for their tweets, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on authorities to end their systematic campaign aimed at denying freedom of expression.