MENA in March: Iranian lawyer Nasrin Soutoudeh sentenced to 38 years; a campaign against F1 complicity, an index of online incitement against Palestinians, and more.
MENA in December: Appeals of Nabeel Rajab and Ahmed Mansoor rejected; UN Working Group recognises two Egyptian journalists as arbitrarily detained; Iran continues crackdown on lawyers; Report reveals Lebanese media concentration; Iraq urged to reopen probe into Kurdish editor’s murder, and more.
Saudi Arabia tortures women activists, Tunisian LGBTQI+ endure ‘anal tests’, Morocco sentences Hirak activists, and Iran cracks down on journalists, teachers and labour activists.
An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 88 rights groups is calling for a transparent appeal process for user content that is restricted on Facebook.
Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and aftermath; under-age Bahrainis in prison; LGBTQI+ event cancelled in Lebanon; British academic jailed in the UAE; Shawkan still in Egyptian prison despite end of sentence; and a new report offers damning evidence of widespread abuse by local authorities in Palestine.
Two high profile Iraqi women assassinated by unknown gunmen; Nasrin Sotoudeh’s hunger strike; Iran targets dual citizens, foreign nationals; campaigning for Saudi women’s rights activists; plus Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Syria.
Egypt continues to implement new laws to crack down on dissent; Iran persecutes environmentalists and religious minorities; Israel attacks Palestinian journalists and violates the right to privacy, freedom of expression; Bahrain continues cruel treatment of prisoners of conscience; Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists.
Over 40 NGOs call for the full repeal of Egypt’s cybercrime law and the reform of dangerous media regulation legislation. The groups describe these laws as the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online.