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.
NGOs around the world call on the Formula One Group to safeguard human rights in Bahrain during race events.
The kingdom has been under intense international criticism for its targeting of athletes and journalists.
7 IFEX members are among 17 organisations urging Formula One to uphold its commitment to human rights by calling on Bahraini authorities to free Najah Yusuf, an activist imprisoned for expressing her opposition to F1 races being held in Bahrain.
Around 40 arrests have been carried out so far as Bahrainis marked the 8th anniversary of the uprising.
Egyptian TV presenter’s jail sentence for interviewing a gay man; Bahrainis stripped of citizenship; a Saudi activist’s death sentence lifted, and a Saudi teenager granted asylum; Iraqi photojournalist killed; and Palestinian journalists ‘collateral victims’ in Hamas-Fatah rivalry.
This systematic policy violates international conventions that protect citizens’ right to maintain their citizenships.
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.