Vigilance for Democracy and the Civic State
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Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, shoots with a camera at his home in the capital Cairo, 4 March 2019, KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook., Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY.

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.

Members of human rights NGO Amnesty International hold up portraits of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and human rights activist and lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair as they demonstrate in front of the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Berlin, 8 January 2016, TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

While progress on Lebanese LGBTQI+ rights was welcomed, the month included spurious defamation charges, the targeting of Iranian social media users and heartbreak for the families and friends of 151 Syrian activists.

Screenshot from Mona el-Mazbouh’s apology video.

Over 25 organizations call on the Egyptian government to immediately release imprisoned Lebanese tourist Mona el-Mazbouh, yet another episode in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s continued crackdown on rights and freedoms.

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab takes part in the funeral of an activist in the village of Sanabis, Bahrain, 6 July 2014; the activist had been hit in the head by a tear gas canister and rubber bullets during a protest, NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia grants women the right to drive while arresting women activists; governments use ‘anti-terror’ legislation in Bahrain and Egypt to crush dissent; repression of activists in Iran and UAE; Israel considers criminalising filming or recording Israeli soldiers as targeting of Palestinian journalists continues.

A Bahraini female protester holds a placard portraying Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, on March 24, 2015, during a demonstration against his arrest, in the village of Daih, west of Manama. Salman is behind bars for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime. His arrest on December 28, 2014, shortly after he was re-elected head of Bahrain's main opposition party Al-Wefaq, has sparked near-daily protests in Shiite villages., MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

NGOs call on Bahraini authorities to stop the trial of Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary-General of Bahrain’s largest opposition society, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. He is facing a potential death sentence on politically motivated charges.

Over 30 NGOs have asked Manchester’s mayor to support calls for the release of Ahmed Mansoor, by naming a local street after the jailed human rights defender.

Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan May 10, 2018. , REUTERS/Mariya Gordeyeva

IFEX members call on officials in Kazakhstan to review the law on ‘dissemination of deliberately false information’ as well as the disproportionate and legally questionable actions recently taken against critical media.