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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.