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UAE: Safety of imprisoned activist Ahmed Mansoor at risk behind bars

IFEX members Human Rights Watch and Gulf Centre for Human Rights voice concerns over possible retaliation against the jailed prominent Emirati activist after a private letter detailing his extensive mistreatment was leaked to regional media.

Members of the Tunisian Journalists Union pose with posters in support of imprisoned Moroccan journalists Omar Radi and Souleimane Raissouni, in Tunis, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2021, Jdidi wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Morocco: Prison sentences for journalists Omar Radi and Imad Stitou

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing of Moroccan journalists Omar Radi and Imad Stitou on sex crime charges the rights group says are part of efforts by authorities to target independent journalists for their reporting.

A woman walks past a poster by Italian street artist Laika, entitled "Don't visit Egypt", placed on a wall near the Egyptian embassy in Rome, on 16 June 2021, after the extension of the detention in Egypt of another researcher, Patrick Zaki. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

Egypt: Rights groups call on President Sisi to release researcher Ahmed Samir Santawy

IFEX joins rights groups in calling on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to quash the unfair verdict against researcher and graduate student Ahmed Samir Santawy, who was sentenced to four years in prison on “false news” charges.