Category : Middle East and North Africa

Journalism in Exile: Iranian journalist Omid Rezaee believes storytelling can save us

alt informationThe Iranian-born mechanical engineering student was the editor-in-chief of Fanous, a student magazine which was banned for standing with the Green Movement

Egypt: Activist Amal Fathy to appear in court on 15 July

alt informationFathy stands accused of “belonging to a banned group”, promoting “ideas calling for terrorist acts” and “disseminating false news”

Bahrain court acquits leading opposition leader

alt informationBahrain’s High Criminal Court acquitted the leader of Bahrain’s dissolved opposition party Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman, of politically motivated charges related to espionage.

Political speech is not a crime: Urgent appeal to stop the trial of opposition society leader Sheikh Ali Salman

alt informationNGOs call on Bahraini authorities to drop all charges and ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary-General of Bahrain's largest political opposition society, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

Human rights groups demand Egypt release Amal Fathy

alt informationHuman rights groups expressed growing concern about Egyptian campaigner Amal Fathy and urged authorities to release her immediately.

Project Exile: After hunger strike, Egyptian journalist in Qatar fears return

alt information“I face probably a life sentence or maybe even worse. The idea of not being able to go back to your own country…is just heartbreaking.”

Bahraini court upholds Nabeel Rajab’s five-year prison sentence

alt informationBahrain’s High Criminal Court of Appeal has upheld a five-year conviction for human rights activist Nabeel Rajab for critical tweets made from his account

Human rights activist Amal Fathy’s arrest comes amid wider crackdown in Egypt

alt informationAccusations of “inciting hatred against the state” and “using social media to spread fake news” are being used to silence government critics.

Index on Censorship calls on Egypt to release Amal Fathy

alt informationIndex calls on governments around the world to put pressure on Egypt to release Amal Fathy and to shine a spotlight on the Egyptian government’s frightening tactics to stop the public knowing what is going on in that country.

Imprisoned activist “started a book club because I was afraid of the ISIS guys”

alt informationThe Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms discuss the country’s ongoing strife and what can be done to end it at a Doughty Street panel

Protesters call for the release of Bahrain human rights defender seven years after his arrest

alt informationIt has been seven years since Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, the Bahraini defender of human rights, was arrested. His daughters joined a protest outside the Bahrain Embassy calling for his release and shining a light on human rights violations in the country.

Bahrain: Calls for Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s release from prison shine light on persecution of activists

alt informationIn 2011 Bahraini human rights defenders were arrested for pro-democratic activism. Seven years on, monthly protests are reminders of ongoing injustice.