Category : Middle East and North Africa

Egypt sentences Amal Fathy for video on sexual harassment

alt informationIndex on Censorship condemns the sentence handed down to Amal Fathy - an Egyptian woman who made a video about her experience of sexual harassment.

Saudi Arabia: Authorities must release Yemeni writer Marwan Al-Muraisy

alt informationALQST for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, English PEN, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Index on Censorship, and PEN International call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to release Yemeni writer and online activist Marwan Al-Muraisy, who has been subject to enforced disappearance since June.

Bahrain: Ali Mushaima ‏vows to continue fighting for his imprisoned father

alt informationOutside the Bahraini Embassy, Mushaima also expressed his gratitude towards MPs such as Caroline Lucas and Ian Blackford for raising his father’s case

Authors send letter to His Royal Highness Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

alt informationLeading writers including Margaret Atwood, Elif Shafak and Claire Tomalin have signed an open letter to the king of Bahrain urging him to intervene in the case of a political prisoner being denied the right to read in jail.

NGOs call for full repeal of Egypt’s “cybercrime” law and block of dangerous law regulating media

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins a coalition of some of the world’s leading human rights and digital rights organisations to call for full repeal of Egypt’s “cybercrime” law

Happy birthday Nabeel!

alt informationBahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is spending his third birthday in prison. Send him a birthday message on Twitter or Facebook

Bahraini hunger striker returns to protest after being hospitalised

alt informationBahraini campaigner Ali Mushaima is returning to his protest site outside the Bahrain embassy in Knightsbridge, London, 24 hours after being hospitalised.

Bahraini activist Ali Mushaima hospitalised

alt informationBahraini activist Ali Mushaima was hospitalised after completing one month of his hunger strike outside the Bahrain Embassy in London to protest the inhuman treatment of his 70-year-old father, political prisoner Hassan Mushaima, while serving a life sentence in Bahrain.

Bahraini government must immediately release Nabeel Rajab

alt informationRights groups call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab after UN group calls his detention arbitrary and discriminatory

“I am writing to ask Your Majesty to help me save the life of my 70-year-old father”

alt informationAs Ali Mushaima enters the 4th week of his hunger strike to save his imprisoned father, Hassan Mushaima, he writes a letter to Queen Elizabeth, urging her to intervene on behalf of his father to ensure that his basic needs are met.

Bahrain must allow medical care for all prisoners of conscience

alt informationIndex on Censorship joins call for Bahrain's government to address denial of medical care to Hassan Mushaima

UN declares Nabeel Rajab’s imprisonment unlawful, warns arbitrary detention in Bahrain may amount to “crimes against humanity”

alt informationIt finds that Rajab should never have been prosecuted and that Bahraini authorities employed “vague and overly broad” legal provisions to target him for his “political views and convictions”