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Reporting on how authoritarian states attack freedom of expression by dominating the media, preventing freedom of assembly, restricting online speech and imprisoning, attacking or even killing those who speak out.

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Bahrain releases Zainab Al-Khawaja

Bahrain human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was released from prison on Wednesday after spending five weeks imprisoned. Al-Khawaja, who is more than eight months pregnant, must return to court on 4 and 9 December for her sentencing.

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Protesters turn out for Azerbaijan’s political prisoners

Protesters turn out for Azerbaijan’s political prisoners

Organisations and individuals from across Europe gathered in front of Azerbaijani embassies on Monday to demand Azerbaijan ends its crackdown on civil society.
Azerbaijan: Lawyers dismissed from jailed rights activist’s case

Azerbaijan: Lawyers dismissed from jailed rights activist’s case

This comes as Azerbaijan's ambassador to the UK says the government is "deeply committed" to strengthening its cooperation with the country’s civil society
Azerbaijan: Release Khalid Garayev, end witchhunt against journalists

Azerbaijan: Release Khalid Garayev, end witchhunt against journalists

A Baku court has sentenced opposition journalist Khalid Garayev to 25 days in detention, dealing a new blow to Azerbaijan’s independent media at a time when its civil society is being subjected to an unprecedented crackdown
Bahraini court postpones trial of Nabeel Rajab until 20 January

Bahraini court postpones trial of Nabeel Rajab until 20 January

Nabeel Rajab was released without bail today as a Bahraini court postponed his trial until 20 January 2015.