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Those who refuse to despair

alt informationToday, 27 January, is the birthday of our former colleague Andrei Aliaksandrau, another one spent in jail thanks to his opposition to the regime of dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Belarus

Ramita Navai: No turning back from Iran’s women-led uprising

alt informationThe British-Iranian journalist and author of the award-winning City of Lies speaks about the growing protests in her homeland

The Saudi problem: can human rights ever trump trade?

alt informationAs we mark 23 months since University of Leeds dental student Salma al-Shehab was arrested after returning home on holiday, we ask whether the UK Foreign Secretary has the courage to demand her release

“We deserve more on freedom of expression”

alt informationFreedom of expression has dominated the news agenda this week but not in a good way, says Ruth Smeeth

World leaders will have “blood on their hands” if Alaa Abd El-Fattah dies

alt informationAttendees at COP27 need to raise the case of the British-Egyptian writer before it's too late, say the activist's sisters

Women pay ultimate price for Iran protests

alt informationAs the world marks the tenth International Day of the Girl, young Iranian women are risking everything to stand up for their rights

Iran shuts down internet after protests spiral over 22-year-old’s death

alt informationAccess to popular platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp has been stopped following the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the country's morality police

Saudi Arabia is equating free online expression with terrorism

alt informationAs we mark 20 months since the arrest of Salma al-Shehab, Index calls for the country’s Specialized Criminal Court to be overhauled

Index condemns 34-year sentence for Salma al-Shehab

alt informationSaudi women’s rights advocate faces longest ever prison term for a peaceful activist after tweeting support for prisoners of conscience

Iranian society has been taken hostage, says exiled documentary film-maker

alt informationVahid Zarezade and Gelareh Kakavand have been forced to flee the country after being interrogated and beaten for their work highlighting conditions in Iran's prisons

Belarus: Andrei Aliaksandrau writes of his “travels”

alt informationOur former colleague writes from prison as his trial is suspended for two months

Iran enters the multiverse of madness

alt informationThe Iranian government is holding propaganda events while attempting to silence protests against corruption following a building collapse in Abadan