Category : Middle East and North Africa

Bahrain renews detention of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Index award-winning human rights activist Nabeel Rajab’s pre-trial detention was renewed for a further 15 days by Bahrain's Public Prosecution on 5 January according to Nabeel’s lawyer.

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab remains in prison despite court order for his release

Nabeel Rajab, the prominent Bahraini human rights activist who has been held in prison for the past seven months, was due to be released on bail but remains in Jau prison.

Inside Syria’s war: The extreme dangers faced by local reporters

A Syrian citizen journalist on the realities of reporting in a country where a pseudonym and bulletproof vest offer little protection from constant danger

Groups urge UN to call on Bahrain to release human rights defender

Fifty-four international human rights and free expression organisations have written to the United Nations on behalf of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.

Bahrain: Parliamentary pressure mounts on Theresa May to call for Nabeel Rajab’s release

Parliamentarians today joined in calling on the UK government to call for the release of jailed activist Nabeel Rajab.

Bahraini human rights activist to face trial

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, an Index award winner, has been imprisoned for tweeting about the Bahraini government, and could face up to 15 years in jail.

Syria: Whereabouts of four abducted activists unknown

Prominent human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Al-Khalil, Wa’el Hamada and Nazim Hammadi – the Douma four – should be released immediately, 32 human rights organisations said today, on the third anniversary of their abduction.  On 09 December 2013, a group of armed men stormed into the office of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria, […]

The UK government must do more to address human rights situation in Bahrain

The Bahraini authorities’ orchestrated attack on the rights to free expression, assembly and association, has seriously undermined the prospects of a political solution to Bahrain’s domestic unrest.

Bahrain must end judicial harassment of Faisal Hayyat

We, the undersigned, express our deep concern with the Government of Bahrain's campaign targeting journalists and activists exercising their right to free expression.

Bahrain: Human rights defender Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail despite poor health

Women’s rights defender, writer and blogger Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail in Bahrain

Bahrain charges Ebrahim Sharif for AP interview after Prince Charles visit

Bahrain’s public prosecution yesterday charged leading opposition politician Ebrahim Sharif under article 165 of the penal code with “inciting hatred against the regime”.