Category : Middle East and North Africa

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.

Bahrain: NGOs call for release of human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on 7th anniversary of his arrest

alt informationSeven years ago this month, renowned human rights defender and former Index award winner Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was dragged from his home in Bahrain, tortured, tried in a military court, and sentenced to life in prison for his peaceful role in 2011 protests. Today, 5 April, on Al-Khawaja’s 57th birthday, the undersigned human rights organisations call for […]

Bahraini injustice: Nabeel Rajab sentenced for tweeting

alt informationIndex condemns the decision to sentence Bahraini human rights defender - and Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award winner - Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison.

International NGOs and IFEX members join urgent calls for Tunisian government to withdraw draft broadcasting bill

alt informationThe undersigned regional and international NGOs join Tunisian organisations in their demands that the government immediately withdraw a draft law on the broadcasting regulator which fails to meet international standards on freedom of expression and independent broadcasting in democratic countries. As part of the important process of harmonising Tunisian legislation with the 2014 Constitution, a […]

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab’s tweet trial brought forward, then adjourned to 7 December

alt informationThe 19th hearing of the leading Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was unexpectedly held earlier than the court had originally ruled.

Open letter to UN High Commissioner on Egypt’s crackdown on freedom of expression

alt informationTo: His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Re: Call for action to condemn the Egyptian authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression Mr High Commissioner, We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our great concern about the current human rights situation in Egypt. Four years ago today, Egypt’s […]

Groups call on US, UK and EU to support Nabeel Rajab

alt informationRights groups have written to 11 states and the EU calling for action ahead of the conclusion of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s appeal.

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab’s trial for tweets adjourned to 31 December

alt informationThe trial of Bahrain’s most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was adjourned to 31 December for a technical report on his tweets.

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab denied bail as he appeals two-year sentence

alt informationBahraini authorities continue their campaign of judicial harassment to silence a prominent human rights activist.