Category : Middle East and North Africa

Bahrain: “They want you to be broken and this is why we keep going”

alt informationHuman rights defenders often confront obstacles that keep them from doing the work they set out to do. This is especially true in Bahrain.

Bassel Khartabil: “I urge you to support nonviolent activism”

alt informationIn his speech accepting the 2013 Freedom of Expression Digital Activism Award, digital activist Bassel Khartabil stressed nonviolence in the struggle for freedom in Syria.

Bahraini court postpones decision in case against Nabeel Rajab

alt informationA Bahraini judge postponed a ruling until 11 September in one of the cases against human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: UK silence on Nabeel Rajab “appalling”

alt informationThe Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s silence on the sentencing of human rights figure Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain has been called “appalling” in a letter to the Foreign Secretary, signed by 13 rights groups & MPs on Sunday

Bahrain: Security agency summons online activist who exposed torture in plea to king

alt informationThe Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Index on Censorship condemn Yusuf Al-Jamri's torture, and the torture of all persons by Bahrain's NSA.

Syria: Rights groups condemn execution of Bassel Khartabil

alt informationThe family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in October 2015.

Honouring Bassel Khartabil, Syrian digital activist

alt informationIndex on Censorship mourns the death of 2013 Freedom of Expression Digital Activism Award-winning Bassel Khartabil, who had been held Syrian prisons since 2012.

Taking out the trash: UK foreign office report heaps praise on Bahrain

alt informationJohnson offers a watered-down endorsement of human rights and his department's understanding of advocacy is seriously flawed

Al Jazeera debate at Frontline Club descends into shouting match

alt informationA debate at the Frontline Club last night on the future of Al Jazeera, following recent calls for the network to be shuttered by a group of seven Arab countries, did not go to plan

Bahraini human rights activist sentenced to two years

alt informationIndex on Censorship strongly condemns the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab to two years in prison

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed until 10 July

alt informationThe trial of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been delayed yet again, this time until 10 July

Bahrain: Women’s rights activist arrested and risks torture

alt informationJust as she was getting ready for bed on 3 July, Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam Al-Sayegh was arrested by masked officers. Her whereabouts remain unknown