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Mass Arrests and Proposed New Cybercrime Law in Egypt

On 25th April, demonstrations against the government's decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia's sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir resulted more than 150 people being sentenced to between two and five years in prison. Read more


Journalist released but Azeri goverment continues crackdown

Despite the release from jail of journalists Khadija Ismayilova, the OGP declared Azerbaijan inactive because of continuing repression of fundamental freedoms. Read more


Trial of Dr. Nasser Bin Gaith continues

Free expression continues to be undermined by the authorities in the UAE as civil society activists - including journalists and academics - are targetted for promoting human rights. Read more


Council of Ministers preparing new law on associations

The Palestinian Council of Ministers is preparing a new law on associations through a commission which does not include civil society representation. Read more


Land rights activist killed

Several recent protests have passed off peacefully however the murder of several journalists in the early part of 2016 seriously undermines respect for civic space in Guatemala. Read more


Hundreds of protestors shot dead in Ethiopia

A brutal crackdown has left over 400 protestors dead while a new cybercrime law threatens to further restrict online space for civil society. Read more


Government critics harrassed through the courts

Human rights defenders in Oman continue to work in a hostile environment. Defenders have been arrested, arbitrarily detained, imprisoned and deprived of medical treatment. Read more


Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more


Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

Today, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. This video from DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) shows interviews with Eritrean human rights defenders in exile who have, and continue to, speak out against the ruthless Eritrean regime. Read more


Joint letter to King of Bahrain on the arrest of Zainab Al-Khawaja

Dear King Hamad,

We, the undersigned Bahraini and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), would like to unequivocally condemn your government’s arrest of human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja along with her infant son. The implementation of Ms. Al-Khawaja’s prison sentence for merely exercising her right to free expression and assembly amounts to arbitrary detention is wholly unacceptable. While Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa indicated an intention to release her, she has not yet been freed from prison and we are concerned that these arbitrary charges remain against her. We therefore call on the Government of Bahrain to secure her immediate and unconditional release. Read more

Joint letter to King of Bahrain on the arrest of Zainab Al-Khawaja