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11 June 2014 |

Renewed call for release of jailed Bahraini journalists

Ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council's 26th Session, ten free speech and human rights organisations called for the release of Bahraini journalists Hussain Hubail and Qassim Zain Aldeen.
9 April 2014 |

Concern for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's health on third anniversary of his arrest in Bahrain

Concern for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's health on third anniversary of his arrest in Bahrain Former president and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison in June 2011. He continues to be denied adequate medical attention and suffers from severe medical complications as a result of his mistreatment in detention.
17 March 2014 |

Free key rights defenders held in violation of international standards in Syria

Free key rights defenders held in violation of international standards in Syria The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 61 human rights organizations said on 17 March 2014.
21 February 2014 | Syria

Rights defenders in Syria continue to be targeted because of their work

On 17 February 2014, the home of detained human rights defender Khalil Ma’touq in Damascus was raided by security forces. His daughter, Ranim an art student, was arrested and his 17 year old son was beaten during the raid.
11 December 2013 | Syria

Human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh and 3 colleagues abducted in Syria

Human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh and 3 colleagues abducted in Syria Four Syrian activists abducted in the Damascus suburbs, apparently in relation to their humanitarian work, must be released immediately and unconditionally, 16 human rights organisations said on 11 December 2013.
26 November 2013 | Syria

Urgent joint appeal for release of prisoners of conscience and all detainees in Syria

Organisations urge the Syrian government to not use the Anti-Terrorism Law or any other law to target human rights defenders, journalists, humanitarian workers and other peaceful activists. The Syrian government should also guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Syria are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.
20 November 2013 | Syria

Rights groups call on Syrian government to implement UN resolution

Rights groups call on Syrian government to implement UN resolution International and local human rights organisations are calling on the Syrian authorities to immediately implement the UN General Assembly resolution and release immediately and unconditionally Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, and Hani Al-Zitani as well as all human rights defenders in Syria.
19 November 2013 | Bahrain

End unfair imprisonment of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, eligible for early release

End unfair imprisonment of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, eligible for early release A coalition of groups calls on the Bahraini government to free imprisoned human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, jailed since July 2012, who is eligible for conditional release by 29 November 2013.
15 November 2013 | Bahrain

Coalition lawyer denied entry to Bahrain to observe rights defender's trial

Coalition lawyer denied entry to Bahrain to observe rights defender's trial Naji Fateel was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "the establishment of a group for the purpose of disabling the constitution." A lawyer representing regional human rights groups has been denied entry into the country in order to observe Fateel's appeal.
7 October 2013 | Jordan

International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordan

International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordan IFEX members appeal to the King to end restrictions on news websites, nearly five months after Jordanian regulators blocked some 300 sites under a new licensing provision of the Press and Publications Law.
27 August 2013 | United Arab Emirates

Coalition's judicial report reveals serious flaws in trial of “the UAE 94"

Coalition's judicial report reveals serious flaws in trial of “the UAE 94 News emerged from prison that some of those jailed in the UAE 94 case began a hunger strike on 31 July, with 20 detainees participating to protest the mistreatment they continue to be subjected to while in detention.
6 August 2013 | Bahrain

Bahraini rights groups reach out to international community for help ahead of mass protests

International human rights organisations are urged to attempt to visit Bahrain over the coming week, in order to monitor ongoing protests, especially on 14 August when the country is expected to come under lockdown.
8 July 2013 | United Arab Emirates

69 government critics convicted in U.A.E. mass trial

The convictions of 69 defendants in the United Arab Emirates' mass trial of 94 government critics were based on a fundamentally unfair trial, a coalition of human rights groups said.
5 June 2013 | Syria

Health of detained Syrian rights lawyer Khalil Ma'touq worsening

Health of detained Syrian rights lawyer Khalil Ma'touq worsening Nineteen human rights organisations have joined forces to condemn the continued enforced disappearance of Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Ma'touq whose health has been steadily deterioriating over the past eight months he spent in detention.
24 May 2013 | Bahrain

Joint appeal to U.N. protests torture of detained rights defenders in Bahrain

Joint appeal to U.N. protests torture of detained rights defenders in Bahrain Over 50 NGOs worldwide signed a joint appeal to the U.N. against the ill-treatment and torture of detained human rights defenders, activists and photojournalists in Bahrain, calling for U.N. and Red Cross visits.
17 May 2013 | Syria

Call for release of rights activists facing terrorism charges in Syria

Call for release of rights activists facing terrorism charges in Syria Nineteen regional and international human rights organisations call on the Syrian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against Mazen Darwish and two of his colleagues from the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM).
3 April 2013 | United Arab Emirates

Family, NGOs denied access to mass trial of Emirati activists

UAE authorities have been arbitrarily denying family members, international observers, and the international media access to the mass trial of 94 critics of the government.
15 February 2013 | Iran

Rights groups call for end to house arrests of Iranian activist, politicians

An appeal signed by Human Rights Watch and Reporters without Borders as well as other rights groups call for the immediate release from house arrest of two former presidential candidates and a political activist.
28 January 2013 | United Arab Emirates

UAE accuses 94 Emiratis of conspiring to seize power

After more than 6 months without any judicial proceeding for some of the detainees, 94 Emirati nationals accused of plotting to seize power have been charged.
18 January 2013 | Bahrain

President Obama urged to help release Bahraini human rights defenders and activists

President Obama urged to help release Bahraini human rights defenders and activists In a letter to the US President, 40 human rights organisations called for US support to release 13 Bahrainis, unjustly jailed by the Bahraini government, one of the strongest allies of the US in the region.


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