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24 June 2016 |

End judicial harassment of human rights defender and blogger Ghada Jamsheer

Human rights defender and blogger Ghada Jamsheer faces a sentence of 1 year imprisonment for "assaulting a policewoman"
3 June 2016 |

Bahrain has failed massively in implementing human rights recommendations

Bahrain has failed massively in implementing human rights recommendations According to rights groups, Bahraini government's claims of having implemented all BICI recommendations is mere lip service.
12 April 2016 |

Free Zainab Al-Khawaja and Baby

Free Zainab Al-Khawaja and Baby IFEX Members Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, and Gulf Centre for Human Rights, along with CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation call on the Bahraini government to free Zainab Al-Khawaja and baby
17 March 2016 |

Four years after his arrest, NGOs ask: Where is Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil?

Four years after his arrest, NGOs ask: Where is Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil? Since his detention, many human rights groups have campaigned for his release. On 21 April 2015, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declared his detention a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and called for his release, yet the Syrian authorities refuse to free him.
17 February 2016 |

Rights groups and cartoonists ask Iranian President Rouhani to help free artist Atena Farghadani

Rights groups and cartoonists ask Iranian President Rouhani to help free artist Atena Farghadani Over 40 human rights groups and more than 75 international cartoonists are calling for leniency for Atena Farghadani, an Iranian cartoonist currently wrongfully jailed.
19 January 2016 |

Bahrain must end harassment of human rights defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman

Bahrain must end harassment of human rights defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman IFEX members call on the Government of Bahrain to stop the judicial harassment of Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman, and to allow human rights defenders to exercise their right to freedom of expression.
30 December 2015 |

Bahraini rights defender Mohammad Al-Maskati faces prison if sentence upheld

Bahraini rights defender Mohammad Al-Maskati faces prison if sentence upheld Al-Maskati is the founder and former president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), and is currently a digital security consultant at Front Line Defenders. On 31 December 2014, the Lower Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced him to six months in prison but he remained free on bail of 100 BHD until the appeal.
4 November 2015 |

Syria must disclose location of arrested activist Bassel Khartabil

Syria must disclose location of arrested activist Bassel Khartabil 
Syria’s authorities have yet to disclose the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of information, one month after his transfer to an undisclosed location, 22 organisations said on 4 November 2015. Syrian authorities should immediately reveal his whereabouts and release him.
19 June 2015 |

UN Security Council must press for an end to attacks against media in Yemen

UN Security Council must press for an end to attacks against media in Yemen IFEX members urge the UN Security Council to ensure the protection of journalists in Yemen in light of historic resolution.
19 March 2015 |

NGOs to Bashar al-Assad: Implement your amnesty decree and free Syrian activist Mazen Darwish

NGOs to Bashar al-Assad: Implement your amnesty decree and free Syrian activist Mazen Darwish The International Press Institute and 23 IFEX members sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad calling for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mazen Darwish ahead of his court hearing on 25 March 2015.
3 March 2015 |

On anniversary of mass trial, rights groups call on UAE to "stop the charade"

On anniversary of mass trial, rights groups call on UAE to The mass “UAE 94” trial imprisoned dozens of government critics and reform activists in the United Arab Emirates.
19 January 2015 |

NGOs call on Bahraini government to drop Twitter charges against Nabeel Rajab

NGOs call on Bahraini government to drop Twitter charges against Nabeel Rajab The international community's response to the current charges leveled against prominent activist Nabeel Rajab has been monumental in denouncing the Criminal Investigations Department and the Bahraini government for their actions.
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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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.


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