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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
23 March 2016 |

Human rights defenders face prosecution in unprecedented crackdown on NGOs

Human rights defenders face prosecution in unprecedented crackdown on NGOs In recent weeks, the Egyptian authorities have summoned human rights workers for questioning, banned them from travel and attempted to freeze their personal funds and family assets.
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.
12 February 2016 |

Egypt: Travel bans used to silence human rights defenders' voices

Egypt: Travel bans used to silence human rights defenders' voices
IFEX joins EuroMed Rights and other groups in calling on the Egyptian government to immediately lift arbitrary travel bans on all human rights rights defenders and activists.
21 January 2016 |

NGOs to Morocco: Drop charges against journalist Ali Anouzla once and for all

NGOs to Morocco: Drop charges against journalist Ali Anouzla once and for all As one of the most respected Arab journalists in the region, Ali Anouzla's publications are renowned for their unequivocally pro-democracy editorial line that translates into a critical yet fair treatment of the real power holders in Morocco.
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.
15 June 2015 |

Egypt's civil society facing renewed government crackdown

Egypt's civil society facing renewed government crackdown Ten international rights groups are calling for the repeal of a repressive 2002 associations law, which empowers the government to shut down any group virtually at will, confiscate its property, or block its funding.
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.
30 August 2014 |

Egypt: Dissolution ultimatum for independent groups

Egypt: Dissolution ultimatum for independent groups Independent organizations in Egypt face a looming crackdown. The government has threatened to enforce a draconian associations law that became law 12 years ago, but has seldom been enforced.
25 June 2014 |

Demand the release of recently sentenced Al Jazeera staff

Demand the release of recently sentenced Al Jazeera staff More than 100 groups and individuals worldwide call on Egyptian President el-Sisi to remove the unjust sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists.
12 June 2014 |

Rights groups condemn 15-year sentences for Egyptian protesters

Rights groups condemn 15-year sentences for Egyptian protesters
The harsh sentence handed down in absentia by the Cairo Criminal Court against Alaa Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Wael Metwally and 22 others is a severe violation of the right to a fair trial.
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.


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