Middle East and North Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
The mass “UAE 94” trial imprisoned dozens of government critics and reform activists in the United Arab Emirates.
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.
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.
More than 100 groups and individuals worldwide call on Egyptian President el-Sisi to remove the unjust sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journalist and editor Ali Anouzla was arrested on 17 September 2013 in connection with a 13 September news article published on the Arabic edition of news website Lakome. Ahead of a Rabat court hearing scheduled on 18 February, local and international rights organisations came together to call for the charges against him to be dropped.
Following the criminalisation of peaceful protest in Egypt in November 2013, 57 organisations and individuals release joint statement against arrests of Egyptian bloggers and political activists.
On 22 December 2013, the Abdeen Court in Egypt issued a verdict against three activists who were integral to the 25 January revolution to three years in jail and a 50,000 Egyptian pounds [US$7180] fine.
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.
Over 50 IFEX members and partners appeal to the civil society groups assisting in a consultation process with elected representatives to protect freedom of expression in the new Tunisian Constitution.
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.
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.
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.
Twelve students at the El Azhar university in Egypt where arrested on 30 October 2013 during demonstrations in which they were protesting the arrest of a number of their colleagues and expressing their opposition to the current Egyptian authority.
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.
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Egypt's new bill would go beyond restricting protests to curb Egyptians' freedom to engage in all forms of peaceful assembly.