UAE: Prominent academic jailed for 10 years over tweets in outrageous blow to freedom of expression

In response to the sentencing today of human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith at the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi Amnesty International’s Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at the organization’s Beirut office said: “Today’s sentencing of prominent economist, academic and human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith to 10 years in prison is yet another devastating blow […]

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UAE: YARPTI CALLS FOR RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AHMED MANSOOR

Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative  (YARPTI) is alarmed to hear the news that the United Arab Emirate authorities have detained prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor. At around midnight, 10 male and two female uniformed security officials stormed the family’s apartment and carried out a lengthy room-by-room search, including of the children’s bedroom. They confiscated electronic devices […]

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Kazakhstan: Social media crackdown suffocates freedom of expression online

The Kazakhstani authorities are using increasingly elaborate and aggressive methods to stamp out dissenting voices on the internet and social media, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today. Think before you post: Closing down social media space in Kazakhstan documents the steady erosion of the right to freedom of expression online in Kazakhstan over the past two years. The […]

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Zimbabwe: Additional charge against Pastor Mawarire a desperate ploy to keep him behind bars

The additional charge of “Insulting the Flag of Zimbabwe” slapped on Pastor Evan Mawarire this morning is a deliberate ploy to prolong his detention and block his human rights work, Amnesty International and CIVICUS said today. The Pastor was due to appear in court this morning and make a bail application after being arrested yesterday on arrival at Harare International […]

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