Category - freedom of expression

  • June 14, 2017

    Arab countries engaged in a dispute with Qatar have shut down media outlets with links to or considered sympathetic to the Qatari government, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • May 29, 2017

    Saudi Arabia has upheld a protest-related death sentence for a protester who was tortured so badly that he was rendered completely deaf in one ear. The judgment marks the first such move for several months, and comes days after President Trump visited the Kingdom.

  • May 22, 2017

    Amnesty International USA has released a response to the news that President Trump has finalised an arms deal with Saudi Arabia during his trip to the country.

  • May 16, 2017

     O?uz Güven, the web editor of the prominent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, was taken into police custody on 12 May 2017.

  • April 5, 2017

    A recent legislative amendment requires activists and journalists reporting on government corruption in Ukraine to file public declarations of their personal assets, Human Rights Watch said today. The new requirement is vague and could be used to deter or punish investigative journalists and partners of anti-corruption nongovernmental groups for doing their job.

  • March 28, 2017

    Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and all peaceful protesters detained after the mass anti-corruptiondemonstrations across the country on 26 March must be released immediately, said Amnesty International, after Mr Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

  • February 21, 2017

    The Law Society of Upper Canada’s selection of the imprisoned Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair for its 2016 Human Rights Award highlights Saudi Arabia’s brutal repression of peaceful activists and dissidents, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

  • February 16, 2017

    The authorities in Bahrain must refrain from using excessive force against protesters, Amnesty International has urged, as mass protests took place to mark the sixth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising.

  • December 13, 2016

    A nine-year prison sentence against the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh 'Ali Salman was upheld yesterday by a Bahraini Appeal Court after a retrial, in another blow to freedom of expression in the country.

  • November 19, 2016

    Fears are growing for the physical and mental health of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British charity worker jailed in Iran after being sentenced  to five years in prison following an unfair trial on unspecified 'national security charges' earlier this year.