Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist

Expand Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. © 2015 Reuters (Beirut) – The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in…

Thailand: Drop Cases Against Torture Victim

Expand Ismae Teh, a prominent human rights activist, faces defamation charges for speaking out publicly about being tortured by the Thai military.  © 2018 Private (New York) – The Thai military should immediately withdraw criminal and civil defamation cases against a human rights activist who…

Mauritania: Activist Arrested for Social Media Posts

(Tunis) – Mauritanian authorities have detained an activist since January 24, 2018, apparently over social media posts decrying discrimination, Human Rights Watch said today. The activist, Abdallahi Salem Ould Yali, used social media to urge the country’s Haratines, a group descended from slaves who comprise…

Morocco: Review Conviction of Protest Leader

(Tunis) – Moroccan authorities should urgently review the conviction of an activist sentenced to five years in prison in possible reprisal for his activism in a social protest movement, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should ensure that no confession obtained by coercion is…

Activist Detained in Turkey for Tweets

Expand Writer and human rights activist, Nurcan Baysal, pictured in Diyarbakır, Turkey. © 2015 Human Rights Watch The Turkish government’s intolerance of criticism knows few bounds. Police detained writer and human rights activist Nurcan Baysal from her house in Diyarbakır, southeastern Turkey, late Sunday. As…

Nigeria Loses a Treasured Justice Advocate

Oby Theodora Nwankwo, a Nigerian activist who tirelessly advocated for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and women’s rights, died on December 9, 2017. She was 61 years old. I got to know Oby through our common work to push back against unprincipled attacks by some…

Indonesia’s ‘Anti-Communism’ Law Used Against Environmental Activist

Indonesian prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for an environmental activist for allegedly raising pro-communist banners while peacefully protesting pollution linked to a local gold mine. Expand An illegal miner leaves a cave after mining for gold in the mountain of Tumpang Pitu in…

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