Sudan: Prisoner Release Left Many Activists Behind

Expand Some detained politicians and journalists in the Kober national prison, just before their release on February 18, 2018 ©2018 Reuters (Nairobi) – Dozens of prominent activists remain in detention in Sudan, despite the release of more than 50 people on February 18 and 19,…

Philippines: Drop Charges Against Duterte Critic

Expand Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, who is detained on drug charges, gestures a “Laban” (Fight) sign inside a local court where she faces an obstruction of justice complaint in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines on March 13, 2017. © 2017 Romeo Ranoco / Reuters…

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…

Azerbaijan’s Disgraceful Five-Year Anniversary

Expand Ilgar Mammadov detained during a protest rally in Baku, 2013. © 2013 Turkhan Kerimov (RFE/RL) It’s unfathomable that Ilgar Mammadov, a prominent political analyst and one of Azerbaijan’s few alternative political voices, has been in prison for five years now. Ilgar was arrested shortly after…

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