November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the detention of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of one of Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activists, at the start of his retrial for breaking a law on demonstrations. Abdel-Fattah was convicted in June for organizing an unauthorized demonstration and assaulting a ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was released on bail Monday as he faces retrial for organizing an unauthorized protest. Abdel-Fattah's lawyer said his client was released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (USD $714) and that he and two other activists will leave prison ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Independent UN rights experts on Friday called on the government of Bahrain to release human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja due to the absence of evidence against her. Al-Khawaja was arrested in August upon her return to Bahrain and was charged with insulting the king and assaulting police ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during ...[read more]
June 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the two-year jail sentence of an opposition online activist for writing tweets found to be offensive to the country's Emir. After the ruling, activist Hejab Al Hajeri said on his Twitter account that his "determination is bigger than their jail." Al Hajeri, ...[read more]

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