February 23, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Bahrain's Ministry of Interior initiated a criminal investigation on Tuesday into alleged criminal content posted by the country's main opposition group, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. Al-Wefaq regularly publishes content to its website and Twitter account, including pictures of protests ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 230 protesters to life in prison, finding them guilty of taking part in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo in December 2011. Among those sentenced, was prominent activist Ahmed Douma, who is seen as one of the leading forces behind ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences of three activists on Monday for violating the country's protest laws. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were arrested for breaking a law that bans political gatherings of more than 10 people without prior ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A Nepalese parliamentary meeting on Tuesday resulted in violence and arrests after the Maoist opposition sought to extend the deadline for the drafting of the new constitution. An original deadline for completion of the constitution had been set for January 22, a date to which the ruling ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Protests erupted in more than 30 cities in Spain on Saturday due to a new public security law that criminalizes certain types of social protests and demonstrations. Protests took place in both large and small cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Almeria and Valencia. Some protesters wore tape on ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a sweeping new anti-terrorism law after some of its members engaged in a shoving match that led to blows being exchanged. Those opposed to the bill, citing violations of free speech and other civil liberties, shouted, threw water, and even threw books at the ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]

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