21 January 2016

Kuwait: Сriminal court sentenced two men to death

21 January 2016

Kuwait’s first instance criminal court sentenced Hassan Hajiya, a Kuwaiti national, and Abdulreda Dhaqany, an Iranian national to death. They were convicted of spying for Iran and Hezbollah. 

19 January 2016

Turkey: Detention of academics intensifies crackdown on freedom of expression

19 January 2016

The detention of 19 academics in Turkey represents a new assault on the imperilled right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

18 January 2016
Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Washington Post correspondent

Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Washington Post correspondent

18 January 2016

On 16 January, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomed the release today of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days in prison in Iran. Rezaian was freed as part of a prisoner swap deal between Tehran and Washington. 

15 January 2016

Activist is accused of mocking Burma’s military in social networks

15 January 2016

On 14 January, Burma’s court held the second hearing of a social worker Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, who had been earlier accused of mocking Burma’s military in social networks. He has been in detention for three months, and the court has already rejected numerous attempts to secure him bail for health reasons. 

14 January 2016

Committee to Protect Journalists condemned Cairo court's sentence on charges of "publishing false news"

14 January 2016

On 13 January, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned a Cairo court's sentencing of three journalists and one press freedom advocate to three years in prison each on charges of "publishing false news" and belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

13 January 2016

Human Rights Watch calls on Chinese government to release four labor rights activists

13 January 2016

On 13 January, Human Rights Watch said that the Chinese government should immediately release four labor rights activists who were formally arrested in Guangdong province on politically motivated grounds this year.

12 January 2016

Kuwait: Electronic Crimes law threatens to further stifle freedom of expression

12 January 2016

A new cybercrimes law, which is due to take effect on 12 January, will add a further layer to the web of laws that already restrict the right of people in Kuwait to freedom of expression. With the introduction of this new law, people in Kuwait will face up to 10 years’ imprisonment for peacefully expressing their opinions over the internet.

11 January 2016

Medecins Sans Frontieres called to stop bombing hospitals in Yemen

11 January 2016

On 10 January, another Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) supported hospital has been hit by a projectile in Northern Yemen on Sunday. 

29 December 2015

Afghanistan: UN helps humanitarian aid reach war-affected families in Kunduz

29 December 2015

On 28 December, the United Nations has helped deliver humanitarian aid packages to over 100 families affected by the recent fighting in the Kunduz area of northern Afghanistan. 

25 December 2015

Fire sweeps through Saudi hospital, at least 20 dead

25 December 2015

On 24 December, an overnight fire at Jazan hospital has killed at least 20 people in the southwestern Saudi Arabia. More than 100 people have been injured.