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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.
The detention of 19 academics in Turkey represents a new assault on the imperilled right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.
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.
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.
Committee to Protect Journalists condemned Cairo court's sentence on charges of "publishing false news"
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.
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.
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.
On 10 January, another Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) supported hospital has been hit by a projectile in Northern Yemen on Sunday.
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.
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.