Jordan: Arrests, Forced Dispersal at Teacher Protests

Click to expand Image  Jordanian police block a road in front of protestors in Irbid, north of Jordan on August 1, 2020. © 2020 Momen Malkawi (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have exploited the country’s Covid-19 pandemic to forcibly disperse public protests against the arbitrary closure of the country’s Teachers Syndicate and mass arrests of its […]

Saudi Arabia: Prince in Incommunicado Detention

November 4, 2019 Video Saudi Arabia: Change Comes with Punishing Cost Arrests, Torture, Murder Accompany Reforms (Beirut) – Saudi authorities detained Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud, a son of the late King Abdullah and former head of the Saudi Red Crescent Society, on March 27, 2020 and have since apparently held him incommunicado, Human […]

Lebanon: Migrant Family Detained

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanon’s General Security has detained a Sudanese-Sri Lankan family of seven, including four children under age 18, threatening to deport the parents to different countries for lacking residency papers, the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM), Amnesty […]

Jordan: Crackdown on Political Activists

Expand Protestor raises the Jordanian flag during 2018 protests in front for the prime ministry building in Amman, Jordan. © 2018 AlMothanna B. AlGhazzawi   (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-March 2019, the authorities […]

Crackdown on Presidential Election Protests in Kazakhstan

Expand Law enforcement officers detain a protester in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019, during presidential elections. © 2019 Paul Bartlett Today neither social nor mainstream media in Kazakhstan were reporting on orderly presidential elections. Instead, the media reports, tweets, and Facebook posts were about protests during the election – meant to usher in Kazakhstan’s […]

China’s Labor Activists ‘Hold Fast to Freedom’

Expand Cartoon drawn by Wei Zhili’s wife, Zheng Churan, and the couples’ friends. © Zheng Churan “The whole world is waiting for you to come back. ‘Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain,’” wrote Zheng Churan in a postcard to her husband, Wei Zhili, a labor activist detained in March by authorities in the […]

Saudi Arabia: Abusive Charges Against Women Activists

Expand ناشطات سعوديات (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s charges against women’s rights defenders appear almost entirely related to their human rights activities, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia opened individual trials on March 13, 2019 of 11 activists, most of them prominent women’s rights advocates detained beginning in May 2018. Saudi Arabia should immediately release […]

Britain Should Stand Up for Saudi Women Activists

Expand British Pm Theresa May (L) stands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman around the steps of number 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018 working in london, England. &copy 2018 Leon Neal/Getty Images A week ago, the British Foreign Office celebrated the 70th anniversary from the Universal Promise of Human Legal rights and […]