Qatar: 5-Year Prison Sentence Set for ‘Fake News’

Expand An image of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on a building in Doha, Qatar. © 2019 Anke Waelischmiller/AP Images (Beirut) – Qatar has amended its penal code to restrict further the already-narrow space for free expression by setting criminal penalties for spreading “fake news” online, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim

July 26, 2019 Video Video: Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the latest victim of Lebanon’s criminal defamation and insult laws, encapsulating the alarming crackdown on free speech in a country once proud to embrace diversity. The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the […]

UAE: Free Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor

Expand Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor smiles while speaking to Associated Press journalists in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, August 25, 2016. © 2016 AP Images (Beirut, April 12, 2019) – UAE authorities should immediately free Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights activist whose health has been deteriorating rapidly as he carries out a […]

EU: Postpone Vote on Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

Expand Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang stands in front of a statue of late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam on January 23, 2018.    © 2018 Reuters/Kham (Brussels) – The European Parliament and the European Council should postpone the ratification of the proposed EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement until the Vietnamese government […]