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 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Wednesday upheld a restriction that same-sex couples cannot adopt children that have no biological relation to either parent. While the official text of the decision has not yet been released, the court did release a statement on their official Twitter page ...[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]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation's ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for tweets ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Authorities in Kuwait on Wednesday ordered the 10-day detainment of former lawmaker Saleh al-Mullah for tweets criticizing the Gulf country's leader Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and his support for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Al-Mullah was detained Tuesday and held overnight for ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A court in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia's eastern province, has ordered that the criminal cases against Loujain Hathloul and Maysaa Alamoudi, two women's rights activists, be transferred to a special tribunal for terrorism in Riyadh. The women were arrested in December while attempting to drive into ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the detention of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of one of Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activists, at the start of his retrial for breaking a law on demonstrations. Abdel-Fattah was convicted in June for organizing an unauthorized demonstration and assaulting a ...[read more]

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