July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in a ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced on Wednesday that he has suspended his campaign's cooperation with Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), alleging fraud by the IEC. Hundreds of Abdullah's ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Egypt's prosecutor general said Monday that Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy will be released on medical grounds after nearly a year of imprisonment. Elshamy was detained last August while covering a protest in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and has been on a hunger strike for ...[read more]
June 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent activist from the 2011 revolution to 15 years in prison for organizing an unsanctioned protest and assaulting a police officer last year. Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was forced to wait outside of a courtroom at Cairo's Torah Prison ...[read more]
June 1, 2014
by Julie Deisher
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 34 supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi each to two years in prison and a USD $1,600 fine for their alleged participation in violence during celebrations of the three-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. The defendants were convicted for ...[read more]
May 14, 2014
by Max Slater
Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer ...[read more]
April 20, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation ...[read more]

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