April 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012. The court did not convict Morsi, or any of the 14 other defendants, of murder, which could have resulted in ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian Criminal Court in Giza on Monday sentenced 22 people to death for their involvement in the storming of a police station and killing of an officer on the day Mohamed Morsi was overthrown. The defendants are alleged to be Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only evidence presented ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Emelina Perez
An Egyptian court has referred 11 men accused of being involved in deadly 2012 soccer riots to the most senior religious official, the final step before imposing a death sentence. The Grand Mufti is scheduled to give his final decision on May 30. The riots, which occurred in Port Said, killed more ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Reforms in Bahrain have failed to end serious human rights violations, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. The 79-page report claims that activists are still being jailed and detainees have been mistreated and tortured. The government implemented the reforms four years ago after anti- ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A Cairo criminal court on Wednesday jailed the former chief of staff of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi following his conviction for abuse of power. Refaa al-Tahtawi was sentenced to a three-year jail term and ordered to pay a USD $9,000 fine after being convicted of appointing a lawyer ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A UN report released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential in the fight against sexual violence. ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered "untold indignities". There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency for ...[read more]
April 11, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
An Egyptian criminal court on Saturday sentenced US citizen Mohamed Soltan to life in prison for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and for transmitting false news. Soltan, who was arrested in 2013 and staged a hunger strike while in prison, is a citizen of both the US and Egypt. Judge Mohamed Nagi ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
An analysis by Human Rights Watch (HRW) of the Tunisian government's new draft counterterrorism law released Wednesday suggests that the law as drafted could potentially lead to serious human rights abuses. The law would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for ...[read more]

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