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 5, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. Al-Harbi was sentenced to ...[read more]
March 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Venezuela effectively allows more violence and abuses through its failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the injuries and tortures during 2014 protests, Amnesty International (AI) announced in a report released Tuesday. During the protests 3,351 people were detained, and most were ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha called Tuesday for a limit to the use of martial law that has been in place since May. Under martial law, all political protests have been banned and the military possesses unbridled authority to arrest and detain citizens. Prayuth stressed that the Thai ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Bahraini court found 11 Shiities guilty on Thursday of an attack carried out against police last year and sentenced three to death. The other eight defendants were sentenced to life in prison and will be stripped of their citizenship. The case centered on the country's deadliest attack since ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday was handed a 15-day prison sentence for distributing leaflets attempting to publicize an "anti-crisis" demonstration that is planned to take place March 1. As Navalny was escorted out of the courthouse after given his sentence, he encouraged ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities reportedly targeted ...[read more]

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