Stories about Middle East & North Africa

30 November 2018

Meet the women's rights activists behind bars in Saudi Arabia

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, human rights organisations continue to call for the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

9 November 2018

Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison

Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

31 October 2018

Israa Al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman facing the death penalty for peaceful protest

Al-Ghomgham, and many other Saudis Shiites, took to the streets in 2011 to demand better rights.

25 October 2018

Arrested in Saudi Arabia, and then disappeared: Yemeni writer Marwan Almuraisy

In the authoritarian kingdom, the crackdown against independent voices has escalated under Mohammed Bin Salman's rule.

Will Syria follow in the UAE's footsteps and censor VoIP services?

A policy banning VoIP services will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

24 October 2018

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

16 October 2018

When will Egypt release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid aka Shawkan?

More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.

10 September 2018

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Shawkan to be released soon after five years in prison

"He never should have been behind bars. He was arrested while doing his job as a photographer."

6 September 2018

Netizen Report: What role does Facebook play in Libya’s civil war?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.