Stories about Middle East & North Africa

9 August 2017

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

5 August 2017

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

4 August 2017

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

3 August 2017

Netizen Report: Tech Community Mourns Open Source Activist Executed in Syria

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Will Palestine's New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

The law places several restrictions on free expression through vague terms like "social harmony", "state security" and "public order".

1 August 2017

Global Voices Honors the Life of Open Web Activist Bassel Khartabil, Executed by the Syrian Regime

We honor all of Bassel's work as a leader in the open web movement, and the efforts of all those who advocated for his release over the past five years.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

24 July 2017

Bahraini Rights Activist Ebtisam Al-Saegh Charged Under Terrorism Law

Bahraini authorities have constantly harassed Al-Saegh because of her rights activism.

21 July 2017

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

18 July 2017

In State of Emergency, Turkey Jails Six Human Rights Defenders Pending Trial

"The accusations of aiding an armed terrorist organisation against them are groundless. Workshops of this kind are common, essential education for human rights organisations."