Tag: Middle East

Activist Nabeel Rajab’s Jail Sentence Upheld by Bahrain High Court

Bahrain’s high court has upheld the 5-year jail sentence against activist Nabeel Rajab over critical statements against the Yemen war which he posted on Twitter.  The UN human rights office called for his release: “We urge the Government of Bahrain to stop criminalizing dissenting voices… We call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release prominent human rights defender…

Iranian Blogger Dies Following 60-days Hunger Strike in Prison

Iranian blogger Vahid Sayyadi Nasir, a 28-year-old estate specialist and social media activist, died in prison on December 12, 2018, following a 60-day hunger strike. He was charged with “insulting the sacred” and “propaganda against the state” and sentenced to 5 years in prison over social media posts deemed to be critical of the regime. He was released in March, but was later…

Jailed Iranian Web Designer, Saeed Malekpour, Suffers Heart Attack

Saeed Malekpour, a 43-year-old engineer and web designer, has been imprisoned in notorious Evin prison in Iran since 2008. He was sentenced to death following a conviction of masterminding an online pornography network. According to Malekpour’s supporters, he developed an Internet photo-sharing tool which was used without his knowledge to share pornographic photos. He was accused by Iranian authorities to “discredit the country’s…

Egypt: Author Arrested Over Book Challenging President el-Sissi

Abdel-Khaleq Farouq was arrested by an arrest warrant of the Supreme State Security Prosecutions on October 21, 2018, alongside his publisher Ibrahim el-Khateib. The cause for the arrest is his latest book named: “Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?”, in which he challenges the economic policies of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. According to AP, Farouq was accused of spreading “fake news”, panelised in Egypt…

Memorial Fund Grants Launched in Memory of Bassel Khartabil

Creative Commons, with support of the Jimmy Wales Foundation, launches a Memorial Fund Grants and Fellowship in Memory of Bassel Khartabil: Creative Commons is accepting applications for two new opportunities to continue the legacy and impact of Syrian Palestinian Open internet activist Bassel Khartabil. The Bassel Khartabil Memorial Fund, launched in August 2017 at the behest of his family, will provide grants…

UK-Iranian Roya Nobakht Released After 5 Years in Prison Over Facebook Posts

Roya Nobakht, a UK-Iranian citizen who was jailed in Iran over criticizing government on Facebook, was released on Friday, August 25, 2017, after serving 5 years in prison. She is currently subjected to a 2-year travel ban until her reduced 7 years imprisonment sentence will be completed. Roya Saberinejad (also spelled “Saberi-Negad”) Nobakht is a 49-year-old Iranian-British woman, who served time…

What Will Happen to Iranian Refugee Cartoonist “Eaten Fish” When Manus Center Shuts?

Iranian cartoonist “Eaten Fish” has been detained in the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre since 2013. As Canberra aims to close the controversial site in Papua New Guinea in October, activists are campaigning for his resettlement; but his fate remains unclear. Trauma tends to mute the most piercing of ordeals. But Iranian cartoonist Eaten Fish still manages to draw the unspeakable,…