Tag: Middle East

Blogger Arrested in Kuwait for Insulting Prophet Muhammad on Twitter

Sara Al-Drees, a 28-year-old Kuwaiti blogger and teacher, was arrested on dawn of 23 November at Kuwait International Airport upon arrival from overseas. Her arrest followed an arrest warrant issued against her by the public prosecution, after a lawyer had filed a complaint earlier this month claiming that Al-Drees insulted Prophet Muhammad on her Twitter account. Al-Drees, who teaches high-school students about human…

Kuwaiti Blogger Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Offending Saudi Arabia on Twitter

Hamid Buyabes, a Kuwaiti journalist and blogger, was sentenced on November 23 to four years in jail with hard labour for insulting Saudi Arabia on his Twitter account. The blogger was accused by the Public Prosecution in Kuwait of “taking a hostile action against Saudi Arabia through the post without seeking official permission from the government”. According to Arab Times, Buyabes’ tweets were found…

United Arab Emirates: Lift Travel Ban on 2015 Finalist Ahmed Mansoor

Jimmy Wales Foundation supports the following statement that was issued today by the Martin Ennals Award Jury, calling for the immediate lift of the travel ban on 2015 finalist Ahmed Mansoor:   United Arab Emirates: Lift travel ban on 2015 finalist Ahmed Mansoor, urges Martin Ennals Award Jury   Ten human rights groups represented in the Martin Ennals Award Jury today called on the United…

Roya Nobakht: UK-Iranian Woman Imprisoned in Iran Over Facebook Posts

Who Is Roya Nobakht? Roya Saberinejad (also spelled “Saberi-Negad”) Nobakht is a 48-year-old Iranian-British woman, currently serving time in an Iranian jail after posting comments on Facebook criticizing the Iranian regime for being too controlling and “too Islamic”. Roya was arrested in October 2013, during a visit to her family in Iran under the suspicion of “gathering and participation with intent to commit crimes against national security” and “insulting Islamic…

Raif Badawi: 1000 Lashes Because He Says What He Thinks

Who is Raif Badawi? Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger, was arrested in June 2012 on a range of charges related to insulting Islam. Badawi was prosecuted for founding a website called: “Free Saudi Liberals”, which endorsed online debate about religious and political issues in Saudi Arabia. Badawi was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and was ordered to receive 1,000 lashes, an excessive punishment which…