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Almost 2,000 protesters arrested in Egypt in nationwide crackdown

Since protests began in Egypt on 20 September, nearly 2,000 people have been arrested and 81 children have been detained by the security forces. 42 of those were allegedly kidnapped and their parents remain uninformed of their whereabouts. A large number of women have also been forcibly disappeared; reports mention more than 38 women. Today, … Read more →

New footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled Uyghur prisoners

Drone footage has emerged showing police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled Uyghur men from a train in what is believed to be a transfer of inmates in Xinjiang. The video was posted on YouTube last week anonymously by War on Fear and has been verified as authentic by Nathan Ruser, a satellite analyst at … Read more →

Europe’s largest annual human rights conference opens in Warsaw

The 23rd annual conference to discuss human rights and democracy in OSCE participating states, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), kicked off in Warsaw on 16 September. The HDIM is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference, and, amongst others, an important forum for civil society voices to be heard at a time where … Read more →

British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert named as a new dual national imprisoned in Iran

On 14 September, the Australian government named the third person revealed to be in detention in prison in Iran as Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Melbourne academic from Britain who has published work on the 2011 Arab uprisings and authoritarian governments. Her case came to light last week along with those of another British-Australian woman, Jolie King, … Read more →

Arrested for entering football stadium, Sahar Khodayari, known as the “Blue Girl”, dies in Iran after setting herself on fire

An Iranian football fan who set herself on fire a week ago has died. Sahar Khodayari, 29, set herself alight in Tehran after her trial, for attempting to enter a football stadium disguised as a man, was postponed. She has been dubbed the “Blue Girl” on social media, after the colours of her favourite football … Read more →

One million Rohingya Muslims face communications blackout in Bangladesh

Almost one million Rohingya Muslims living in refugee camps in Bangladesh face a communications blackout after the government ordered a ban on mobile phone services and sim cards. Officials say the mobile network block is intended to protect national security, citing incidents of violence that have broken out in the camps. “Access to sim cards … Read more →

Laos activist disappears in Thailand continuing a trend in the region

Od Sayavong, a political activist from Laos is feared missing in Thailand and was last seen on August 26, nearly two weeks ago. Savayong had fled to Thailand and was seeking refugee status with the United Nations. He feared for his safety in Laos – a one-party communist state with a dim view of dissent … Read more →

15 Iranian MPs urge Judiciary Chief to stop crackdown on journalists and activists

In a short speech to parliament on 1 September, Iranian legislator Parvaneh Salahshouri severely condemned the recent moves to punish journalists, artists and activists with long prison sentences. The next day, a group of MPs signed a letter urging Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to reverse the long prison sentences issued against several people who were … Read more →

The UK Protests – “to defend our democracy”

Anti-proroguing protests have taken place across the UK seeing tens of thousands of demonstrators take to the streets on 31 August to express their concern over new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament. New protests are set to take place in more than 30 cities and towns across England and Wales this week. … Read more →

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