Middle East

Rights group slams Kuwait book ban

22 September 10 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information: The decision of the administration of Kuwait Book Fair to bar thirty five titles from displaying in Kuwait Book Fair, the 35th version starting mid October, is a continued restriction on freedom of (...) Read

Call for Syria to release student blogger

21 September 10 - From Human Rights Watch: The Syrian government should immediately release Tal al-Mallohi, a 19-year-old high school student and blogger held incommunicado without charge for nine months, Read

Iran jails human rights activist

20 September 10 - From the Guardian: An Iranian court has jailed a prominent human rights activist and journalist for six years after convicting her of "waging war against God" and other charges. Read

Iraq must stop blocking demonstrations

18 September 10 - From Human Rights Watch: Iraqi authorities should stop blocking peaceful demonstrations and arresting and intimidating organizers. Read

Iraqi detainees at risk of torture

13 September 10 - From Amnesty International: Tens of thousands of detainees held without trial in Iraq, many of whom were recently transferred from US custody, remain at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Read

Iran delays release of US hiker

11 September 10 - From BBC News: Iran has delayed the release of a US hiker held for more than a year on suspicion of spying, officials say. Read

Feared Iranian prosecutor falls from grace

10 September 10 - The fall of one of Iran’s top prosecutors is the latest move in a prison abuse case that has caused shock waves through the system. Read

Chewing your way to an early death

6 September 10 - The widespread daily ritual of chewing the amphetamine-rich leaf ‘qat’ is to blame for the growing number of mouth cancers in Yemen, according to local NGO National Foundation to Support Cancer Patients. Read

Calls to release Iranian rights activist

4 September 10 - From Radio Free Europe: There have been calls for the release of Iranian human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari, ahead of the scheduled start of her trial on September 4, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports. Read

Iran minister defends rights record

2 September 10 - From Der Spiegel: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, 57, discusses the stoning of adulterers, the consequences of Western sanctions against Iran and the risk of a military strike against his country. Read
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