Crackdown on dissent
Saudi-Arabia-torture Extent of Saudi prison torture revealed in new report 

The report by the Human Rights Watch exposes the lack of accountability for the extreme acts of torture, as well as the complicity of the Saudi legal and other institutions in covering up and enabling these human rights violations to continue unabated

Moroccan journalist Omar Radi sentenced to six years in prison

Radi was arrested in July 2020 on charges including sexual assault and espionage, which have been termed as politically motivated by rights groups. His colleague Imad Stitou was also convicted for “participation in rape” and sentenced to one year in prison

Esraa Abdel Fattah among six released in Egypt after months in pre-trial detention

The released detainees still face charges against them including “joining a terrorist group” and “spreading fake news”

Algeria political prisoners freed Over 100 political prisoners freed in Algeria

Prior to yesterday’s mass release, over 300 political prisoners were being detained by the Algerian government for supporting or participating in the anti-government Hirak protests or other opposition groups

Political prisoners in Egypt Prominent Egyptians announce hunger strike in solidarity with political prisoners

Journalist Karim Yehia, human rights activist Mohammed Zaree and anti-torture activist Aida Seif al-Dawla are among those who announced hunger strikes in solidarity with the approximately 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt

Egypt’s parliament passes law to dismiss government employees with alleged links to terrorist groups

Along with being fired, the employees in question will also be subject to asset freeze and a 60-day travel ban. The parliament also extended the country’s state of emergency, in place since 2017, for another three months starting July 24

Algeria activist sentenced Leading Hirak activist in Algeria, Chems Eddine Laalami, sentenced to two years in prison 

According to Algerian human rights organizations, at least 300 people are currently in jail due to their participation in the Hirak protests

Security forces arrest anti-Palestinian Authority demonstrators

Palestinian Authority forces used violent means to suppress the protests and beat up protesters with metal batons amid a wave of protests against the killing of activist Nizar Banat

18 Hirak activists freed on Algerian independence day

There are still close to 300 political detainees being held in prisons in Algeria. The president has indicated that more releases will take place in the days to come

Human rights lawyers and activists arrested in Palestine

The arrests were conducted reportedly in relation to their participation in protests that have been taking place against the custodial death of well known anti-PA activist, Nizar Banat, last month

Algerian leftist party leader Fethi Ghares arrested on trumped up charges

He has been arrested on multiple charges, including for allegedly allegedly insulting president Abdelmadjid Tebboune 

First Nations people find 751 unmarked graves at residential school and other stories

Today we look at the discovery of graves at a former residential school in Canada, the custodial killing of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat, and more

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