Crackdown on dissent
jordan's parliament dissolved Jordanian King dissolves national parliament ahead of November elections

National elections in Jordan are scheduled to held on November 10 in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a rapidly deteriorating economic situation in the country

Algerian journalist acquitted Algerian journalist Belkacem Djir acquitted of all charges by Algiers court

34-year-old Djir was accused of ‘blackmail’ and using a ‘false identity’ and sentenced to three years in prison in a common law case. He is now expected to be released soon after over a year in detention 

Anti-government protests in Egypt mark anniversary of landmark agitation

Hundreds of protesters came out in different cities of Egypt denouncing president Sisi’s regime despite a pre-emptive crackdown by the government. These come a year after similar massive protests

India continues crackdown on activists, critics of govt.

Over the past few days, the Indian government has moved against several leading leftists and progressive political and social activists in this case.

Civil society members condemn arrest of prominent activist in India

Former student leader Umar Khalid was arrested under the anti-terror law by the Delhi police for his alleged role in the Delhi riots. Critics have called it another attempt to harass and threaten opponents of the government

Lebanese Parliament approves emergency Lebanese parliament approves continuation of emergency, army granted special powers 

The emergency was imposed by the government on August 5, a day after a deadly chemical explosion killed over 170 people and left more than 6,500 injured in Beirut. It has been extended by the parliament till August 21

Algerian journalist sentenced Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison for Facebook posts

An Algiers court handed journalist Khaled Drareni a three-year prison sentence. The verdict has been widely condemned by human rights groups and Hirak movement protesters

Missing Pakistani activist Rights groups demand release of activist Mohammad Amin in Pakistan

The 26-year-old activist was forcibly picked up from his residence in Karachi on July 14 and remains missing. Rights groups have blamed security forces for harassing his family and demanded his immediate release

Anti-government protest in Iraq Will killing of two protesters spur another round of massive anti-government protests in Iraq

Anti-government protests have resumed intermittently in capital Baghdad and few other Iraqi cities due to regular power outages afflicting ordinary citizens during this time of intense summer 

Indian political prisoners, Varavara Rao and G.N. Saibaba face grave health risks

79-year-old Varavara Rao has contracted COVID-19 and G.N. Saibaba, who is 90% disabled, is in a prison where a large number of cases have been reported.

Israeli court verdict in favor of NSO Israeli court refuses to revoke export license of spyware maker NSO 

An Israeli court said that there was not enough evidence that a human rights activist had been targeted. Amnesty International had said that the spyware was used against one of its employees

(Part 2) India’s internal emergency: A brutal chapter in authoritarianism

This period saw a sustained and brutal attack on democratic rights with the poor and the working class suffering the most.

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