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Saudi activist Abdullah Jelan Saudi court sentences activist to decade in prison over social media posts 

The sentencing of Abdullah Jelan continues the trend of long-term imprisonment of people critical or vocal on social media about freedom and rights in Saudi Arabia

President of Turkish Medical Association Şebnem Korur Fincancı detained

Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı was detained on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda after she spoke about alleged use of chemical weapons by the Turkish army against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq

Manzoor Pashteen Pakistan Pashtun leader Manzoor Pashteen faces terrorism and treason charges for speech

On Monday, October 24, the Lahore police booked Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader and activist Manzoor Pashteen on terrorism charges for a speech he made at a civil society conference 

Ola Bini trial resumes Trial of Ola Bini resumes in Ecuador

The final leg of the trial against Swedish software developer Ola Bini started in a criminal court in Quito on Monday, resuming proceedings from an earlier three-day session in January. The ongoing trial comes after multiple delays and documented due process violations since Bini’s arrest in 2019

Amnesty International calls on Saudi Arabia to end travel bans on activists and families

The campaign titled ‘#LetThemFly’ documents in detail the cases of 30 Saudi human rights activists and 39 cases of family members and relatives of activists who were subjected to travel restrictions

Israeli forces raze Salhiya family home, violence continues in Negev and other stories

Today we look at the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in Sheikh Jarrah, a strike by hundreds of social workers in Georgia, and more

After recurrent delays, trial of software developer and activist Ola Bini set to begin

According to the defense team representing Ola Bini in Ecuador, the pre-trial process alone was littered with over 65 due process violations, prompting rights groups both within and outside Ecuador demanding charges be dropped against him

Banat's killing Palestine Palestinians mark 40 days since the killing of activist Nizar Banat

The well-known Palestinian political and social activist died under suspicious circumstances on June 24 after the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security forces conducted a violent night raid at his home in Hebron in the occupied West Bank

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

Nizar Banat killed Political activist Nizar Banat dies after night raid by Palestinian forces

Following news of Banat’s death, thousands of Palestinians took part in demonstrations in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. His family has accused PA security forces of beating him to death while he was in their custody and withholding his body several hours after his death

Human rights violation in Egypt Rights groups sign letter denouncing human rights abuses in Egypt 

The letter signed by 63 organizations expresses concern over arbitrary arrests, detention and judicial persecution of human rights activists in Egypt

Hirak movement Algeria Algeria’s Hirak protesters condemn government decision to curb demonstrations

Ahead of the legislative elections scheduled for June 12, the government has announced a ban on unauthorized protests. The government reportedly fears the protests will lead to a low turnout in the polls