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Outrage in Guatemala following arrest of journalist José Rubén Zamora Marroquín

Human rights organizations, journalist associations, and social movements have condemned Zamora’s arrest as political persecution for revealing several corruption cases and fraudulent businesses of the Alejandro Giammattei government

Muthaffar al-Nawab death Iraqi leftist poet Muthaffar al-Nawab dies aged 88  

A member of the Iraqi communist party, al-Nawab wrote poetry against capitalism and imperialism. He had lived widely across the Arab world after leaving Iraq in the 1960s due to persistent political persecution against communists 

NYC Belmarsh Tribunal Second Belmarsh Tribunal on US war crimes and for Julian Assange’s release to be held in New York

The upcoming Belmarsh Tribunal in New York coincides with with the date of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility by the US in occupied parts of Cuba

Turkish journalist arrested Turkey arrests prominent journalist for “insulting” president

The arrest of Sedef Kadaf once again highlights the ongoing persecution of journalists and opposition leaders under the right-wing government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey

Morocco’s Democratic Way faces intensified crackdown

The left-wing Democratic Way of Morocco has been prevented from holding a crucial Congress. This is only the latest chapter in a long campaign of repression and intimidation waged against the movement by the state

Anhari Egypt Human right group in Egypt suspends activities citing state persecution 

The Arabic Network of Human Rights (ANHRI) accused the Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regime of waging a war against the organization. ANHRI has been documenting human rights violations and providing legal aid to victims of persecution since 2004

Protest in Afghanistan Civil society and rights groups in Afghanistan demand release of professor Faizullah Jalal 

Dr. Jalal, who teaches political science and law at Kabul University, has been critical of the Taliban and the previous administrations in Afghanistan. He has publicly criticized the Taliban government’s sole focus on security and demanded action to alleviate people’s economic problems

patrick zaki Egypt Egyptian court grants provisional release to human rights researcher Patrick George Zaki

Zaki was arrested in February 2020 after returning to Egypt from Italy where he was studying at the University of Bologna. He has since spent 22 months in pre-trial detention on various charges

Egypt political persecution Rights groups renew pressure on Egypt to commute death sentences in 2013 Rabaa square violence case

At least 26 members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood are facing execution for their alleged participation in the protests at Rabaa square against the military coup in 2013 which deposed democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi 

Case against leaders of South Africa’s shack-dwellers movement dropped and other stories

Today we look at the dismissal of charges against leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the strike by trade unions in Haiti to protest social and economic insecurity, and more

Canadian court upholds compensation order for Indigenous children and other stories

Today we look at a court ruling in Canada to provide compensation for Indigenous children affected by the foster system, the dropping of all charges against 3 leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa, and more

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”