State persecution
Turkish Medical Association confronts new wave of attacks

The board of the Turkish Medical Association was dissolved by a court decision. This is the latest in a long list of repressive acts faced by the organization

Mahmoud Hussein state persecution Egypt Activists Mohamed Adel and Mahmoud Hussein face state persecution in Egypt

The continued persecution of activists brings into question the legitimacy of claims made by President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi that the state is trying to engage with the opposition through the so-called national dialogue initiated earlier this year

Palestinian activist Aya Khatib sentenced Israeli court sentences Palestinian activist to four years in prison

Aya Khatib was convicted on charges of aiding and providing information to Palestinian resistance group Hamas which administers Gaza

No improvements to health system after one year of Marcos Jr administration

Despite promises of improvement to health services delivery and the health insurance model, the people in the Philippines are still struggling for access to good health care.

Argentine journalist Raúl Noro, husband of Indigenous activist Milagro Sala, dies at 80

Noro had been in a delicate state of health for the past few months. In June, he suffered a serious breakdown, when the Jujuy police violently raided his and Sala’s home

Prison term for insulting monarchy Morocco Moroccan man sentenced to five years in prison for criticizing normalization of ties with Israel

Despite widespread protests, the Moroccan government normalized its relations with Israel in December 2020 under the so-called Abraham Accords sponsored by the US  

Law on fake news Tunisia Decree on fake news used to silence political dissent in Tunisia, claims rights group

President Kais Saied’s government introduced Decree 54 last year, ostensibly to curb fake news. This was amid growing popular opposition to his political coup in July 2021 and the arbitrary adoption of a new constitution

Odhikar state persecution Bangladesh UN experts ask Bangladeshi authorities to end persecution of rights organization Odhikar

Odhikar has been facing judicial persecution with charges filed against its secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and director ASM Nasiruddin Elan for allegedly publishing “fake, distorted and defamatory” information

Arrest of two Baloch students triggers protests in southwestern Pakistan

A suicide attack in Turbat on June 26, in which one police officer was killed, triggered a fresh wave of mass arrests of Baloch students in the region. The issue of enforced disappearances has been a major concern in Balochistan

UAE unjustified detention Activists and families of 51 people detained in the UAE call for their release

The 51 are part of a larger group of people who were convicted of conspiring to overthrow the government in what is known as the UAE94 case. In 2011, they had signed a petition calling on the government to introduce democratic and political reforms in the country

Uzbekistan protesters sentenced Court in Uzbekistan sentences 22 people for participating in protests in July last year 

Human right groups have termed the sentencing “persecution” and demanded action against security forces responsible for the deaths of nearly two dozen people

KCTU raid South Korea Outrage mounts after Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is raided by intelligence and police

In a major escalation of the ongoing anti-trade union persecution in South Korea, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) was raided by the National Intelligence Service on charges of violating a Cold War-era national security law