State persecution
At least 4 Palestinians killed, dozens arrested by Israeli forces and other stories

Today we look at mass arrests and killings of Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank, the detention of Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan, and more

Kashmiri journalist arrest Kashmiri journalist Asif Sultan arrested and charged under draconian Public Safety Act

34-year-old Asif was first arrested from Srinagar’s Batamaloo on August 27, 2018, accused of “harboring militancy” in Kashmir. He has now again been picked up under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA)

Hejaaz Hizbullah Sri Lanka Sri Lankan human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah released after 20 months 

Hizbullah was arrested in April 2020 and accused of being involved in the 2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. His release comes at a time when there is mounting global pressure on the Rajapaksa government to reform the existing anti-terror law in the country

Philippines Bloody Sunday killings UN experts call out Duterte’s silence on Bloody Sunday killings

Four UN special rapporteurs had inquired about the status of the investigation into the Bloody Sunday killings in the Calabarzon region near Manila, in which nine activists were killed in police raids on March 7 last year

Egyptian activists trial Egyptian court sentences activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in prison for ‘spreading fake news’

A prominent activist in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship, Alaa has been in jail for most of the decade since for opposing the crackdown on dissent carried out by the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 

Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat Prominent Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat found guilty of insulting election authorities

Bahgat is the founder-director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). He has previously been targeted by successive governments for his work towards the advancement of civil liberties and human rights in Egypt

PTM leaders indicted Pakistan Pashtun movement leaders in Pakistan indicted in dubious sedition case as struggle awaits

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi has indicted National Assembly member Ali Wazir and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chief Manzur Pashteen as offenders in a sedition case

Egyptian activists trial Trial of prominent Egyptian activists postponed, detention extended by two weeks

The judge postponed the trial of activists Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mohammed el-Baqer, Mohammed Ibrahim and Yahia Hussein Abdel-Hadi for a review, thus extending their detention which has already surpassed the legally allowed two-year limit 

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

Khaled-Dawoud released Egypt Egyptian journalist-politician Khaled Dawoud freed after over 18 months in pre-trial detention

Dawoud was released pending investigations although the prosecution has not presented any evidence in court to support the charges against him. He faces charges of “collaborating with a terrorist organization”, “publishing false information” and “misusing social media

Thailand protesters on trial 22 Thai protesters face trial on “insult to monarchy” charges

Of the 22 protesters facing trial in Bangkok, seven are under pretrial detention and many are also facing other charges such as sedition and cybercrimes

Pablo Hasel Spain Protests take place in Spain against persecution of rapper Pablo Hasel 

The Spanish national court served a notice to Hasel last week asking him to surrender within ten days to face imprisonment. Hasel was convicted on charges of “glorifying terrorism, insulting the crown and state institutions”, and faces a two-year prison term