State persecution
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

Ahead of Ugandan presidential elections, violence against opposition, journalists continues

Due to sustained repression, Bobi Wine, the main challenger to president Yoweri Museveni in the upcoming January 14 election, has appealed to the International Criminal Court to investigate government officials

Three peasant leaders arbitrarily detained in Colombia

Movements within Colombia have condemned the arrests as part of a systematic campaign of persecution of social movements in the country

Ola Bini’s pre-trial hearings suspended for two weeks

The hearings are set to resume on December 16, but without any observers. Ola Bini, a digital privacy rights activist and software developer, was arrested in April 2019

Saudi activist faces trial Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to face trial in a terrorism court

Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul appeared in court and her body was shaking uncontrollably, her voice very soft and shaky, according to her sister

Protesters demand release of political activists in Gilgit-Baltistan 

Protesters said the demonstrations will continue until the authorities release all the political prisoners who are in jail after being charged under the anti-terrorism act for allegedly causing riots in August 2011

basma-mostafa arrested Egypt Journalist Basma Mostafa arrested in Egypt

Basma Mostafa was arrested when she went to cover protests following the alleged murder of a man in a police raid last week. Media reports say she has been accused of spreading false news and joining a terrorist organization

Amnesty India shut Amnesty shuts its offices in India alleging harassment by government

As per Amnesty International, constant harassment by government agencies has forced them to let go of their staff in India and wind down ongoing campaigns and research work

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 

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