Middle East and North Africa News

Amnesty International and NUJ protest demands that Saudi Arabia put an end to flogging and free Raif Badawi

22 January 2015

This evening members of Amnesty International Ireland and the National Union of Journalists gathered outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Dublin to call for the release of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and stand in solidarity with all those imprisoned or punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

21 January 2015

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International. 

Bahrain: Six month sentence for Nabeel Rajab blow to freedom of expression

20 January 2015

The Bahraini authorities must quash the conviction of prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, who has today been sentenced to six months in prison for posting comments online which were considered insulting to the Ministries of Interior and Defence, Amnesty International said. 

Postponement of Raif Badawi flogging on medical grounds exposes shocking brutality of punishment

16 January 2015

Amnesty International has received information indicating that the flogging of Raif Badawi has not been carried out today on medical grounds. 

Saudi Arabia set to resume flogging of Raif Badawi this Friday

14 January 2015

The Saudi Arabian authorities have an opportunity to improve their appalling human rights record by heeding the international outcry about the public flogging of Raif Badawi and halting it immediately, said Amnesty International. 

Saudi Arabia to commence public flogging of activist sentenced to 1,000 lashes

08 January 2015

Amnesty International has learned that the imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi will be flogged in public after Friday prayers tomorrow in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah.

Ibrahim Halawa must be released immediately

06 January 2015

The trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa, a prisoner of conscience, and 493 others detained in Egypt following protests in August 2013 has been postponed yet again. The next scheduled trial date is 8 February 2015. 

Egypt: Retrial of Al Jazeera journalists must pave way to their unconditional freedom

02 January 2015

An Egyptian court’s call for a retrial of three jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in the original convictions but leaves the men in unjust incarceration, Amnesty International said today.

Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence

23 December 2014

Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today. 

Iraq: Dire winter conditions expose shocking gaps in humanitarian assistance for thousands displaced

19 December 2014

A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International.