Pakistan: Alarming crackdown on press freedom ahead of elections

The Pakistani authorities must end the current crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and other members of civil society in the lead up to next month’s general elections, Amnesty International said today. On 25 July, Pakistanis will elect their next civilian government. Amnesty is alarmed by the ongoing wave of arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, attacks on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Dinushika Dissanayake, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South Asia, said: “Key freedoms are under relentless attack in Pakistan, with the authorities cr

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Bahrain: 'outrageous' five-year jail sentence against Nabeel Rajab upheld

Image of Nabeel Rajab projected by Amnesty USA activists in San Francisco in 2012 © Amnesty International (Tina Xu)
‘The authorities must immediately release Nabeel Rajab and drop all charges against him’ - Lynn Maalouf Responding to news that a five-year prison sentence against prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has this morning been upheld, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said: “The Bahraini Court of Appeal has missed a vital opportunity to do the right thing and set Nabeel Rajab free. “His ongoing detention is further proof of the Bahraini authorities’ relentless determination to squash the right to freedom of expression and silence any peaceful cri

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Urgent Action update: Ahmed Mansoor sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the UAE

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