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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

6 December 2018

France seeks three high-ranking Syrian officials in the deaths of French-Syrian nationals

The three officials are wanted in connection with the detention and subsequent disappearance of two French-Syrian nationals, Mazen Dabbagh and his son Patrick.

3 December 2018

Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

Advox

Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.

30 November 2018

Syrian prisoners of conscience announce a hunger strike in Hama Central Prison, leaked footage reveals

"I had no political or partisan background. I just had a dream of a different Syria, so I joined my fellow Syrians who took to the streets in peaceful protests."

29 November 2018

Meet the women's rights activists behind bars in Saudi Arabia

Advox

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, human rights organisations continue to call for the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

Activists in Lebanon are taking on the country's stray bullet problem

Farha Taysheh is one campaign among many that attempt to fight the inevitable violence resulting from the possession of guns — whether intentional or not.

26 November 2018

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

The Bridge

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

23 November 2018

Egypt hosts the first UN Biodiversity Convention held in the Middle East

it is now evident that most of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets — to address some of the biggest environmental challenges and due in 2020 — will not be achieved.

16 November 2018

Saudi Arabia's execution of another migrant worker angers Indonesians and strains an already fraught diplomatic relationship

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 103 Indonesians were handed death sentences in Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2018.

12 November 2018

Lebanese health practitioners condemn anti-LGBTQ+ “conversion therapy”

The group's HINAD campaign follows multiple reports of gay people being subjected to various forms of conversion therapy, and a urologist's 2017 call for electroshock therapy to be used.

9 November 2018

Algerian TV network director files defamation case against independent journalists

Advox

"When we denounce corruption and favouritism, it’s an act of patriotism....we are an actor of stability, seeking to drive the country in the right direction".

Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison

Advox

Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

7 November 2018

A conversation with Nicky Nodjoumi on the power and politics of his art

"Choosing power as one of the main topics of my work is rooted in the desire to drag it down to the ground and make fun of it."

6 November 2018

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The Bridge

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

1 November 2018

Jordan reclaims lands ‘rented to the Israelis’ under 1994 peace treaty

Baqoura and Ghumar, long believed to be “Jordanian lands rented to the Israelis” under the 1994 peace treaty, were revealed to be “privately-owned Israeli lands under Jordanian sovereignty”.

31 October 2018

Israa Al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman facing the death penalty for peaceful protest

Advox

Al-Ghomgham, and many other Saudi Shiites, took to the streets in 2011 to demand better rights.

25 October 2018

Arrested in Saudi Arabia, and then disappeared: Yemeni writer Marwan Almuraisy

Advox

In the authoritarian kingdom, the crackdown against independent voices has escalated under Mohammed Bin Salman's rule.

24 October 2018

Will Syria follow in the UAE's footsteps and censor VoIP services?

Advox

A policy banning VoIP services will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Advox

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

16 October 2018

When will Egypt release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid aka Shawkan?

Advox

More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.

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