Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2017
"At a minimum, the numerous problems with rights and freedoms in Russia suck up a lot of time...which doesn’t leave energy for problems taking place far from Russia."
Iranian election results, although mixed, signal hope for an Iran where women’s voices matter on both national and local levels.
Syrians fleeing the country's civil war are trying to find a place in Brazil they can call home.
A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."
Bahraini authorities have constantly harassed Al-Saegh because of her rights activism.
Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.
The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia’s natural resources at a time when Ethiopia’s fast-growing population needs more of everything.
"Freedom of expression is under sustained attack here. With the shuttering of Al Wasat, there is no real journalism left.”
"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."
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“I was motivated because I’m born undefined — and I’m still undefined — but I came to understand myself more through understanding others."
In a tweet on behalf of their staff, Amnesty International recalled their efforts to protect (Turkish President) Erdogan when he was arrested in 1998 during a stint as Istanbul's mayor.
Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.
"Those leaders were partly responsible for the displacement of Syrians. Maybe they will feel what it feels like to be vulnerable."
“We need to achieve what we couldn't do following Gezi and 16 April. We need to show the decisiveness that would bring the energy of the social opposition to politics.”
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"Whatever happened, we have to recognize that the response towards these attacks where refugees/Syrians are all assumed guilty is inhumane"
"[These] people who have dedicated their lives to human rights. A day will come when they will stand for the rights of those behind these vile news stories."
No more Darwin for schoolchildren, but that might not be the end of it.
The "Eid in Mosul" campaign was launched to visit those who had been trapped under Islamic State rule in Mosul.
Morocco's governing parties have yet to succeed in defusing tensions in the Rif as the political crisis continues to escalate.