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· March, 2019

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2019

Uyghur man bids to save ‘most extraordinary mom in the world’ from Chinese camp

"There is no due process, there is no trial. Nobody knows when they are getting out."

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison

Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

Christchurch massacre brings out the best and worst in humanity

"He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name."

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

Why is the Islamic Republic of Iran afraid of Nasrin Sotoudeh?

"The Islamic Republic is struggling for its survival. Anyone with the potential of leading change is regarded as a significant threat by the authorities. Nasrin Sotoudeh is such a person."

Scheduled release of Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah delayed by 10 days

The #FreeAlaa campaign reassured supporters that the delay is not a cause for concern for now.

Four years on from student's shocking murder, Turkish higher education disavows gender equality

"We need to consider that these meanings are not appropriate for our values or accepted by our society."

How sports groups rallied for the release of a Bahraini footballer detained in Thailand

"We think that this campaign showed what sport can be, and our job as former players or athletes is to ensure that all sport becomes the vanguard for human rights."

Photojournalist Mahmoud ‘Shawkan’ Abu Zeid walks free, after more than five years in prison

Shawkan, who was working for Demotix at the time of his arrest, spent almost four years in pre-trial detention.

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars

Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.

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