The Blog — Arrests
Internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazil Say has been convicted and sentenced to a suspended 10-month jail term for insulting Islamic religious values in comments posted on Twitter.
Rappers, artists, and dissidents are under attack across North Africa for speaking out against their new governments. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Though he was cutoff from technology while in police detention, Bader Al Rashidi's Twitter account continued to rant against Kuwait's Emir for months. Then his sentence for attempting to overthrow the regime got bumped up to five years and hard labor.
In Saudi Arabia— one of the world’s most repressive countries—a human rights movement is building momentum. At 12 noon EST this Monday, January 14 we will host the next in our series of Movements Monday features: this time a live Twitter chat with young Saudi cyber activists who will share their perspective on the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Repression and explain where their cyber movement is headed.
After insulting the Prince online, 4 bloggers in Kuwait have been detained pending further hearings
"I have been locked up, again on a set of flimsy charges, five years after imprisonment for supporting the judiciary" says Alaa Abd El Fattah. The Guardian has published a letter Alaa snuck out of his prision cell to his pregnant wife and we've republished it here.
About 2,000 Palestinian prisoners have joined a hunger strike in Israeli prisons at the same time Israel and Hamas have announced that they've reached a prisoner swap deal that would result in the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli prisoner in Palestine.
A day after the world’s largest democracy (India) celebrated its 65th anniversary of Independence, the Indian government arrested the non-violent resister and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare from the place he was staying at in the suburbs of Delhi. His close associates Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi also courted arrest.
Now trending on Twitter is the hashtag #isupportannahazare in response to the recent arrest of Indian activist Anna Hazare.