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Human Rights

It is essential that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, states the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet they are violated nearly everywhere, including in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This section contains a permanently updated selection of articles on the developing human rights situation in each country in the MENA region.

Iran Raises the Pressure on Human Rights Defenders Most of the human rights defenders whose cases are detailed in the Observatory’s report are detained in Tehran’s Evin prison. They are kept there in solitary confinement for long periods of time, are deprived... In Lebanon, Freedom of Speech Under Attack as Mashrou’ Leila Concert Scrapped Organizers of the Byblos International Festival yielded to pressure from church officials, politicians and online groups who accused the locally grown and internationally acclaimed band Mashrou’ Leila of dishonouring Christian symbols and promoting homosexuality.... International Community Turns Blind Eye to Executions in Bahrain The international community has been urged to put pressure on Bahrain to respect freedom of expression. However, many believe that the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) have not done enough to criticize... In Saudi Arabia, No Let-up in Brutal Policies Against Dissenters Saudi Arabia’s attitude to human rights is particularly ambivalent. On the one hand, Riyadh shows signs of increasing openness. On the other, the authorities regularly demonstrate brutal behaviour, as illustrated by the murder in...

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