Analysis

Adoption of state of emergency draft bill in Tunisia would undermine fundamental human rights

April 16, 2019

MENA Rights Group has requested the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism to ensure draft bill is in line with international standards.

Latest Cybercrime Law amendments once again risk curbing free speech in Jordan

April 11, 2019

Copy of draft law obtained by Jordanian civil society shows failure to address concerns raised by UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression.

Jordan’s acceptance of Universal Periodic Review recommendations: empty promises or real commitments?

March 22, 2019

On March 14, 2019, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted Jordan’s outcome report after the country’s human rights record was reviewed last year.

During its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on November 8, 2018, Jordan received 226 recommendations from other UN Member States, and announced shortly thereafter that it had accepted 131 of these recommendations, “noting” 74 others.

Sudan protests three months on: authorities continue brutal crackdown on protesters

March 20, 2019

In past three months, excessive use of force and firearms has resulted in killing and injury of numerous protesters, while many others have been forcibly disappeared and arbitrarily detained, with the security forces acting with total impunity.

It's high time to hold Saudi Arabia to account on women's rights

March 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia has just committed to abolishing the male guardianship system. Let's make sure these are not hollow words.

Iraqi parliament must withdraw draft Cybercrime Law severely curbing free speech online

February 20, 2019

Council of Representatives reintroduces flawed text for consideration

11 men at risk as executions resume at infamous Sednaya prison in Syria

January 21, 2019

Inmates at Hama Central Prison went on hunger strike to stop the transfer of 11 prisoners to the infamous Sednaya Military Prison for execution

How Jordan is fostering a climate of censorship

January 08, 2019

As the country considers amendments to its cybercrime law, King Abdullah II has personally vowed to combat ‘rumours and misinformation’

Amendments to Jordan’s Cybercrime Law risk curbing free speech online

November 21, 2018

Proposed amendments to the law addressing hate speech are due to be brought before parliament for a vote in the coming weeks