Egyptian researchers must choose between forced exile and arrest
The Sisi regime’s authoritarian clamp-down on Egyptian academic freedom has left researchers with some stark choices
The killing of Nizar Banat and authoritarianism in Palestine
For many in Palestine, the death of an activist in police custody highights that the dream of a Palestinian state has failed
Published in: North Africa, West Asia: FeatureTurkish spies are abducting Erdogan’s political opponents abroad
Emboldened by a lack of repercussions from NATO and the EU, President Erdogan’s regime is kidnapping dissidents
Selahattin Demirtaş: the trial of the man who wanted to be Turkey’s president
After more than four years of being held in a pre-trial detention that the ECHR ruled ‘unlawful’, Demirtaş is due to...
‘My father’s life is in danger for defending Bahrain’s freedom’
Human rights advocate Ali Mushaima calls on the British government to stop using taxpayers’ money to fund a...
Published in: North Africa, West AsiaIn Turkey, two Facebook posts are enough to land you in jail
In a letter seen by openDemocracy Turkish Canadian PhD student Cihan Erdal says that he is a 'political hostage' -...
Published in: North Africa, West Asia: InterviewThe hacker who lost his family and survived torture in Iraq’s secret prisons
I spoke to Ahmed Al-Ghaleb in January, as he prepared to make the perilous journey to Europe to seek asylum. He...
Published in: North Africa, West Asia: FeatureEgyptian student of gender and religion jailed for terrorism on visit home
Crackdown on freedoms is intensifying with the arrest of Ahmed Samir Santawy – the latest student to be locked up on...
Published in: North Africa, West AsiaThe troubling case of Maâti Monjib highlights Morocco’s climate of repression
For five years, the 60-year-old academic and journalist has been the subject of police persecution.