Human rights

Iran to execute Iran-Swedish scientist

Amnesty International said the charges against Ahmadreza Djalali are unfounded and Sweden spoke to Iran about his case.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | nov. 25, 2020
al-monitor A photo taken on Feb. 13, 2017, shows a flyer during a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Brussels for Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian academic detained in Tehran for nearly a year and reportedly sentenced to death for espionage. Djalali is an Iranian researcher working for the CRIMEDIM Disaster and Emergency Medicine program in which VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) participates. He was arrested on April 25, 2016, when in the Iranian capital for a conference, according to Italian media. Photo by DIRK WAEM/AFP via Getty Images.

Women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to stand trial in Saudi Arabia

Loujain al-Hathloul will appear in a Saudi court Wednesday more than two years after she was first detained in a crackdown on human rights defenders.

Al-Monitor Staff | Women’s rights | nov. 24, 2020

Egyptian rights group's director held in solitary confinement, lawyers say

Gasser Abdel-Razek and two of his colleagues were arrested in what experts say is a renewed crackdown on human rights defenders.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | nov. 24, 2020

Caught between a rock and a hard place, Erdogan seeks a way out

Ankara has to improve Turkey’s international image with major reforms in order to attract much-needed foreign capital but the jury is out on whether President Erdogan can do it.

Semih Idiz | Turkish economy | nov. 21, 2020

Egypt criticized for arrests of human rights advocates

The Trump administration, the Biden Campaign and the United Nations also expressed concern about the arrests.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | nov. 20, 2020