Saudi Arabia: Women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul released after three years in prison | Welcome Developments
USA: Lawyers’ organizations convene public inquiry into racist police violence in the US | Update
United Nations Guidance Note: Protection and Promotion of Civic Space | Welcome Development
Turkey: Lawyers Levent Pişkin, Cahit Kırkazak and Ayşe Batumlu acquitted | Welcome developments
Iran: Temporary release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh | Welcome Developments
Thailand’s SLAPP suits against defenders: One acquittal and one case dropped | Update
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Thailand: Dismissal of criminal defamation cases against human rights defenders Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win | Update

On 8 June 2020, the Bangkok Criminal Court in Thailand dismissed charges of criminal defamation brought by Thai poultry company Thammakaset Co., Ltd, (Thammakaset) against human rights defenders Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win. LRWC welcomes the dismissal of these charges. Thammakaset has 30 … [Read more...]

Bahrain: Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab released from prison | Update

Full PDF (ENG) On 9 June, human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was released from Bahrain's Jaw prison to serve a non-custodial sentence, after spending nearly four years in arbitrary detention in relation to tweets and media interviews criticising Bahrain’s human rights record. Along with … [Read more...]

China: Released Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang finally reunites with family

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was released from detention on 5 April 2020. He was arrested during the “709 Crackdown” (which started on July 9th in 2015). After being secretly detained in a secret location for more than 1200 days, Wang Quanzhanghe was tried behind closed doors on 26 December … [Read more...]

Cameroon: WGAD Determines that Mancho Bibixy Tse is being Arbitrarily Detained | News

Full PDF Mancho Bibixy Tse, journalist In July of 2018, LRWC wrote to authorities in Cameroon protesting the arrest, prosecution, sentencing, and detention of Mancho Bibixy Tse.  Mancho Bibixy Tse is a radio journalist, who broadcasted on Bamunda FM radio in Cameroon.  He used his … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Eight Women’s Rights Defenders Temporarily Released | News

Demonstrators call on Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights activists March 2019 In Late March 2019 three women rights defenders (HRDs) were temporarily released almost a year after their arrests, Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan and Roqaya al-Muhareb. In early May 2019, five more … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair Recipient of the 2019 American Bar Association International Human Rights Award | News

Waleed Abu al-Khair 21 June 2019 Waleed Abu al-Khair will be the recipient of the 2019 American Bar Association International Human Rights Award. The award honours his extraordinary work as a lawyer to advocate for  human rights, democracy and justice for all in Saudi Arabia and to represent … [Read more...]

Myanmar: Reporters Jailed in Myanmar Freed from Prison After More Than 500 Days | News

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo Photo Credit: The Globe and Mail May 7 2018 Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed on 7 May 2019 after 500 days in prison as part of amnesty granted for 6,520 prisoners. Read more about LRWC Successes … [Read more...]

Iran: Abdolfattah Soltani freed after 10 years of wrongful imprisonment | News

Abdolfattah Soltani Photo Credit: Center for Human Rights in Iran November 21 2018 Abdolfattah Soltani freed after 10 years of wrongful imprisonment. Read more about LRWC Successes … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia: Three Saudi Arabian Human Rights Advocates Awarded the 2018 Right Livelihood Award | News

Mohammad al-Qahtani (left), Waleed Abu al-Khair, and Abdullah al-Hamid (right) September 2018 On September 24 2018 Waleed Abu al-Khair, Mohammad al-Qahtani, and Abdullah al-Hamid, three internationally respected human rights advocates arbitrarily imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, were awarded the … [Read more...]

Malaysia: Charges Against Eric Paulsen and S Arutchelvan Dropped | News

Eric Paulsen (human rights lawyer) and S Arutchelvan (Parti Sosialis Malaysia leader) Photo Credit: Malay Mail August 2018 Sedition charges against human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen and Parti Sosialis Malaysia leader S Arutchelvan have been dropped after the prosecution indicated they did not … [Read more...]