US: Intervene to stop campaign of arrest, arbitrary detention and deportation in UAE

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, US State Department RE: US: Intervene to stop campaign of arrest, arbitrary detention and deportation to repress and intimidate peaceful political activists in UAE Dear Secretary Clinton, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for I have been informed by Human Rights Watch regarding the present disturbing human [...]

Oman arrests bloggers and writers

Portraits of former Oman volleyball player Habiba Al Hinai and activists Esmail Al Muqbali and Yaqoub Al Kharusi. The activists were arrested following their visit to Fahoud oil fields on 31 May to show solidarity with the striking Omani workers from contracting companies, who were commissioned to complete a project for two oil companies in [...]

The King is Dead, Long Live the Queen?

A recent arrest of Ambika Mahapatra, a professor of Physical Chemistry in the Jadavpur University of Kolkata left the city agitated with protests from student and teacher communities and civil society organizations. The social media sites like Facebook buzzed with angry to humorous protests by netizens mocking and rediculing the Police and the State Administration [...]

VIETNAM : Vietnam must free bloggers Dieu Cay, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan

His Excellency Trương Tấn Sang, President, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Your Excellency, I am writing to express my concern about the founding members of the Club for Free Journalists Nguyen Van Hai (a.k.a Dieu Cay), Phan Thanh Hai (a.k.a Anhbasg), and Ta Phong Tan. The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City will reportedly convene [...]

Bangladesh war crimes court ask top Islamist leader to appear or face arrest

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday asked Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party former chief Golam Azam to appear before the court on January 11 or face arrest. Justice Nizamul Haque Nasim issued an order after accepting formal charges against Azam who is blamed for crime against humanity during the bloody war of independence of Bangladesh in [...]

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