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In Iran, Violence Against Women Becomes a Public Matter Although flawed and incomplete, the draft bill aiming at better protecting women against domestic and other forms of violence shows the new commitment of the Iranian government to act on social demands. Saudia Arabia is still not condemned over rights abuses by the international community Saudi Arabia has removed some of the aspects of the male guardianship system, including allowing women to drive and travel without restriction, and women are being encouraged to obtain higher education and join the... Female Human Rights Defenders Targeted in Libya Of course, Libyan human rights defenders are being targeted irrespective of gender. But the dangers are compounded for female activists since they have so few, if any, allies willing to protect them. Even powerful... The Gruesome Realities Behind Imprisonment in Iran when it comes to the killing of Iranian prisoners, Iran has the means to do it more publicly too. In a report published on October 8, 2020.

It is essential that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, states the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet they are violated nearly everywhere, including in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This section contains a permanently updated selection of articles on the developing human rights situation in each country in the MENA region.

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Although flawed and incomplete, the draft bill aiming at better protecting women against domestic and other forms of violence shows the new commitment of the Iranian government to act on social demands.
Saudi Arabia has removed some of the aspects of the male guardianship system, including allowing women to drive and travel without restriction, and women are being encouraged to obtain higher education and join the workforce.
Of course, Libyan human rights defenders are being targeted irrespective of gender. But the dangers are compounded for female activists since they have so few, if any, allies willing to protect them. Even powerful tribes may be re...
when it comes to the killing of Iranian prisoners, Iran has the means to do it more publicly too. In a report published on October 8, 2020.
According to Reporters without Borders, Iran has the worst record of Press Freedom in the Middle East. In Iran, there are so-called 'red lines' of criticism, ever-changing boundaries imposed by the authorities that dictate what Ir...
Saudi Arabia’s attitude to human rights is particularly ambivalent. On the one hand, Riyadh shows signs of increasing openness. On the other, the authorities regularly demonstrate brutal behaviour, as illustrated by the murder i...
Most of the human rights defenders whose cases are detailed in the Observatory’s report are detained in Tehran’s Evin prison. They are kept there in solitary confinement for long periods of time, are deprived of essential medi...
Organizers of the Byblos International Festival yielded to pressure from church officials, politicians and online groups who accused the locally grown and internationally acclaimed band Mashrou’ Leila of dishonouring Christian s...
The international community has been urged to put pressure on Bahrain to respect freedom of expression. However, many believe that the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) have not done enough to criticize the Bahraini gover...
Any discussion of Turkish human rights must mention the difficulties faced in cementing the rights of women and ethnic and sexual minorities. Femicide, violence against women and honour killings remain a stain on Turkish society a...
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