Egypt’s Sisi orders more dissent arrests as his fear grows

By Middle East Affairs On Saturday, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will be sworn in for a second four-year term, this after months of arrests ordered on Egyptian's brave enough to speak against the government. The administration fears social dissent and has ordered the arrests of thousands of activists, lawyers, journalists, and

Activist against torture Wael Abbas arrested by Egypt’s police

Wael Abbas has campaigned against torture in Egypt for well over a decade, before and after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. Earlier this month, Egyptian police arrested two prominent activists, Shady el-Ghazaly Harb and Haytham Mohamedeen, on an array of charges including belonging to an

Arrests and death threats for women activists in Saudi Arabia

By Middle East Affairs Women's rights activists and champions of Saudi Arabia's upcoming law that grants women the right to vote have been arrested and threatened with death for daring to speak out about heading behind the wheel. Manal al-Sharif, an activist who filmed a video of herself driving in 2011, was then jailed,