Bahraini refugee-footballer allowed to return home to Australia, Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan belatedly released, and Bedoon rights activists persecuted in Kuwait

In Egypt, photojournalist Shawkan remained in prison throughout February despite the passing of his release date (he was finally freed, under strict conditions, on 4 March); Bahraini refugee-footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was allowed to return to Australia after two months in detention in Thailand; In Iraq, Kurdish journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani was arrested by security forces associated with a political party he's criticised; In Kuwait, activists who support the rights of the stateless Bedoon community face arrests; In Saudi Arabia, activist Israa Al-Ghomgham is no longer facing the death penalty.


Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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