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Authorities Chaotic Prisoner Release Punishes Hopeful Relatives

On April 30, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted a general amnesty for “Syrian citizens detained on ‘terrorism-related’ crimes,’” except for crimes that resulted in death. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has documented the release of…
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Piecemeal Releases Do Not Mean Fundamental Policy Shift

During the last days of Ramadan, on April 24, Egyptian authorities freed around 40 unjustly detained prisoners, among them journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, many of whose families have tirelessly pushed for their release for years…
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The Egyptian Interior Ministry is threatening to forcibly break up a Muslim Brotherhood sit-in, where protesters are demanding the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsy as president. I visited Rab’a al-Adawiya in Cairo, where thousands of protesters have been…
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Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. Human Rights Watch collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people…