Members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood unlawfully detained and abused at least 49 anti- government protestors outside the Presidential Palace last week as security forces stood by, Human Rights Watch said.
The Arab League has raised questions about its commitment to halting Syria’s deadly crackdown on protesters by putting a Sudanese general with close ties to an indicted war-crimes suspect in charge of a monitoring mission intended to hold the government accountable.
A Qatari draft media law enshrines a double standard on free expression and the emirate’s ruler shouldn’t approve it unless penalties for criticism of Qatar or neighboring states are removed, Human Rights Watch said.
Egypt should work to free hundreds of captives held for ransom by criminals in the eastern Sinai Peninsula, as the country conducts military operations there after last month’s deadly attacks, Human Rights Watch said.
Boy meets girl has never been easy in Saudi Arabia, where religious police bar unmarried couples from meeting in public. It may get harder as the state presses Research In Motion Ltd. to let it monitor BlackBerry messages.
Incidents of harassment against journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have increased, Human Rights Watch said in a report that urged donors to make conditional on measures being taken to crack down on abuses.