October 23, 2017


Giulio Regeni, an Italian doctoral student at Cambridge who was studying abroad in Egypt, disappeared on his way to a party in Cairo. He was found dead by the roadside over a week later.



Regeni, 28, was last seen heading to a birthday...

October 23, 2017


Nazimuddin Samad, a 28-year-old secular activist and law student at Jagannath University, was killed in Dhaka, Bangladeshi capital, on April 7, 2016. According to the BBC, Samad was attacked at a traffic jam by three men armed with machetes before being shot....

October 20, 2017


Yashar Darolshafa, a graduate student of Sociology at Tehran University and the former secretary of the Islamic Reformist Students' Association of Qazvin International University, was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion agai...

October 15, 2017


Hamid Babaei, a PhD student at the University of Liege in Belgium, was sentenced to six years in prison in December 2013 on charges of "acting against national security by communicating with hostile foreign governments and spying.”


Babaei was first...

April 27, 2016

Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, along with a group* of United Nations human rights experts today warned that over a dozen political prisoners in Iran, including some prominent human rights defenders...

April 25, 2016

Thousands of Sudanese students have entered their second day of protests following the death of a student in North Kordofan, central Sudan.

Abubakar Hassan, 18, was killed on Monday at Kordofan University by a gunshot wound to the head after intelligence agents opened f...

April 18, 2016

Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee who has been imprisoned in Tehran since 2011 is suffering from life-threatening kidney cancer, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported on Monday.

Omid Kokabee, 34, was arrested while on a visit to Iran from the United...

April 13, 2016

According to Amnesty International, student leaders Phyoe Phyoe Aung and Lin Htet Naing (aka James aka Aung Thant Zin) were released on 8 April after all charges against them were dropped by courts in Myanmar. At a court in the town of Tharrawaddy, the student proteste...

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Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths


China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong

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