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Inside Assad's Torture Chambers - Syria

Assad continues to refute claims that his government is waging a brutal crackdown. Yet through exclusive interviews, this report exposes the routine and sadistic torture the Syrian military has used on prisoners.

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Bahrain police 'detain blogger'

Bahrain police 'detain blogger' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Bahrain detain prominent blogger and rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja during a protest near the capital Manama, reports say.
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Fate of 'flower of Syria' offers cautionary tale

Fatat Malouk said she has no doubt: The burned, mutilated and seemingly unrecognizable body parts that she viewed in a Syrian military hospital in September were the remains of her child - the victim, she said, of government thugs who snatched the...
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South Sudanese journalist released, two remain in detention

November 7, 2011 (LONDON) – The South Sudan journalist detained since 21 October and released on 2 November has described his ordeal, while two other journalists remain in custody.

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ICRC seeks Syrian prison access on its terms

(Reuters) - The Red Cross is pressing Syrian authorities for wider access to thousands of detainees arrested in pro-democracy protests, while insisting that its own strict terms be met, its president said Wednesday.

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Syria holds former VP incommunicado, daughter says

ALEY, Lebanon (AP) — A former Syrian vice president who became one of the country's most prominent dissidents was kidnapped in Lebanon five months ago while visiting his daughter and is believed to be secretly imprisoned by the Syrian regime as it tries to crush a 7-month-old uprising, his daughter and Lebanese police said.

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The Prisoners of Syria: What Detainees Can Expect from Assad

The Prisoners of Syria: What Detainees Can Expect from Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unconfirmed reports that Syrian army troops were battling each other were an indication of how divided the country is regarding dealing with political dissent. The Damascus regime's reputation for brutality is fearsome.
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Syria arrests opposition leader as protests continue

Syria arrests opposition leader as protests continue | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian authorities arrested a prominent rights leader Tuesday as hundreds of anti-government demonstrators marched in southern parts of the country.
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Arrests as Syria cracks down on prisoner protests

Arrests as Syria cracks down on prisoner protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Amnesty International has condemned the Syrian authorities’ crackdown on protests in the country amid a continuing wave of unrest throughout the Middle East and North Africa. A small demonstration gathered today outside the Ministry of the Interior to submit a petition for the release of political prisoners, led by relatives of the imprisoned. Shortly afterwards the group was violently dispersed by plain-clothed security officers wielding batons.
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Burma 'jails' Karen rebel leader

Burma 'jails' Karen rebel leader | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Mahn Nyein Maung, an ethnic Karen rebel leader, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for "unlawful association", reports from Burma say.
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Thai jailed for monarchy insults

Thai jailed for monarchy insults | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Thai man is jailed for 20 years for sending text messages to an aide of ex-PM Abhisit Vejjajiva that were deemed offensive to the royal family.
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Mother of Egyptian blogger jailed by ruling military on hunger strike to protest his detention

Mother of Egyptian blogger jailed by ruling military on hunger strike to protest his detention | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO — The mother of one of Egypt’s best known activists has gone on hunger strike to protest her son’s detention by the country’s military rulers, the family said on Wednesday.
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In an Iranian Prison, Tortured by Solitude

In an Iranian Prison, Tortured by Solitude | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

AT 5:15 p.m. I found myself pacing compulsively back and forth across my 10-foot-by-14-foot cell in Iran’s Evin prison, muttering reassurances to myself and kneading my nervous hands together into one fat fist. “Don’t worry,” I told myself, “this is probably your last day alone, they can’t just let you go crazy in here.”

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Egyptian junta pledges to free hundreds after damning prison letter is published

Egyptian junta pledges to free hundreds after damning prison letter is published | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Generals announce pardon for 334 inmates, following reaction to letter secretly written by activist Alaa Abd El Fattah from his cell...
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Aisamy in Syria, health deteriorating: daughter

Aisamy in Syria, health deteriorating: daughter | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Daughter of the 86-year-old Syrian dissident says her father is being held in Syria and that his health is deteriorating.
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Saudi Arabia Has Arrested 160 Dissidents in Two Months, HRW Says

Saudi Arabia, a member of the Group of 20, has arrested more than 160 dissidents since February as part of the government’s crackdown on protests, Human Rights Watch said.
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32 protesters held for hurting Syria's 'image': NGO

32 protesters held for hurting Syria's 'image': NGO | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS — Syria on Thursday charged 32 demonstrators with attacking the reputation of the state a day after they joined a rally calling for the release of political prisoners, a rights group said. The 32 protesters, including rights activist Suhair Atassi, were detained on Wednesday at a Damascus rally organised by the relatives of political prisoners to petition for their release.
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Syrian security disperses protests

Syrian security disperses protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian security forces have dispersed about 150 demonstrators who had been demanding the release of political prisoners in front of the interior ministry.
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