Press Freedom in Turkey Virtually Non-Existent
The country in focus this week is Turkey due to the country’s ongoing targeting of journalists, newsroom reporters, managers and other critical news outlets.
Israeli Spyware Stifling Dissidents in Gulf States
The Francophone Association for Human Rights (AFDH) has been monitoring the sale of spyware by private Israeli firm, NSO Group Technologies. A number of Gulf nations including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman have reportedly signed multi-million dollar contracts with the firm to give them access to the surveillance of opposition figures and, we believe, target dissidents malignantly.
No Future for Lebanon Without Genuine Democratic Governance
On Tuesday 4 August, 2020 an enormous explosion triggered by roughly 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate carelessly stored in a warehouse in the city’s port killed at least 171 people, left more than 6,000 injured and over 300,000 people homeless in Beirut, Lebanon. The devastating incident has angered the Lebanese with many seeing the blast as the final stroke of prolonged suffering after the country’s long string of economic woes, its waste crisis and undemocratic governance.
Thousands Forcibly Disappeared in Iraq
The Francophone Association for Human Rights (AFHD) has received exclusive testimonies from families in Iraq who have had their loved ones forcibly disappeared. Members of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) have also contacted AFDH about the enforced disappearances of thousands of people.