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Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi was publicly flogged on 9 January in front of the al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. He is at risk of receiving the remaining 950 lashes over the coming weeks.
Five jailed dissidents which Amnesty International named prisoners of conscience in 2013 were released between 7 and 8 January. Three remain under conditional release.
A Cairo court of appeal handed down reduced prison sentences to human rights defender Yara Sallam, activist Sanaa Ahmed Seif and 20 others on 28 December.
Sait Matty Jaw is facing trial on 23 December, along with researchers Seth Yaw Kandeh and Olufemi Erinle Titus over work done for a survey. They face up to two years’ imprisonment if convicted.