Congress, Stand With Raif

The US is in a unique position to put pressure on Saudi Arabia on behalf of Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 public lashes for setting up a website.

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January 9, 2015

Jadia Nofal and Omar al-Sha’ar were released on bail on 17 December.

January 9, 2015

Five jailed dissidents which Amnesty International named prisoners of conscience in 2013 were released between 7 and 8 January. Three remain under conditional release.

January 8, 2015

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.

January 7, 2015

Two men were sentenced to death on 29 December in Bahrain. Amnesty International fears they did not receive a fair trial as the main evidence used against them was allegedly obtained under torture....