Disabled student Israa al-Taweel has been freed from house arrest, as security measures against her have been reduced.
Seven activists who had been criminally detained after gathering outside a court in Beijing during the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang have been released.
Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri was released on 17 January after serving a 10-month prison term on trumped-up charges. He now faces up to five years in prison on separate charges.
The detention of 19 academics in Turkey represents a new assault on the imperiled right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today.