Wissam Tawfiq Abyad, a Prisoner of Conscience, was released on January 15, 2004. Wissam was arrested, detained and charged with "habitual debauchery" after he went to meet a contact he made at a gay website. Wissam's private conversations with the man over the Internet were used as evidence against him.
Stay informed about human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.
Good News! - China: Five Women Rights Activists Released on Bail (UA 54/15)
Five women rights activists detained after planning events to mark International Women’s Day were released on bail on 13 April. This follows a huge outcry about their detention both in China and internationally, which it is believed played a major role in their release.