Detained Student Activist Released!
Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian was released from Tehran’s Evin Prison on 16 January, after being detained for 18 months on national security-related charges. He was a prisoner of conscience.
Three Saudi Arabian lawyers convicted over messages posted on Twitter deemed offensive to the Ministry of Justice have had their prison sentences quashed by an appeal court.
Eight students from the Holy Quran University in Omdurman arrested and detained on 14 November 2015 by the National Intelligence Security (NISS) have been released.
A Swedish national who had been held in secret detention since 3 January on suspicion of “endangering state security” has been released and deported to Sweden. His girlfriend has also been released, and remains in China.