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Arrest and abuse of `Ayn Shams University student

Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the arrest and treatment of Basil Ramsis who was severely beaten by agents of the State Security Investigations Department during his arrest and unlawful detention and interrogated at SSI headquarters for participation in peaceful protests.

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Human rights activist prevented from leaving country to attend award ceremony

Letter to Tunisian Authorities expressing concern over the decision to prevent Dr. Moncef Marzouki from attending the Human Rights Watch Award Ceremony in New York where he was to be awarded for his outstanding contributions to human rights as well as being under close governmental surveillance since his release from detention.

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Death of Iranian political activist while in detention

Letter to Iranian Authorities expressing grave concern over the reported death of activist Mr. Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani who died in detention after being held for eight months without trial or access to council under suspicious circumstances and urging the government to do an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Deteriorating state of academic freedom at Sanaa University

Letter to Yemenite Authorities regarding the recent intimidation of professors and university departments to not discuss political uses in the classroom or with students leading many professors to leave Sanaa due to the hostile atmosphere being created. Additionally the arrest and mistreatment of professors as a means of intimidation is in obvious violation of international human rights norms.

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Campaign against Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies

Letter to al-Ahram regarding the actions of the Egyptian Press attacking the Ibn Khaldun Center in connection with the Conference on the UN Declaration on Minorities and People of the Arab World and Middle East to have been held in Cairo.

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Further detentions of Saudi human rights group members and relatives

Letter to the Saudi Arabian Government expressing continued concern over treatment of members of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights as further academics with ties to this group have been arrested without criminal charges and are being held without visit or access to council. Additionally relatives of group members are now being targeted despite having no ties to the group solely as a means of pressuring activists to cease activities. (See 5/5/1994; 22/6/1993)

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Detention of Birzeit University students

Letter to Israeli Authorities regarding the detention of Birzeit University students including student activists and leaders some of whom are members of the campus Islamic Bloc and have been held without charges amidst allegations of lack of council and mistreatment.

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Detention of Syrian academics for political reasons

Letter to Syrian Authorities to express concerns about the detention and mistreatment of academics in Syria for their political affiliations, opinions or participation in groups that government considers subversive.

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Repressive measure intensified against members of human rights group

Letter to the Saudi Arabian government regarding further measures taken against members of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights after the dissolution of the group including dismissals from university posts, travel bans, imprisonment and reports of death threat and torture forcing many group members to flee the country. (See 22/6/1993)

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Arrest and dismissals for founders of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights

Letter to His Royal Majesty of Saudi Arabia concerning the reported arrest of Dr. Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Mas’ari and dismissals of Dr. Abdullah ibn Humoud al-Tuwaijri and Dr. Abdullah al-Hamed for membership in the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights.

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