Saudi Arabia: #FreeLoujain! - Daily Brief

Trampling free speech in Lebanon; Tanzania detains investigative journalist; Thailand wants to push Rohingya refugees back; freedom for Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir.

Today marks women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul's 30th birthday, and she remains behind bars for her activism. Saudi Arabia should release all women’s rights activists immediately.

Mashrou’ Leila is a Lebanese band famous for speaking out against oppression, corruption and homophobia. They are facing increasing threats, but instead of ensuring their protection, the Lebanese government has cancelled their upcoming concert.

Press freedom is under attack once again in Tanzania. A prominent investigative journalist Erick Kabenderawas taken from his home 2 days ago and has been detained since – but no charges have been brought against him.

Thail Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has made racist remasrks against Rohingya people, and further, proposes to reject Rohingya asylum seekers

And finally, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir is free! He had been detained for over 5 years on blasphemy charges.