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Who Will Be Left to Defend Human Rights?: The Persecution of Online Expression in Gulf Countries

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am

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Please join us for an online event about persecution of online expression in the Gulf and neighboring countries.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 

7 a.m. PST

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96947969129

Based on 225 credible incidents of online freedom of expression violations against human rights defenders in the MENA Region between May 2018 and October 2020, this report by Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights shows how governments in the region used anti-cybercrime and other laws, and created specialized institutions, to criminalize online expression in violation of international law. This systemic analysis also serves as a practical resource for those working on current and future cases.

Keynote Speaker

Clément Voule, Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Presentation of findings

Laurel E. Fletcher, Chancellor’s Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, IHRLC

Astha Sharma Pokharel, Clinical Teaching Fellow, IHRLC

Researchers, IHRLC

Digital Rights Officer, GCHR

Discussing the report findings

Khouloud Al-Khatib, Assoc. Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Lebanese University President, the Lebanese Organization for Defending Equality and Rights (LOUDER)


Michael Khambatta, Geneva Representative, GCHR


Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7:00 am - 8:30 am
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International Human Rights Law Clinic

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