What Drove Violations

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: WHAT DROVE VIOLATIONS The following section of the Art under Threat in 2016 report explores the issues and tendencies that drove governments and other groups to limit artistic expression. TABLE OF CONTENTS * Click on the following titles to be taken to that part of …

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Saudi Arabia: Festival stopped due to “swaying and dancing”

20 January 2016

Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) in the Mayahel province stopped artist’s from performing music at a festival on two consecutive nights due to their dance movements on stage that were seen as improper for the audience, reported online newspaper on …

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Saudi Arabia: Growing clamp down on freedom of expression

17 December 2015

The following is a news release from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner: UN rights expert raises alarm over Saudi Arabia’s growing clamp down on freedom of expression GENEVA (16 December 2015) – United Nations human rights expert David Kaye today expressed grave concern at the …

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Saudi Arabia: Poet sentenced to death

23 November 2015

According to PEN International, Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death on 17 November 2015 by a Saudi Arabian court for renouncing Islam. Fayadh, 35, told The Guardian: “I was really shocked but it was expected, though I didn’t do anything that deserves death.” In August 2013, Fayadh was …

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Saudi Arabia: Comedian receives death threats over tv satire

27 July 2015

The news that Saudi actor Nasser Al Qasabi (also spelled: Naser Al Gasabi) had received death threats after he made fun of the Islamic State fighters, ISIS, in one episode of his comedy series titled ‘Selfie’ went around the planet in June 2015. “Saudi comedian Nasser Al Qasabi has implemented …

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