Political persecution in the Arab world

Political persecution is an ongoing and serious issue in many Arabic countries. Individuals who hold political beliefs or affiliations that differ from the ruling regime or express dissenting views may face persecution, arbitrary detention, torture, and even execution.

Political persecution in some Arabic countries

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia individuals who criticize the government or express opinions deemed critical of the regime risk facing persecution. The government has been criticized for its treatment of political dissidents and human rights activists, many of whom have been arrested and detained for extended periods without access to legal representation. In some cases, individuals have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment while in detention.

Tunisia

In Tunisia, individuals may face persecution for their political beliefs or affiliations, particularly if they oppose the government’s policies. Political activists, journalists, and human rights defenders have been targeted and harassed, with many being subjected to arbitrary detention and torture.

Kuwait

Kuwait has also been criticized for its treatment of individuals who express dissenting views or engage in peaceful protests. Political activists and human rights defenders have faced arbitrary detention, torture, and other forms of persecution.

Morocco

In Morocco, individuals who hold different political beliefs or affiliations may face persecution, particularly those who support independence for Western Sahara. Political activists and journalists have been targeted and subjected to arbitrary detention and torture.

Jordan

Jordan has also been accused of political persecution, particularly with regards to freedom of expression and assembly. Human rights defenders and political activists have faced arbitrary detention and torture, and there have been reports of enforced disappearances.

Qatar

Qatar has been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers, who make up a significant portion of the country’s population. There have been reports of forced labor and human trafficking, and individuals who speak out against such practices risk facing persecution.

Bahrain

Bahrain has faced criticism for its treatment of Shia opposition groups and human rights defenders. Political activists and journalists have been targeted and subjected to arbitrary detention and torture.

United Arab Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates, individuals who express dissenting views or engage in peaceful protests risk facing persecution. Political activists and human rights defenders have faced arbitrary detention, torture, and other forms of persecution.

Algeria

In Algeria, individuals who oppose the government or express dissenting views risk facing persecution, with many being targeted and detained without access to legal representation or due process. The government has been criticized for its crackdown on political activists and journalists, as well as its treatment of individuals who hold different political beliefs or affiliations.


The issue of political persecution in Arabic countries is complex and ongoing, with countless individuals facing persecution and displacement. It is crucial for the international community to prioritize the protection of refugees and provide necessary support and resources to help them rebuild their lives in safety. Host countries should offer asylum to individuals fleeing political persecution and work towards ending political persecution in these countries.

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