Sadegh Zibakalam, an academic well known in Iran for publicly challenging the state line on many sensitive topics, has been presented with Deutsche Welle's Freedom of Speech Award.
Religious interpretations are slowing down the implementation of the UN human rights charter, which marks its 70th anniversary today. The UN is also part of the problem, writes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.
Demonstrators have protested against DW honoring Iranian political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam with its "Freedom of Speech Award," arguing that he is too close to the regime. Zibakalam rejects that allegation.
Iranian political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam faces prison for remarks he made in a DW interview. The German broadcaster has decided to honor his courageous criticism of the Iranian government with an award.
Bahrainis went to the polls to elect candidates for 31 parliamentary seats not secured during last week's first round. A record 10 women ran, but several opposition parties and politicians were ineligible.
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