Detaining a high school student for nine months without charge is typical of the cruel, arbitrary behavior of Syria's security servicesSyria sentences teen blogger to five years Feb 15, 2011
This brutality heightens tensions and shows that the police continue to act as if they are above the law, despite Ben Ali's departureHRW puts pressure on Tunisian government Feb 01, 2011
Images of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have mesmerized the Arab public but have terrified their rulersGroup: Other governments cracking down Feb 09, 2011
If there's a lesson President Saleh should have learned by now, it's that violent attacks on demonstrators will not quell dissentYemen won't fall, foreign minister says Feb 15, 2011
The security forces' vicious attacks on peaceful demonstrators lay bare the reality of Moammar Gadhafi's brutality when faced with any internal dissentRights group: 24 dead in Libyan protests Feb 18, 2011
Sarah Leah Whitson is an American human rights activist and director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.
Whitson was reared by a mother who was born in the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. She spent childhood summers with family in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
In 1988, Whitson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, located in Berkeley, California, taking time to study abroad in Egypt. In 1991, she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.