Author Archives: leilanachawati

About leilanachawati

I´m a Spanish-Syrian activist, blogger and social media consultant. I have degrees in English Studies and Arabic Studies and master´s degrees in International Cooperation and Literary Criticism. I have lived in Spain, US, Syria and Morocco, where I taught Spanish language and culture for many years. I contribute to indepent projects Global Voices Online, Global Voices Advocacy and Periodismo Humano and I also write about human rights and new forms of communication for other media like Al-Jazeera. Passionate about citizen media and empowerment for social change.

Bahrain: Leading blogger Ali Abdulemam sentenced to 15 years in prison, along with other human rights defenders

Also published on Global Voices Advocacy Arabic version here. Nine months after leading blogger and human rights activist Ali Abdulemam was arrested along with other political and human rights activists in Bahrain, a military court has sentenced him to 15 … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Hillary Clinton from imprisoned blogger’s wife

The distinguished Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Clinton, Pleasant greetings, I am the wife of arrested Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam. Ali is the father of my five year old son Mortada and my twin daughters Sarah and Zahra who are … Continue reading


More than ever, we need your help. Free Ali Abdulemam

It has been almost one month since the arrest of Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam. Ali has been held in solitary detention since then. His legal status remains unclear as no lawyer has seen him, and the authorities do not provide … Continue reading

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