UN’s Zeid Warns States to Respect Rights in Qatar Row

June 2017

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain appear to be violating people's human rights by threatening to jail or fine them for expressing sympathy for Qatar, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Amnesty: Utter Contempt for Human Dignity across the Gulf

June 2017

Thousands of people in the Gulf face the prospect of their lives being further disrupted and their families torn apart as new arbitrary measures announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of their dispute with Qatar are due to come into force from today, said Amnesty International.

HRW: Saudi Leadership Change Should Prioritize Improving Rights

June 2017
Newly appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should use his authority to end longstanding abuses against Saudi dissidents and rights activists and to make a public commitment for rights reforms, Human Rights Watch said in a report it released on Thursday, May 22, 2017.

Amnesty: Urgent Investigation Needed into UAE Torture Network

June 2017

Following an Associated Press investigation alleging that United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its allied Yemeni security forces are arbitrarily detaining and torturing detainees, who are also being interrogated by US forces in a network of secret prisons across Southern Yemen, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International in the Middle East said that “a UN-led investigation must immediately be launched into the UAE’s and other parties’ role in setting up this horrific network of torture.” 

Gulf Institute condemns the Unfair Verdict against HRD Nabeel Rajab, and Calls on Bahrain to Respect Human Rights

July 2017

Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) condemns the unfair sentence against the human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, and considers it a political verdict; primarily aims at retaliating against a prominent human rights defender who is well known for consistently monitoring the human rights violations, and exposing the actual face of the government of Bahraini.

Bahraini Human Rights Organisations Strongly Condemn the Execution of Four Activists in Saudi Arabia: Extrajudicial Killings after Unfair Trials

July 2017
Bahraini human rights organisations condemn the execution of four activists by Saudi authorities, and define it as part of the continuum repressive campaign against all citizens and activists who oppose the Saudi regime, based on their demands for civil and political rights.

GIDHR Newsletter - Issue #11

July 2017
The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) issed its newsletter, issue #11 for the month of June 2017.

Inside:
- KSA: Targeted a car carrying two activists
- Severing the ties of the Gulf states with Qatar violates the Human Rights principles
- Bahrain's Ministry of Information Affairs suspends only independent newspaper

Amnesty: Ebtisam AlSaegh Prisoner of Conscience, Must Be Immediately Released

July 2017

The Bahraini authorities’ decision to bring terrorism charges against Ebtissam al-Saegh, a human rights defender detained since 3 July 2017, is a chilling blow to human rights in the country, said Amnesty International.