UN human rights chief deeply concerned by mass terrorism convictions in Bahrain

April 2019
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday expressed alarm at a court decision in Bahrain that revoked the nationalities of 138 people after a mass trial. There are serious concerns that the court proceedings failed to comply with international fair trial standards, with a large number of the accused reportedly tried in absentia.

Bahraini human rights organizations: A shocking crime against 37 victims reflects the disregard of the Saudi authorities for the lives of dissidents

April 2019
Three Bahraini human rights organizations said that Saudi Arabia’s execution of 37 citizens, mostly Shiites, after unfair arbitrary mock trials and confessions extracted under torture, reflects the Saudi authorities' disregard for the lives of dissidents and also reflects that violating the right to life has transformed into one of the most prominent means of intimidation and retaliation.

HRW: UAE: Cancer-Stricken Female Prisoner Dies

May 2019
A 42-year-old woman whom United Arab Emirates security forces denied adequate medical care and mistreated for more than three years died on May 4, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Alia Abdel Nour had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, soon after her arrest on undisclosed charges.

HRW: Saudi Arabia: Second Case Against Jailed Shia Cleric

May 2019
 Saudi authorities are seeking to lengthen the prison sentence of a cleric known for supporting protests against the systematic discrimination of Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, Human Rights Watch said today.

HRW: Bahrain: Suspend Death Penalty

May 2019
The Bahrain Court of Cassation, the country’s court of last resort, upheld the death sentence against two men on May 6, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the men, Ali al-Arab and Ahmad al-Malali, of terror offenses in a mass trial on January 31, 2018.

Reuters: U.N. says UAE activist Mansoor's prison conditions "may constitute torture"

May 2019
Prominent United Arab Emirates (UAE) pro-democracy campaigner Ahmed Mansoor may be suffering treatment amounting to torture, including prolonged solitary confinement, U.N. human rights experts said on Tuesday.

Amnesty: Saudi Arabia: Authorities must not resort to use of death penalty against protester arrested aged 13

June 2019
Saudi Arabia must not use the death penalty to punish a young man who was arrested at the age of 13 for participating in anti-government protests, said Amnesty International today.