Amnesty: HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: REVIEW OF 2018

February 2019
Suppression of freedom of expression on political issues remained widespread, with many high-profile dissidents imprisoned on speech-related charges. Public protests remained officially banned in the capital. The government further curbed the right to freedom of association by making legislative amendments that had a de facto discriminatory impact on Shi’a groups. The authorities continued to impose denaturalization as a criminal penalty against those convicted in national security cases, stripping roughly 300 individuals of their nationality. Bahrain’s first military trial of civilians since 2011 was accompanied by reports of torture or other ill-treatment of the defendants that were never adequately investigated. Bahraini prisons continued to be characterized by arbitrary punitive action, degrading treatment of prisoners, and withholding and/or unjustifiable delay of medical care. Women faced discrimination in law and in practice. Migrant workers faced exploitation. Bahrain continued to issue death sentences in 2018, though no executions were reported. The country remained closed to independent outside observers.

HRW: Saudi Arabia: Women’s Rights Activists Charged

March 2019
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecution agency announced on March 1, 2019 that the country’s leading women’s rights activists who have been detained following arrests that began in May 2018 would face charges and be put on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecutors did not specify the charges. 

GIDHR is preparing to launch a campaign to stop selling Australian arms to Saudi Arabia & UAE

March 2019
A delegation of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) met the MP Peter Khalil, today (Tuesday 5th March 2019).

GIDHR meets Andrew Giles MP

March 2019

HRW: UN: A Call to Free Saudi Women Activists

March 2019
A joint statement by 36 countries on March 7, 2019 calling on Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record was a landmark step toward justice and accountability, Human Rights Watch said today. The statement, delivered by Iceland at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, condemns the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, urges an end to Saudi Arabia’s use of counterterrorism regulations to target dissidents and human rights activists, and calls for the release of Saudi women’s rights activists detained beginning in May 2018.

GIDHR: Al-Hathloul’s trial drops the mask of MBS, “the reformer”

March 2019
After few hours, the Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, along with activists Aziza Al-Yousef and Eman Al-Najfan, are standing before the specialised court in Riyadh, which deals with the terrorism charges, according to Loujain’s family. They not allowed to appoint a lawyer, nor were provided the list of the indictments.

JOINT STATEMENT FROM HAKEEM AL-ARAIBI, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA AND THE GULF INSTITUTE

March 2019
Football Federation Australia must explain why it is supporting Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Al-Khalifa for reelection as AFC President, despite the very serious unresolved human rights allegations that continue to hang over his head, says Hakeem al-Araibi and the human rights organisations who worked to bring him home. 

GIDHR meets with Australian Foreign Ministry officials

March 2019