AP: Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

June 2018
A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party was acquitted Thursday of spying charges with two colleagues, marking a rare victory for activists in the island kingdom amid a yearslong clampdown on dissent.

Washington Urges Manama’s Prosecutors ‘Not To Pursue Appeal’ Against Sheikh Ali Salman’s Acquittal

June 2018
Washington is urging state prosecutors in Manama “not to pursue an appeal” against Thursday’s court ruling, which cleared Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman of espionage charges.

Reuters:France seeks to calm Bahrain after rights criticism

June 2018
Reuters:  France sought to assuage Bahrain on Friday after rare criticism by its ambassador to the kingdom over human rights and an honorary citizenship by Paris of a rights campaigner sparked anger in Manama, three sources said.

Reuters: Bahrain appeals acquittal of opposition leaders

June 2018
Reuters: Bahrain’s public prosecutor has appealed a court ruling that acquitted three senior leaders of the country’s main opposition group on charges of spying for Qatar, state news agency BNA reported on Wednesday.

Reuters:Prominent Saudi women's rights activist detained as driving ban lifted

June 2018
Reuters: Saudi Arabia has detained prominent women's rights advocate Hatoon al-Fassi, widening a crackdown that has ensnared more than a dozen activists even as the kingdom lifted a ban on women driving, sources said on Wednesday.

Issue #16

June 2018
GIDHR issued issue number 16 of the monthly newsletter

Amnesty: Disappearances and torture in southern Yemen detention facilities must be investigated as war crimes

July 2018
Justice remains elusive a year after a network of secret prisons was first exposed in southern Yemen, Amnesty International said in a new report today that documents egregious violations going unchecked, including systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment amounting to war crimes.

Reuters: Bahrain's top Shi'ite cleric allowed to seek treatment abroad

July 2018
Reuters: Bahrain’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric, who has been accused of inciting sectarian strife and has been living virtually confined to his home, has been allowed to travel to London for medical treatment, an opposition figure said on Monday.

Reuters: Saudi Arabia arrests prominent cleric Safar al-Hawali: activists

July 2018
Reuters: Saudi Arabia has detained influential religious scholar Safar al-Hawali and three of his sons, activists said on Thursday, widening an apparent crackdown against clerics, intellectuals and rights campaigners.