HRW: UAE: Woman Prisoner Reportedly Attempts Suicide

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Emirati authorities should immediately and transparently investigate the prison conditions of a 21-year-old imprisoned Emirati woman who is reported to have recently attempted suicide, Human Rights Watch said today. Sources close to the woman say that prison authorities subjected her and a second Emirati woman prisoner, 37, to solitary confinement for at least three weeks and …

Amnesty: Human Rights situation in Saudi Arabia

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The authorities escalated repression of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. They harassed, arbitrarily detained and prosecuted dozens of government critics, human rights defenders, including women’s rights activists, members of the Shi’a minority and family members of activists. Shi’a activists and religious clerics remained on trial before a counter-terror court for expressing …

Amnesty: Human Rights In Bahrain

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The authorities escalated their efforts to stifle freedom of expression, targeting in particular online forums, the last remaining space where Bahrainis could criticize the government. Use of unfair mass trials continued both for people facing terrorism-related charges and protesters. Denaturalization of citizens (stripping them of their nationality) continued, though hundreds of people previously made stateless …

United Arab Emirates: Open letter to the Emirati authorities to free human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor on his 50th Birthday

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently announced multiple projects promoting pluralism and tolerance both at home and abroad. 2019 has been declared the ‘Year of Tolerance’ and in 2020, Dubai will host the World Expo trade fair, under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’ Upon Dubai’s selection for this exhibition in 2013, Sheikh …

GIDHR: 30 Bahraini children were arbitrarily arrested between Jan & May 2019, & human rights violations were committed in the Gulf

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The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) issued a summary for the crackdown on human rights in the Gulf States in the first 8 months of 2019. The report highlighted the human rights violations committed in Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, United Arabic Emirates and Kuwait. The report presented statistics published for the first …

Amnesty: Saudi Arabia: Women’s rights reforms must be followed by release of detained activists

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Saudi Arabia must follow up on crucial reforms announced today to address women’s rights by ending its persecution of women’s rights defenders and immediately and unconditionally releasing those who are currently detained for their peaceful activism, said Amnesty International. Saudi Arabian newspapers announced major reforms to several laws easing some of the major restrictions which …

HRW: Bahrain: Executions May Be Imminent

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Bahraini authorities appear ready to carry out death sentences against Ali al-Arab, 25, and Ahmad al-Malali, 24, both Bahraini citizens, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces arrested them separately on February 9, 2017. A court convicted them of terrorism offenses and sentenced them to death on January 31, 2018 in a mass trial marred by allegations of …

UN expert urges Bahrain to halt executions of two men amid torture allegations

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Bahrain must halt the reportedly imminent execution of two men who were sentenced to death on the basis of confessions allegedly obtained through torture, and after trials which appear not to have fulfilled guarantees of fairness and due process, said a UN human rights expert. Ali Mohamed Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmed Isa Ahmed …

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

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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. The organization has confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution sought the death penalty for Murtaja Qureiris in August 2018 for a series of offences, some …