HRW: After Nabeel Rajab, Time for UAE to Free Ahmed Mansoor

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On June 9, Bahrain finally allowed prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at home with his family. Nabeel had been in jail since 2016 on spurious speech charges. Though released he remains silenced, knowing any remarks about human rights in Bahrain or communication with rights groups could land him back in …

Amnesty: ‘Heartbreaking’ anniversary marks two-year detention of women human rights defenders

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Amnesty International is calling on King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to release several notable women’s rights defenders, two years after they were detained. On 15 May 2018, a number of prominent Saudi women’s human rights activists were arrested. They had been peacefully advocating for years for the right of women in the kingdom …

Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Opposition Activists

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Amid the global threat posed by COVID-19, Bahraini authorities should release human rights defenders, opposition activists, journalists, and all others imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, a coalition of 19 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, said today. On March 17, 2020, Bahrain completed the release of 1,486 …

HRW: Yemen: Saudi Forces Torture, ‘Disappear’ Yemenis

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Saudi military forces and Saudi-backed Yemeni forces have carried out serious abuses against Yemenis since June 2019 in al-Mahrah, Yemen’s far eastern governorate, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuses include arbitrary arrests, torture, enforced disappearances, and illegal transfer of detainees to Saudi Arabia. Saudi and Saudi-backed forces have arbitrarily arrested demonstrators protesting the presence of Saudi forces, …

HRW: Bahrain’s Prison Release Positive but Insufficient

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On March 17, the Bahraini Interior Ministry announced it had released 1,486 detainees for “humanitarian reasons, in the backdrop of current circumstances,” a likely reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 900 of them were granted royal pardons, while 585 were given non-custodial sentences under Bahrain’s law on alternative sentencing. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights estimates that among them, …