AUSTRALIA MUST RAISE HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS AT G20

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has the opportunity to lead on human rights concerns by raising them with leaders at the G20 Summit under Saudi Arabia’s presidency, which will be held virtually. Amnesty and the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have also written to the Saudi ambassador to Australia, Messaad Ibraham al-Sulaim, …

HRW: Saudi Arabia: New Mass Corruption Arrests

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Saudi Arabia’s new mass arrest of 298 government employees on suspicion of corruption raises human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities should immediately reveal the legal and evidentiary basis for each person’s detention and make certain that each person detained can exercise their due process rights. Saudi Arabia’s previous corruption crackdown, in November 2017, …

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 …

Three human rights organizations welcome the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on death sentences in Bahrain

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Three Bahraini human rights organizations welcomed the statement issued on 14 July 2020 by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on arbitrary death sentences against torture victims Muhammad Ramadan and Hussein Moosa. In February 12 2020, the independent experts called on the government of Bahrain to remember its obligations to prevent all forms of torture …

GIDHR: The Bahraini Foreign Ministry is a partner in trying to polish authorities’ image

19 July 2020 – Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in a statement released yesterday that the political death penalty in Bahrain is in line with international law and human rights principles. It further claimed that the prosecution of political detainees Muhammad Ramadan and Hussein Musa has met all requirements of fair trial. Gulf Institute …

GIDHR marks Nelson Mandela Day and urge Gulf authorities to release and honor their prisoners of conscience

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The world celebrates on July 18 of every year the international day of the prominent African leader Nelson Mandela, who has spent his life in serving humanity, fighting for humanitarian issues and democracy and promoting a global culture of peace. On this occasion, the United Nations persistently calls on individuals around the world to reflect …

GIDHR: Upholding death sentences against two torture victims infringes the International Criminal Law

July 13, 2020 – Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld today death sentences against prisoners of conscience and torture victims, Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa. Hence, the detainees have exhausted all degrees of litigation. The court’s verdicts against Ramadan and Moosa relied on the latter’s confessions, which were extracted under severe torture. Besides, the court ignored …