HRW: Saudi-US Doctor Sentenced on Vague Charges

A Saudi court sentenced a prominent Saudi-American medical doctor to six years in prison on December 8, 2020 on vague charges mostly tied to his peaceful political views and expression, Human Rights Watch and The Freedom Initiative said today. Saudi authorities have banned Dr. Walid Fitaihi, 56, from travel since November 2017, along with seven members of …

Bahrain: The employment of the Covid-19 pandemic for religious persecution

Three human rights organizations, Salam for Democracy and Human Rights (Salam DHR), Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR), and Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, published a report titled: “Bahrain: The employment of the Covid-19 pandemic for religious persecution” Introduction: Since 2011, the Bahraini government has persisted in its transformation of the occasion of …

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 …