Gulf Center for Human Rights

Yemen: Rights activist and blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy released after five months held incommunicado


On 15 January 2018, rights activist and blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy has been released after five months of incommunicado detention. Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, spokesperson for the Houthi forces said “Hisham…

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Oman: New penal code targets activists and public freedoms


On 11 January 2018, Royal Decree No. 7/2018 signed by Sultan Qaboos bin Said, containing the provisions of the new Penal Code, was published in the Official Gazette on 14 January 2018 to come into effect…

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Yemeni Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Has Been Missing for 150 Days


This post was written by Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes freedom of expression, association and…

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Kuwait: Imprisoned human rights defender Sulaiman Bin Jassim on hunger strike


According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights defender Sulaiman Bin Jassim is on hunger strike in the Central Prison in Kuwait where he is being imprisoned. On…

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Kuwait: Government plans law to regulate publishing on Twitter


According to reports published in local newspapers early in January 2018, the government of Kuwait has begun drafting a new law governing publishing on social networking sites, including Twitter, which…

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Iran: Despite promises from authorities, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains in prison


The holidays have passed, and British-Iranian media worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains in Evin prison in Iran, after hopes for an early release were dashed. After the largest street protests…

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