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Iran: Life of human rights defender Atena Daemi at risk after 50 days on hunger strike

2017-05-29

Authorities must allow access to proper medical care for jailed woman human rights defender Atena Daemi, who has been on hunger strike in Evin prison in Iran for over 50 days. She began the hunger strike…

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Qatar: Human rights defender Mohammed Al-Otaibi forcibly deported to Saudi Arabia

2017-05-28

Qatari authorities forcibly deported Saudi human rights defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi to Saudi Arabia while he and his wife were on their way to Norway. At dawn, on 28 May 2017, Al-Otaibi has been…

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Oman: Writer Mansour Al-Mahrazi sentenced to three years in prison

2017-05-24

The Court of First Instance in Muscat, Oman has sentenced writer and researcher Mansour Bin Nasser Al-Mahrazi to three years in prison for two books he wrote in 2014 and 2016. On 23 May 2017, the Court…

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Bahrain: One human rights defender among five killed during violent crackdown on peaceful sit-in in Duraz

2017-05-24

At least five people were killed, hundreds of protesters were injured and at least 286 were arrested in the village of Duraz in Bahrain on 23 May 2017, following a violent crackdown and police raids on…

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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Ali Ahmed Shaaban arrested

2017-05-18

According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights defender and blogger Ali Ahmed Shaaban has been arrested in Saudi Arabia as part of the ongoing attacks on human…

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Iraq: Parliament postpones vote on draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration after popular protests

2017-05-17

On 13 May 2017, the relevant parliamentary committees decided to postpone the vote on Iraq’s draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration for an indefinite period, following widespread…

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