Gulf Center for Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: Appeals Court upholds 8-year prison sentence against human rights defender Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili


On 14 August 2017, human rights defender Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili, a member of the Civil and Political Rights Association in Saudi Arabia (ACPRA), received news that the Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal…

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Syria: “Rising for Freedom” magazine banned and journalists sentenced to prison, as VDC offices attacked by mob


“Rising for Freedom” (Talaana Aaharih) magazine has been banned in Douma, Syria and two of its journalists sentenced to prison over an article published earlier this year. The offices of the…

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Oman: Writer Mansour Al-Mahrazi awaiting appeal following three-year prison sentence


Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that the trial of the writer and researcher Mansour Bin Nasser Al-Mahrazi is ongoing in connection to two books he wrote in 2014 and…

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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Omar Al-Hamid sentenced to three years in prison


Saudi human rights defender Omar Al-Hamid has been sentenced to three years in prison under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law, following a hearing on 08 August 2017 by the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh.…

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Kuwait: Human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli released


At 8:30pm on 01 August 2017, human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli was released from the Central Prison in Kuwait on bail of 500 Kuwait Dinars (approx. USD$1650) after serving a one-year sentence…

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Syria: Rights groups condemn extrajudicial execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil


The family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in October 2015. The undersigned human…

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