Gulf Center for Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Ali Ahmed Shaaban arrested


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


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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Iraq: Hanaa Edwar selected as Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression for May 2017


(Cairo, Beirut - 16 May 2017) The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, have selected prominent…

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Oman: Authorities continue targeting freedom of expression


The Minister of Information in Oman has issued another directive that extends the closure of “Azamn” newspaper, as freedom of expression continues to suffer in Oman. In addition, writer and…

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UAE: Emirati academic Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith held in incommunicado detention after transfer to maximum-security prison


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is deeply concerned about the fate and condition of Emirati academic, economist and human rights defender Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith who has not had any contact with…

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Take Action Now : URGENT ACTION: UAE: Authorities must release human rights defender Osama-Al-Najjar who remains in arbitrary detention despite serving his sentence


Human rights defender and on-line activist Osama Al-Najjar remains in prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), even though he was scheduled for release on 17 March 2017 after serving his full three-year…

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