Gulf Center for Human Rights

New report calls for preventative measures to protect women human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa


Tangible preventative protection mechanisms are needed for women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) , says a new report, “Before It’s Too Late,”…

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Worldwide attack on fundamental civic freedoms laid bare by new online tool that rates civic space and documents rights violations


More than three billion people live in countries where the rights to protest, organize and speak out are currently being violated according to the CIVICUS Monitor, the first-ever online tool to track…

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UAE: Speech Charges Violate Academic’s Rights - Nasser Bin Ghaith Held Incommunicado for 9 Months


Update: UAE: Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith was not allowed to speak during his hearing on 17 October. His next court appearance is 7 November. 2016-10-13 (Beirut) – United Arab Emirates authorities have…

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UPDATE: Oman: Writer Hamood Al-Shukaily sentenced to three years in prison


On 18 October 2016, the Court of First Instance in Muscat, sentenced writer and author Hammood Al-Shukaily to three years in prison in addition to a fine of 1000 OMR (US$2600) on charges of "incitement…

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UPDATE: Kuwait: Human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli’s prison sentence upheld


On 18 October 2016, the Appeal Court in Kuwait confirmed a three-month sentence with labour against human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli. The sentence was originally handed down by the Criminal…

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Oman: Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders


Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said,  We, the undersigned organisations write to you regarding the systematic targeting of journalists, human rights defenders and online activists by the Internal…

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