Update: UAE: Academic Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla released but Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith remains in prison


While the Gulf Centre for Human RIghts (GCHR) welcomes the release of academic and activist Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla from detention in the United Arab Emirates on 26 January 2017, it calls on the government…

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Saudi Arabia: Writer Nadhir Al-Majid sentenced to seven years in prison


Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that a seven-year prison sentence was issued last week against Saudi writer Nadhir Al-Majid, who was transferred to prison immediately…

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UAE: Human rights defenders face arrest and judicial harassment


Human rights defenders in the UAE continue to be targeted due to the exercise of their right to freedom of expression, including on-line, and for their peaceful promotion of human rights. On 16 January…

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BAHRAIN: Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab re-arrested on other charges despite court order to temporarily release him


Update: Nabeel Rajab appeared in court briefly on 23 January 2017 for a hearing in his case related to comments and tweets about Jaw prison and Yemen. He remains in jail pending the next hearing on 21…

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Oman: Courts revoke prison sentences of online activist Hassan Al-Basham and writer Hammood Al-Shukaily


Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirm that the High Court in Oman has revoked the three-year prison sentence against online activist Hassan Al-Basham. Also this week, the…

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Bahrain: Freedom of the Press faces serious threat


Freedom of the press and freedom of expression are under serious threat in Bahrain. Human rights defenders, journalists and online bloggers are targeted for legitimately reporting on issues and expressing…

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