Iran: Human rights defender Baquer Namazi and his son Samiak Namazi remain in prison


The Iranian government should immediately release human rights defender and retired humanitarian worker Baquer Namazi, and his son Siamak Namazi, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said today. Baquer…

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Iraq: Gulf Centre for Human Rights mourns death of photojournalist Arkan Sharif


It is with great sadness that the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received news of the murder of photojournalist Arkan Sharif. He was killed in the early hours on 30 October 2017 after a number of…

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Iraqi Kurdistan: NRT correspondent Ribwar Kakaie attacked during live coverage of the Kurdistan Parliament session


During a live television broadcast at about 7:00 pm on 29 October 2017, NRT’s TV crew was attacked by demonstrators with batons who stormed the Parliament building in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan…

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Syria: Two Kurdish journalists killed in car bombing in Abu Fas while covering conflict


Journalist Dilîşan Îbiş was killed instantly and journalist Hogir Mihemed suffered fatal injuries when two Daesh attackers carried out a suicide car bomb targeting civilians on a road in…

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Oman: “Azamn” journalist Yousef Al-Haj released from prison while newspaper remains closed


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) welcomes the news that journalist Yousef Al-Haj, Deputy Editor of “Azamn” newspaper, was released in Oman on 23 October 2017 at the end of his sentence.…

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Bahrain: Ebtisam Al-Saegh released from prison while awaiting trial, and Zainab Al-Khamees banned from travel


On 22 October 2017, Ebtisam Al-Saegh, the monitoring and documentation officer of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, was released from prison pending trial in Bahrain. While welcoming her temporary…

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