Gulf Centre for Human Rights promotes the need for local content at the IGF 2017 in Geneva


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) had an active presence at the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which was held in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations…

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UAE: human rights defender Obaid Al-Zaabi released over three years after being found innocent


On 21 December 2017, human rights defender Obaid Al-Zaabi was released from imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), more than three years after a court found him innocent. He spent four years…

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Iraqi Kurdistan: Security forces storm offices of NRT and close them by force


According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), at 6:45 pm on 19 December 2017, more than 200 armed members of Iraqi Kurdistan’s internal security forces stormed various…

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Bahrain: Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja faces reprisals in detention after protesting poor prison conditions


One of Bahrain’s most prominent human rights defenders, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence for his human rights work, has protested unfair prison regulations. We, the undersigned,…

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Kuwait: Human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli chosen as Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Defender for December 2017


(Beirut/Cairo, 07 December 2017) The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, have chosen prominent…

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Saudi Arabia: Prominent human rights defender Sulaiman Al-Rashudi released


On 12 December 2017, prominent human rights defender Sheikh Sulaiman Al-Rashudi, a lawyer and former judge who is President of Civil and Political Rights Association in Saudi Arabia (ACPRA), was released…

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