UK: GCHR takes UK government to court to defend international human rights standards.


GCHR says UK government should hold firm on its commitment to comply with International Law. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) has been granted leave to appeal so that it can challenge an apparent…

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Oman: Many books confiscated during 23rd Muscat International Book Fair


Authorities in Oman confiscated a large number of books during the Muscat International Book Fair held from 21 February 2018 to 03 March 2018. The authorities gave no reason for confiscating these books…

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Yemen: Journalist Awad Kashmeem arbitrarily detained by elite security forces in Hadhramawt


In a very alarming attack against freedom of expression in Yemen, prominent independent journalist Awad Kashmeem was detained on 21 February 2018 by the Yemeni Army's elite security forces. The order…

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Saudi Arabia: UN HRC member blatantly violates human rights on a daily basis


The United Nations Human Rights Council consists of 47 Member States elected by a majority of the members of the UN General Assembly by direct and secret ballot. The Council is the highest international…

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UAE: Lawyers attempt to reach human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who is held incommunicado


Geneva - On 26 February 2018, lawyers from Ireland approached the Ministry of the Interior in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to try to gain access to distinguished human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor,…

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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five more years in prison for tweeting in unfair trial proceedings, according to trial observation mission


Prominent Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in prison on 21 February 2018, during a verdict that an observer called unusual, as the lawyer was not allowed…

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