- TRIAL OBSERVATION REPORT Concerning the prosecution of journalists from “Azamn” newspaper in Oman
- LET THEM SPEAK - Media and freedom of expression targeted in Yemen
- BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE: A Preliminary Inquiry: Tangible Protection Mechanisms for Women Human Rights Defenders in the MENA Region and Beyond
- Risking Their Lives: Ongoing Attacks Against Journalists in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Yemen
- Liberty at Risk: Reprisals Against Human Rights Defenders in the Gulf Region and Neighbouring Countries
News from International Organizations
- Rights Groups Call for Bahrain Government to Take Action on Recommendations of UN UPR
- Bahrain: Urgent Appeal for the Release of Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab
- NGOs to Sec. Kerry: Send US Ambassador to Nabeel Rajab’s trial
- FIDH: NGOs call for human rights abuses to be addressed in the forthcoming EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting
- Twenty-Six NGOs Call for Immediate and Unconditional Release of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab, Prior to His Trial Tomorrow
Written by HRDs and Journalists
Hear their Voices: Alarming Times for Human Rights Defenders in the Gulf Region & Neighbouring Countries / GCHR 2014 Annual Report
This is the third annual report of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), which was founded in 2011 by human rights defenders from the region. The GCHR documents the human rights environment for human rights defenders working in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), as well as Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Syria, while not typically considered a Gulf country, is included because the GCHR believes it is essential to document the ongoing large-scale human rights atrocities taking place in a country neighbouring the Gulf region and because the conflict there has significant regional implications. This report highlights the work of the GCHR throughout 2014 and the main issues which human rights defenders face as they carry out their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities.
In 2014, the situation for human rights defenders in the Gulf region and its neighbouring countries continued to deteriorate. Human rights defenders are targeted, harassed, arrested, detained, imprisoned and ill-treated as a direct result of their human rights work. Many human rights defenders remain in detention where they are subjected to torture and appalling conditions. Rather than supporting human rights defenders and promoting universal human rights, governments in the region are using new anti-terror laws or cyber-crime laws, as well as increased cooperation among Gulf States, to restrict the work of human rights defenders.
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