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Despite human rights violations, US-Bahrain security cooperation continues

Despite human rights violations, US-Bahrain security cooperation continues

Over the last few months the Bahraini government has stepped up its domestic repression by imprisoning and exiling human rights defenders, shutting down the largest political opposition society, and arresting and imprisoning dozens of Bahrainis who exercise their right to free expression and freedom of assembly. Following the citizenship revocation […]

British-Saudi woman allegedly trapped by father in Jeddah

British-Saudi woman allegedly trapped by father in Jeddah

A British judge ruled last Wednesday that dual British-Saudi citizen, Amina Al-Jeffery, must be allowed to return to the UK from Saudi Arabia.  The decision comes after 21-year-old Amina Al-Jeffery claimed that she is being kept in a cage by her father, Mohammed Al-Jeffery Ms. Al-Jeffery  was born and raised in […]

Saudi Arabia Still Imprisons Raif Badawi

Saudi Arabia Still Imprisons Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, creator of the “Free Saudi Liberals” website, and advocate for freedom of expression, continues to languish in the kingdom’s Dhahban Central Prison. Saudi authorities arrested Badawi in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought him to court on numerous additional […]

Bahrain Continues to Target Free Speech by Arresting Poet

Bahrain Continues to Target Free Speech by Arresting Poet

On 23 July 2016, Bahraini authorities arrested Khalil al-Ismael as he was leaving the village of Diraz, where many Bahrainis are protesting the government’s revocation of Sheikh Isa Qassim’s Bahraini citizenship. Bahraini authorities charged Ismael with attending an “illegal demonstration” and reading a “political poem” out loud. Al-Ismael’s lawyer Mohammed […]

UAE Cybersecurity Law Threatens Freedom of Expression

UAE Cybersecurity Law Threatens Freedom of Expression

On 21 July 2016, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued new legislation further intensifying existing cybercrime laws enacted under Federal Law No. 5 of 2012. The amendment, Federal Law No. 12 of 2016, punishes Internet users who use counterfeited IP addresses with the […]