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Trial of Nabeel Rajab Postponed Yet Again in Bahrain

Trial of Nabeel Rajab Postponed Yet Again in Bahrain

  After 455 days of arbitrary detention, the Bahraini government has again postponed the trial of leading human rights defender and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) Nabeel Rajab. Arrested on 13 June 2016, Rajab was sentenced to two years in prison in a separate case in […]

Saudi Arabia finalizes the destruction of al-Mosawara despite the UN’s denunciation

Saudi Arabia finalizes the destruction of al-Mosawara despite the UN’s denunciation

On 16 August, the last residential building in al-Mosawara was demolished by the Saudi authorities, after a process of flattening and relocation that started in mid-May, and which led to conflict between residents and security forces. The al-Mosawara neighborhood was a historic quarter in the Shia-majority town of al-Awamiyah, with […]

Bahrain: Reports of Continued Migrants’ Rights Abuses in August

Bahrain: Reports of Continued Migrants’ Rights Abuses in August

In early August, more than 50 construction workers gathered to protest unpaid wages in Bahrain. The group claimed that almost 200 employees had not been paid since last November. According to local media reports, one protesting employee stated that the company had falsely informed the government that the dues had […]

Qatar Approves Permanent Residency Law that Could Expand Expatriate Rights

Qatar Approves Permanent Residency Law that Could Expand Expatriate Rights

With the approval of a new permanent residency law, Qatar may be set to become the first Arab Gulf country to significantly reform the legal status of its expatriate population. The new legislation will reportedly allow foreign workers to obtain a permanent residency card which comes with several benefits. Cardholders […]

New Flexi Permit Could Provide Alternative to Kefala System in Bahrain

New Flexi Permit Could Provide Alternative to Kefala System in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has introduced a new regulation program that aims to give expatriates illegally residing and working in the country a way to obtain legal documentation to stay. This new regulation program, called the Flexi Permit, will be a significant deviation from the current kefala system […]