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UAE Convicts Omani National for Alleged Social Media Insults

UAE Convicts Omani National for Alleged Social Media Insults

An Emirati court has sentenced Saleh al-Owaissi, a 29-year-old Omani man, to three years in prison and a fine of Dh50,000, for allegedly “disseminating information with a view to ridicule and damage the reputation of the state symbols” on WhatsApp. The authorities also claim that al-Owaissi “ridiculed Emirati martyrs in […]

Oman Increases its Restriction on Freedom of Expression

Oman Increases its Restriction on Freedom of Expression

Oman jailed two social media users this month for posts they made on Facebook and Twitter. First, an Omani court sentenced Hassan al-Basham, a former diplomat, to three months in prison on charges of “insulting God and the country’s leader,” Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said. The charges are related to […]

ADHRB and other NGOs petition for release of Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami

ADHRB and other NGOs petition for release of Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Freedom Now, Amnesty International, English PEN, PEN International, and Split this Rock held demonstrations on Thursday, 25 February, in London and Washington to call for the release of Mohammed al-Ajami, a Qatari poet who has been imprisoned since 2011. Qatari authorities […]

Saudi Credit Ratings Lowered due to Poor Economic Prospects

Saudi Credit Ratings Lowered due to Poor Economic Prospects

As Saudi Arabia continues to deal with the effects of declining oil prices, Standard and Poor’s lowered the country’s credit rating last week for the second time in several months, placing it at A-. Standard and Poor’s made this decision because it believes the decline in oil prices will have […]

Saudi Arabia Executes Three for Alleged Drug Smuggling

Saudi Arabia Executes Three for Alleged Drug Smuggling

Saudi Arabia has some of the harshest penalties for drug use in the world, and drug trafficking is punishable by death. Last week, the authorities beheaded one Saudi and two Yemenis for allegedly smuggling hashish and amphetamines into the country. In addition to drug crime, the kingdom’s legal code warrants […]