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Saudi Women Are Separated in Councils

Saudi Women Are Separated in Councils

Although Saudi women were permitted to vote and run for political positions in December 2015, the government has required the 17 women who gained elected seats in municipal councils (out of 978 candidates) to sit in separate rooms and only communicate electronically with their male counterparts. This move upset women […]

Politicians Face Increased Pressure to End Military Deals with Saudi Arabia

Politicians Face Increased Pressure to End Military Deals with Saudi Arabia

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently faced increased pressure to put a stop to the sale of LAVs (Light Armored Vehicles) to the Saudi National Guard. Thus heightened pressure comes partly as a result of a recent poll conducted by The Globe and Mail. The poll’s results reveal that the […]

Three-year prison terms for burning tires

Three-year prison terms for burning tires

Bahrain’s First High Criminal Court sentenced eight suspects to three years in prison over charges of starting a fire and holding an assembly in Salmabad. The Public Prosecution said the suspects started a fire for terrorist purposes on December 27, 2014, putting people’s lives and properties in danger. The prosecution […]

Arrests for Free Expression in the UAE and Oman

Arrests for Free Expression in the UAE and Oman

A UAE court has once again postponed the trial of Omani blogger Muawiya al-Rawahi on Sunday. A writer and human rights defender, al-Rawahi has been accused of insulting the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed. UAE authorities originally arrested al-Rawahi at the border with Oman almost a year […]

European Parliament Resolution on Yemen Conflict

European Parliament Resolution on Yemen Conflict

The European Parliament submitted a motion for a resolution concerning the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In the resolution, the European Parliament cited areas which require immediate humanitarian assistance, urging all parties of the conflict to permit humanitarian relief workers unfettered access to the civilian population. Additionally, the European officials […]