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Bahrain Sentences 57 Jau Prisoners to Additional Jail Terms

Bahrain Sentences 57 Jau Prisoners to Additional Jail Terms

On Monday, 25 January 2016, Bahrain’s public prosecutor announced that a court had sentenced 57 men to additional 15-year jail terms for their alleged involvement in the Jau Prison riots last March. The prosecutor accused the men of having “unleashed acts of chaos, riots and rebellion inside (prison) buildings,” and […]

European Parliament adopts resolution on EU priorities at 2016 UNHRC sessions

European Parliament adopts resolution on EU priorities at 2016 UNHRC sessions

On Thursday, 21 January 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the priorities of the European Union (EU) at the 2016 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Sessions. The EU resolution strongly condemned the continued harassment and detention of human rights defenders and opposition figures by government forces. 2015 […]

Saudi Government to Track Mobile Phone Users via Fingerprinting

Saudi Government to Track Mobile Phone Users via Fingerprinting

The Government of Saudi Arabia successfully passed a law in early September of 2015 that regulates the communication industry. After a failed attempt to regulate the use of mobile phones in 2012, Saudi authorities began the implementation of a new law that requires purchasers of SIM cards to be fingerprinted. […]

Oman Closes Yemeni Border Crossings

Oman Closes Yemeni Border Crossings

According to Yemeni security officials, Oman has closed its border crossings with the country out of fear of attacks by militants associated with the Islamic State. The officials reported that the Omani government had actually instituted this policy earlier this year, but did not provide an exact date. With the […]

UAE Court Formally Charges Salim al-Aradi

UAE Court Formally Charges Salim al-Aradi

On Monday, 18 January 2016, after almost a year and a half of detention, an Emirati court has formally charged Salim al-Aradi with two counts of “providing financial support for, and cooperating with, terrorist groups.” When police first arrested al-Aradi, a dual Canadian-Libyan citizen, they did not provide any reason […]