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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 […]

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 […]

Second Annual Report Shows Ombudsman Remains Subservient & Unaccountable

Second Annual Report Shows Ombudsman Remains Subservient & Unaccountable

Once again, the Bahrain Office of the Ombudsman has released its Second Annual Report on the progress of their complaint program and the state of prisoner and detainee treatment. Like the first report, the statistics on the number of complaints, deaths, and investigations are inconsistent with independently documented numbers, and […]

Child Prisoners in Bahrain

Child Prisoners in Bahrain

On 17 February 2015, seventeen year-old American-Bahraini Abdullah Jaffar was sentenced to two years in prison. Charged with participating in illegal gatherings, possessing Molotov cocktails, and attacking a policeman, his conviction was based exclusively on a false confession he provided after enduring sustained physical abuse at the hands of security […]