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Oman: Where Criticizing the Government Can Warrant a Seven Year Sentence

Oman: Where Criticizing the Government Can Warrant a Seven Year Sentence

Throughout Oman, freedom of speech is nonexistent as the government routinely detains activists, academics, and other critical figures for publicizing any dissent of the government. Free expression is heavily constrained and even criminalized under the law – in 2018, Oman updated its Penal Code, ultimately further increasing restrictions and allowing […]

Congress Renews Efforts to Remove US Armed Forces from Yemen and End Bloody Conflict

Congress Renews Efforts to Remove US Armed Forces from Yemen and End Bloody Conflict

On Wednesday, 30 January 2019, the United States (US) House of Representatives, led by Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif), re-introduced a War Powers Resolution (H.J.Res. 37), regarding US involvement in the conflict in Yemen. Representative Khanna stated how he had been working in conjunction with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Chairman […]

Saudi Teen Flees Kingdom’s Restrictions on Women’s Rights

Saudi Teen Flees Kingdom’s Restrictions on Women’s Rights

On 12 January 2019, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tweeted that Saudi Arabian teen, Rahaf Mohammed, had arrived safely in Canada. Everyone who had been closely following the story of Rahaf’s escape from Saudi Arabia could finally breathe a sigh of relief. Since 5 January 2019, when Rahaf Mohammed […]

The Extradition of Hakeem AlAraibi to Bahrain is One Step Closer to Reality

The Extradition of Hakeem AlAraibi to Bahrain is One Step Closer to Reality

As of 29 January 2019, the Government of Bahrain officially submitted documents to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, formally requesting for the extradition of Hakeem AlAraibi to Bahrain. After over 60 days of detention in Thailand, Hakeem AlAraibi is one step closer to being forcibly sent to Bahrain, where he […]

Kuwait’s Bidoon Population at Increased Risk of Human Rights Abuses

Kuwait’s Bidoon Population at Increased Risk of Human Rights Abuses

Bidoon – meaning ‘without’ in Arabic – is used to categorize a portion of Kuwait’s population who are ‘without’ nationality. Kuwait’s bidoon are largely made up of nomadic Arab tribes that were residing in Kuwait around the time the country gained independence in 1961 and were unable to register for […]