UAE upholds Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor’s 10-year prison sentence

31 December 2018 – Today, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Federal Supreme Court upheld prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor’s 10-year prison sentence. As a result of the rejection of Mansoor’s appeal, he will serve out his prison sentence in the Emirates’ Al-Wathba prison, where he has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest[…]

Nabeel Rajab Faces 5 Years in Prison as Bahrain’s Court of Cassation Rejects his Final Appeal

31 December 2018 – Today, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation, its court of last resort, denied prominent Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s appeal and upheld his five-year prison sentence for tweets and re-tweets critical of the Bahraini government and its policies. With the decision, Nabeel has exhausted all legal remedies to reverse the charges, and[…]

A Repressive Holiday Tradition in the Arab Gulf

28 December 2018 – This post was updated to reflect new information regarding the appeal trial of United Arab Emirates (UAE) human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, which was postponed to New Year’s Eve. 20 December 2018 – Over the last several years, states in the Arab Gulf, especially Bahrain, have looked to Western holidays as[…]

Profiles in Persecution: AbdulHadi Saleh AlMeshaimea

AbdulHadi Saleh AlMeshaimea is a 54-year-old Bahraini and the father of Ali AlMeshaimea, who was shot and killed by riot police in 2011. AbdulHadi was one of ten individuals arrested on 12 October 2018 prior to a march in protest of the upcoming Parliamentary elections. Among the others arrested was Sayed Saeed Isa, the father[…]

Special Procedures Sent Joint Communication to Saudi Arabia on Jamal Khashoggi

Throughout October 2018, United Nations (UN) Special Procedures sent three separate joint communications to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressing concerns over a myriad of human rights violations, ranging from the targeting of human rights defenders to extrajudicial executions for protest-related offenses committed by minors to arbitrary arrests and detentions. This blog series highlights these[…]