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GCC States Follow Saudi Arabia and Sever Diplomatic Ties with Iran

GCC States Follow Saudi Arabia and Sever Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Since Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of 47 people on 2 January 2016, several states have followed Saudi Arabia’s lead and severed diplomatic ties with Iran. Among the first states to recall their ambassadors from Tehran were Bahrain, Sudan, and the UAE. Kuwait recently became the fourth GCC member state to […]

Saudi Arabia and its Allies Support Mass Executions Despite Protests

Saudi Arabia and its Allies Support Mass Executions Despite Protests

Saudi protestors have reportedly called for the removal of the royal family following the government’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 other individuals convicted of terror crimes. Residents of the country’s marginalized Eastern Province publicly demonstrated against the monarchy, criticizing the mass execution and expressing […]

Prisoner Profile: Obaid al-Zaabi

Prisoner Profile: Obaid al-Zaabi

Obaid al-Zaabi is a human rights defender from the UAE. On 2 July 2013, UAE security forces arrested al-Zaabi for tweeting critically about the trial of the 94, which included his brother. Authorities released him on bail on 4 August 2013. Later that year, on 11 December 2013, CNN interviewed […]