HRW: Exiled Prominent Bahraini Activist’s Family Targeted
Bahraini authorities are apparently targeting the family members of prominent Bahraini activist in retribution for his human rights work, said Human Rights Watch.
Detainee Fadel Sayed Abbas Contacts Family after 87 Days of Last Phone Call
The family of Bahraini detainee Fadel Sayed Abbas said it received a call from him today after 152 of his enforced disappearance, and 87 days after the last phone call with him.
HRW in Joint NGO Letter: Member States Should Call for Improvements in Human Rights Situation in Bahrain
A number of human rights groups urged permanent representatives of member and observer states of UN Human Rights Council to call for improvements in human rights situation in Bahrain at 34th HRC session.
HRW Deems Civilians’ Prosecution in Military Judiciary in Bahrain “Violation of Int’l Fair Trial Standards”
Human Rights Watch criticized Bahraini government’s approach to adopt a law enabling military courts to try civilians, considering it a violation of international fair trial standards.
HRW: Nabeel Rajab Faces Total of 18 Years in Prison
The trial of the prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is scheduled to resume on February 21, 2017, Human Rights Watch said. He faces a total of 18 years in prison based on two sets of speech-related charges that clearly violate his right to free expression. His eight months in pretrial custody appeared to amount to arbitrary detention.
HRW Criticizes Restoring Arrest Power to NSA: Terrorized Families & Tortured Detainees
Bahrain has restored arrest and investigatory powers to an intelligence agency that conducted "terrorizing" house raids and systematically tortured detainees in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today.
HRW: Kuwait Executions Reflect Growing Trend of Death Penalty in Region
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Friday (January 27, 2017), that Kuwait carried out seven executions by hanging on January 25, 2017, the first time the Gulf state carried out the death penalty in four years.
Rights Groups Accuse Saudi Arabia of Crackdown after Two Activists Arrested
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia had arrested two rights activists in the first ten days of this year and accused Riyadh of a crackdown on dissent, Reuters reported.
HRW 2017 World Report: Bahrain, Accelerated Repression Jeopardizes Activists
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its 2017 World Report that “Bahrain stepped up its repression of activists and government critics during 2016”.
HRW: Alawi is Forcibly Disappeared, his Chances of Fair Trial Look Very Low
Human Rights Watch said that the Bahraini authorities held a telecommunications engineer incommunicado for five weeks without access to a lawyer or his family. The authorities failed to provide accurate information on the whereabouts of the engineer, Sayed Alawi, from his arrest on October 24, 2016, until November 27.
HRW Researcher: UK PM Fires Back at Critics of Cosy Ties to Bahrain
The Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch, Nicholas McGeehan, said that UK Prime Minister fired back at critics of cosy ties to Bahrain.
Reuters: Bahraini Rights Lawyer Charged with Insulting State Institutions-HRW
Bahraini authorities have put a prominent human rights lawyer on trial for charges that include insulting state institutions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, in a further crackdown on dissent.
HRW Calls Obama to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Due to Potential War Crimes in Yemen
Human Rights Watch said in a letter addressed to Barack Obama on Tuesday (November 29, 2016) that “The United States should immediately halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following numerous unlawful coalition attacks in Yemen.”
HRW Criticizes Britain for Not Calling on Bahrain to Drop Charges against Ebrahim Sharif
Human Rights Watch strongly criticized the British government for not publicly calling for charges raised against prominent opposition figure Ebrahim Sharif to be dropped.
Bahraini King Receives UK Crown Prince: Our Relations are Built on Mutual Interests
The King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa described his country’s relations with Britain, as “deep-rooted and solid” and built “on mutual interests” during his meeting with UK Prince Charles in Bahrain.
Saudi Arabia Assigns Bahraini who was Judge in National Safety Courts to Investigate Funeral Hall Massacre in Yemen!
The British Independent newspaper said that “Saudi Arabia has appointed a Bahraini national accused of overseeing torture and unfairly sentencing Arab Spring protesters to lengthy jail terms to investigate human rights violations caused by coalition bombing in Yemen.”
Sentence Over, Saudi Activist Still in Prison
A Saudi Arabian activist remains in prison despite completing his eight-year sentence for protesting the war in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
AFP: HRW Slams Gulf Crackdown on Dissent, Urges Reforms
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday slammed a "well-funded" clampdown on Gulf Arab rights activists and urged the six monarchies to implement "much-needed reforms" instead of jailing peaceful critics.
HRW Launches Interactive Website that Presents Profiles of 140 Prominent Gulf Dissidents, Condemns Crack-down Campaign
Human Rights Watch condemned crack down on the dissidents in the Gulf States, particularly through surveilling their activism on the Internet and called on the government of these states to resort to making reforms instead of imprisoning the peaceful dissidents.
Iraqi Lawmaker, Rights Group Urge Inquiry into Mosque Attack
An Iraqi lawmaker has called on her government to investigate a suspected air strike at a Shi'ite mosque during fighting in nearby Kirkuk last week, saying U.S.-led forces could have been involved - a suggestion dismissed by the coalition.