December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A court in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia's eastern province, has ordered that the criminal cases against Loujain Hathloul and Maysaa Alamoudi, two women's rights activists, be transferred to a special tribunal for terrorism in Riyadh. The women were arrested in December while attempting to drive into ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) issued a report on Tuesday discussing the "unprecedented clampdown on dissent" in the United Arab Emirates since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms. This report details some of the tactics widely used by ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Jenna Decker
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) endorsed a new law to better combat evolving terrorist threats, state media reported Wednesday. The law, a revision of the country's nearly 10-year-old counter-terrorism law, would introduce new security measures to counter such crimes as attacks on ...[read more]
April 15, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Egypt's Primary Alexandria Court on Tuesday declared the nation's Supreme Election Commission is forbidden from accepting a nomination from members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 26-27 and the parliamentary elections to follow. The ruling came ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter posts, which were deemed to be insulting to Islam or in opposition to state security. Musaab Shamsah, a Kuwait citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the Prophet ...[read more]
August 28, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A coalition of international human rights groups on Tuesday criticized the trial and sentencing of more than 60 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Last month the Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced a group of 69 people to prison for associating with the Reform and Social Guidance ...[read more]
July 16, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 16, 2011, a group of human rights groups, including the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), urged United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to cease the trial of five pro-democracy activists charged with publicly insulting UAE leaders. In ...[read more]
July 2, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) court on Tuesday gave sentences of up to 15 years in prison to 69 out of 94 people on trial for planning an Islamist coup. The group of defendants includes unnamed doctors, academics, lawyers and other professionals arrested over the past year for allegedly forming a ...[read more]
April 15, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged US President Barack Obama to press United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to act upon the worsening human rights situation in the UAE. Al Nahyan will visit Obama in the US on Tuesday. HRW's concerns are in response to UAE ...[read more]

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