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US provides legal justification for Syrian airstrikes
September 24, 2014
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, le....... [more]

Saudi Arabia clerics condemn terrorism
September 17, 2014
Saudi Arabia's top clerical council on Wednesday issued a statement calling terrorism a "heinous crime" under Sharia and saying that clerics who issue religious edicts justifying terrorism should be tried in court. It also stated that it supports the kingdom's efforts to find and punish followers of....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to place moratorium on executions
September 10, 2014
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the sp....... [more]

Saudi court sentences 24 for terrorist activity
September 4, 2014
A Saudi Arabian court on Wednesday sentenced 24 individuals to prison for conspiring to attack Saudi Arabia. Of the group, one is an US national and one is Yemeni, and the rest are Saudi. While details of their arrest were not disclosed, the men were charged with creating a terrorist cell and planni....... [more]

Kuwait top court upholds 10-year sentence for Twitter user
July 23, 2014
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ne....... [more]

UN rights chief deeply concerned over arrests of Saudi Arabia activists
July 11, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay on Thursday expressed deep concern over the harsh sentences and detention of peaceful human rights advocates in Saudi Arabia in recent months. In particular, Pillay expressed concern over the sentence imposed upon Saudi human rights activist and lawy....... [more]

Guantanamo prosecutor fights release of classified information to defense
May 4, 2014
Chief Prosecutor Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins of the war crimes court at Guantanamo Bay filed a motion, which was made public on Monday, asking the court to reconsider an order from last month that released classified information to defense attorneys regarding the arrest, detention and interrogation....... [more]

Bahrain court sentences eight protesters to life in prison
April 27, 2014
A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced eight activists to life in prison for killing a policeman and participating in anti-regime protests in August. The eight pro-democracy protesters said that they confessed while being tortured. Harsh sentences for activists have become a trend in Bahrain. Since 20....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court hands down death sentences for 2003 attacks
April 22, 2014
A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three people to death for their roles in attacks on expatriate resident compounds in Riyadh in May 2003, bringing the total death sentences to eight. Another 77 people have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to 35 years by the court, which was c....... [more]

Saudi Arabia detains prominent human rights lawyer
April 17, 2014
Notable human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was was taken into custody in Saudi Arabia Tuesday after a hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. Abu al-Khair, founder and chief of the human rights group Saudi Arabia Monitor of Human Rights, faces charges that include inciting public o....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee requests release on declining health
April 8, 2014
Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, asked a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion for release claims that "Mr. Aamer's mental and physic....... [more]




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