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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]

Citing "Terrorism" to Ignore Due Process in Saudi Arabia
February 22, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch discusses Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law...Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law might look like a step forward, if only because it's written down. Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries with no written criminal penal code, and the penal regula....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee pleads guilty to 2002 Yemen attack
February 21, 2014
Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi on Thursday pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential sentence of life imprisonment. However, the plea....... [more]

Military trial delayed so Guantanamo prisoner may fire his attorney
February 17, 2014
Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. T....... [more]

AI: new Saudi Arabia antiterrorism law will worsen human rights violations
February 4, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday criticized a recently enacted Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law that it claims will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations. "This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears," said Said Boumedouha, AI's Middle East and North Africa Program Deputy....... [more]




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