February 15, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A Jordanian court on Sunday sentenced a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood to 18 months in prison for openly criticizing a decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The court found Zaki Bani Ersheid, number two ranking member of the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, guilty of making ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. ...[read more]
February 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Yemen to reinstate President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Jamal Benomar, the Special Advisor on Yemen, met with leaders of the rebel group known as Al Houthis in Sana'a. Six Arab nations, including Saudia Arabia, Egypt and the UAE have criticized the ...[read more]
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]

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