Democracy Activist’s Hunger Strike Exposes UAE Tolerance Charade

by Joe Stork Ahmed Mansoor, the United Arab Emirates’s most prominent human rights activist, has been on a hunger strike for the last three weeks to protest abysmal prison conditions and the flagrantly unjust trial that put him there. He… Continue Reading  

New Year Not Likely Happy for Leading Gulf Rights Defenders

by Joe Stork  It’s been a grim 2018 for partisans of free expression in the Gulf. The gruesome murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi by henchmen of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman rightly commanded headlines. More bad news looms,… Continue Reading  

Arab Gulf States: Assault on Online Activists

by Human Rights Watch Gulf governments have sustained their campaigns to silence peaceful critics during the first half of 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, updating an interactive website, created in November 2016, featuring targeted human rights activists. On July 10,… Continue Reading