Saudi Lobbying in Brussels Gone Awry

Loujain al-Hathloul (Emna Mizouni via Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov On February 14, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for the detention and torture of women human rights defenders. As the kingdom’s PR machine proudly advertises its supposed reforms to empower women, Riyadh… Continue Reading  

Iran Sentences Men Who Supported Women’s Protests to Six Years Prison

Reza Khandan and Farhad Meysami

by Center for Human Rights in Iran Reza Khandan and Farhad Meysami have both been sentenced to six years imprisonment in Iran and banned from leaving the country or engaging in online activities for two years for peacefully protesting the country’s compulsory… Continue Reading  

The UAE Lobby in the European Union Fails to Convince

Amal Abdullah al-Qubaysi

by Eldar Mamedov In a major effort to boost its international image, the United Arab Emirates launched on January 9 an exhibition in the European Parliament (EP) highlighting its relief and humanitarian aid activities around the world. Prior to the… Continue Reading  

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry in the European Parliament

Adel al-Jubeir meets with Federica Mogherini

by Eldar Mamedov Saudi-Iranian rivalry is not limited to the Middle East but also plays out in the ministries and parliaments outside the region. Such was the case this week in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament adopted two human-rights-related resolutions:… Continue Reading  

Rouhani: Delivering Human Rights After the Election

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by the Center for Human Rights in Iran The re-election of President Hassan Rouhani on May 19, 2017 was due in large part to the perception by the Iranian citizenry that his government would do more to improve human rights… Continue Reading