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  • Child Rights in Gulf Needs Improvement 11 Oct 2014

    Child Rights in Gulf Needs Improvement

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights expresses deep concern about the state of children’s rights in the Gulf region. Several videos that have emerged from Saudi Arabia in the recent past indicate a dire lack of respect for children and their rights. A first one, released last month, showed a small baby placed inside a cooking pot with vegetables and placed on the cooker. A second video, also released in September, shows a Saudi father burning his son with a hot iron bar for refusing to eat....read more

  • Syria Must Declare and Destroy All Chemical Weapons 11 Oct 2014

    Syria Must Declare and Destroy All Chemical Weapons

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights expresses deep concern about Syria’s revelation of four more chemical weapon facilities. Sigrid Kaag, the special envoy overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles, told diplomats during closed consultations that three of the facilities are for research and development and one is for production, and that no new chemical agents have been associated with the four sites. However, this renews the fear that the government may not be revealing all the details about its chemical weapon program. As the IGO’s report about...read more

  • Ethiopia: IGO Condemns Long Jail Sentences of Three Magazine Owners 09 Oct 2014

    Ethiopia: IGO Condemns Long Jail Sentences of Three Magazine Owners

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights denounces the long jail sentences handed to three magazine owners in absentia. Ethiopia’s Supreme Court recently handed jail sentences of more than three years to Endalkachew Tesfaye, Gizaw Taye, and Fatuma Nuriya publishers of Addis Guday, Lomi and Fact respectively. The trio fled the country before their sentences were announced by the court. They were being charged and prosecuted for “inciting violent revolts, printing and distributing unfounded rumors and conspiring to unlawfully abolish the constitutional system of the country.” Local sources...read more

  • Human Trafficking in the GCC 08 Oct 2014

    Human Trafficking in the GCC

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights welcomes the progress that has been made by some GCC countries in the last year regarding human trafficking in the region. Human trafficking is a key issue facing the Gulf and IGO particularly focuses on it, as it is a grave violation of human rights. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has particularly been at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking. It was among the first countries to call for a global effort to combat human trafficking. In 2013, the...read more

  • Syria: Stop Targeting Religious Minorities 08 Oct 2014

    Syria: Stop Targeting Religious Minorities

    The International Gulf Organization for Human Rights strongly condemns the kidnapping of a Roman Catholic priest and 20 of his parishioners by jihadist rebels. According to official reports, Father Hanna Jallouf, parish priest at Qunyeh, Syria was taken by some brigades linked to the Nusra Front. This is not the first time that Christians have been attacked in the Syrian war. Al-Nusra was behind the abduction of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns and their attendants who were later freed as part of a prisoner exchange. A month later,...read more

  • Morocco Investigate Death of Saharawi Human Rights Activists 02 Oct 2014

    Morocco Investigate Death of Saharawi Human Rights Activists

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights calls on the Moroccan authorities to promptly investigate the death of Saharawi political prisoner and human rights activist, Hasena Elwali Aleya. Hasena recently died in a Moroccan military hospital after allegedly having suffered from critical health conditions in his prison cell. Hasena Elwali who was a human rights activist and a member of the Sahrawi Association against Torture, was serving a three-year imprisonment for his participation in the historical events in the occupied city of Dakhla 2011. The Moroccan government has...read more

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