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A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of 64 detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) in November 2012. The mission confirms the findings of the European Parliament earlier this year, which called for the release of all prisoners of conscience, activists and human rights defenders.
The Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain center for human Rights (BCHR) express grave concern about the ruling by the court of appeal which passes a two-year in prison sentence on the President of the BCHR, Director of the GCHR, and Deputy Director for the International Federation for Human Rights, Mr. Nabeel Rajab, for the mere exercise of freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. The Appeal Court ruling represents an explicitly political decision which proves once again that the government of Bahrain continues to use the politically oriented judiciary to create false cases against human rights defenders and activists.
The Alternative Information Center (AIC) will receive the 2012 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic today, Monday 10 December at 18.00. The ceremony will take place at the French Ministry of Justice in Place Vendôme, Paris.Official guests of the AIC at the award ceremony include Hailal Sahom, Palestinian Ambassador to France and Elias Sanbar, the Palestinian Ambassador to UNESCO.
RABAT — Hundreds of people formed a human chain in Rabat on Saturday to denounce all forms of violence against women, an AFP correspondent reported.