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Saudi poet Fawaz Al-Ghaslan arrested in widespread campaign

October 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Following the campaign of arrests that began more than three weeks ago against a number of preachers, academics, thinkers, writers, journalists, and intellectuals, Saudi authorities have arrested poet and writer Fawaz Al-Ghaslan from his home in Hail. The “Prisoners of Conscience” account, which monitors Saudi opinion detainees on Twitter, posted that “the arrest of the writer Fawaz Al-Ghaslan on Monday 25 September, 2017 has been confirmed to us.” Saudi Arabia extended its recent arrests campaign to include judiciary, academic and official figures. Amnesty International condemned the arrest of human rights activists and declared that this confirms that the new leadership of Prince Mohammed bin Salman is determined to crush the human rights movement in the kingdom. Read More: Saudi authorities […]

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Iraqi forces liberate 25 villages from Daesh

October 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Iraqi forces recaptured late on Sunday, a military airport and 25 villages in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk from Daesh terrorists, according to an Iraqi military source. The country’s army forces and the Hashd al-Shaabi [a unit of the Iraqi army] have liberated Al-Fateh Airport and 25 villages, Army Lieutenant-General Abdul Amir Yarullah told Anadolu Agency. On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of the second phase of ongoing operations aimed at recapturing Hawija. In a televised statement, al-Abadi had vowed to “liberate every inch of Iraq and crush the Daesh terror gangs once and for all”. Yarullah, who is commanding the operation, said earlier in a statement that the campaign’s second phase was aimed at retaking the […]

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Arab blockade countries in “miserable” legal situation, says rights activist

October 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Qatar’s boycotting Arab countries are in a “miserable” legal situation, the head of the London-based Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR), Mohamed Jamil, has said. Speaking in an interview with Qatar’s Al-Sharq, Jamil praised “the Qatari people’s calmness, patience and wisdom” adding that they have presented an “ideal model” in confronting the blockade. Jamil noted during his current visit to the Qatari capital of Doha, as part of the British House of Lords’ delegation, that the blockade is having a “brutal” impact on the Qatari citizens, as many of them were affected by the unjust measures taken by the embargoed countries. He praised the government for dealing with the boycott. The AOHR head pointed out that several legal advices had […]

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