Month: June 2015

UAE Five: The Brave Fighters for Freedom of Expression

In 2011, the pro-democracy Arab Spring was at its peak. Emirati activists joined the civil uprising and called for democratic and economic reforms. Despite the threat from their government, five brave activists initiated an online petition calling for the UAE President to introduce direct elections and invest parliament with legislative powers. In total, 133 UAE citizens signed the petition. In response, the five main activists were arrested by…

Kuwait Hands Three-Year Jail Term to Female Kuwaiti Activist for Criticising Emir

Rana Jasem Al-Sadoun, a prominent Kuwaiti activist, has been given a three-year sentence for publicly criticizing the oil-rich country’s Emir. Based in Lebanon, she was convicted in absentia. She is the latest activist in a string of convictions against those accused of insulting the country’s leader. While the small country on the Persian Gulf is seen as more moderate than…