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  • By: Brian Whitaker
    The Gulf's autocratic rulers have joined forces in denouncing Switzerland after it complained about human rights abuses in Bahrain. The row began last Tuesday when Switzerland's representative at the UN Human Rights Council made a brief statement expressing concern about five particular...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia has confirmed the death of at least one transgender Pakistani among 35 who were arrested in Riyadh last week for "imitating the opposite sex". According to rights activists in Pakistan, two of those arrested were placed in sacks and beaten to death in police custody (see ...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    When Donald Trump won the US election last November, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi boasted of being the first international leader to phone and congratulate him. Immediately after his inauguration Trump returned the compliment. On his first working day in the Oval Office, Sisi was...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    In countries where gender discrimination is considered a social and religious necessity, the dividing line between male and female is not to be crossed. Men must behave and dress as men, and women as women – or face punishment.  In Saudi Arabia last week, police raided a gathering of...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    Several hundred Egyptian Christians have fled their homes in North Sinai over the last few days following a series of murders attributed to supporters of the so-called Islamic State. Since the end of January at least seven people have been attacked and killed in the provincial capital,...

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