9 December 2019


Oman jails rights activist who wrote letter to Obama

KONFRONTASI-An Omani court jailed a prominent activist for three years on Sunday for a range of offences including undermining the state, a charge a newspaper said was related to an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama about human rights in the country.

Western-allied Oman, which experienced Arab Spring protests in 2011, has tried to clamp down on public dissent, arresting rights activists who criticize authorities on social media.

Bahrain sentences activist to one-year prison term

KONFRONTASI-A Bahrain court has sentenced in absentia prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja to one year imprisonment on charges of assaulting the police, her lawyer says.

The verdict was handed down on Monday in the absence of Khawaja, after she refused to attend the hearing, arguing that it was "impossible to have a fair and independent trial" in the Arab monarchy, Mohammed al-Jishy said.

Khawaja was apprehended at Manama airport on August 30 on charges of hitting two policewomen; however she denied the charges, saying it was the officers who attacked her.