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Risk Watch  18/06/12

Bahrain Appeals Court convicts medics for role in uprising

Bahrain’s Appeals Court has convicted nine medics for their alleged role in the local unrest. All the medics are Shiite....
Risk Watch  17/06/11

US adds Bahrain to list of human right abusers, as Formula 1 cancelled

The US has severely criticized Bahrain’s human rights record adding it to the list of countries of human rights abusers....
 
Risk Watch  17/06/11

Protests continue in Syria as thousands of refugees flee to Turkey

Continuing and escalating mass protests in Syria have led to thousands of refugees leaving to Turkey....

UAE announces new labour laws

The UAE announced new labour laws that aims to give the expatriate population greater rights....
 
Qatar  16/11/10

Qatar and UAE to scrap controversial sponsorship system

Qatar and the UAE separately announced that they are considering scrapping the Kafeel or sponsorship system for foreign workers....
Risk Watch  01/10/10

Kuwait to end sponsorship system for foreign workers

Kuwait’s announcement that it is abolishing the kafeel system is a welcome move as it makes the country more competitive compared to other GCC states....
 
Risk Watch  20/09/10

Protests in Bahrain as Shiites continue demonstrations against regime

Tensions continue to rise in Bahrain as local Shiites continue their demonstration against the government’s detention of leading Shiite activists in the run-up to the parliamentary elections....
Risk Watch  02/08/10

Saudi Arabia moves to reform judiciary

The Saudi determination to reform and modernize the judicial system through the codification of Sharia law is a very positive step in reforming the country....
 
Risk Watch  16/07/10

Kuwait allows women to sponsor husbands

Kuwait’s decision to allow Kuwaiti women to sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands marks a very important step in giving greater rights to Kuwaiti women....
Risk Watch  01/07/10

Drama in Kuwaiti parliament

Fierce debate in the Kuwaiti parliament is likely to spill into major crises after the summer recess....
 
Risk Watch  06/04/10

Fico: Boarding schools for Roma children

The fact that few Slovaks (beyond Amnesty International) condemned Fico’s statement proves that anti-Roma sentiments are broadly accepted, both in Slovakia and the region....
Risk Watch  18/03/10

“Legislators” demand setting of an election date as tensions rise in the UAE

Members of the UAE legislature, the Federal National Council, are increasingly becoming vocal that no election date has been set....
 
Risk Watch  18/01/10

Saudi Arabia moves to limit death penalty

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council vote to make it more difficult to pass the death penalty indicates that the government is moving ahead with reforming plans, despite reservations by traditionalists....
Risk Watch  15/09/09

Migrant workers in Dubai protest against underpayments

Protests by construction workers in Dubai employed by major contractor Al Habtoor Leighton is an unusual show of protest about underlying the troubles facing major Dubai construction companies....
 
Risk Watch  15/04/09

Qatar: Questions over Freedom of the Press

Recent tensions between the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and its political sponsor, the wife of the Emir of Qatar, has raised questions about the freedom of press in Qatar....
 

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