The ex-Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal this weekend revealed that secret relations between Israel and a number of Gulf states date back as far as 25 years. According to Qatari newspaper Al-Arab, Al-Faisal was interviewed by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, who claims to have conducted interviews with 20 prominent Gulf officials with knowledge of secret relations with Israel. However, many of these people refused to speak to the camera, Israel’s Channel 13 reported.
The Syrian Human Rights Network revealed in a report released recently that the Syrian regime is using the issuance of passports as a way to finance its war on the Syrian people and to humiliate dissidents. The report documents the violations against Syrian citizens attempting to obtain passports, revealing the exorbitantly high and unreasonable financial costs of doing so compared to all the other countries of the world.
Lebanese General Security officers unlawfully attempted to shut down a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on September 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch staff members were among the participants at NEDWA, a conference organized by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), a group that works to advance LGBT and other human rights.
On 11 July 2018, Turkish police detained the cult leader televangelist Adnan Oktar along with 234 people associated with him over accusations including forming a criminal gang, fraud and sexual abuses. The Istanbul police raided 120 residences and offices after criminal complaints filed by multiple plaintiffs, whose ages range from 11 to 40 years old.
While Turkish police cracks down on a Gay Pride parade with tear-gas, LGBT+ Moroccans demand the decriminalisation of homosexuality in their country. For the fourth time in a row, the pride parade was banned in Istanbul. When LGBT+ people gathered on 01 July 2018 at the central shopping street “Istiklal”, the police intervened and occasionally used tear gas and plastic bullets to end the parade, according to the Berliner Morgenpost.
The Egyptian Government is proposing a new draft law to ban child marriage, amending the previous 1992 law in order to have a larger impact on decreasing child marriage. The new draft law will enforce new punishments on parents who force their children into early marriage; namely that the father will be deprived of guardianship over the children and their property, as seen on Egypt Today. In Egypt a father cannot be deprived of guardianship of his children who are minors unless he has been found unfit.
Although many Arab countries have somewhat strict regulations on the sale and consumption of alcohol, and a few, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, ban it all together, that doesn’t mean it isn’t widely consumed throughout the region. According to the World Health Organization’s 2014 report on alcohol and the management of substance abuse, the average human aged 15 years or older consumes 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year.
The UN has added the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to its annual list of shame for killing hundreds of children in 2016. But the world body noted that the coalition had put in place some measures to protect kids.
Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months. A confidential report by a panel of independent UN experts, which was submitted to the Security Council earlier this month and seen by Reuters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained.
Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday after key shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses, leaving valuable runway slots up for grabs. The move offers Lufthansa and rivals a chance to acquire slots at airports such as Berlin Tegel and Duesseldorf, with Germany’s largest airline keen to defend its domestic position against expansion by low-cost rival Ryanair. Lufthansa confirmed it was in talks to take over parts of the business, while a source said easyJet was the second airline referred to by the government as being in talks with Air Berlin. The British…