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Oman accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay detainees at U.S. request

Oman accepts Gitmo 10Oman accepted a request from the United States to take in 10 inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility "in consideration to their humanitarian situation," the Omani Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

The transfer of the unnamed detainees is part of an effort by the Obama administration to move and resettle up to 19 inmates to other areas that include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Italy before the end of its term. The transfer brings the total to at least 30 accepted in Oman. There has been no official notice from the U.S. government.


Human Rights Watch lists Trump as threat to human rights

Human Rights watch lists Trump as threatHuman Rights Watch is listing President-elect Donald Trump as a threat to human rights, calling his campaign a “vivid illustration of the politics of intolerance.”

“Donald Trump’s election as US president after a campaign fomenting hatred and intolerance, and the rising influence of political parties in Europe that reject universal rights, have put the postwar human rights system at risk,” the group said in a Friday statement announcing a new report.


Rights group slams Egypt's record in 2016

Human Rights WatchEgypt has banned public criticism of the government, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, with hundreds of people disappearing at the hands of security forces and detainees routinely tortured.

In its "World Report 2017," the New York-based advocacy group said President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government has also taken "unprecedented" steps to criminalize human rights work and cripple independent civil society groups.


U.S. To Transfer 4 Guantanamo Bay Detainees To Saudi Arabia

GitmoThe United States will transfer four detainees to Saudi Arabia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in the next 24 hours, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in President Barack Obama’s final push to shrink the inmate population there despite pressure from the president-elect to halt such releases.

It will be the first in Obama’s final flurry of transfers aimed at sending as many as 19 prisoners to at least four countries, including Italy, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, before Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20.


Critics urge repeal of Lebanon rape law

Lebanon rape law challengedIn what could prove a victory for women's rights activists in Lebanon, a parliamentary committee recently recommended striking down a law that allows rapists' sentences to be commuted if they marry their victim.

Although it is difficult to say how many women have been affected by the law, it is most likely to occur in situations where the victim knows her rapist - such as a cousin or neighbour - and the tight-knit community heaps pressure on her to accept the offer of marriage, said Roula Masri, a senior programme manager with the local gender-rights NGO, ABAAD.


2016: The year the world stopped caring about refugees

RefugeesThe number of refugees who drowned in the Mediterranean this year rose to an annual record.

More than 5,000 people lost their lives at sea as they took on perilous journeys to escape war, poverty, and persecution - often all three. In 2015, some 3,771 refugees died while crossing the Mediterranean, up from 3,279 deaths the year before.  In short, 2016 has not been an easy year.

A toddler was the first refugee to die in the Mediterranean in the deadliest January on record. In March the Balkan route was permanently shut, trapping tens of thousands of asylum seekers in Greece and slowing Aegean Sea crossings to a trickle.


Judge orders preservation of ‘torture report’

waterboardingA federal judge has ordered the government to preserve a Senate report documenting alleged abuse and mistreatment of detainees in CIA custody, potentially opening another avenue for the eventual declassification and public release of the unabridged report.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued the order Wednesday at the request of lawyers for Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, who was subjected to waterboarding while in CIA custody and now faces military commission charges of involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.


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