Human Rights Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison (Dec. 04, 2014) by Issam Saliba

On November 27, 2014, the appellate court in the city of Agadir, Morocco, sentenced the Western Saharan rights activist Abdelkhalik el-Markhi to four years in prison. ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Lawyers and legal services; Human rights
Jurisdiction: Morocco

Women Not Allowed to Perform Notary Duties (Nov. 14, 2014) by Issam Saliba

Notaries public in Saudi Arabia are public employees under the Ministry of Justice, in accordance with article 73 and subsequent articles of the Judiciary Law issued ...

Topic: Islamic law; Judicial powers; Lawyers and legal services; Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Possibility of Joining the International Criminal Court (Oct. 15, 2014) by Issam Saliba

Recent media reports quoted the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, as committing himself to taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if his demand to end ...

Topic: International affairs; International criminal court; Zones of occupation
Jurisdiction: Palestinian Territory, occupied

Life in Prison and Loss of Citizenship for a Terror Group (Oct. 06, 2014) by Issam Saliba

On September 29, 2014, the High Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced nine Bahraini citizens to life in prison and stripped them of their citizenship, after convicting ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Human Rights Lawyer Convicted Under Anti-Terror Law (Jul. 10, 2014) by Issam Saliba

On July 6, 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, convicted and sentenced Walid abu al-Kheir, a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, to ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Human rights; Lawyers and legal services; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Special Tribunal Indicts Journalists and Media Organizations for Contempt (May. 06, 2014) by Issam Saliba

On April 24, 2014, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a hybrid international/domestic court, charged two journalists and their respective media organizations, a TV station and a ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; International organizations; Specialized courts; Criminal procedure
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Formation of New Government Creates Constitutional Conundrum (Mar. 06, 2014) by Issam Saliba

On February 15, 2014, a new government was formed in Lebanon after more than ten months of political struggle and maneuvering between the Coalition of March ...

Topic: Constitution; Legislative bodies
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Trial on Assassination of Hariri Begins (Jan. 23, 2014) by Issam Saliba

On January 13, 2014, two-and-a-half years after the issuance of an indictment in the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafic Hariri, and others, ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Women Sentenced to Prison Term for Anti-Government Demonstration (Dec. 12, 2013) by Issam Saliba

On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Regulation on Protection Against Abuse (Sep. 10, 2013) by Issam Saliba

On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy ...

Topic: Criminal law and procedure; Domestic violence; Families
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Law Criminalizing Torture, Abduction, and Discrimination Passed (Apr. 30, 2013) by Issam Saliba

The Libyan National Congress approved Law No. 10 of 2013, Concerning the Criminalization of Torture, Forced Abduction, and Discrimination, which was issued on April 14, 2013.

Pursuant ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Libya

General Prosecutor Seeks Lifting of Immunity of a Member of Parliament (Feb. 11, 2013) by Issam Saliba

On February 2, 2013, Boutros Harb, a Member of Parliament in Lebanon, commented publicly on an indictment ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Constitutional Law Court Newly Established in Jordan (Dec. 03, 2012) by Issam Saliba

King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Jordan

Acquittal of Policewoman Accused of Torturing Journalist (Nov. 23, 2012) by Issam Saliba

On October 22, 2012, the Grand Criminal Court in Manama, Bahrain, cleared a female police officer ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Constitutional Court Objects to Its Status in New Draft Constitution (Nov. 01, 2012) by Issam Saliba

The assembly in charge of drafting a new constitution for Egypt released a preliminary draft, available in Arabic, on its website (last visited Oct. 25, ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Penalties Increased for Attacking Military Personnel (Jul. 20, 2012) by Issam Saliba

Pursuant to articles 221 and 339 of the Bahrain Criminal Law No. 15 of 1976, an assault on the person of a public employee (including military ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Blasphemy Against Islam (Jun. 18, 2012) by Issam Saliba

On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Kuwait

New Sentences Handed Down in Case Against Alleged Spies for Iran (May. 31, 2012) by Issam Saliba

A Kuwait appellate court recently issued its decision in a case involving seven people accused of spying for Iran. The court reduced the sentences of three ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Kuwait

Constitutional Amendments Issued (May. 24, 2012) by Issam Saliba

On May 22, 2012, the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had hailed constitutional amendments issued by the monarch of Bahrain. The ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Legislative Attempt to Help Convicted Terrorists (May. 18, 2012) by Issam Saliba

According to an official source in the Egyptian government, a number of Islamist members of Parliament are attempting to pass legislation granting amnesty to people convicted ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Release of Hizbollah Activist (May. 14, 2012) by Issam Saliba

An Iraqi court has decided to release an activist affiliated with the Lebanese political party Hizbollah who was detained and handed over to the Iraqi government ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Scholar States Churches Must Be Destroyed (Mar. 19, 2012) by Issam Saliba

In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Judicial Authority Warns Parliament (Feb. 17, 2012) by Issam Saliba

On February 8, 2012, it was reported that the Chief of the Supreme Judicial Council and President of the Court of Cassation in Egypt, Judge Husam ...

Topic: Legal systems
Jurisdiction: Egypt

New Constitution Drafted (Jun. 29, 2011) by Issam Saliba

On June 17, 2011, the King of Morocco outlined the changes offered in a new constitution that will be voted on in a referendum scheduled for ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Morocco

Arrest of Woman for Driving (Jun. 02, 2011) by Issam Saliba

Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman, was arrested in Dammam on May 21, 2011, for posting a clip on YouTube showing her driving a car. Dammam is ...

Topic: Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Call for a Boycott of Municipal Elections (May. 05, 2011) by Issam Saliba

In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Constitutional Amendments Passed (Mar. 25, 2011) by Issam Saliba

On March 19, 2011, the Egyptian people participated in a public referendum and approved, by a majority of 77% of the votes cast, amendments to the ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Egypt

The Regime Invokes Sharia Law to Prevent Public Protest (Mar. 10, 2011) by Issam Saliba

In a declaration issued on March 6, 2011, the Council of Senior Religious Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warned against "deviant intellectual and partisan ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Chief Judge Makes Controversial Statement on Legality of Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Nov. 08, 2010) by Issam Saliba

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a mixed international/domestic tribunal whose jurisdiction is limited to investigating and prosecuting one specific domestic crime the bombing ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Hariri Withdraws Accusations Against Syria (Sep. 21, 2010) by Issam Saliba

In a press interview conducted on September 6, 2010, Saad al-Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, acknowledged that his accusation that Syria was behind the assassination ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Citizenship Denied to Children of Lebanese Mothers (May. 24, 2010) by Issam Saliba

On June 16, 2009, a Lebanese court of first instance issued a landmark decision granting Lebanese citizenship to the children of a Lebanese mother married to ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Democracy Iraqi Style (May. 10, 2010) by Issam Saliba

On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Veil Not a Legal Obligation (Oct. 13, 2009) by Issam Saliba

Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantatwi, the head of Al-Azhar in Cairo, the most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world, ordered a student in one of ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Contribution by Muslims to Build a Church Allowed in Islam (Aug. 26, 2009) by Issam Saliba

Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, head of the prestigious Muslim university Al-Azhar in Cairo, asserted that a Muslim is permitted to contribute to the building of a church ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Court Rules Children Have Right to Acquire Citizenship of Mother (Jul. 20, 2009) by Issam Saliba

In the first decision of its kind in Lebanon, a court of first instance recently issued a judgment giving children of a deceased non-Lebanese father the ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Marriage of an Eight-Year-Old Girl Annulled (May. 06, 2009) by Issam Saliba

On May 1, 2009, it was reported that an arranged marriage in Saudi Arabia between a man in his fifties and a girl aged eight ended ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Law Being Drafted on Citizenship Issue (Mar. 27, 2009) by Issam Saliba

The Woman and Child Committee of the Lebanese Parliament is in the process of debating a draft law to give the children of Lebanese women married ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Judgment Against Former Guantanamo Detainee (Mar. 12, 2009) by Issam Saliba

On February 5, 2009, the Criminal Chamber of the Appellate Court of Sala, a suburb of Rabat, Morocco, has confirmed the judgment issued on May 1, ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Morocco

Religious Edict (Fatwa) Against American/Iraqi Security Agreement (Oct. 24, 2008) by Issam Saliba

In response to a request sent to him by some members of the Iraqi Parliament, a Shiite cleric in Lebanon, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, recently issued a ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Campaign to Amend Constitution (Aug. 27, 2008) by Issam Saliba

It was reported on August 27, 2008, that at a massive meeting held in the city of Blida, the ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Algeria

Detention of Bin Haj for Describing Judge as Liar (Jul. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On June 17, 2008, Ali Bin Haj, the second in command of the banned "Islamic Front for Rescue" in Algeria was temporarily arrested by members of ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Algeria

Refusal to Appoint Non-Muslims to Judiciary (Jul. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: United Arab Emirates

Maliki Statement on Ending Terrorism (Jul. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

In June 2008, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said that a deep understanding of the Islamic religion and law will lead to ending terrorism and ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Kurdistan Criminalizes Misuse of Communication Devices (Jun. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On May 19, 2008, the National Council (parliament) of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq unanimously adopted a law to punish those who use cellular telephones to ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Opposition Leader Al-Turabi Arrested (Jun. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On May 12, 2008, Sudanese security forces arrested the leader of the People's Congress opposition party, Hassan al-Turabi, along with ten of his senior assistants. Mahjoub ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Sudan

New Penal Code Opposed (Jun. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

Libyan legal activists and politicians recently warned against the enactment of a proposed new penal code, claiming it infringes on public liberties, and asked for constitutional ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Libya

Trial of Tariq Aziz (Jun. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On May 20, 2008, an Iraqi special tribunal began the trial of seven former officials of the Saddam Hussein regime. Among the defendants is the well ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Government Justifies Detention of Officers (May. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On April 15, 2008, the Lebanese government asserted that the arrest of four high-ranking military officers in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Rights of the Accused (May. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

The National Association for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia published a booklet in Arabic titled Know Your Rights, to inform people of their rights ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Military Personnel Allowed to Grow Beards (May. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

Ending a prohibition going back 70 years, the Bahraini army has allowed military personnel to grow beards. According to the decision issued by the General Command ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security
Jurisdiction: Bahrain

Political Associations (May. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On April 16, 2008, the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior declared that only 14 political parties have met the conditions imposed by Law No. 19 of ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Jordan

Muslim Brotherhood Members Arrested (Mar. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On February 17, 2008, the Egyptian security forces conducted a wave of arrests against officials of the Muslim Brotherhood group. The round of arrests, the second ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Cabinet Condemns Mourning of Mughniyah (Mar. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

In its meeting on February 18, 2008, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers condemned the eulogizing in one of the local Shiite religious places of gathering (Husseiniya) ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Kuwait

New Charges Against Shaker al-Absi (Mar. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

The General Prosecutor in Lebanon has filed charges seeking the death penalty against the leader of Fath al-Islam, Shaker al-Absi, and three others for their role ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Woman Arrested for Having Coffee with Colleague (Mar. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On February 4, 2008, Yara, a female financial consultant for a company in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was arrested by agents of the official Saudi Commission for ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Police Officers Jailed for Parading Detainee (Feb. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On January 5, 2008, an Egyptian court sentenced a police major, Yousri Ahmed Issa, to five years in prison and two police officers to one year ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Federal Judgeship for Women (Feb. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On January 6, 2008, the Minister of Justice of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohammed Bin Nakhira al-Daheri, said that the Ministry of Justice is amending ...

Topic: Women's rights
Jurisdiction: United Arab Emirates

Court Releases Militants Convicted in Plot Against US Ambassador (Feb. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On Monday January 14, 2008, an appeals court in Yemen ordered the release of Hezam Ali Hassan and Khaled Saleh, after they had served more than ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Yemen

Collective Executive Council (Feb. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On January 18, 2008, Iraq announced the establishment of "the Executive Council for the Administration of the State" or, as described by Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani, ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Christian Shops Burned (Jan. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On December 16, 2007, tension between Christians and Muslims in the southern city of Isna in Egypt led to the burning of Christian-owned shops and the ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Military Court Dismisses Terrorism Charges (Jan. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On December 16, 2007, the High Military Court in Egypt, in a surprise move, dismissed the terrorism and money-laundering charges against 40 of the Muslim Brotherhood ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Verdict in German Train Bombings (Jan. 02, 2008) by Issam Saliba

On December 18, 2007, the felonies court in Beirut, Lebanon, issued a verdict in the case brought against five men accused of attempting to bomb German ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Lebanon

Iraqi Official Admits the Use of Violence (Dec. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

General Abdel-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior in Iraq, admitted that some officers in his Ministry had used violence to extract confessions ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Iraq

Fatwa Against Marriage to Israeli Women (Dec. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

A former undersecretary of Al-Azhar (an Egyptian University connected to a mosque in Cairo), Sheikh Farhat Saeed al-Munji, issued a fatwa (Islamic religious edict) in which ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Court Convicts Al-Qaeda Members (Dec. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

A Yemeni court with national security and terrorist jurisdiction convicted 34 suspects of membership in al-Qaeda and of planning to blow up oil installations in the ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Yemen

Rape Victim Sentenced to 200 Lashes (Dec. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has doubled the sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison for a Saudi woman who was gang-raped. The ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Future Borders (Nov. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

In an interview on Palestinian television, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, announced that he wants to establish an independent Palestinian state on 6,205 square ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Palestine

Tribal Council Fines Journalist (Nov. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

In a precedent, the first of its kind in journalism, a customary tribal judicial council in Sinai has fined a journalist member of al-Byadiah tribe, who ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Egypt

Succession Rules (Nov. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

On October 8, 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued by-laws governing the work of the political body Haiat al-Baiat (Allegiance Commission), set up last year ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Saudi Arabia

Al-Qaeda Leader Turns Himself In (Nov. 02, 2007) by Issam Saliba

On October 16, 2007, Yemeni sources announced that Jamal al-Badawi, an al-Qaeda leader who is the mastermind behind the escape from a Yemen prison in February ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Yemen