50 Gulf rights groups claim state authorities 'sexually harassing' women activists

Dubai, July 23 : Almost 50 Gulf-based rights groups and activists have condemned six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) over mistreatment of women activists in most of their states.

The Gulf News reports that a statement signed by dozens of Gulf rights groups and activists said that the women activists have been subjected to sexual harassment, torture, illegal detention and other abuses in the Gulf states, especially after the start of the Arab Spring uprisings.

It cited the case of female activist Rehana Al Mousawi, who claimed that she was stripped naked during interrogation while in detention.

In the other five GCC states the statement said female activists were arrested, mistreated or unfairly sentenced to heavy jail terms for participating in peaceful protests.

--ANI (Posted on 24-07-2013)

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