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Qatar Approves Permanent Residency Law that Could Expand Expatriate Rights

Qatar Approves Permanent Residency Law that Could Expand Expatriate Rights

With the approval of a new permanent residency law, Qatar may be set to become the first Arab Gulf country to significantly reform the legal status of its expatriate population. The new legislation will reportedly allow foreign workers to obtain a permanent residency card which comes with several benefits. Cardholders […]

New Flexi Permit Could Provide Alternative to Kefala System in Bahrain

New Flexi Permit Could Provide Alternative to Kefala System in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has introduced a new regulation program that aims to give expatriates illegally residing and working in the country a way to obtain legal documentation to stay. This new regulation program, called the Flexi Permit, will be a significant deviation from the current kefala system […]

Saudi Government Deports Three Sudanese HRDs, Puts them at Risk of Torture

Saudi Government Deports Three Sudanese HRDs, Puts them at Risk of Torture

On 11 July, the Saudi government deported three Sudanese nationals to their home country despite the high risk that Sudanese authorities will gravely mistreat, or even torture, them. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) detained the three upon their arrival and is now holding them at their headquarters in Khartoum […]

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian Vice Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Secretary of State for Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pictured in Djiddah, Saudi Arabia, 13 October 2014. Photo by: Thomas Imo/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

King Salman Announces Reforms to Guardianship Requirements, but is it Enough?

Saudi Arabia has long been known for limiting women’s rights with its onerous male guardianship system. However, recently King Salman issued an order that allows Saudi women to benefit from services such as education and access to healthcare without requiring prior permission from their male guardian. If his order is […]

Elevation of Mohammed bin Salman may not Affect State of Saudi Human Rights

Elevation of Mohammed bin Salman may not Affect State of Saudi Human Rights

With the elevation of 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Crown Prince – the youngest Crown Prince Saudi Arabia has ever had – there has come a sense of optimism about the future of the kingdom’s socio-economic state. There is hope among activists and the general public that […]