Blog

GCC States Follow Saudi Arabia and Sever Diplomatic Ties with Iran

GCC States Follow Saudi Arabia and Sever Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Since Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of 47 people on 2 January 2016, several states have followed Saudi Arabia’s lead and severed diplomatic ties with Iran. Among the first states to recall their ambassadors from Tehran were Bahrain, Sudan, and the UAE. Kuwait recently became the fourth GCC member state to […]

Saudi Arabia and its Allies Support Mass Executions Despite Protests

Saudi Arabia and its Allies Support Mass Executions Despite Protests

Saudi protestors have reportedly called for the removal of the royal family following the government’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 other individuals convicted of terror crimes. Residents of the country’s marginalized Eastern Province publicly demonstrated against the monarchy, criticizing the mass execution and expressing […]

Second Annual Report Shows Ombudsman Remains Subservient & Unaccountable

Second Annual Report Shows Ombudsman Remains Subservient & Unaccountable

Once again, the Bahrain Office of the Ombudsman has released its Second Annual Report on the progress of their complaint program and the state of prisoner and detainee treatment. Like the first report, the statistics on the number of complaints, deaths, and investigations are inconsistent with independently documented numbers, and […]

Assessing the Proposed Arab Court on Human Rights

Assessing the Proposed Arab Court on Human Rights

In the wake of his government’s assault on peaceful protests in 2011, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain proposed the Arab Court on Human Rights. As an ostensible effort to demonstrate his commitment to civil and political reform during the pro-democracy uprising, his announcement should have drawn praise from […]