Swiss Journalists detained in the GCC

On Thursday 9 November, two journalists working for a Swiss news outlet were detained and forcibly disappeared in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Serge Enderlin and Jon Bjorgvinsson were in Abu Dhabi to cover the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and interview the museum’s architect, Jean Nouvel. The pair claims that they were accredited[…]

As Bahrain requests GCC economic support, marginalized communities are hit hardest by decline

As Bahrain’s economy continues to struggle amid instability and mismanagement, the government has reportedly sought renewed financial assistance from neighboring members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to stave off crisis. Bloomberg revealed on 2 November 2017 that the small kingdom is currently in talks with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to[…]

New Saudi counter-terrorism law fails to meet international standards

On 1 November 2017, Saudi Arabia established a new counter-terrorism law. This law, consisting of 96 articles (27 of which deal solely with punishments), replaces and expands upon the last counter-terror law passed in December 2013. Instead of using the nearly four years since the last passage of law to improve legislation roundly criticized for[…]

Profiles in Persecution: Ahmed Merza Ismaeel

Ahmed Merza Ismaeel was arrested without a warrant by security forces wearing civilian clothing on 11 September 2013. Since then, he has been subjected to torture, convicted in a collective judgment based on coerced confessions, denied basic necessities such as prison clothing and a blanket, and deprived of necessary medical care by the Jau Prison[…]

Now Hiring: Summer 2018 Legal Internship

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking a creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working Legal Intern for Summer 2018. We are happy to work with students seeking academic course credit for their work. This position is supervised by an attorney.   Responsibilities Interns will: Identify and research pertinent domestic and international law;[…]