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Gabriela Knaul, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers during the 23th Session of the Human Rights Council. 29 May 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

Flawed Justice: Assessing the Qatari Judiciary

In January 2014, Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, visited Qatar upon the invitation of the government. During her visit, she met with senior officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Interior, as well as the Chief Justice of the Court […]

ADHRB Joins More Than 100 Multi-Faith Orgs to Urge Swift Reauthorization of USCIRF

ADHRB Joins More Than 100 Multi-Faith Orgs to Urge Swift Reauthorization of USCIRF

On September 9, 2015, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) joined more than 100 multi-faith organizations and individual signatories in sending an urgent letter calling for the reauthorization of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). The letter gathered the […]

Five police officers Acquitted of Torture Despite Credible Evidence

Five police officers Acquitted of Torture Despite Credible Evidence

On 2 September 2015, Judge Mohammed Bin Ali al-Khalifa, head judge of the Bahraini High Criminal Court, acquitted 5 police officers who had been temporarily suspended for beating a man during his arrest. The man in question was being arrested on suspicion of drug possession, but was beaten by the […]

“My Country”: How Saudi Arabia is Undermining Women’s Newfound Right to Vote

“My Country”: How Saudi Arabia is Undermining Women’s Newfound Right to Vote

Saudi women have begun registering to vote for December’s municipal elections, a development that the international press has greeted with extensive, and mostly positive, coverage. Yet, while the Saudi government welcomes glowing descriptions of its slow yet steady progress in advancing women’s rights, its actual reforms remain superficial. Saudi authorities […]