Unveiling Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Kuwait

The sponsorship system, also known as the ‘kafala’ system, has been around since the 1950s. It was initially created to control migration into Arab countries. The Kafala system usually defines the relationship between foreign workers and their local sponsors, making them their employers. Under this system, states typically give these employers enough funding permits to[…]

Young convicts in the Dry Dock: ongoing violations and delayed justice

On 17 September 2023, approximately 28 young Bahraini detainees in the Dry Dock Detention Center began a new hunger strike in protest against the continued violations committed against them by the prison administration, and the neglect of the relevant state institutions to carry out their duties, notably the National Institution for Human Rights, and the[…]

Widespread Policy of Medical Negligence in Bahraini Prisons Calls for US and European Pressure for the Immediate Release of Political Prisoners

The escalating trend of medical negligence in Bahraini prisons has been observed recently, with a notable absence of effective external pressure to promote human rights in Bahrain from the allies of the ruling authorities, including both the American and European sides, who have historically been supportive of oppressive governments. Last year, US Secretary of State[…]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Political Prisoners in the GCC Countries

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), with the support of Harm Reduction International (HRI), recently undertook a comprehensive study into prison conditions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, paying special attention to the prisons of Bahrain, for which information was more readily available. Our findings support a[…]

Living in Agony: The Long Term Effects of Torture in Bahrain

In Bahrain, much attention is paid to the victims of torture immediately after the event, but those same victims can sometimes be forgotten when new, equally horrible treatment against equally innocent people comes to light. This study attempts to rectify the issue, looking at the long-term effects of torture from victims that experienced their trauma[…]