Spotlight on Qatar: Labor Rights & Corporate Complicity

Rajan, a migrant worker from Nepal, is currently building the biggest shopping mall in Doha, Qatar. He recently told The Guardian that his employer confiscated his passport and cut his salary last summer.  He alleges that his employer, a subsidiary of a major U.K.-based construction firm, has prohibited him from leaving the country. When he[…]

Qatar: Combating Terror or Abusing Human Rights?

Despite claims of supporting counter-terrorism policies, Qatar continues to abuse the human rights of citizens and non-citizens in the name of fighting terrorism, security and economic stability. On April 4, during a meeting in Washington D.C. with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani said that their approach of combating[…]

ADHRB at HRC: Extrajudicial Killings in Bahrain

On March 16, 2016, at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Yousif Baddah, on behalf of ADHRB, BIRD, and BCHR delivered an Item 5 General Debate oral intervention in which he spoke about extrajudicial killings in Bahrain. Please continue reading for his full remarks, or click here to read a PDF of his intervention.[…]

State Department Commemorates 5th Anniversary by Calling for More Reforms

On 17 February, the US Department of State (DoS) issued a statement commemorating the fifth anniversary of Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising in 2011 when “Bahrainis from all backgrounds called for political reforms that would bring greater respect for their universal rights and fundamental freedoms.” In particular, the DoS acknowledges that though Bahrain has created institutions to “improve oversight of security institutions…more work[…]