On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ACPRA, NGOs jointly call on Saudi authorities to release all detained members

On October 12, 2019, which marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), the undersigned organisations call on Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all detained ACPRA members. Created in 2009 by 11 human rights defenders and academics, ACPRA was established to promote and protect[…]

ADHRB at HRC39 dismisses Saudi claims to reform, noting continued widespread repression

On Tuesday 18 September 2018 at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Ali Adubisi of the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights delivered an intervention with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) during the Item 4 General Debate. In his intervention, Adubisi dismissed Saudi Arabia’s claims to reform,[…]

HRC39 Written Statement: Saudi Arabia’s Ongoing Targeting of Women’s Rights Defenders

Ahead of the 39th session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in Geneva, beginning on Monday 10 September, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) submitted a written statement for the record raising concerns about Saudi Arabia’s continued targeting and detention of women human rights defenders. Continue reading for the text of[…]

A Review of the Rapporteur on Countering Terrorism’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

From 30 April to 4 May 2017, Ben Emmerson, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on promoting and protecting human rights while countering terrorism, undertook an official country visit to Saudi Arabia. Upon the conclusion of his visit, he criticized Saudi Arabia’s counter-terror framework as overly restrictive and vague – a mechanism that allows authorities[…]

The Saudi Government Continues its Clampdown on Rights Activists and Dissidents

5 July 2018 – In May 2018, the Saudi government arrested nearly a dozen women’s rights activists for their work promoting women’s rights, only weeks before it lifted the ban on women driving. However, the campaign against women’s rights activists has not concluded, with officials arresting prominent women’s rights activist Hatoon al-Fassi on 27 June.[…]