Systematic Attack on Freedom of Expression in Oman

  Authority forces from the Internal Security Service (ISS) in Oman have been active in targeting pro-reform activists for criticizing the Omani government on social media. After the Arab Spring Uprisings in 2011, Oman intensified the restriction on free expression in the country. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported an obvious pattern of repression on[…]

Event Summary: Stand Up for Human Rights in Bahrain – A Panel Discussion at American University

On 13 February 2018, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) hosted a panel discussion at the American University’s School of International Service entitled “Stand Up for Human Rights in Bahrain,” featuring Husain Abdulla, Executive Director of ADHRB, Michael Payne, Director of Advocacy at ADHRB, and Maryam al-Khawaja, Special Advisor on Advocacy with[…]

Maryam al-Khawaja Discusses Bahrain’s Human Rights Movement at Georgetown Law

On 2 February 2018, marking the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, Bahraini human rights defender Maryam al-Khawaja spoke at the Georgetown University Law Center with journalist Mehdi Hasan and Egyptian activist Mohamed Sultan, addressing the current impact of American foreign policy on human[…]

Saudi’s Gulf Policies Inform Bahrain’s Techniques of Repression

As the largest country economically and the most populous state in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Saudi Arabia’s policies significantly affect the policies of its neighbors. Since the 2011 Arab Spring popular protests around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Saudi Arabia has used its influence to lead the counterrevolutionary charge, and worked assiduously[…]

The role of women in the 2011 Bahraini uprising

When the Arab Spring made its way to Bahrain on 14 February 2011, Bahraini authorities acted quickly to suppress the peaceful protests with violence. They detained, tortured, and killed protesters for exercising their rights to free speech and assembly. The Sunni al-Khalifa government specifically targeted leaders of the political opposition, which mainly consisted of Bahrain’s[…]