Tag: Campaigns

October Champions for Justice: Teachers

October Champions for Justice: Teachers

Teachers have been at the forefront of Bahrain’s peaceful protests and democratic movement. They have also been amongst the harshest-treated victims of unfair trial and abuse. In 2011, the Bahrain Teacher’s Association (BTA) was a leading union calling for strike action in solidarity with the protests. The government subsequently dissolved […]

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 […]

Stifled Verse: The Case of Mohammed al-Ajami

Stifled Verse: The Case of Mohammed al-Ajami

Since clinching its 2022 World Cup bid, Qatar has faced heightened international scrutiny. As workers have broken ground on elaborate new facilities for the tournament, human rights defenders have pointed to the country’s abusive kafala sponsorship system and the horrible conditions under which migrant laborers work. Yet Qatar engaged in human […]

August Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Student Prisoners

August Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Student Prisoners

Since 2011, students and children in Bahrain have faced arbitrary charges and detention related to their freedoms of expression and assembly. Some have been arrested for participating in pro-democracy protests; others have been detained for apparently no reason at all. Bahraini authorities have treated preteen and teenage citizens as enemies, […]