HRC35 Item 10 Oral Intervention: Technical Cooperation between OHCHR and Saudi Arabia

On 21 June 2017, ADHRB’s Advocacy Associate delivered an Item 10 oral intervention during the 35th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of ADHRB. In his intervention, Pry addressed the soon-to-be completed program of technical cooperation between Saudi Arabia and OHCHR and called on the parties to increase cooperation and add space for[…]

HRC35 Item 3 Oral Intervention: Targeting WHRDs and the Empowerment of Military Courts in Bahrain

On 12 June 2017, Michael Payne, ADHRB’s international advocacy officer delivered an oral intervention under the Item 3 Interactive Dialogue with the Rapporteur on independence of judges and lawyers and the Rapporteur on violence against women. In his intervention, Payne raised the cases of Loujain al-Hathloul and Ebtisam al-Saegh in the context of targeting women[…]

ADHRB Welcomes Rapporteur on Terrorism’s Observations After Saudi Visit

On 4 May 2017, Ben Emmerson, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, returned from a five-day visit of Saudi Arabia. Upon the conclusion of his trip, he released his preliminary observations. While he noted that the Saudi government was engaging in some positive steps to[…]

Bahrain Court of Cassation upholds death sentence against 3 torture victims

9 January 2017 – The Court of Cassation in Bahrain today upheld the death sentence against three defendants, life imprisonment against seven other defendants, and revocation of citizenship for eight of these ten defendants. They were convicted of killing three policemen in a bombing incident on 3 March 2014. We, the undersigned, condemn this sentence[…]

ADHRB Condemns New Saudi Death Sentences in “Spying” Trial

On 6 December 2016, Saudi Arabia sentenced 15 people to death for allegedly spying for Iran. The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other suspects to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years and acquitted two individuals. Of the 32 subjects, 30 are Shia, while the other two are Iranian and Afghani[…]