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[…]

HRC37 Intervention on Saudi Arabia’s Use of Counterterror laws against HRDs

On Friday 2 March, during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, IDO in cooperation with ADHRB delivered an oral intervention during the Item 3 Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on countering terrorism while promoting human rights, and culture. In the intervention, IDO and ADHRB addressed the Rapporteur on countering terrorism concerning[…]

ADHRB submits written statement on Bahrain’s National Security Agency to the Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, ADHRB submitted a written statement to the Council regarding Bahrain’s failure to observe human rights while combating violent extremism and the restoration of law enforcement capabilities to the national intelligence organization. Click here to read a PDF of the statement. The National Security Agency and[…]

HRC36 Bahrain Intervention: Item 4 on Abuses in the Name of Terrorism

On 19 September, at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain delivered an oral intervention under the Item 4 General Debate. The intervention highlighted Bahrain’s use of its expansive counter-terror law to justify crushing, systematic restrictions on free expression, free assembly, and human rights and civil[…]

UAE Implicated in Torture at Yemeni Black Sites

In late June, The Associated Press (AP) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established a web 18 “black site” prisons in Yemen. Hidden in military bases, air and seaports, and private villas, these secret detention facilities have been host to a variety of human rights abuses, such as[…]