ADHRB Condemns Saudi Arabia’s Demolition of Historic Awamiyah Neighborhood

**Update: Confidential sources report that Saudi authorities have begun to destroy homes in the area surrounding the al-Masora neighborhood. Saudi authorities have also cut off electricity in al-Masora in an effort to force residents to leave. The government has banned power companies and aid organizations from providing residents with any assistance. ———————————- On 31 December[…]

Despite Tragedies, Saudi Arabia Prioritizes Profits over Pilgrims

Last week, almost 2 million people traveled to Saudi Arabia to complete the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that every capable Muslim must carry out at least once in their lives. Despite its scheduled occurrence, the sudden influx of pilgrims poses numerous safety and security risks.  The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), during[…]

ADHRB at HRC: Discrimination Against Shia in Saudi Arabia

On March 21, 2016, at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Amanda Milani delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Alsalam Foundation and Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain during the Item 9 General Debate in which she addressed the Durban Declaration and called the Council’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory[…]

ADHRB at HRC: Bahraini Shia Face Systematic Discrimination

  On March 9, 2016, at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei delivered an oral intervention during an Item 3 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion. On behalf of ADHRB, BCHR, and BIRD, he addressed the Government of Bahrain’s systematic pattern of discrimination against its native[…]

UN Special Procedures release Joint Communications Report for HRC31

The Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council released the 13th iteration of their joint communications report on Thursday, February 25, 2016, documenting allegations of human rights abuses from around the world. In the most recent edition of the report, the Special Procedures singled out Bahrain and Saudi Arabia as among the worst[…]