Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates Place Joint Bid to Host Under-20 World Cup

On 23 May 2019, FIFA announced the member associations interested in hosting the Under-20 (U-20) World Cup for 2021. The U-20 World Cup is the international men’s youth football championship for the under-20 national teams. Amongst those interested in hosting are member associations from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which have[…]

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Littered with Human Rights Abuses

Last month, the exiled Qatari al-Ghufran tribe attended the 39th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) to seek international assistance in regards to their banishment from Qatar. They alleged that Qatar is building the 2022 World Cup stadiums on land taken from the tribe. Towards the end of the Council, the[…]

ADHRB and GCHR Side Event at #HRC38 Discusses Business and Human Rights

On Thursday 28 June, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) hosted a side event at the 38th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC), in cooperation with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), CIVICUS, Amnesty International, and the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH). Michael Payne, ADHRB’s[…]

Bahrain: Entry refusal to journalist and HRW researcher part of a larger pattern

17 May 2017 – Bahraini authorities last week denied entry visas to German journalist Robert Kempe and American Human Rights Watch researcher Omar Shakir, both of whom were seeking to visit Bahrain in connection with the FIFA Congress being held in Manama on 10 and 11 May. In both cases, the Bahraini government’s decisions appear[…]

FIFA Rewards Qatar for Abysmal Human Rights Record

In December 2010, Qatar was named the 2022 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup host. Since the announcement, Qatar’s construction industry has since grown exponentially in an effort to complete the many infrastructure projects that the tournament requires. The upcoming World Cup requires new infrastructure capable of housing the games and accommodating the[…]