Living as Commodities: Human and sex trafficking in the GCC

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is pleased to announce its new report, Living as Commodities: Human and sex trafficking in the GCC . Please see the introduction below, and click here for the full report.  All of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are highly dependent upon foreign labor, and thus[…]

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[…]

Bahraini Officials Use Free Market Economy to Justify Lack of Minimum Wage

Two weeks ago, Bahrain’s Labor Affairs under-secretary of the Labour and Social Development Ministry, Mohammed Al Ansari, stated that the Gulf country is not considering a minimum wage for domestic workers or anyone working in the private sector. In 2011, Bahrain implemented a BHD 300 minimum wage for employees in the public sector. While the Bahraini[…]

Recent Mall Fire in Qatar Highlights Human Trafficking Abuses

On 20 July 2016, a fire broke out at the construction site of Tawar Mall near Al Duhail, Qatar. Hundreds of construction workers, most of them migrant workers, evacuated the site. While the Qatari Ministry of Interior reported no casualties, it remains unclear whether the thick, black smoke that billowed from the scene affected any[…]