Saudi Arabia 3rd cycle UPR Pre-session Event Summary


On Thursday 11 October, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) participated in Saudi Arabia’s 3rd cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) pre-session panel, organized by UPR Info. ADHRB spoke alongside several NGOs including Reprieve and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). GCHR spoke first at the panel, highlighting ongoing concerns surrounding women’s[…]

Bahrain Fails to Meet Key UN Goals for Sustainable Development, Evades NGO Questions

17 July 2018 – Yesterday, the Government of Bahrain presented a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of its efforts to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), claiming that the kingdom has made significant progress towards the 17 objectives laid out[…]

Bahrain “Reopens” Pearl Monument but Obscures its Legacy

On 14 February 2011, thousands of Bahraini citizens joined together to peacefully call for democratic reforms and human rights protections. Two days later, on 16 February, the protesters occupied the Pearl Roundabout, a traffic circle in Manama that took its name from the 300-ft high pearl monument at its center. Demonstrators established an encampment and stayed overnight, even organizing[…]

HRC35 Item 3 Oral Intervention: Bahraini Forces Raid Duraz And Dissolve Wa’ad

On 7 June 2017 during the 35th session of the Human Rights Council, Maryam al-Khawaja delivered an oral intervention on behalf of ADHRB and BIRD during the Item 2 Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on free assembly and association. In her intervention, she raised the Bahraini government’s violent raid on the peaceful protesters in the[…]