Sheikh Nimr and the Eastern Provinces’ struggle for citizenship equality

“From the day I was born and to this day, I’ve never felt safe or secure in this country,” declared Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in a 2011 speech. A prominent political activist from the Eastern Province, Sheikh Nimr spoke on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s disenfranchised population. The Eastern Province is primarily home to the Kingdom’s minority[…]

GCC states claim “witchcraft” and “sorcery” is all around

The Royal Oman Police arrested two African nationals this week and charged them with crimes of practicing “sorcery.” Officers raided the house of the accused after they offered to heal an Omani citizen. Omani officials referred the two defendants to the Public Prosecution. The arrest of foreign nationals for sorcery in Oman is not an[…]

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[…]