Increased Engagement by the United Nations on Saudi Arabia Ahead of the UPR

*This post has been updated to reflect confirmation that ex-patriot Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a planned assassination in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.   Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record is an open secret within the international community. It is home to one of the world’s most repressive governments, especially in[…]

HRC37 Intervention in Response to HC Zeid’s Speech on Bahrain

On Thursday 8 March 2018, ADHRB’s Director of Advocacy, Michael Payne, delivered an intervention during the Item 2 Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights in which he welcomed the High Commissioner’s continued efforts to highlight the human rights situation in Bahrain. Click here for a PDF of the intervention. Mr. High Commissioner,[…]

ADHRB Welcomes Appointment of Experts on UN Yemen Panel

On 4 December 2017, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein announced his official appointments for the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen. The members are Kamel Jendoubi of Tunisia, who will serve as chairperson, Melissa Parke of Australia, and Charles Garraway of the United Kingdom. The Group’s establishment[…]

ADHRB Praises HC Zeid for Concerns Raised on Bahrain at HRC 36

11 September 2017, Geneva – This morning, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein presented his oral update to the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC 36) titled “Darker and more Dangerous.” In his report to the Council, the High Commissioner again raised concerns over the deteriorating human[…]

Item 10 HRC34 Oral Intervention: Suspension of OHCHR Cooperation with Bahrain over Rights Abuses

On 23 March 2017, Ebrahim Demestani delivered an Item 10 oral intervention during the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. In his intervention, he highlighted the strong message sent[…]