Event: Living as Commodities: Human trafficking & migrant exploitation in the Arab Gulf

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) will be hosting parliamentary panel on forced labor and sex trafficking, which affects millions of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC-wide kafala system is a mechanism through which governments effectively enable forced trafficking and labor. In addition, individual states maintain a gender-biased legal[…]

India continues to act unilaterally in fight against human trafficking in the GCC

Once again, the Government of India has unilaterally taken steps to mitigate migrant labor abuses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Indian officials have consistently enacted one-sided measures in order to ensure their citizens’ safety abroad, and GCC governments have failed to fulfill their parts. In March and April 2016, India initiated two Memoranda of[…]

New Dubai Police App Fails to Combat Human Trafficking

Despite recent efforts to curb human trafficking in the country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has not accurately addressed the factors that contribute its prevalence. The Dubai Police have recently launched a new phone and computer app in order to combat human trafficking in the emirate. The app allows victims of human or sex trafficking[…]

UAE Fails to Protect Child Sex Trafficking Victims

Late last month, the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) acquitted, along with four others, a mother whose daughters accused her of selling them into prostitution in Dubai. The mother, along with her accomplices, lured the girls to the UAE from Pakistan and forced them to work in a massage parlor. The authorities only[…]

UN Experts Grill Kuwait on Torture, Trafficking, Violence against Women

On 25 and 26 July 2016, Kuwait undertook its periodic review under the Convention against Torture, wherein the Committee in charge of implementing the Convention quizzed Kuwait on the implementation of its international obligations. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) assesses that the Committee accurately understood the situation of torture as being[…]