No Country for Outsiders: Qatar Detains Human Rights Defenders

On 31 August 2014, Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev disappeared from Doha, Qatar, just before they were supposed to board their plane to leave the country. The pair of human rights defenders were in the country researching the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf emirate. Shortly before their disappearance, the researchers communicated to their[…]

State’s Annual TIP Report Paints a Bleak Picture of Trafficked Persons in the Gulf

Last week the State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report, with  Secretary of State John Kerry making a bold, unequivocal statement on the seriousness of the issue at the launch this morning: “All of us in this room are really all too aware that there’s perhaps no greater threat to human dignity and[…]

BIRD Advocacy Associate Delivers Item 3 Oral Intervention at HRC26

On 19 June, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy’s Advocacy Associate, Amanda Milani, delivered an oral intervention (1:53:40) at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva under Item 3 on the situation of trafficking persons and migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states of Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Please continue reading for[…]