Rights Group Urge US Congress to Support Global Magnitsky Enforcement

The initiative led by Freedom House, letters in support of congressional funding for implementation of Global Magnitsky sanctions were signed by 50 organizations and individuals, and sent to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Background: The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (PL 114-328, Subtitle F) allows the president to block US visas and freeze[…]

Saudi Arabia: Update on the Shame Reform

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The Ongoing Arrest and Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders In May 2019, Amnesty International marked Saudi Arabia’s disgraceful “Year of Shame” in remembrance of a year’s passing since the arrest of several prominent women human rights defenders (WHRDs). Amnesty International stated that “a year ago, the authorities started locking up some of Saudi Arabia’s[…]

UN Special Procedures Publishes Allegation Letter to Saudi Arabia on Illegal Surveillance

On 5 July 2019, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights[…]

Appointment of First Saudi Female Ambassador to the US is a Further Attempt to Distract from Rights Abuses

On 23 February 2019, Saudi Arabia appointed its first ever female ambassador, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud. She will serve as the ambassador to the United States (US). She is a member of the royal family, and has been widely known for her advocacy work around women’s rights in the kingdom. She succeeds Prince[…]

ADHRB and 10 NGOs Send Letter to House Rules Committee Calling for Accountability for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Through the Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act

3 July 2019 – Yesterday, on 2 July, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), in cooperation with Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom House, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, Open Society Policy Center, PEN America, Project on Middle East Democracy, and Reporters Without Borders sent[…]