US – Gulf Relations: Congressional responsibility in the protection of human rights

The United States Constitution places Congress as a coequal branch of the Federal Government and specifically makes clear its authority to regulate and hold accountable the actions of the President, even in the field of foreign affairs. Federal statutes also lay out the mechanisms by which private arms sales can be made to foreign governments:[…]

HRC42: 20 States Issue Joint Statement on Saudi Arabia

23 September 2019 – Today, during the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, 20 states issued a joint statement on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, citing concern at the continued reports of torture, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearance, and unfair trials, and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The group called on Saudi Arabia to uphold[…]

ADHRB Co-Sponsors Saudi Arabia Side Event Examining Ways to End Impunity

On Thursday 27 June, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain co-sponsored a side event panel at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council addressing steps the United Nations and states could take to enhance the impact of efforts to end impunity. The event was organized by ARTICLE 19, and co-sponsored[…]

HRC40 Written Statement – Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and the Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) takes this opportunity at the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) to raise serious concerns regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian security agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul and we call for all involved in his[…]

United States Senate Passes Resolution to Halt US Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

14 December 2018 – Yesterday, the United States (US) Senate voted to 56-41 to pass a joint resolution calling on the US to halt its support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res 54) – co-sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) – passed[…]