Saudi Arabia: When Impunity becomes a Policy of the Kingdom

In June 2017, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) was appointed as the new heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia. Before his appointment, little was known about MbS on the international stage. Many prominent Americans with Saudi ties were eager to frame him as a progressive modernising reformer. This could be said for certain surface-level reforms,[…]

Vision 2030: Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Whitewash Abuses

Saudi Arabia’s ongoing economic program, known as Vision 2030, has caught the interest of investors around the world since it was released in 2016. The Saudi state, despite its continued extraction of oil and gas and being home to the world’s largest oil company, Aramco, is still widely considered to be an untapped economic landscape.[…]

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[…]

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Travels the US Amid Rights Abuses

In mid-March, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (often referred to by his initials, MbS), wrapped up a trip the United Kingdom and traveled to the United States (US) for a two-week visit starting Monday, 19 March. MbS’s visit comes at a time when he is attempting to bring desperately needed social reforms to[…]