Kuwait’s Escalating Campaign against Its Expat Workers

In recent months, tensions in Kuwait surrounding the country’s demographic composition have been on the rise. Like all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, a significant percentage of Kuwait’s population is comprised of foreign nationals who have traveled to the country for work opportunities. As Kuwait continues to grapple with economic changes stemming from a decline[…]

ADHRB writes open letter to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall ahead of Dubai visit

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) recently sent a letter to the Duchess of Cornwall regarding her upcoming visit to the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children in the United Arab Emirates. The text of the letter is as follows:  Your Royal Highness, On Tuesday 8 November, you will be visiting the[…]

Living as Commodities: Human and sex trafficking in the GCC

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is pleased to announce its new report, Living as Commodities: Human and sex trafficking in the GCC . Please see the introduction below, and click here for the full report.  All of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are highly dependent upon foreign labor, and thus[…]

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[…]

400 Unpaid Workers Struggling in Qatar is Not an Isolated Incident

For over four months, as many as 400 migrant workers in Qatar have not received payment for their work. Their employer ETA Star, an electrical and construction company, has ties to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as it is overseen by an Abu Dhabi-based firm and. In addition to leaving hundreds of migrants unpaid, the[…]