Ahead of Saudi Arabia’s 3rd-cycle UPR, ADHRB at HRC39 calls attention to the kingdom’s refusal to reform

On Monday 24 September, at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) delivered an oral intervention ahead of Saudi Arabia’s 3rd cycle Universal Periodic Reivew, and under the auspices of the Item 6 General Debate. The intervention drew attention to Saudi[…]

Saudi Arabia Sentences Mohammed al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi

29 January 2018 – Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) sentenced two prominent human rights defenders, Mohammed Abdullah al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi, to 14 and seven years in prison respectively. The SCC found them guilty on a number of spurious free expression- and free association-related crimes, including “participating in setting up an organization[…]

GCC Cases Raised in the HRC 36 Special Procedures Joint Communications Report

Bahrain BHR 4/2017 JUA 17 March 2017 Mandates: Arbitrary Detention, Executions, Freedom of opinion and expression, Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Human Rights Defenders, Torture Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention, inhumane and degrading treatment, as well as treatment amounting to torture, of Mr. Sayed Nazar Naama Baqer Ali Yusuf[…]

ADHRB Condemns Qatar’s Deportation of Mohammed al-Otaibi to Saudi Arabia

31 May 2017 – Between 24 and 25 May, Qatari authorities forcibly deported Saudi human rights defender Mohammed Abdullah al-Otaibi to Saudi Arabia, where he faces an unfair trial and possible ill-treatment due to his peaceful activism. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) strongly condemns the Qatari government’s actions and calls on[…]

Saudi HRD Mohammed al-Otaibi faces prosecution if extradited from Qatar

The Government of Saudi Arabia is pressuring the Government of Qatar to extradite Saudi activist Mohammed Abdullah al-Otaibi from Qatar, where he is seeking political asylum, back to Saudi Arabia. If Qatar gives into the Saudi government’s pressure, al-Otaibi is at risk of being arbitrarily detained and sentenced to prison in an unfair trial, if[…]