The 2022 World Cup in Qatar: human rights violations, workers exploitation and corruption

In December 2010, Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup. This is the first time in history that an Arab country will host the Cup– the world’s premier sporting event. In order to prepare for it, Qatar is spending an estimated US$100 billion to shore up existing infrastructure and build new infrastructure, including airport, roads,[…]

HRC40 Written Statement: The Targeting of Human Rights Defenders in the GCC

Ahead of the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain submitted a written statement to the Council raising serious concern over the targeting of Human Rights Defenders in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Continue reading for the text of the statement or click here for a PDF.[…]

Prominent Bahraini Political Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison Weeks Before Election

5 November 2018 – Yesterday, on 4 November 2018, leading Bahraini opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman and two members of the now-dissolved al-Wefaq Society, Sheikh Hassan Ali Juma Sultan and Ali Mahdi Ali Al Aswad, were sentenced to life in prison for espionage, overturning acquittals by a lower court. This decision comes just weeks before[…]

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Littered with Human Rights Abuses

Last month, the exiled Qatari al-Ghufran tribe attended the 39th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) to seek international assistance in regards to their banishment from Qatar. They alleged that Qatar is building the 2022 World Cup stadiums on land taken from the tribe. Towards the end of the Council, the[…]

Dishonesty, Sabotage, and Concerns over the Kafala System Mar Qatar’s Hosting of the World Cup

Football is a cherished international institution followed by millions of fans around the world. Every several years, countries come together and vote to decide the location of the FIFA World Cup tournament. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, around 900 million viewers are estimated to have watched the final France vs Croatia match. Excitement[…]