UPDATED: Bahrain brings new charges against Al-Wefaq’s Sheikh Ali Salman amid campaign against opposition

**Update: On 29 November 2017, Bahraini authorities postponed the trial of Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary-General of the now-dissolved opposition group Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, to 28 December. Sheikh Salman, who remains imprisoned on charges stemming solely from a political speeches he delivered in 2014, was not present at the first session of his new trial[…]

Trump Administration authorizes new arms sales to GCC states despite Congressional threat to block

On 13 and 16 October 2017, the United States Government approved the sale of weapons worth $371.6 million to Kuwait, stating that the sale “will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country.” These sales come amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis[…]

Amid GCC Row, Governments across the Gulf Fail to Address Statelessness

With the diplomatic crisis embroiling the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Saudi– and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed institutions have accused the Qatari government of arbitrarily revoking the citizenship of 55 members of the Al Morah (al-Murrah) tribe, including its leader, Sheikh Talib bin Mohammed bin Lahoum bin Shraim. Though it is as yet unclear if[…]

HRC36 Saudi Intervention: Item 8 and Arrests of Peaceful Political Dissidents

On 25 September, at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, Tyler Pry, an Advocacy Associate at ADHRB, delivered a joint oral intervention under the Item 8 General Debate on behalf of ADHRB and the European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR). In his intervention, Pry highlighted the recent arrests of over 40 individuals by[…]

Qatar Approves Permanent Residency Law that Could Expand Expatriate Rights

With the approval of a new permanent residency law, Qatar may be set to become the first Arab Gulf country to significantly reform the legal status of its expatriate population. The new legislation will reportedly allow foreign workers to obtain a permanent residency card which comes with several benefits. Cardholders will have full access to[…]