Profile in Persecution: Sayed Adnan Majed Hashem

Updated: Sayed Adnan Majed Hashem was a 22-year-old worker at the Al-Manhal water factory when he was arrested in October 2018, for the fourth time, from a house in AlDair. During his detention, Sayed Adnan endured physical and psychological torture, forced disappearance, medical neglect, and denial of contact with his family and attorney. He was[…]

Democracy in Saudi Arabia?: No progress in sight

Last week, the EU announced a relaxation of Schengen visa rules for the citizens of Saudi Arabia. No human rights compromises were made in exchange. Since democracy constitutes the best umbrella under which human rights can thrive, the next question follows: What is the current state of democracy in Saudi Arabia? In its new report[…]

UN Special Procedures Publishes Urgent Appeal to Saudi Arabia on the Risk of Execution of Dr. Abbas Alabbad

On 27 May 2019, the United Nation (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; and Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, published an Urgent Appeal addressed to Saudi Arabia concerning the risk of[…]

Bahrain continues to discriminate against its majority Shia population: ADHRB at HRC39

On Tuesday 25 September 2018, at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) delivered an oral intervention during the Item 9 General Debate on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. In the intervention, ADHRB raised concerns over ongoing discrimination perpetrated by the[…]

ADHRB at HRC39 delivers an oral intervention raising concerns about Bahrain’s SDG progress

On Thursday 13 September, at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, ADHRB’s Advocacy Fellow delivered an oral intervention during the Agenda Item 3 Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to development and on unilateral coercive measures. In the intervention, our Fellow raised concerns about Bahrain’s progress towards[…]