HRW: Saudi Arabia: Women’s Rights Activists Charged

March 2019
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecution agency announced on March 1, 2019 that the country’s leading women’s rights activists who have been detained following arrests that began in May 2018 would face charges and be put on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecutors did not specify the charges. 

GIDHR is preparing to launch a campaign to stop selling Australian arms to Saudi Arabia & UAE

March 2019
A delegation of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) met the MP Peter Khalil, today (Tuesday 5th March 2019).

GIDHR meets Andrew Giles MP

March 2019

HRW: UN: A Call to Free Saudi Women Activists

March 2019
A joint statement by 36 countries on March 7, 2019 calling on Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record was a landmark step toward justice and accountability, Human Rights Watch said today. The statement, delivered by Iceland at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, condemns the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, urges an end to Saudi Arabia’s use of counterterrorism regulations to target dissidents and human rights activists, and calls for the release of Saudi women’s rights activists detained beginning in May 2018.

GIDHR: Al-Hathloul’s trial drops the mask of MBS, “the reformer”

March 2019
After few hours, the Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, along with activists Aziza Al-Yousef and Eman Al-Najfan, are standing before the specialised court in Riyadh, which deals with the terrorism charges, according to Loujain’s family. They not allowed to appoint a lawyer, nor were provided the list of the indictments.

JOINT STATEMENT FROM HAKEEM AL-ARAIBI, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA AND THE GULF INSTITUTE

March 2019
Football Federation Australia must explain why it is supporting Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Al-Khalifa for reelection as AFC President, despite the very serious unresolved human rights allegations that continue to hang over his head, says Hakeem al-Araibi and the human rights organisations who worked to bring him home. 

GIDHR meets with Australian Foreign Ministry officials

March 2019

HR Organizations

April 2019

UN human rights chief deeply concerned by mass terrorism convictions in Bahrain

April 2019
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday expressed alarm at a court decision in Bahrain that revoked the nationalities of 138 people after a mass trial. There are serious concerns that the court proceedings failed to comply with international fair trial standards, with a large number of the accused reportedly tried in absentia.

Amnesty: Bahrain: Mass trial revoking citizenship of 138 people ‘a mockery of justice’

April 2019
“With these outrageous sentences, Bahrain’s authorities have once again demonstrated their complete disregard for international fair trial standards...Today’s trial makes a mockery of justice and confirms an alarming pattern of convictions after unfair mass trials in Bahrain."

Amnesty: UAE: Ahmed Mansoor enters fourth week of hunger strike to protest unfair 10-year sentence

April 2019
“As a human right defender, arrested solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, Ahmed Mansoor should never have been tried and imprisoned in the first place, and we are greatly concerned that his lengthy hunger strike would result in the deterioration of his health.