Iraqi Kurdistan: Women Human Rights Defenders Challenging a Continuum of Violence


Introduction Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in Iraqi Kurdistan face the same types of risks as any other human rights defender worldwide, but as women, they are also subject to gender-specific threats…

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Special Report: Torture in Saudi Arabia


This report aims to present some of the issues facing human rights defenders in violation of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in light of…

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Silenced Voices: Judicial targeting of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia


Overview: Saudi Arabia is a member state of the United Nations and therefore committed to uphold and respect the basic tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights without reservations. Over the…

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Syrian Human Rights Defenders Losing Hope with International Community as Human Rights Violations Continue Unabated


The stories of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Syria demonstrate some of the terrifying outcomes of the conflict in Syria of the last five years. “Blood has become so normal to see now, and the…

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Qatar, civil society and human rights: Lack of civil society space hinders work of human rights defenders


Qatar is a country ruled by a monarchy with an unusually large immigrant population. It has been subject to significant criticism for its treatment of migrant workers and women as well as those who attempt…

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Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) - Annual Report 2015: Human Rights Defenders in Prison and in Peril throughout the Gulf and Neighbouring Countries


This is the fourth Annual Report of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), an independent NGO founded by human rights defenders from the Gulf region in 2011. GCHR documents the environment in which…

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