Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Protecting Human Rights Defenders to Promote Freedom, Peace and Justice in the MENA region


We strive to ensure that everyone can work free from oppression and fear

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is an independent, non-profit NGO that provides support and protection to human rights defenders (HRDs) in order to promote human rights, including but not limited to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

By donating to GCHR, you are helping us protect and support Human Rights Defenders across the MENA Region.

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To provide protection for human rights defenders, including journalists and Internet activists, and enhance their effectiveness online and offline.


To raise awareness locally, regionally and internationally about issues pertaining to HRDs at risk.


To enable a safer environment for human rights defenders at risk, through advocacy at regional fora and via international mechanisms.


To facilitate networking and exchanges between human rights defenders, partner organisations and social movements.


Facilitators of vibrant civic spaces in the Gulf region

Founded in 2011 by human rights defenders in the MENA Region, GCHR is based in Lebanon and documents the environment for human rights defenders in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries.


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Urgent Actions

Recent Actions


Free Syrian human rights defender Abdulrahman Al-Nahhas, wrongfully imprisoned in Abu Dhabi 

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received disturbing reports that Syrian human rights defender Abdulrahman Al-Nahhas, who is imprisoned in the United Arab

24/01/2024 Learn More
Saudi Arabia

Free Salma Al-Shehab now

On the 3rd anniversary of her arrest, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) once again calls on the international community to put real pressure on the government of

15/01/2024 Take Action

84 people on trial in new case that could lead to life imprisonment or the death penalty

Update: During the trial hearings in this case, which happen every Thursday, authorities reportedly placed the families in a separate room to observe the proceedings on

12/12/2023 Take Action

Join the Alternative Human Rights Expo II on 15 November 2023

Update: Check out the press release on the event here! Watch the video here! The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and 35 partners will hold the Alternative Human

14/11/2023 Take Action
News & Publications

Recent News & Publications

Unfair Trial, Unjust Sentences
  • News
  • UAE
  • 10/07/2024

Human Rights Defenders, Political Dissidents Unjustly Convicted The convictions of at least 44 defendants in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s mass trial of at

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Authorities violate citizens’ religious freedoms
  • News
  • Oman
  • 9/07/2024

In the context of their continued violations of the civil and human rights of citizens, the Omani authorities targeted a number of innocent citizens for observing Eid

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