Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Protecting Human Rights Defenders to Promote Freedom, Peace and Justice in the Middle East


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 in the Gulf and neighbouring countries.


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 Gulf region and neighbouring countries, 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


Take Action to help free Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and support hunger-striking prisoners in Bahrain

UPDATE: On 11 September 2023, over 800 prisoners suspended their hunger strike until 30 September 2023 to allow the authorities to implement promised improvements such

7/09/2023 Learn More
Saudi Arabia

On the 3rd anniversary of the arrest of 10 Egyptian Nubian citizens, GCHR calls for their immediate release 

On the 3rd anniversary of the arrest of ten Egyptian Nubian citizens in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls for their immediate and

15/07/2023 Take Action

On the anniversary of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s arrest, call on Denmark to demand his freedom

This week marks several anniversaries for prominent human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who is serving a life sentence in Bahrain for his peaceful

7/04/2023 Take Action
Saudi Arabia

Call for freedom for Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of prominent human rights defender Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani, who has been

30/01/2023 Take Action
News & Publications

Recent News & Publications

Free human rights lawyers Hazzaa Al-Marri and Rashid Al-Marri
  • News
  • Qatar
  • 22/09/2023

Reliable reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that the Court of Appeal in Qatar had, in the second half of 2022, ratified the initial

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Blogger Salman Al-Khalidi faces a new trial due to his peaceful activities
  • News
  • Kuwait
  • 21/09/2023

Blogger Salman Al-Khalidi is facing a new trial on trumped-up charges related to his peaceful human rights activities, as part of the ongoing targeting he is being

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