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.
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.LEARN MORE ABOUT US
UPDATE: On 11 September 2023, over 800 prisoners suspended their hunger strike until 30 September 2023 to allow the authorities to implement promised improvements such7/09/2023 Learn More
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 and15/07/2023 Take Action
This week marks several anniversaries for prominent human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who is serving a life sentence in Bahrain for his peaceful7/04/2023 Take Action
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 initialLearn More
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 beingLearn More