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

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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 Learn More

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 Take Action
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
News & Publications

Recent News & Publications

Two more journalists killed by Israeli army fire
  • News
  • Lebanon
  • 23/11/2023

With great sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the killing of two journalists in southern Lebanon who were directly targeted

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The judiciary continues to be used to target blogger Salman Al-Khalidi
  • News
  • Kuwait
  • 21/11/2023

The State Security Criminal Court in Kuwait issued a new ruling of five more years in prison against blogger Salman Al-Khalidi as part of the ongoing

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