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Past articles by Adam:

The Human Rights Price of Biden’s Visit to Jeddah

With President Biden publicly abandoning his promise of holding Saudi Arabia to account, it’s no surprise their meeting in Jeddah was seen by many as a victory for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). → Read More

Saudi Arabia Uses Celebrities to Whitewash Abuses

The Covid-19 pandemic has put Saudi Arabia’s mega-events on hold, but that hasn’t stopped Saudi authorities from confirming a slew of major functions for 2021, including a Formula 1 Grand Prix race. These events are part of a deliberate government strategy aimed at whitewashing human rights violations. → Read More

Saudi women activists should be honoured, not imprisoned

Last week, Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi women's rights activist, was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2019. But Loujain is in jail. She, along with a dozen other women's rights activists who have been detained, have been on a cruel and unpredictable rollercoaster ride. → Read More

Unexpected Dangers for Fleeing Saudi Women

New reporting from Australia sheds light on the risks Saudi women face fleeing abuse, discrimination, or repression to seek safety in another country. The report quoted a Saudi activist stating the Australian Border Force asked Saudi women why they are travelling without their male guardians, even though some Saudi women are fleeing them. → Read More

Saudi Arabia’s “Reforms” Don’t Include Tolerance of Shia Community

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has recently made moves likely to appeal to the country’s Shia minority. This includes neutering the country’s once-powerful religious establishment, which has spewed anti-Shia vitriol and demonized Shia religious practices for decades, as well as changes to the 2018-19 Saudi school curriculum to remove some anti-Shia images and rhetoric. → Read More

Saudi Arabia: ‘Unofficial’ Guardianship Rules Banned

(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued an April 17, 2017 order to all government agencies that women should not be denied access to government services because they do not have a male guardian’s consent unless existing regulations require it, Human Rights Watch said today. Government agencies will have to provide a list within three months of procedures that require male guardian approval. → Read More

Iraq: Kirkuk Security Forces Expel Displaced Turkmen

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities in Kirkuk are forcing internally displaced Sunni Turkmen to leave the city, Human Rights Watch said today. → Read More

Libya: Enforced Disappearance of Tripoli Activist

(Geneva) – A Tripoli-based activist, Jabir Zain, remains missing after being abducted on September 25, 2016, by an armed group linked to the Interior Ministry of the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord, Human Rights Watch said today. → Read More

How was Saudi Arabia Voted onto a UN Women’s Panel?

[[nid:291782 field_ne_alignment=center]] On April 19, United Nations member states elected Saudi Arabia to serve on the UN Commission on the Status of Women, a body “dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” But how does this repressive government deal with Saudi women who strive to achieve the commission’s own stated goals? → Read More

Algeria: Inadequate Response to Domestic Violence

Police inaction, insufficient shelter space, and ineffective investigation and prosecution often leave domestic violence survivors in Algeria at risk of further mistreatment despite a new law criminalizing spousal abuse. → Read More

Will Saudi Arabia Keep Locking People Up for Having an Opinion?

Don't expect the new king to stop the baseless prosecutions. → Read More

Nowhere to Flee for Palestinians From Syria

The plight of Palestinians living in Syria -- at least 520,000 at the beginning of the conflict -- should not be ignored. Countries neighboring Syria, including Jordan and Lebanon, should drop entry restrictions on Palestinians, and all governments s... → Read More