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We are concerned at the continuing detention of human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was arrested on August 30 2014, and we call for her immediate and unconditional release.

Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Middle East and North Africa
Robert Herman
Vice President for Regional Programs
Charles Dunne
Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs
Annie Boyajian
Senior Advocacy Officer

The following are suggested questions for William V. Roebuck, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take place on Wednesday, September 10.

Bahrain’s arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja and the continued repression of the country’s Shi'a majority show the government’s intolerance of peaceful political protests and efforts to bring about greater political openness.

Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Middle East and North Africa
Laurna Strikwerda
Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

How U.S. institutions handle the situation in Ferguson, Missouri will have a global impact.

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Evaluation of 2008-2011 UN Human Rights Council Candidates

On May 21, 2008, the UN General Assembly will elect 15 new Human Rights Council members. Twenty countries are candidates. Freedom House and UN Watch evaluated each candidate’s suitability for election to the Human Rights Council by examining its record of human rights protection at home and its record of human rights promotion at the UN.


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