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‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon’s Kafala System

‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon’s Kafala System

The hours felt endless. Hours “where you wonder why they took your documents, kept your mobile phone, and then you realize, only a few weeks later, that it is their way of controlling you. They got you, they can blackmail you, you are their merchandise.”

How a Human Rights Report Could Upend Sudan

How a Human Rights Report Could Upend Sudan

For years Nabil Adeeb provided legal representation to opponents of the old regime, earning him the respect of human rights activists. He now leads an inquiry into atrocities that threatens to destabilize his country.

‘Silence No More’: Women’s Rights in Kuwait Face an Uphill Battle

‘Silence No More’: Women’s Rights in Kuwait Face an Uphill Battle

A string of femicides struck Kuwait over the past year - one in which zero seats were won by women in parliamentary elections, highlighting the intricately systemic obstacles Kuwaiti women face in a country often imagined as a progressive hub in the region.

Nour Al Mukhled,
Yousef H. Alshammari
Ten Years a Prisoner in Bahrain

Ten Years a Prisoner in Bahrain

In these past 10 years, the Bahraini regime has come up with new ways to torment my father. Prisoners have nothing, so the prison administration grants them certain requests only to then take them away. The regime wants prisoners to suffer beyond the prison term and the torture.

Zaynab Al Khawaja
A Place for LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World?

A Place for LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World?

Governments in the region vary in their disregard for human rights in general — and LGBTQ rights in particular — and they all participate in disseminating homophobia through policies and the persecution of the LGBTQ community.

Fatma Khaled