Middle East and Northern Africa

Regional: Gulf 2019

Defending Human Rights

Human Rights


To defend human rights and monitor violations in the Gulf. The grantee will work with its network of local human rights activists to compile cases on human rights violations, publish and distribute reports on human rights conditions, and carry out international and regional advocacy campaigns.

Freedom of the Press and Expression

Freedom of Information


To support press freedom and strengthen access to independent information in the Gulf. The grantee will continue monitoring and documenting violations against the press and free expression in the Gulf and will publish its findings in an annual report. The grantee’s website will serve as a platform for contributions and publications related to freedom of expression and the press in the Gulf.

Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights


To advocate for legislative reforms concerning citizenship rights. The grantee will conduct training workshops for human rights activists and university students, hold roundtable discussions convening civil society representatives and policy makers, and work with volunteer journalists to monitor and document issues related to citizenship rights.

Human Rights Monitoring

Human Rights


To monitor and report human rights violations in the Gulf. The organization will work with its team of local monitors to collect and document information on human rights violations, publish and distribute quarterly reports and an annual report on human rights conditions.  It will also use findings of the reports to lead advocacy campaigns for respect of human rights in accordance with international human rights standards.

Maintaining Civic Space for Continued Union Activism

Freedom of Association


To strengthen Gulf union federations’ participation in national campaigns that affect members and non-members. The center will develop and strengthen the capacity of workers and their organizations to promote freedom of association and to represent a broad base of workers, including migrants. In addition, the center will facilitate strategic links between Gulf sectoral unions with new local and regional allies.

Online Magazine

Freedom of Information


To promote freedom of expression and provide an independent platform for discussing and debating critical issues related to democratization. The grantee will continue its online platform and magazine, which publishes articles and reports, including audio and video clips and infographics, on topics related to free expression and constitutional reform in the Gulf region. The project will engage journalists, experts, activists, academics, and reformers from the Gulf region to write about issues reflecting local interests and perspectives.

Policy Forum on Reform and Political Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values


To promote reform through an online policy forum and to advocate for and defend space for political participation in Gulf States. The grantee will maintain an online policy forum on broad reforms in Gulf countries, including governance, political, and economic reforms. Experts from across the Gulf region will contribute to the ongoing debates and discussion on the forum. In addition, the grantee will launch an electronic platform to monitor political space and reforms in Gulf States and produce a report on key findings.

Promoting Human Rights

Human Rights


To promote and defend human rights in the Gulf. The grantee will work with a network of local human rights activists to monitor and document cases of human rights violations. It will publish and distribute an annual report, provide guidance and support to victims and connect them with local and international human rights organizations, and coordinate with other international human rights organizations.

Supporting Human Rights Activists

Human Rights


To support human rights defenders and activists in Gulf States. The grantee will hold an annual training for a network of activists in the region, monitor and publicize human rights violations in Gulf countries, provide assistance and guidance to human rights activists on utilizing the United Nations and international support systems, and conduct advocacy campaigns.

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