Regional: Gulf 2020

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

Supplement $40,000

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 Monitoring

Human Rights


To protect, defend and promote human rights in the Gulf. The project will work with its team of local monitors to collect and document information on human rights violations, publish and distribute four quarterly reports and an annual report on human rights conditions.  Report findings will then guide advocacy campaigns to promote respect of human rights in accordance with international human rights standards.

Laying the Groundwork for Engagement

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To prepare the ground for future engagement in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman, the Institute will identify, expand and deepen connections with reform-minded government and non-governmental stakeholders to understand priorities and needs in the context of declining hydrocarbon prices. Information collected during exploratory activities will be used to help design future programs.

Online Independent Media Network

Freedom of Information


To promote freedom of expression and provide an independent platform for discussing and debating critical issues related to democratization. The organization will continue its online platform and magazine, which publishes articles and reports, including audio and video clips and infographics on topics related to freedom of speech, civil rights, judicial reform, unemployment, and political 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 and space for civic and political participation. The project 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 organization will maintain its new electronic platform to monitor political space and reforms in Gulf States and produce an annual 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.

Promoting Political Reform through Open Dialogue

Democratic Ideas and Values


To promote open dialogue among civic activists from the Gulf on democratic reforms. The organization will focus on political reforms on a variety of topics including women’s rights, political freedoms, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement. It will produce online media content on its website and host dialogue sessions focused on these issues.

Supporting Human Rights Activists

Human Rights

Supplement $30,000

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 UN and international support systems, and conduct advocacy campaigns.