Bahrain Takes Severe Hit at UPR in Geneva, Brian Dooley
Bahrain took a rare public reprimand at its United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review, said Brian Dooley, as the Bahraini government’s delegation had to sit and listen as country after country listed concerns about the country’s failure to introduce real reform despite promises made at its last UPR in 2012.
US Preaches Human Rights yet Fails to Order Countries like Bahrain to Cease HR Abuses
It isn’t much good preaching about human rights and then embracing a policy conveying the message that if a country has “strong military ties” with the United States then it is of no consequence if it persists in “torture and abuse…”
Geneva: Denmark Says Jaw Prison Condition Deteriorating, Bahrain Doesn’t Prosecute Perpetrators
Denmark said that the government of Bahrain has not prosecuted those involved in human rights violations, despite the establishment of accountability institutions and others involved in human rights.
Geneva: UK Criticizes Bahrain’s Resorting to Death Penalties & Citizenship Revocation
The UK criticized Bahrain adopting policies of death penalties and citizenship revocations.
KRC: UN Mechanisms No Longer Able to Deter Bahraini Authorities
The Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (KRC) said that “the Bahraini government continues its arbitrary measures against human rights defenders right before the period review of the official national report before the Human Rights Council on May 1.”
HRW: Detained Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab’s Health Worsens
Human Rights Watch says prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, is suffering from health problems that have developed or deteriorated during more than 10 months of arbitrary detention.
HR Groups Call on Bahrain King to Release Photojournalist Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi
Human rights groups signed joint letter calling on the King of Bahrain to release and drop the charges against photojournalist Sayed Ahmed Salman al-Mousawi.
Bahrain Appears before Committee Against Torture: HR Groups Say It’s Time to Address Systematic Torture in Bahrain
Human rights groups sent an open letter to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), urging to reiterate Bahrain’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture. Bahraini authorities will appear before CAT in Geneva on Friday.
Strict Security Measures at Diraz Entrances ahead of F1 Race
Bahraini security forces have intensified their measures, tightening the ongoing siege imposed on the village of Diraz since June 2016.
Bahrain Arms Sales Belie US Commitment to Human Rights, Emile Nakhleh
Nakhleh stressed that US policy clearly shows the growing influence of Bahrain’s lobbyists in Washington and the cozy relationships that Tillerson has forged with Bahrain, the UAE and other GCC, stressing that these Sunni countries are ruled by tribal potentates who violate their citizens’ basic human rights blatantly, viciously, and systematically.
Marc Owen Jones: How Spate of Killings in Bahrain Raised Suspicions of State Brutality
In modern Bahrain, the truth behind violent deaths is hard to establish, highlights Marc Owen Jones in his article published on The Conversation website. “And the fact that they are largely ignored by the international media means you may well be reading about the following events for the first time,” he says.
Amnesty Int’l: Lifting Human Rights Conditions on Arms Sales Place US at Risk of being Complicit in War Crimes
Amnesty International strongly criticized US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who will reportedly lift human rights conditions on an arms sale to Bahrain, despite that country’s record of oppression against dissidents.
GIDHR Introduces Report on Executions in Bahrain in Conference Hosted by University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne hosted on Friday a conference entitled, “Human Rights Abuses in the Gulf States,” which discussed the human rights situation in the Gulf States, with a focus on Bahrain and Yemen.
Bahrain Regime Targets Families of Dissidents in Fresh Reprisals, Brian Dooley
Now family members of those who criticize the Bahrain government are being threatened, targeted, summoned and intimidated, said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley.
Amnesty International Concerned by Resumption of Executions & Clampdown on Peaceful Assembly in Bahrain
Amnesty International said that it is alarmed by the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain, in its oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Trump is Letting Human Rights Deteriorate and Bahrain is Exhibit A, Washington Post Editorial
If there is an Exhibit A for how the ascent of the Trump administration is leading to the deterioration of human rights in other countries, it is Bahrain, said the Washington Post in an editorial.
Middle East Eye: A Challenge to Bahrain's Rulers from an ex-MP, Let's Talk
My challenge is clear to the authorities. The opposition wants dialogue and has consistently said this on a regular basis for the past six years.
France, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Denmark Criticize Bahrain’s Human Rights Record
France, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Denmark criticized Bahrain's human rights record, and called on Manama to abolish all restrictions imposed on civil society associations.
Five Bahraini HR Organizations Stress Failure of NIHR in Protecting Human Rights
A statement issued by five Bahraini human rights organizations stressed the failure of the National Institution of Human Rights (NIHR) in reflecting the real conditions in the country, which confirms that the institution does not follow Paris Principles that Bahrain said the institution was formed in accordance with.
HR Groups Strongly Condemn Bahraini Gov’t Move to Dissolve Leading Secular Opposition Society Wa’ad
A number of human rights groups denounced in the strongest possible terms “the Government of Bahrain’s efforts to dissolve Wa’ad and to systematically dismantle the country’s independent political space.”