NIHR Receives UN Officer in Charge of the Middle East and West Asia Division
The National Institution of Human Rights (NIHR) President Said Al-Faihani received United Nations (UN) Officer in Charge of the Middle East and West Asia Division Darko Mocibob in the presence of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Amin El-Sharkawi.
Cholera Strikes Yemen's Sanaa; State of Emergency Called
Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities on Sunday declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster.
Reuters: U.N. Urges Bahrain to End Torture, Solitary Confinement
The United Nations Committee against Torture on Friday called on Bahrain to release prominent activist Nabeel Rajab from more than nine months of solitary confinement and investigate widespread allegations of ill-treatment and torture of detainees.
NGOs Call for World Public Action on Sheikh Isa Qassim’s Case before his Trial May 7
A group of NGOs issued an appeal calling on international high-ranked officials and agencies to take public actions regarding the case of Bahrain’s Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, before his trial scheduled to be held next Sunday May 7, 2017.
Iran Says Ready for Saudi Talks despite 'Unlawful, Inflammatory' Remarks
Iran said on Thursday it is ready for talks with Saudi Arabia to promote regional peace despite "unlawful and inflammatory" remarks by the Saudi deputy crown prince, who vowed to protect his kingdom from what he called Iranian efforts to dominate the Muslim world.
2017 HRC UPR Working Group on Bahrain Issues Draft Report; Another Set of 176 Recommendations
The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Twenty-Seventh session issued an unedited version of its draft report on Bahrain, on Wednesday (May 3, 2017). The 2017 recommendations seem to mirror the 2012 recommendations, as both sets line up to 176 recommendations.
Geneva 2017 Sees no Activists from Bahrain: Does HRC Need another Evidence?
It’s been 5 years since the United Nations issued 176 recommendations to the Government of Bahrain to reform the deteriorating human rights status. Bahrain has been a country full of torture, killing, labor dismissals and sectarian persecution.
OHCHR in its UPR Report: Concerns about Travel Ban and Diraz Siege
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report which is a summary of the information mentioned in the reports of treaty bodies and special procedures in the UN documents relevant to Bahrain.
ADHRB Calls on Bahrain to End Widespread Reprisals against Activists Ahead of UPR
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain and a number of human rights groups strongly condemned the judicial harassment of political activists, human rights defenders, and other civil society actors, attempting to attend international human rights mechanisms such as the UPR.
Amnesty Suggests Recommendations on Bahrain for 27th HRC UPR Session
Amnesty International issued on its website a report addressing recommendations at 13 states, among them Bahrain.
Wartime Economic Crisis Threatens Education of Millions of Yemeni Children
Two years of war may deprive a generation of Yemeni children of an education, the U.N. warned this month, putting them at greater risk of being married off or recruited as child soldiers for a conflict which has killed at least 10,000 people.
Video: UN Concerned about Trying Civilians in Military Courts, Calls for Holding Genuine Dialogue in Bahrain
The United Nations expressed concerns about a number of restrictions in place in Bahrain, notably on fundamental freedoms.
3 UN Experts Call on Saudi Arabia to Halt Demolition of Al-Masora Neighborhood in Awamia
Three United Nations experts called on the Saudi authorities to stop the forced eviction and demolition of the Al-Masora neighborhood in Awamia.
UN Encourages Bahrain to Take Confidence-Building Measures and Hold Genuine National Dialogue
The United Nations called to carry out proper investigations in the killings of protestors in Bahrain. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said in a press conference on March 31, 2017 that “the United Nations demanded Bahrain to undertake confidence‑building measures and hold a genuine national dialogue that helps ensuring peace, stability and prosperity for all Bahrainis.”
U.N. Experts Slam UAE over Arrest of Award-Winning Activist
U.N. experts warned Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates' arrest of an award-winning rights activist violated international law, and demanded his immediate release.
Reuters: UAE Summons Swiss Ambassador over U.N. Bahrain Statement
The United Arab Emirates summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to denounce a statement Switzerland made to the United Nations Human Rights Council the week prior criticizing fellow Gulf state Bahrain's human rights record.
Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Slams UN HR High Commissioner, Dubs his Statement “Unjustified Allegations”
Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs slammed the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, over the speech he delivered in the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on Wednesday (March 8, 2017) in Geneva, describing his speech as “Unjustified Allegations”.
UN HR High Commissioner: Repression will not Eliminate People's Grievances in Bahrain
Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticized the increasing repression exercised by the authorities in Bahrain since June 2016.
Brian Dooley: Trump’s Presidency Started by Assaulting Human Rights… Ask Bahraini Dissidents about That
Brian Dooley, director of the Human Rights Defenders program in Human Rights First, said in an article he published in the Huffington Post newspaper that President Trump’s assaults on the media, attacks on refugee rights, reports that his administration is considering withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, and his increasing chumminess with dictators are all alarming signs for human rights defenders hoping for support from Washington.
Britain Refuses to Back UN statement Condemning Bahrain’s Human Rights Abuses
The British government has refused to back a joint United Nations statement criticising Bahrain over its deteriorating human rights record.