Instances of torture continue to be reported in Bahrain, irrespective of the government’s proclaimed efforts to increase institutional accountability and transparency. Newly established institutions such as the Office of the Ombudsman frequently fail to investigate these allegations. Particularly those charged with anti-government activities have been vulnerable to ill-treatment from police officers. The Bahrain Independent Commission Inquiry (BICI) describes in its 2011 report a “culture of complete impunity” that lacks both accountability and transparency.
Especially in Dry Dock and in Jau Prison, inmates report instances of abuse, ill-treatment and torture with dramatic frequency.
The health of two prominent Bahraini political prisoners has deteriorated as prison officials continue to deny them access to appropriate medical care. 71-year-old political opposition leade... Read more
2 April 2019 – The Bahraini Embassy in London replied to the media publicity on the case of female political Najah Yusuf, by issuing a statement on Twitter including fabricated eviden... Read more
27 March 2019 – Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) hosted a conference calling on Formula 1 and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to visit Bahraini political prisoner Na... Read more
London, 27 March 2019— Ahead of the 2019 Grand Prix on Sunday, leading global NGOs and trade unions including members of the Sport and Rights Alliance sent a joint letter to the President of... Read more
8 March 2019 – Three Bahraini women political prisoners wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, earlier this year, to request her intervention in their c... Read more
6 March 2019 – Formula One has been accused of shirking responsibility in the case of Bahraini female activist Najah Yusuf, who was beaten, sexually abused and jailed for criticising the reg... Read more
25 February 2019– Today, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the three-year sentence against family members of human rights defender, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who have now exhausted all l... Read more
19 February 2019 – Jau Prison, Bahrain: Today, Bahraini political prisoner, Ali AlHajee, wrote to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister Alistair Burt ahead of Minister Burt’s... Read more
13 February 2019 – On Monday 11 February, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) held a parliamentary event to mark the 8th anniversary of the Bahraini uprisings. At the... Read more
11 February 2019 – Bahraini refugee footballer, Hakeem AlAraibi is set to return to his home in Australia tonight after a Thai Court ruled that his extradition case be dropped. The dec... Read more