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.
25 March 2021 – A coalition of 61 cross-party UK parliamentarians have written to new F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali urging him to “establish an independent inquiry into abuses” linked to t... Read more
25 March 2021 – New Formula One (F1) CEO Stefano Domenicali should “establish a commission of independent experts to investigate the human rights impact of F1’s activities in Bahrain”... Read more
Please note: This letter was sent on 25 January and it was acknowledged by the European External Action Service (EEAS). The Bahraini foreign minister visit to Brussels has been rescheduled t... Read more
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Bahrain: Joint Letter to Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Delegates Re: Upcoming 45th Session of the Human Rights Council September 15, 2020 Your Excel... Read more
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29 June 2020 – Last Friday Cross-party MPs wrote to Dominic Raab, UK Foreign Secretary, urging him to call for the release of arbitrarily imprisoned human rights activists from three G... Read more
26 June 2020 – Today, over 100 people joined BIRD and Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain for a virtual event marking International Day in Support for the Victims of... Read more
26 June 2020 – On 26th June, the United Nations will observe International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, raising awareness about the continued scourge of torture throughout the... Read more
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