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.
4 December 2018 – Yesterday morning, a Thai court approved a temporary remand to detain Bahraini football player, Hakeem AlAraibi, for 12 days in Bangkok. AlAraibi has been detained si... Read more
29 November 2018 – Today, Bahrain’s Fourth High Criminal Court sentenced two individuals to death on alleged terrorism-related charges, and sentenced three others to between seven year... Read more
29 November 2018– A Bahraini professional football player, Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali AlAraib, who was granted refugee status in Australia in 2017, is facing deportation to Bahrain by the... Read more
15 November 2018 – Yesterday, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) sent a letter to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on behalf of Bahraini political prisoner... Read more
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) expresses extreme concern for the acts of reprisals committed against Bahraini political prisoners, Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel, who have... Read more
15 November 2018 – On 12 November, Formula One expressed concern for Bahraini female political prisoner, Najah Yusuf, whose conviction involves criticising the Bahraini government and... Read more
13 November – Today, former Bahraini MP Ali Rashed AlAsheeri was detained by the Public Prosecution for investigation, after tweeting his intention to boycott the upcoming elections in... Read more
12 November 2018 – Today, Bahrain’s Fourth High Criminal Court sentenced four individuals to death on charges related to terrorism, three of them being tried in absentia. The charges r... Read more
9 November 2018 – 20 Parliamentarians expressed their serious concerns over the legitimacy of the upcoming elections for the Council of Representatives of Bahrain’s National Assembly i... Read more
7 November 2018 – Yesterday, Lib-Dem peer Lord Scriven wrote an open letter to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) expressing his “extreme disappointment” in their weak response... Read more