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.
05 December 2019 – Last week, on 29 November, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) sent letters to both the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Student Union (SU) at... Read more
22 November 2019- Yesterday, 52 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) delivered a joint-letter condemning the denial of medical treatment to prominent political prisoners in Bahrain to M... Read more
19 November 2019 – Moosa Mohammed has today formally lodged a criminal complaint with the Metropolitan Police Service, alleging his attempted murder by staff at the Bahraini Embassy.... Read more
14 November 2019 – Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem Al Araibi delivered a letter on 12 November on behalf of imprisoned Bahraini jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Moh... Read more
8 November 2019 – Women activists and human rights defenders in Bahrain have been subjected to “serious crimes” including physical and sexual assault while the UK’s policies “enable h... Read more
6 November 2019 – Today marks the 1000th day that political prisoner, Ali AlHajee, has gone without seeing his family. On Monday, Ali sent a letter from Jau Prison, where he is current... Read more
29 October 2019 – Formula One has written to Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven to say they will raise the case of abused activist Najah Yusuf following the release of a damning ruling by the U... Read more
18 October – Yesterday, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) co-hosted an event at Parliament to highlight... Read more
17 October 2019 – At least 26 Bahraini prisoners have joined a hunger strike to protest against the obstruction of family visits at Bahrain’s Jau Prison. The strike was launched on 10... Read more
9 October 2019 – Political Prisoner Ali AlHajee wrote a letter exposing the dire conditions of Bahrain’s Jau prison and the numerous violations prisoners have been facing pertaining t... Read more