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.
20 December 2018 – On Monday 17 December, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) attended an event in Parliament chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, to commemorate... Read more
14 December – Today a Liberal Democrat peer wrote to the British Ambassador to Thailand, Brian Davidson, urging him to take immediate action on the case of Bahraini refugee footballer,... Read more
11 December 2018 – The Bahraini court ruling that convicted and sentenced Bahraini refugee footballer, Hakeem AlAraibi, to ten years imprisonment and triggered his detention in Thailand is d... Read more
6 December 2018 – Tomorrow, Bahraini football player Hakeem AlAraibi will be taken to Bangkok Criminal Court (Ratchadaphisek) as Thai immigration authorities decided to proceed with h... Read more
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