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.
9 July 2018 – Today, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia cleric, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, arrived in London to receive medical treatment. He landed at 3:31pm at Heathrow Airport from Bah... Read more
On 2 July, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, chaired by Karen Lee MP, collaborated with the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD... Read more
25 June 2018 – Today, Bahrain’s Fourth Criminal Court handed down three-year sentence to female political activist, Najah Ahmed Yousif, on politically motivated charges. Judge Ali Aldh... Read more
8 June 2018 – Female activist Zakeya Isa Ali Isa Albarboori, 31, and her niece, student Fatema Dawood Hasan Ahmed Juma, 19, were both charged by the Public Prosecution on 6 June for th... Read more
5 June 2018 – Today, the Bahrain High Criminal Court of Appeal upheld the five year sentence of leading Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for expressing critical comments on... Read more
21 February 2018 – Today, the Bahraini High Criminal Court sentenced four women to three years imprisonment for hiding fugitives. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy... Read more
24 October 2017 – Four defendants facing political charges yesterday appeared before the military court, in the first trial of civilians by the Bahraini military since 2011. Defendant... Read more
23 August 2017 – A group of international NGOs including Amnesty International and BIRD sent a letter today to the Bahraini government to request information concerning Sayed Alawi Hus... Read more
* Yusuf Al-Jamri made a plea to King Hamad about the torture he suffered at the hands of the National Security Agency on Thursday 3 August * Immediately afterwards, the NSA summoned him for... Read more
17 March 2017 – Mohammad Sahwan, a victim of excessive use of force by police in 2012, died of sudden cardiac arrest yesterday in Bahrain’s Jau Prison. Mohammad Sahwan is the first pol... Read more