Human rights defenders, opposition activists and Shia religious leaders continue to face substantial legal harassment in the execution of their freedom of expression and association. In addition to legal harassment, which has been reported to encompass unlawful detention, torture and ill-treatment, activists may face personal threats directed at them and their families. As of March 2017, this practice was most recently outlined in the arbitrary detention of the family of exiled activist Sayed al-Wadaei.
Irrespective of condemnations from the The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bahrain’s severe repression of human rights defenders has increased in recent years, displaying a troublesome deterioration of human rights.
This week, fifty-nine members of the European Parliament signed an open statement calling for the immediate release of Nabeel Rajab and other human rights defenders currently detained in Bah... Read more
30 October 2014 – A Bahraini court has ruled that Nabeel Rajab will face criminal charges stemming from a single tweet in which both the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense alle... Read more
28 October 2014, London – 13 Members of the UK Parliament encompassing both government and opposition parties have signed an open letter to the King of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Kha... Read more
London, 17 October 2014 Rights groups call on UK to press Bahrain to release human rights defenders Nine human rights organisations called on the British government on Friday to speak... Read more
Bahrain human rights defender and 2012 Index Award Winner Nabeel Rajab is being detained and facing trial under arrest for peacefully expressing his views on Twitter. Please join Index on Ce... Read more
9 October 2014 The undersigned more than 100 organisations call for the immediate, unconditional release of detained human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, arrested on 1 October 2014 in Bahrain... Read more
Monday, September 15, 2014 Your Royal Highness, We are concerned with the continued detention of human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was arrested on August 30 2014, and we call for... Read more
19 September 2014 — Geneva, Switzerland — Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the Bahrain Center for Human... Read more
Dear Ambassador, The undersigned international and regional human rights organisations write to urge your delegation to repeat your June call for the release of Bahraini human rights defende... Read more
Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) condemn the arbitrary detention of prominent Bahraini human rights defen... Read more