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.
31 May 2016 – Bahrain released human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja from prison today. The release comes nearly two months after the Government of Bahrain promised her freedom, in a... Read more
(Read as PDF) (اضغط الرابط لقرائة النص باللغة العربية) 21 January 2016 Your Majesty, We, the undersigned NGOs, call on the Bahraini authorities to lift the arbitrary travel ban on human righ... Read more
We, the undersigned civil society groups working to promote and defend freedom of expression worldwide, write to you to condemn the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders in Bahrain an... Read more
13 January 2016 – London – Earlier today, Saudi authorities arrested prominent human rights defender Samar Badawi. She will appear before the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (... Read more
06 November 2015 – London, The Bahraini authorities should release prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr Abduljalil al-Singace immediately and unconditionally and cease all judic... Read more
5 November 2015 – Geneva, Switzerland – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has officially declared Sheikh Ali Salman, the prominent leader of Bahrain’s oppo... Read more
Last year marked the first general elections to be held in Bahrain since the pro-democracy uprising of 2011. Since the election, which has been named amongst the worst elections in 2014 alo... Read more
On Wednesday, 29 July 2015, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, English PEN and Index on Censorship gathered outside the Bahrain Embassy in London to protest the ongoing detentio... Read more