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.
15 January 2015 – This week, 16 human rights organisations have written to 47 States to express grave concern ahead of a 20 January verdict in the trial of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini... Read more
3 January 2015 – The Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy express their strong conce... Read more
Bahrain is failing to improve its human rights record and its ally the United Kingdom is turning a blind eye. As the British Foreign Affairs committee calls on the Foreign Office to come dow... Read more
London- 4 December 2014, This week, a Bahraini court sentenced sisters Maryam al-Khawaja and Zainab al-Khawaja to jail terms in separate cases related to freedom of expression and human righ... Read more
On 22 November 2014, Bahrain’s citizens will be called to cast their votes for legislative and municipal elections. The elections will be the first to take place since the people of Bahrai... Read more
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