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.
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
UPDATE – 12:00, 16 September 2014, Public Prosecution Transfers Case to High Criminal Court The Public Prosecution today transferred the criminal complaint against Maryam Al-Khawaja to... Read more
Sunday 24 August 2014, Bahrain – Prominent human rights defender and founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), Abdulhadi Al-Kha... Read more
Bahraini NGOs welcome steps to lift the immunity of official’s accused of torture and call for further restrictions until justice is achieved. Actions taken to lift the immunity of Nasser Ha... Read more