• December 11,2018

    Thai authorities are pushing to extradite Australian-based refugee footballer to Bahrain
    11 December 2018 – A Thai court decided to extend the detention of Hakeem Al- Araibi for 60 more days so Immigration Department can prepare his extradition to Bahrain.

    Thailand is fighting desperately to send Al-Araibi to Bahrain, where he will certainly face torture, to protect its economic and political relations with Bahrain.

    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, President of GIDHR, said “there is no legal justification to pursue Hakeem Al-Araibi in Thailand. The court decision to extend his detention for 60 more days is illegal. Al-Araibi is an Australian resident and was granted asylum in Australia. His trial in Thailand is unfair”.

    “We urge the Australian authorities to put maximum pressure on Thailand to allow Al-Araibi return back home safely. We repeat our demand to grant him citizenship so we can save his life,” he added.
  • December 09,2018

    Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs ignores the refugee status of the arrested Australian-resident
    9 December 2018 – Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, yesterday 8 December 2018, on the case of the Australian-resident refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi.

    The press release ignored that fact that Hakeem Al-Araibi was granted asylum and Australia recognised him as a refugee due to the persecution and torture he faced in Bahrain. The Thai MFA insisted that Al-Araibi is a “fugitive convicted on criminal offences”.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) would like to clarify, that Al-Araibi was convicted in Bahrain on political-based charges, which he denied and provided critical evidences, however the Bahraini authorities ignored them.

    INTERPOL’s policy for individuals recognised as refugees under the 1951 Convention states that Red Notices and Diffusions are not allowed if:

    The status of the refugee has been confirmed;
    The Red Notice / Diffusion has been requested by the country where the individual fears persecution; and
    The granting of refugee status is not based on political grounds vis-à-vis the country that requested the Red Notice / Diffusion.
    GIDHR insists that there is no requirement for the criminal accusations that form the basis of the Red Notice / Diffusion against Hakeem Al-Araibi. He is recognised as a refugee in Australia and the Red Notice on him was issued by Bahrain, the country which he fled from.

    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, GIDHR President said: “We urge the Thai authorities not to violate the international laws by extraditing Hakeem Al-Araibi to Bahrain where he will be tortured. Al-Araibi should be allowed to return back to Australia as soon as possible.”

    “Thai authorities should consider the information and reports on the Bahraini prisons revealing the miserable circumstances and conditions which the political prisoners are held under. They are deprived from their most basic rights, and are subjected to several kinds of physical and mental torture,” he added “Thai authorities should not deport Hakeem to face such a grim future.”

    “We call on the Australian Government to exceptionally grant Al-Araibi the Australian citizenship, thus will be able to bring him back safely to the country he calls home,” Alhadid continued
  • December 08,2018

    Human rights organizations demanded Thailand to release him: Football player al-Araibi faces the risk of deportation to Bahrain and fears for his safety
    Three Bahraini human rights organizations said that the life of Bahraini footballer and political refugee Hakeem al-Araibi will be in serious danger if the Thai authorities handed him over to the Bahraini government, which is involved in torturing prisoners, extrajudicial killings and issuing malicious death sentences. The organizations noted that they are aware of the seriousness of the extradition of a political refugee, who criticized a member of the ruling family in Bahrain.

    The three human rights organizations, Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights and the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, called on the Thai authorities to respect the international law, which prohibits handing over a person to a state when there is fear for his safety from being subjected to torture. The organizations also demanded the Australian government and the United Nations to continue to exert their efforts to urge the Thai authorities to immediately and unconditionally release al-Araibi and allow him to travel to Australia.

    The organizations said that on the evening of December 6, Hakeem al-Araibi learned that the Thai authorities intended to push forward the date of his trial to the morning of December 7 instead of the date of which he was previously notified, December 14! The Thai judiciary had decided to start his deportation proceedings and issue an arrest warrant against him. On the same evening, al-Araibi was arrested from inside the detention center and taken to an unknown prison, where he declared his hunger strike in protest of the unfair decisions against him.
    The human rights organizations pointed out the involvement of the Thai authorities in the prosecution of al-Araibi, who is recognized by the United Nations as a political refugee. They also referred to a statement issued by an official at the Thai Immigration Department, in an interview with BBC Bangkok on December 5, saying that the Bahraini authorities were aware of Hakeem al-Araibi’s trip to Thailand, and they coordinated with the Thai Foreign Ministry to arrest him immediately after his arrival, although Thailand's former statement had said that Hakeem's arrest was due to a red notice from the Interpol.
    The organizations also pointed out that in December 2014, the Thai authorities handed over detainee Ali Haroun to Bahrain despite the marks of torture and shotgun wounds on his body. He was subjected to severe torture after being handed over to Bahrain and is currently imprisoned!
    The organizations explained that al-Araibi was one of the most prominent critics of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, the cousin of the King of Bahrain and member of the ruling family, "Salman Ibrahim Al Khalifa," during his candidacy for the presidency of the FIFA in 2016. Al-Araibi had spoken to the New York Times in particular on the role of Salman Ibrahim Al Khalifa in tracking and torturing football players who participated in the demonstrations, the organizations added explaining that criticizing members of the ruling family directly is a red line in Bahrain, which increases the risk of retaliation against al-Araibi in case he was arrested by the Bahraini security authorities.
    The organizations added that Hakeem al-Araibi, 25, was unfairly tried in Bahrain, and sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison in 2014, although his defense lawyer provided evidence to the court that al-Araibi was representing Bahrain in a football match between Bahrain and Qatar broadcasted live at the time of the incident, in which he was accused of being involved, namely, the alleged vandalism of a police station. The organizations noted that the Bahraini judiciary has a bad record of making malicious judgments over charges related to freedom of expression and over confessions extracted under torture.
    The organizations explained that al-Araibi was able to reach Australia in 2015 and obtained the status of a political refugee in 2017, and while traveling using the United Nations refugee travel document, he was arrested by the Thai authorities at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, over an Interpol notice issued at the request of the Bahraini authorities.
    The organizations added that Hakeem al-Araibi was able to conduct a video interview from inside his cell at the airport with a television channel in Australia in addition to a number of news agencies, in which he said, "I am afraid of being deported to Bahrain because it is a very dangerous matter; in Bahrain they can kill me." Hakeem al-Araibi's wife said that she was relieved when Australia gave him the status of protection and political asylum, but now she is worried about the risk of death if her husband was deported to Bahrain at any moment. Al-Araibi addressed the Australian authorities in a video message recorded by a phone from his cell in Thailand to persuade Bangkok to prevent his deportation to Bahrain.
  • December 06,2018

    BKK Says Bahrain was aware of an Australian-resident flight and requested his arrest
    6 December 2018 – "The Bahraini government knew that he [Hakeem Al-Araibi] would be arriving in Thailand [on the 27th of November], so they coordinated with Thailand's permanent secretary of foreign affairs to detain him, pending documents sent from Bahrain," head of Thailand’s immigration bureau, Police Lieutenant General Surachet Hakparn, said in an interview with BBC Thai yesterday.

    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, President of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) said, “the contradicting stories of the Thai Immigration are worrying and raise our concerns regarding Hakeem Al-Araibi’s fate. We believe that there are no more legal basis for Al-Araibi’s arrest after the Interpol’s Red Notice was lifted. We know that Thai authorities have a bad history sending back refugees to their home countries to face their grim fate, as they did with the Bahraini Ali Haroon’s in December 2014, and with the Turkish teacher Mohammet Sokmen in 2017.”

    “What we are more concerned about is that Bahrain was aware of Al-Araibi’s flight. Did Bahrain put him under surveillance or was it spying on him? In any of the cases that brings up the question is Bahrain spying on all its opponents outside the country? If so, this indicates that the safety of all the Bahraini refugees at risk.”
  • December 06,2018

    Australian-based refugee may be extradited to Bahrain today
    7 December 2018- GIDHR sources reported that Thai authorities decided to proceed with extraditing Hakeem Al-Araibi. He will be arrested tomorrow and brought to Bangkok Criminal Court (Ratchadaphisek), the sources said. However, a Thai lawyer tried to meet Al-Araibi yesterday but was denied access.
     
    On 5 December, head of Thailand's immigration bureau said in an interview with BBC that the Bahraini government was aware of Al-Araibi's flight to Thailand, and coordinated with Thailand's permanent secretary of foreign affairs to detain him. A story that contradicts with Thailand's first story that Al-Araiby was arrested on the basis of Interpol's Red Notice on him.
     
    Earlier this week, Interpol's Red Notice on Al-Araibi was lifted, however, Thai authorities did not release him nor allow him to return back to Australia,

    Hakeem Al-Araibi was arrested on 27 November upon his arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). He was told that his arrest is on the basis of Interpol’s Red Notice on him.

    On 30 November 2018, Alaraibi was told by the Thai immigration authorities that he would be able to fly back to Melbourne on 1 December 2018. A few hours before his scheduled departure, however, AlAraibi was taken to Suan Phlu (Bangkok) Immigration Detention Center where he still remains at risk of extradition.

    On 1 December 2018, the Bahraini Embassy in Thailand issued statements on Twitter stating that they are “following up with the relevant security authorities” and that “the suspect is wanted for security cases”.
     
    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, President of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) said, “Extraditing Al-Araibi to Bahrain is a blatant breach of the international law, and violates his most basic right to live freely. Bahrain is recognised by the UN Committee against Torture as a space for widespread torture. If deported to Bahrain, Hakeem’s life is at imminent risk and his safety is highly likely to be jeopardised. We fear that the bilateral relations between Thailand and Bahrain have a big impact on Thailand’s decision.”
    Background:
    In November 2012, AlAraibi was arrested and tortured by the Bahraini authorities, allegedly due to the political activities of his brother. He has since spoken publicly about his torture. “They blindfolded me,” he said. “They held me really tight, and one started to beat my legs really hard, saying: ‘You will not play soccer again. We will destroy your future.’ ” 
    In January 2014, Bahraini authorities sentenced AlAraibi to 10 years imprisonment in absentia on the charge of vandalising a police station, which he strongly deny.
    Al-Araibi had arrived in Australia in 2015 and was granted refugee status and permanent residency.  He has worked hard to build a future here in Australia.  Last season he played for Pascoe Vale Football Club, taking the position of defence.  He played at the National premium League for Victoria.  He has been signed by the club for the upcoming season in 2019.  The Chairman of Pascoe Vale Club, Lou Tona, told the ABC that Al-Araibi “was a respectful kid, a respectful person within the team mates…. He never got out of line, he’s just a quiet unassuming character.  I just hope that him and his wife are ok”.
  • December 04,2018

    Australian refugee footballer remains in Thai detention despite lifting of Interpol red notice

    Australian refugee footballer remains in Thai detention despite lifting of Interpol red notice

    4 December 2018 – Interpol red notice against the Australian resident footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was lifted. However, Thai authorities continue to detain him until they decide whether to deport him to Bahrain or allow his return to Australia.

    Yesterday, a Thai court approved a temporary remand to detain Al-Araibi for 12 more days in Bangkok. He has been detained since 27 November 2018, upon his arrival to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    Al-Araibi is facing deportation to Bahrain, although returning registered refugees to territories where they would face a real risk of persecution, torture, or other ill-treatment violates Thailand’s obligations under international law.

    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, the President of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), said: “there is no explanation for continuing to detain Hakeem Al-Araibi. Thai authorities said he was arrested on the basis of Interpol’s red notice, and that notice was lifted. He should be allowed to board the first flight to Australia. We call on the Thai government to do the right thing to protect its reputation in front of the international community.”

    “We are working along with a number of human rights organisations and activists, including Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and Refugee Council, from the very first day of Hakeem’s arrest trying to put the maximum pressure on the Thai government to resolve this case,” he added.

    Background:

    On 27 November 2018, AlAraibi and his wife travelled from Melbourne for a holiday. Upon their arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), he was detained under a “Red Notice”, issued upon Bahrain’s request due to his criminal conviction in 2014.

    On 30 November 2018, Alaraibi was told by the Thai immigration authorities that he would be able to fly back to Melbourne on 1 December 2018. A few hours before his scheduled departure, however, AlAraibi was taken to Suan Phlu (Bangkok) Immigration Detention Center where he still remains at risk of extradition.

    On 1 December 2018, the Bahraini Embassy in Thailand issued statements on Twitter stating that they are “following up with the relevant security authorities” and that “the suspect is wanted for security cases”.

    In November 2012, AlAraibi was arrested and tortured by the Bahraini authorities, allegedly due to the political activities of his brother. He has since spoken publicly about his torture. “They blindfolded me,” he said. “They held me really tight, and one started to beat my legs really hard, saying: ‘You will not play soccer again. We will destroy your future.’ ”

    In January 2014, Bahraini authorities sentenced AlAraibi to 10 years imprisonment in absentia on the charge of vandalising a police station, which he strongly deny.

    Based on the aforementioned information, if Al-Araibi is returned to Bahrain, his safety is highly likely to be jeopardised.

    It is noteworthy that the issuance of the Red Notice violates the formal policy of the Interpol Executive, which states that the processing of red notices “will not be allowed if… the status of refugee or asylum-seeker has been confirmed”.

  • December 04,2018

    Thai Immigration received a formal request from Bahrain to extradite detained footballer
    4 December 2018 – Thai immigration received today a formal request from the Bahraini authorities to extradite the detained footballer, Hakeem Al-Araibi, despite the lifting of the Interpol’s red notice on Al-Araibi.

    The continued arrest of Al-Araibi has no legal bases after the Interpol’s red notice was lifted. Thus, Al-Araibi should be allowed to return to Australia.

    Yesterday, a Thai court approved a temporary remand to detain Al-Araibi for 12 more days in Bangkok. He has been detained since 27 November 2018, upon his arrival to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    Al-Araibi is facing deportation to Bahrain, although returning registered refugees to territories where they would face a real risk of persecution, torture, or other ill-treatment violates Thailand’s obligations under international law.

    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, the President of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), said: “there is no explanation for continuing to detain Hakeem Al-Araibi. Thai authorities said he was arrested on the basis of Interpol’s red notice, and that notice was lifted. He should be allowed to board the first flight to Australia. We call on the Thai government to do the right thing to protect its reputation in front of the international community.”

    “We are working along with a number of human rights organisations and activists, including Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and Refugee Council, from the very first day of Hakeem’s arrest trying to put the maximum pressure on the Thai government to resolve this case,” he added.
  • December 02,2018

    Australian resident refugee football player continues to fear deportation by Thai Authorities

    2 December 2018 – A refugee football player from Melbourne who has been detained at Bangkok Airport since 27 November, has now been placed in Suan Plu (Bangkok) Immigration Detention Centre, and is facing deportation back to Bahrain, the country from which he sought refuge and where he fears torture and persecution. 

    On 27 November, Hakeem Al-Araibi had travelled from Australia to Thailand to with his wife.  On arrival, he was detained at Bangkok Airport by Thai authorities on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice.  The Notice relates to politically motivated charges issued in Bahrain against Al-Araibi.  It is noted that, since 2015 Interpol has said it would not allow red notices against confirmed refugees and asylum seekers from the countries they fled from.

    Human rights activists in both Australia and Thailand,  campaigned for the release Al-Araibi and highlighted the responsibility of both Australia and Thailand to protect Al-Araibi, a refugee who fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to his peaceful involvement in protest against the ruling family during the Arab Spring of 2011.  

    The Australia Embassy in Bangkok advised Al-Araibi on 30 November 2018 that his situation is cleared with the Thai authorities and to book on the first flight back to Australia, however, Thai immigration authorities refused to hand him his travel document and insisted that he should book for a flight the following night.  A few hours before his pre-booked flight to Melbourne last night, Thai immigration authorities transferred Al-Araibi to Suan Plu Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok, where he is now detained. Thai authorities advised Al-Araibi that the case is now between the Australian and the Bahraini Governments, and the decision is theirs.

    Al-Araibi had arrived in Australia in 2014 and was granted refugee status and permanent residency.  He has worked hard to build a future here in Australia.  Last season he played for Pascoe Vale Football Club, taking the position of defence.  He played at the National premium League for Victoria.  He has been signed by the club for the upcoming season in 2019.  The Chairman of Pascoe Vale Club, Lou Tona, told the ABC that Al-Araibi “was a respectful kid, a respectful person within the team mates…. He never got out of line, he’s just a quiet unassuming character.  I just hope that him and his wife are ok”.

    Activists are demanding to allow Hakeem to return back to his current country Australia to save him from the imminent danger if deported to Bahrain. Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, said “Under no circumstances can he be sent to Bahrain…. Interpol Red Notices do NOT apply to recognised refugees like Hakeem al-Araibi”.  Mr Robertson added that “MFAThai should coordinate with dfat & Refugees to ensure that he is not forced back to Bahrain to face imprisonment and torture”.

    Commenting, Yahya Alhadid, president of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), said: “Al-Araibi had publicly criticized senior members of Bahraini royal family, he conducted interviews with media outlets and exposed the blatant violations which are committed in Bahrain. Deporting him to Bahrain puts him at significant risk and endangers his life. We call on the Australian Government to fight to get him back safe and save him from the imprisonment and torture he will face in Bahrain for unfounded and politically motivated charges.”

  • November 29,2018

    ACT NOW: SAVE HAKEEM
    Hakeem Ali Mohamed AlAraibi is a former player in Bahrain’s national soccer team. He fled Bahrain in 2014 and sought asylum in Australia due to freedoms’ repression in his home country. On 27 November 2018, Hakeem was travelling to Bangkok, upon his arrival in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, he was detained. He was informed that the reason for his detention was in conformity with an Interpol red notice against him, issued upon request of Bahrain. GIDHR fears that Hakeem will face imprisonment and torture if he is deported to Bahrain.

    In 2016, during the candidacy for FIFA presidency, AlAraibi has been very critical of the current president of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman AlKhalifa. He conducted interviews with media outlets, including the New York Times, the Guardian, and ITV, and discussed details of the torture he suffered while being detained in 2012 in Bahrain.
    Hakeem has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain. He said he was threatened to destroy his professional future.

    On 5 January 2014, AlAraibi was sentenced to 10 years in prison over a fabricated charge which he denied and provided evidences of him participating in a match that was televised live when the alleged crime occurred. However, when his family reached out to the Bahraini soccer association to confirm his alibi, their requests went unanswered.
    Hakeem was granted Australian Protection Visa, and is recognized as a refugee in Australia. Interpol’s Red Notice violates the international police organization’s policy that the notices will not be issued “if the status of refugee or asylum-seeking has been confirmed.”

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) calls upon the Government of Australia, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, and Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to take serious and urgent actions and press on the Thai authorities to release Hakeem and allow him to get back to Australia where he is protected.
    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights
    29 November 2018
  • November 08,2018

    Bahraini NGOS Condemning the decision of Germany to deport Bahraini citizen Ahmed Nawar to Bahrain
    Five Bahraini human rights organizations, signatories to this joint statement, express their deep concern at the information they received about the intention of the German authorities to deport Bahraini citizen Ahmed Nawar from their territories to Bahrain after examining his asylum application and protection. Nawar, who is a member of a Bahraini targeted political opposition group, has been applying for asylum in Germany since 2015. The signatory organizations fear that Nawar will be at risk if he will be deported to Bahrain, especially with increasing number of cases of activists or detainees who been tortured under interrogation or custody.

    Nawar participated in many anti-arbitrary activities in Bahrain during his stay in Germany. He also participated in different media programs, expressed his views on social media, and delivered speeches opposing the Bahraini government's policy. He fears that all these acts will be used against him if he is deported to Bahrain. Nawar has been living with concern since Germany authorities decision to deport him from the court, the local police may implement the decision at any time.

    This is not the first time that Bahraini nationals have been deported from countries where they have applied for asylum or taken refuge in order to escape the influence of the security agency in Bahrain. The Dutch authorities deported Bahraini citizen Ali Shuwaikh, who arrived at Bahrain airport late on Saturday 20th October where he was arrested on arrival and transferred to an unknown destination.

    In January 2014, Omani authorities handed over Bahraini citizen Sadiq Jafar al-Shaabani, age 31, after being arrested by the Omani intelligence service. According to information obtained by human rights organizations in Bahrain, al-Shaabani was severely tortured in the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) building.

    Bahrain National Security Agency responsible for the arrests is considered to be the deadliest body in the country. The results of the investigations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry concluded that this Agency practices torture and physical and psychological ill-treatment like what happens to Abdul Kareem Fakhrawi and Ali Issa Saqr. The fact-finding committee recommended freezing the authorities of this Agency in terms of criminal arrest and investigation and limiting its work to research and investigation. However, the government reintroduced the authority of investigation and re-arrest of this agency since January 2017.

    Several international human rights organizations have issued reports confirming the torture and ill-treatment systemically practiced by the security authorities in Bahrain, including Amnesty International, which issued a report in 2017 entitled "No one can protect you", which contained details of claims and complaints of torture, including the case of woman human rights activist Ibtisam al-Sayegh where she been physical tortured and sexual assaulted during interrogation at National Security Agency headquarters in Muharraq in June 2017.
     
    The signatories to this joint statement hold the German authorities responsible for the safety of Bahraini citizen Ahmed Nawar and invite them to reconsider their decision, especially when they tolerates Nawar's torture and inhuman treatment once he deport to Bahrain.


    * Bahrain Center for Human Rights
    * Bahrain Forum for Human Rights
    * Bahrain German Organization for Human Rights and Democracy 
    * Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights
    * Salam for Democracy and Human Rights
  • November 06,2018

    Prominent Bahraini Human Rights Organizations Questioned the Impartiality of the Upcoming Elections and Reached to the Concerned International Stakeholders
    In a letter sent to more than 200 international bodies, Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, Bahrain Forum for Human Rights and The Gulf Institution for Democracy and Human Rightshave reached out to the concerned international stakeholdersto informed them about why they believethe upcoming elections in Bahrain lacks the impartiality and independency. 

    The three prominent Bahraini human rights organisations, told the international organizations and stakeholders in their letter, that not all Bahraini citizens are able to practice their constitutional rights to participate in the general elections without intimidation and fear for their own security. They have also stated in the letter that the oppression against the opposition is still going on, and the serious violation of rights of Bahraini citizens to equal opportunity to vote and to be elected, which is clearly stipulated in the constitution of Bahrain and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 

    The three organizations have also highlighted that the Bahraini authorities prepared the ground for the 2018 Elections in enhancing barriers against opposition groups. In June 2018, the King ratified the amendment to Law No. 14 of 2002 that prevented individuals from running for parliamentary elections permanently, including those previously convicted to a jail sentence of six months or more; leaders and members of dissolved political organizations that were dissolved; and whoever destroys or disrupts the conduct of constitutional or parliamentary life by terminating or leaving the parliamentary work in the Council, conditions in fact applied to almost all of dissidents and political societies, as many of political leaders have been arbitrarily punished to jail sentence while political groups forcibly dissolved in the past 7 years.

    In 2012, the Bahraini government arrested 200 members of the Islamic Action Society (Amal) and dissolve the organization for their participation in the 2011 uprising. In 2016, Al-Wefaq, the largest political society in Bahrain, was also forced to close, with its funds arbitrarily liquidated. In the following year, the National Democratic Society (Wa’ad), the largest liberal party, went through the same path on the charges of inciting terrorism. 

    A number of members and leaders of political societies remain under surveillance of the government, or in jail. The Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq, Shaikh Ali Salman, for instance, has been in jail since December 2014, being accused of provoking hatred against the regime and he been life sentenced.
  • August 10,2018

    GIDHR: Stop the bloodbath in Yemen!- Dozens of children were killed during the past days by Saudi air strikes
    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) condemns the horrific massacre committed yesterday (Thursday 9 August 2018) in the province of Sa’ada in Yemen. Saudi-led coalition’s warplanes targeted a bus carrying children. 

    According to the Yemeni Health Minsitry, a total of 50 people died and 77 were injured. Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen said that most of the victims were under the age of 10.

    Earlier this month, on 3rd of August, Saudi air raids targeted the public hospital and a busy fishing port in the city of al-Hodeidah and killed at least 55 people, including children and women, and wounded at least 150 Yemenis.

    GIDHR calls on the international community to take serious and urgent measures to put an end for the ongoing bloodbath in Yemen. We demand referring the perpetrators of the war crimes in Yemen to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as war criminals. GIDHR also urge all the countries selling weapons to the coalition countries, especially Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates, to cease all the arms deals as these countries are using the weapons to target civilians including children and women.

    10 August 2018
  • August 03,2018

    Four Bahraini Human Rights Organizations hold the Bahraini authorities responsible for the deterioration of the health situation of opposition leader Hassan Mushaima

    The human rights organizations that signed this statement express their condemnation of the violation of the rights of Hassan Mushaima, 70 years old, whose deprived from receiving medical treatment and proper care in Jau central prison. These organizations hold the Bahraini authorities responsible for Mushaima's health deterioration for its lack of commitment to the law; Mushaima suffers from chronic diseases.

    The statements says: According to our information, Mushaima needs treatment of several chronic diseases in specialized hospitals and that he has previously undergone several operations for these diseases, but the prison administration has not completed the treatment and prevent the medicine.

    According to previous information received in recent years, despite the high numbers of detainees, specifically in Jau central prison and the dry dock prison, only one doctor is available for one seizure per prison; As a result of this pressure on the doctor, testimonies from the detainees and their relatives says the doctor does not perform medical examinations in all cases, but only give painkillers. The doctor delays the transfer of detainees to hospitals and outpatient clinics, while some detainees are prevented from being transferred to these clinics as a result of the prison administration failing to take them to the medical appointments set by the external health center after the transfer of the prison doctor.

    Also, convicted prisoners who wish to receive treatment at private health centers - at their expense - are not enabled to do so. Despite the powers of the prison administration to release prisoners whose life in prison poses a threat to their lives, it often does not work with these powers, except for limited cases of insurmountable diseases. It is clear that the prison authorities in Bahrain are failing to meet the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. Where Mushaima and his fellow imprisoned opposition leaders were recently subjected to humiliating inspection of and their personal items, such as books, notes, papers and pens, were arbitrarily confiscated.

    The statement pointed out that the family of the political prisoner, Hassan Mushaima has called on the competent authorities and the prison administration to take into account his health status, but no response was ever recieved! It is a matter of concern that this act is deliberate and premeditated and is of acts of revenge. Mushaima has not accepted the family visit since February 2017 because of his refusal to place iron chains linking both his hands and feet which severely restricts his movement. Human rights activists considered this procedure to be humiliating, making prisoners refuse to go to the hospital and refuse to go to the visiting room.

    The human rights organizations called upon the concerned authorities to take quick and urgent steps to end the suffering of Mushaima and to allow him to receive the necessary and appropriate treatment. They also urge the authorities to release all prisoners of conscience, especially those suffering from chronic diseases and persons with special needs.

    The signatory human rights organizations are: Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights

    Thursday 8th of July 2018
  • June 19,2018

    GIDHR addresses US President on the eve of Sheikh Ali Salman’s trial
    18 June 2018
    The President
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500
    President Trump,
    I write to you on behalf of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights to bring to your attention our deep concerns regarding the trial of prisoner of conscience Sheikh Ali Salman.
    Sheikh Ali Salman is a prominent opposition figure, and the Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the largest political society in the Gulf, which was arbitrarily dissolved.
    Sheikh Salman is serving a four-year prison term over charges of “inciting hatred against the regime and insulting Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior” since 28 December 2014. This dubious charge has been denied with strong evidence from his speeches. However, Sheikh Salman is currently facing new charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on 21 June 2018 after facing 10 hearings before the court.
    Bahrain’s Public Prosecution accused Sheikh Salman of “spying for Qatar” over phone calls between him and Qatar’s former prime minister, which took place in the wider context of political efforts to resolve the crisis that broke out in Bahrain in February 2011. Sheikh Salman denied the charges raised against him, while Qatar’s Prime Minister stressed that the “incriminating” phone calls were done with the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s knowledge and as part of the Gulf-US initiative to settle the crisis.
    Sheikh Salman is well-known for his peaceful and moderate political speech, throughout all his political life. He has been described as a symbol for non-violence and peace.
    Mr President,
    There is a firm belief that Sheikh Ali Salman has been targeted for expressing his political views publicly, for defending the right to political participation, arguing against corruption and oppression, as well as demanding democracy, political reforms, social justice and equality among the people of Bahrain.


    Moreover, Sheikh Salman’s right to a fair trial was violated since the very first day of his arrest. Ms Navi Pillay, former High Commissioner for Human Rights, has described his trial as a “political persecution”, as well as Amnesty International who considered it a “false justice”.
    President Trump,
    The Government of Bahrain benefits from your administration’s unconditional support, along with other allies. Your administration, which was the main party in the US-Gulf initiative, is aware that Sheikh Ali Salman’s call with the Qatari former prime minister, which Bahrain’s Public Prosecution based itself on, was part of the aforementioned initiative.
    The people of Bahrain have been longing to achieve democracy, freedom, equality and social justice. Despite being under repression for more than seven years, the Bahraini people remained peaceful in demanding their freedom and democracy; the same values which the American people have usually praised.
    Mr President,
    We call upon your administration to exert pressure on the Government of Bahrain to:
    - Release Sheikh Ali Salman unconditionally, along with all the political prisoners in the country;
    - Drop all the charges against Sheikh Ali Salman as per the reconstructions by United Nations Special Rapporteurs;
    - Halt all human rights violations, hold perpetrators accountable, and compensate the victims;
    - End all forms of discrimination;
    - Set a national dialogue with all the opposition parties.
    We appreciate the annual reports issued by the U.S. Department of State on human rights and religious freedoms. We hope that you will work in accordance to the recommendations issued by both reports.
    Looking forward for your positive response.
    Yahya Alhadid
    GIDHR President
  • March 10,2018

  • December 10,2017

  • December 07,2017

    Bahraini human rights organizations welcome statement by UN experts on health status of Sheikh Issa Kassem

    Bahraini human rights organisations welcomed the statement by four UN experts calling for full respect for the rights of the country’s top senior Shiite leader, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, 76 years old.

    The organisations demand that Bahraini authorities respond to what the experts called for which is to ensure that medical staff could monitor Sheikh Qassim’s health condition without any kind of pressure, and allow him to receive visitors freely, as well as ensuring that he will continue to receive the medicines he needs after leaving the hospital.

    The organizations also stressed on his right to freedom of movement that should not be violated and the house arrest is terminated.

    The human rights organisations pointed out that the security authorities deliberately restricted the right to receive treatment, which, according to the expert statement, took three hours to allow the doctor to enter the house of Sheikh Isa Qassem for examination on 26 November 2017.

    That is as well as the measures of house arrest (without a judicial ruling) which resulted in disabling his doctors from adequate access to him for more than 500 days. A clear violation of the right to adequate and necessary treatment.

    The human rights organisations also stressed on the need to enable an independent, reliable and UN cooperating medical body to oversee the health condition of Sheikh Isa Qassim. They also called in the government to completely withdraw any security presence around his area and urged it to effectively remove all forms of police around his residence in Al Duraz.

    They urged the government to lift the house arrest, and demanded the drop of all charges against him and restore his Bahraini citizenship and civil rights.

    According to international reports, Bahrain’s majority Shiites are persecuted by the government’s policies, as patterns of persecution take place at various levels, affecting their political and religious rights.

    Signatories:

    • Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR)
    • Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR)
    • Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR)
    • SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights (SALAM DHR)
    • The European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)
  • October 28,2017

  • October 26,2017

    Bahraini Human Rights Organizations: The Political Space in Bahrain is turning Dark Black amid the Dissolution of "Waad" Political Party Revealing Lack of Judicial Independency
    Bahraini human rights organizations have said that the Bahraini authorities have strengthened the closure of the democratic space through the decision of the second Supreme Court of Appeal to uphold the verdict of dissolving the National Democratic Action Association (Waad) during the session held on Thursday, 26 October 2017. When other decisions against a number of other political or civil associations are an additional step in undermining the freedom of political and civil action in Bahrain.
     
    The organizations pointed out that the charges on which the lawsuit against Waad was based were vague, weak and clearly malicious, explaining that this retaliation was due only to Waad's exercise of their legitimate rights under international law and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to freedom of political action and association.
     
    The organizations also mentioned that the Ministry of Justice based its action on the arbitrary restrictions imposed by the Law on Political Associations, which allows the Ministry to intervene unjustifiably in the work of political societies. The number of lawsuits and procedures the Authority has resorted to are 9 procedures since 2011, divided between: Lawsuits and Suspension Procedures. Waad is now the third political society to be dissolved after the Islamic National Reconciliation Society (Al Wefaq) and the Islamic Action Society (Amal), beside the prosecutions and crackdowns on a number of Waad leaders.
     
    The dissolution of Waad reveals yet again the lack of judicial independency and confirms that Bahrain's political space is bleaker than before.
     
    Signatories:
    • Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR)
    • Bahrain Forum for Human Rights
    • Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR)
    • SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights
    • The European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)
  • October 24,2017

    GIDHR: The statement of the Bahraini Ministry of Interior (MoI) is inaccurate and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urgently demanded to inspect the conditions of prisons and detainees in Bahrain
    The statement of the Bahraini Ministry of Interior (MoI) is inaccurate and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urgently demanded to  inspect the conditions of prisons and detainees in Bahrain 
     
    On 19 October 2017, Bahrain's Ministry of Interior (MoI) issued a statement in response to the social media information on the violations of prisoners' rights. The Ministry of Interior has asserted that "The Directorate of Reform and Rehabilitation is carrying out its humanitarian and legal duties of every inmate, with integrity."

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human rights (GIDHR) confirms that this statement contradicts the inhuman practices exercised on the detainees in all prisons, in Bahrain. Further, GIDHR emphasize that the administrations of prisons  infringe the executive regulations for prisons and detention centres, which in turn violate The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. 

    GIDHR stresses that the detainees in five prisons are deprived of their most basic rights, such as the right to food, visits, communications, education, medical care and religious practice.In addition to the inhuman and degrading practices, and the spread of hate speech by the prisons administrations.

    In fact, the prisons administrations are tightening restrictions on prisoners and using 21 methods of torture and ill-treatment, as well as imposing new restrictions on communication 
    and family visits. GIDHR has received information that on 9 October, the prison administration raided the building where the detained opposition leaders are kept, and searched it in a humiliating manner, for about 3 hours. Moreover, On Monday, 23 October 2017, the family of the detainee Parweez Jawad (70 years old) received a phone call, informing them that he refused to be treated in the hospital because the prison administration had required his hands and legs shackled in chains.

    It is also reported that the prisons administrations continue to neglect the conditions of sick prisoners and their need for treatment and medicine, and are still procrastinating the detainees' treatments.
    For instance, the detainee Hassan al-Mushaima has developed cancer, and needs a periodic check, however he is deprived of treatment.
    The detainee, Elias Faisal Mulla, is developing Colorectal cancer. Ahmed Mirza is suffering from sickle cell disease and needs permanent care, and he is deprived of treatment.
    The detainee Aqil Hassan Jassim Abdul Nabi suffers from epilepsy and from a very bad physical and psychological condition.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) reaffirms its urgent appeal to The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to examine the conditions of prisons and detainees in Bahrain. Additionally, GIDHR urges the international community to pressure the government to allow the Special Rapporteurs to visit Bahrain.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR)
    24 October 2017
  • October 19,2017

    Bahraini human rights organizations appeal to the international community and human rights organizations to save prisoners in Bahrain
    The undersigned human rights organizations call upon the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to urgently visit Bahraini prisons to stand upon their situation and invite UN Special Rapporteurs and relevant UN working groups to submit new applications to visit Bahrain. 


    The organizations are calling on the Member States of the Human Rights Council to exert serious pressure to be allowed to have unconditional access to all places of detention and meet any prisoners to know the reality of the situation in all prisons as well as activating the mechanisms of international control. 

    In the same time, the signatories call on the government of Bahrain to respect international covenants, notably the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. They urge to respect the rights of prisoners determined by the Reform and Rehabilitation Law in the prison administration and its executive regulations that go in parallel with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and modify the texts that do not conform with the later rules.


    The Human rights organizations urgently appeal to the international community and international human rights organizations to pressure the authorities in Bahrain to stop their grave violations against detainees and prisoners and to work on immediately release prisoners of conscience.


    According to documented statistics, the number of detainees and prisoners in Bahraini prisons has reached 4,000 prisoners, including 12 women. Since 2011, the total number of arbitrary arrests has reached more than 12,000 including 330 women, 968 cases of children including 3 female children, where more than 4000 citizens were subject to torture or abuse and ill-treatment.


    In addition, the information reaching out to us confirms the overcrowding of prison cells by more than 50% of their capacity, with the continuation of humiliating inspections, the confiscation of personal belongings, and the practice of a number of abuses against prisoners, which deprive them of basic rights.


    In September of this year, prisoners of conscience organized a hunger strike to demand improvement to their detention conditions: stopping torture and ill-treatment, providing medical care, opening the praying area for prayer and religious services, providing a waiting room for visiting families, removing the plastic barrier inside the visits rooms, improving the quality of meals and other demands. Previous reports from inside Bahraini prisons said prisoners have been exposed to food poisoning due to poor food quality, contrary to Rule 20 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.


    In March 2015, the security authorities punished prisoners in Jau central prison in a collective manner after disturbances in the prison. The security authorities resorted to excessive use of force to quell the prison protests, and forced detainees to sleep outside their cells and subjected them to various forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment in clear and explicit violation of rules 10-14 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and Article 10, paragraph 1, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that guarantees respect for the inherent dignity of all persons deprived of their liberty.


    Ill detainees and prisoners, particularly those suffering from chronic diseases, suffer from inadequate medical care and treatment to prevent any health deterioration, when the UN recommendation clearly calls for the adoption of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.


    Signatories:

    Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)

    Bahrain Forum for Human Rights 

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR)

    SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights 

    The European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)
  • October 06,2017

  • August 26,2017

  • July 29,2017

  • July 25,2017

    Bahraini human rights organizations: The execution in Saudi Arabia is an instrument of persecution and political revenge and we demand to freeze Saudi Arabia's membership in the Human Rights Council

    The Supreme Court and Riyadh and the Specialized Court of Appeals upheld the death sentences against a number of citizens from Qatif, Al-Ahsa and Madinah AlMonawara in Saudi Arabia on the grounds of their conviction on political and malicious charges, bringing the total death sentences imminent to execution during these days to 36 death sentences against Shi'a citizens.

    In contrast, the three signatory human rights organizations condemn the issuance of these judgments under trials not in conformity with international standards for fair trials, which target not only human rights activists and opponents, but also a specific religious nature. That is in the continuation of the systematic punishment policy practiced by the Saudi authorities against citizens belonging to certain regions on basis of reform demands and as an instrument of persecution and political revenge.

     

    The signatories condemn in the strongest terms the continued use of the non-independent judiciary in Saudi Arabia for political and reprisal purposes and the manipulation of the right to life through the standardization and implementation of the death penalty, despite claims by international human rights organizations that such punishment should be suspended for the cases related to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

     

    The signatory organizations also recall that most of the confessions on which the Saudi authorities base their unjustified death sentences upon are extracted under coercive conditions and under torture, including severe beatings, humiliating practices that degrades human dignity as well as prolonged incommunicado detention. Saudi Arabia's policy of turning a blind eye to the perpetration of its human rights abuses is due to the lack of international pressuring will.

     

    As a result, we call on human rights organizations to freeze Saudi Arabia's membership in the Human Rights Council for the authorities' persistence in their transgressions and their implementation of the death penalty for retaliation in flagrant violation of the international human rights laws.

     

    The signatories:

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

    SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights

    Bahrain Forum for Human Rights.

  • July 12,2017

    Bahraini Human Rights Organisations Strongly Condemn the Execution of Four Activists in Saudi Arabia: Extrajudicial Killings after Unfair Trials

    The Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday (July 11th, 2017) the execution of four activists; residents of the Qatif area, who it claims are 'convicted of terrorism'. The Victims are: Amjad Naji Al Mu'aybid, Zaher Abdul Rahim Al Basri, Yousuf Ali Al-Meshaishe and Mahdi Mohammad Hassan Al Sayegh.

     

    Indeed, the Saudi Interior Ministry utilizes the 'Terrorism' charge to retaliate against a number of conscience activists and social equality advocates, which constitutes an extrajudicial killing, especially practiced in the aftermath of unfair trials.

     

    Thus, the number of executions in Saudi Arabia has risen up to 48 cases, since the beginning of 2017. It is noteworthy that 153 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in 2016. Additionally, in the previous year, Saudi Arabia executed the same number of people, which is the highest rate in nearly 20 years.

     

    Bahraini human rights organisations condemn this execution including: Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), Salam of Democracy and Human Rights(SALAM) and Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR).

     

    The organisations define the execution as a part of the continuum repressive campaign by the Saudi authorities against all citizens and activists who oppose it, based on their demands for civil and political rights. Moreover, these executions for political reasons are not the first case, but they fall within the series of measures, particularly targeting the Qatif area, and its residents who led an opposition movement.

     

    The organisations add, "The Saudi authorities exploit the charge of 'terrorism' against its opponents at any time, and without hesitation." The organisations stress that the 'Anti-Terrorism Legislation' can not serve as a pretext to justify this kind of illegal and unjust judgments, especially that this accusation is directed against activists and citizens, merely because they exercise their due rights for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, which are guaranteed by international covenants.

     

    Further, the signatory organisations mention that the execution sentences in Saudi Arabia is strongly rejected by International Human Rights organizations; including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. These organisations consistently urge Saudi Arabia to halt the death penalty for its violation of human rights. They, in addition, point that what exacerbates the situation is the absence of  judicial transparency. They state that this situation raises a lot of questions over the lack of justice and integrity, especially in terms of utilizing the judiciary, by the Saudi authorities, on political issues in a blatant violation of fair trials.

     

    Besides, the signatory human rights organizations condemn the international silence over the deterioration of human rights in Saudi Arabia, and call upon the international community to act immediately to put pressure on Saudi Arabia government to halt the death penalty against political activists and opponents, and to reconsider the minimum standards of human rights and due freedoms, stipulated by various covenants and international conventions.

  • July 10,2017

    Gulf Institute condemns the Unfair Verdict against HRD Nabeel Rajab, and Calls on Bahrain to Respect Human Rights

    A Bahraini court has sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, Head of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), to two years imprisonment over television interviews in 2015 and 2016, which the authorities claim it would "undermine its image."

     

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) condemns the unfair sentence against the human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, and considers it a political verdict; primarily aims at retaliating against a prominent human rights defender who is well known for consistently monitoring the human rights violations, and exposing the actual face of the government of Bahraini.

     

    GIDHR considers Rajab's sentence to be an additional proof that the Bahraini authorities are not willing to accept any free opinion, and that the judiciary has been a tool utilised by the government, motivated by its will, and serves its agenda. GIDHR considers this verdict a crime against freedom of expression in Bahrain, particularly for trying Rajab on statements he made. GIDHR demands the immediate suspension of the verdict, and the release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab.

     

    GIDHR calls on the international community to act vigorously and immediately to enact international legislation to prevent the exposure of all human rights defenders, to put an end to the frequent and illegal campaigns by the authorities against human rights activists, and to urge the allies of Bahrain to pressure the regime to respect human rights and stop all types of persecution.

     

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

    10-07-2017  

  • June 11,2017

  • May 12,2017

    GULF INSTITUTE for Democracy and Human rights Calls Upon International Organizations to Save the Civilians of Al-A'awameya

    Al-A'awameya is one of the villages of Al Kateef district, it is located in the eastern side of Saudi Arabia. The village has been tightly besieged by the Saudi Security Forces. Access points to the village have been blocked. Besides, Al-Maswara historical and tourist quarter has been destructed, and the residents have been displaced.

    No doubt, the village which has been besieged since 3 days, has become a battle zone. The offensive campaign is targeting the civilians by shooting fire guns and attacking residential areas. Houses, shops, and cars have been burnt. Furthermore, medical teams are not allowed to reach the wounded.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) expresses its utmost condemnation of the imposed siege by the Saudi Forces against the civilians of Al-A'awameya which violates basic standards of human rights and  international conventions. The Institute considers this blockade as a collective sanction, systematically led by the security forces against the residents of the entire village. This orchestrated campaign aims at frightening civilians, isolating them and suspending their daily activities.

    GIDHR slams these violations by the Saudi forces during its current offensive blockade, through targeting civilians and damaging their properties. These arbitrary violations are not but atrocities against humanity. It is worth mentioning that among the victims  children and old people. GIDHR calls upon the secretary general of the United Nations, and the Human Rights council to take immediate and urgent measures to save the lives of civilians in Al-A'awameya, and to cease these heinous violations. In addition, it urges International Human Rights Organizations to fulfill its responsibilities, in order to put an end to the imposed aggressive siege against the village of Al-A'awameya.

     

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human rights (GIDHR)

    May 12th 2017

  • March 17,2017

  • March 09,2017

  • February 10,2017

  • January 14,2017

    URGENT Appeal to the UN Secretary-General on Impending Death Penalties in Bahrain

    To his Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres

    Greetings to you and hope you are well.

    We write to you on an urgent matter regarding the death penalties that have been issued by Bahrain’s courts after the February 2011, following the Arab Spring Uprising.

    Numerous reports and cases have demonstrated that Bahrain’s courts have largely contravened Article 10 (fair hearing by impartial court) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 6 (right to not have life arbitrarily deprived) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The courts have continually ignored claims that the security apparatus caused the deaths, tortured prisoners, extracted false confessions and fired live rounds during the crackdown on peaceful protests.

    We implore you, in light of the strong claims that these death penalties are being carried arbitrarily and discriminately, especially against political prisoners Sami Mushaima, Ali Al-Singace, and Abbas Al-Samea’, to urgently intervene in this matter, help release these prisoners, and oblige Bahrain to properly follow standards and laws set out by international human rights laws.

    We thank his Excellency for his efforts and interests, and wish he would take these concerns with the upmost care and concern.

    Signatory organizations:

    1.       Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

    2.       Bahrain Forum for human Rights

    3.       Bahraini German Organization for Human Rights

    4.       Bahrain Human Rights Observatory

    5.       Bahrain Human Rights Society

    6.       Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

    7.       SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights

    8.       The European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights

  • October 03,2016

    Bahrain Targets Religious Freedoms for 5 Consecutive Years
    The security authorities in Bahrain are taking provocative measures against the ceremonies of Ashura. These measures are considered a blatant violation of the religious freedoms which are ensured by the international covenants and the Bahraini Constitution.

     Article 22 of the Bahraini Constitution states that “the State shall guarantee the sanctity of places of worship, freedom to practice religious rights, take out processions and hold religious congregations according to the custom observed in the country.” Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” In addition Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.”

    Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affair denied the presence of any practices or discrimination that target the Shiites, in the same time the security authorities in Bahrain tighten their grip and restrictions on the religious practices, attack Ashura commemoration rituals, and violate the sanctity of these rituals according to the Shiite sect. The security forces shot the citizens who were protesting against these measures, in addition to the continuous siege imposed on Duraz, and preventing the clerics from reaching the obsequies.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) condemns the Bahraini authority targeting of the religious freedoms, and calls on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the international community and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt to press on the Bahraini Government to put an end to the violations that target the Shiite citizens.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in Australia

    (GIDHR)

  • August 08,2016

    GIDHR: The Judicial Proceedings are the Sword of the Bahraini Authority for Revenge of its Opponents

    The Bahraini authorities have persistently insist on breaching the international covenants and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and violating the international standards for fair trial. Today, the Bahraini regime began the trial of the head of the largest religious body for Shiites in Bahrain Sayed Majeed Al-Meshal suddenly without any prior notice. This step is one of the severe clampdown on the Shiite clerics, the escalating sectarian persecution, and the continuous restrictions on the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

    The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) in Australia strongly condemns these practices which contradict with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that protects the freedom of religion and belief. These judicial proceedings are the sword of the Bahraini authority for revenge of its opponents. GIDHR calls for the United Nations and the international community for urgent action to take the necessary measures to put an end for the systematic targeting against one of the most important components of the Bahraini society.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in Australia

    (GIDHR)

  • August 06,2016

  • July 18,2016

  • June 28,2016

    Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab is Isolated from the Outer World

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) in Australia urges the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Mr. Michel Forst, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to take prompt actions in order to rescue the human rights activists Mr. Nabeel Rajab, the president of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). Mr. Rajab was arrested over a tweet on the Social Media outlets.

    Mr. Rajab’s health situation has deteriorated and he was transferred to the hospital. According to Mr. Rajab’s family, he is subjected to isolated detention in an attempt to isolate him from the outer world; which may has severe impacts on his heath.

    Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

    (GIDHR)
  • June 20,2016

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  • May 10,2016