• 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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)
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