Europe MPs express concern about human rights in Bahrain

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have issued a letter urging Bahraini authorities to abide by the country’s commitment and release prisoners of conscience. In an open letter addressed to the bloc’s foreign policy chief ahead of a meeting with his Bahraini counterpart this week, 16 MEPs voiced their concern about the state of human …

Amnesty: Investigate cleric’s report of torture

Responding to the report of torture and other ill-treatment committed against Shi’a cleric Sheikh Zuhair Jasim Abbas, held in solitary confinement at Bahrain’s Jaw prison and denied communication with his family since late August 2020, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Lynn Maalouf, said:  “We are extremely concerned by these claims of torture and the vulnerability that Sheikh Zuhair Jasim Abbas, or any …

HRW: No Improvement in Rights Record

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Bahraini authorities in 2020 escalated repression against online and social media activity and prosecuted critics for peaceful expression, and courts upheld death sentences against opposition activists after unfair trials, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2021. The Court of Cassation, Bahrain’s court of last resort, upheld the death penalty against at least four …

Front Line Defenders: Bahrain is not a credible candidate for the Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council

The government of Bahrain has nominated Ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri as its candidate for the 2021 Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). This development has placed a spotlight on an unprecedented battle for the presidency of the body which is usually reached by consensus. Much of the media coverage focuses on the efforts …

Bahrain: The employment of the Covid-19 pandemic for religious persecution

Three human rights organizations, Salam for Democracy and Human Rights (Salam DHR), Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR), and Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, published a report titled: “Bahrain: The employment of the Covid-19 pandemic for religious persecution” Introduction: Since 2011, the Bahraini government has persisted in its transformation of the occasion of …

Amnesty: Human Rights In Bahrain

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The authorities escalated their efforts to stifle freedom of expression, targeting in particular online forums, the last remaining space where Bahrainis could criticize the government. Use of unfair mass trials continued both for people facing terrorism-related charges and protesters. Denaturalization of citizens (stripping them of their nationality) continued, though hundreds of people previously made stateless …

Three human rights organizations welcome the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on death sentences in Bahrain

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Three Bahraini human rights organizations welcomed the statement issued on 14 July 2020 by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on arbitrary death sentences against torture victims Muhammad Ramadan and Hussein Moosa. In February 12 2020, the independent experts called on the government of Bahrain to remember its obligations to prevent all forms of torture …

GIDHR: The Bahraini Foreign Ministry is a partner in trying to polish authorities’ image

19 July 2020 – Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in a statement released yesterday that the political death penalty in Bahrain is in line with international law and human rights principles. It further claimed that the prosecution of political detainees Muhammad Ramadan and Hussein Musa has met all requirements of fair trial. Gulf Institute …

GIDHR marks Nelson Mandela Day and urge Gulf authorities to release and honor their prisoners of conscience

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The world celebrates on July 18 of every year the international day of the prominent African leader Nelson Mandela, who has spent his life in serving humanity, fighting for humanitarian issues and democracy and promoting a global culture of peace. On this occasion, the United Nations persistently calls on individuals around the world to reflect …

GIDHR: Upholding death sentences against two torture victims infringes the International Criminal Law

July 13, 2020 – Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld today death sentences against prisoners of conscience and torture victims, Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa. Hence, the detainees have exhausted all degrees of litigation. The court’s verdicts against Ramadan and Moosa relied on the latter’s confessions, which were extracted under severe torture. Besides, the court ignored …