Three Bahraini organisations call on the Bahraini authorities to take measures to protect the health of detainees and free all prisoners in light of Coronavirus pandemic

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In light of the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, three Bahraini human rights organisations, SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights (SALAM DHR), the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) and the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR), have called on the Bahraini authorities to take further measures to protect the health of detainees …

GIDHR: Bahrain failed to evacuate its citizens & authorities should take their responsibilities

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12 March 2020- Bahrain’s authorities declared suspending the flights of the stranded Bahraini pilgrims in Iran after the outbreak of Covid-19 in multiple Iranian cities. Travel agencies were informed by official bodies the next flight which was supposed to bring the second batch of the pilgrims was delayed. This decision was declared following the diagnosis …

GIDHR urging Bahrain to release Zakeya Al-Barboury and Hajar Mansour: Bahraini women are victims of violations since 2011

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4 February 2020 – Zakeya Al-Barboury and Hajar Mansour are behind bars in Bahrain serving sentences over political based charges. Bahraini authorities are using their judiciary system to punish their opponents and impose strict security measures in an attempt to silence the critical voices in the country. Hajar Mansour is serving a 3-years sentence even …

NGOs In an urgent appeal to International Community: Stop executions in Bahrain

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The organizations that signed this appeal received very disturbing information from the families of the detainees and those sentenced to death, Ahmed Isa Ahmed al-Mellali and Ali Mohammad Ali Hakim al-Arab. They received a call from the Jaw prison administration on a special and urgent visit at noon today. The families met and held the …

GIDHR: Thailand’s decision to consider Bahrain’s extradition request is a failure of justice

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1 February 2019 – Hakeem Al-Araibi’s lawyer, Nadthasiri Bergman, told the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) that Thai prosecutors asked the Criminal Court to approve his extradition request for consideration. Bahrain had submitted the official extradition request on 18 January 2019. Al-araibi will be referred before the court on Monday morning to …

GIDHR: the judge who sentenced AlAraibi in 2014 is the same judge who upheld a death sentence against a victim of torture

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15 January 2019 – A Bahraini government spokesperson told Reuters there was no threat to Araibi’s [Hakeem AlAraibi] life and he could appeal if he returned. “The two people convicted with him appealed against their convictions and were found not guilty under due legal process by Bahrain’s independent judiciary,” the spokesperson said. The Bahraini government …

The Guardian: Rahaf and Hakeem: why has one refugee captured the world’s attention while another is left in jail?

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Australia, Thailand and the Gulf states have been inextricably linked in two global news stories lately, when two young people faced being forcibly returned to the places and people they fled simply because they happened to step foot in Bangkok. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, was on her way to Australia seeking its protection. Twenty-five-year-old Hakeem …

Al-Jazeera: Saudi woman’s case boosts campaigners’ hopes for held footballer

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Melbourne, Australia – Pressure is growing on Thailand to allow detained footballer Hakeem al-Araibi to return to Australia, where he was granted refugee status in 2017 after fleeing Bahrain, following a Saudi woman’s successful campaign to halt efforts to deport her from the Southeast Asian country. Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrives in Bangkok on Thursday and has said she …

The Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Courageous young man’: footballer languishing in Thai jail

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In an ideal world, Hakeem al-Araibi would be taking to the football field for Bahrain against Thailand in the Asian Cup. Instead, the Australian-based refugee languishes in a Bangkok prison cell, cut off from his wife and family. Al-Araibi, 25, has been detained in Bangkok for 45 days, caught in a legal tug-of-war between the …

FIFA calls for “humane and speedy resolution” in Bahraini footballer extradition case

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World football’s governing body FIFA has called for a “humane and speedy resolution” of the case concerning refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi, who is currently being detained in prison in Thailand awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings to his home country of Bahrain. Bahrain sentenced Al-Araibi to 10 years in prison in 2014 for allegedly vandalising …