On Wednesday, 20 September 2017, a delegation from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have visited Australia’s federal parliamentarian for the Green Party, Mrs. Lee Rubin, at her office in Sydney. The visit has focused on the human rights situation in Bahrain, where the delegation have briefed some of the human rights violations’ reports
The visit has been initiated by expounding to Mrs. Rubin the GIDHR’s objectives, vision and work mechanisms. Next, the GIDHR’s delegation have shed light on the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain. They have also focused on the authorities’ systematic crackdown on any activity that reveals the ongoing committed violations.
Besides, the visit has highlighted the Bahraini government’s clampdown over the freedom of political action, the closure of the Islamic National Society (al-Wefaq) and the opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman’s imprisonment; based on politically fabricated charges.
The GIDHR have also emphasised the restriction on the freedom of expression, the closure of Al Wasat newspaper, the trial of the social media activists. Further, they have highlighted the severe verdicts against the prisoners of conscience, the escalating ratio of death sentences and prosecuting civilians before military courts.
For her part, Mrs. Rubin has expressed her dismay at the situation in the country, described the situation as “outrageous,” and promised to highlight these violations in the Australian Federal Parliament.
The delegation have also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, and the momentous violations caused by the military operations and the direct targeting of civilians and facilities.