Visit to the Austrian Embassy in Australia


On Tuesday, 23 January 2018, a delegation from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have visited the Austrian Embassy in the Australian capital Canberra.

The delegation, supervised by Yahiya al-Hadeed; the head of the GIDHR have met with the representative of the Austrian Ambassador. Al-Hadeed highlighted Bahrain’s prosecution of the detained opposition leader and the Secretary-General of the Islamic National Society (al-Wefaq); Sheikh Ali Salman, since 2014, and his new politically motivated charges.

The GIDHR’s delegation have also dissected the Bahraini authorities’ Bahraini authorities’ of the Islamic National Society (al-Wefaq); its ongoing clampdown, in the country, on all sorts of political activism and restrictions on the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, press and associations.

Further, the GIDHR’s delegation have delivered a letter to the Ambassador of Austria in Australia, Mr. Bernard Zymurgy. The letter illustrates the intensification of the pace of repression and violations against peaceful protesters and opponents. It also explains the Bahrain’s judiciary escalating death penalty sentences; although the local and international human rights organisations have frequently risen doubts on these trials’ integrity; which do not match the minimum international standards of fair trial.

In his letter, the GIDHR have addressed Mr. Bernard Zymurgy to call the Government of Austria to pressure Bahrain to end its blatant practices and violations against the Bahraini people and to abolish its death penalty verdicts.

Officers in the Embassy of Austria have shown their readiness and keenness to cooperate with the GIDHR in his attempt to back the Bahraini citizens’ aspiration towards democracy, justice and maintain fundamental demands and human rights.