Bahrain

Despite the government’s review of human rights violations in the wake of the 2011 protests, Bahrain has failed to make any reforms and respect for human rights has deteriorated further. Bahrain continues to use harsh anti-protest laws to suppress opposition, human rights defenders and peaceful protesters are detained and subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, with a lack of prompt, impartial and thorough investigations into allegations. In 2016, the government’s crackdown on dissent has intensified: prominent human rights defenders have been detained on vague charges such as “incitement to hatred against the regime” or issued travel bans preventing them from engaging in international fora, such as the UN Human Rights Council. The crackdown has even extended to relatives of human rights defenders, who have been harassed, threatened and prosecuted on trumped-up charges. Political opposition leaders have been arrested and major opposition parties disbanded. The media is highly restricted; Bahrain’s only opposition newspaper, Al Wasat, was shut down in June 2017 reportedly for “defaming a sisterly Arab country”.

ARTICLE 19 monitors rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Bahrain. We do advocacy and support our local partners through joint Universal Periodic Review submissions and other advocacy at the UN, in addition to letters, statements and press events.

04.02.2019 5 min read

Thailand: Free Hakeem al-Araibi, protect free speech of refugees and political exiles

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Bahrain: 127 rights groups call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab
29.08.2018 15 min read

Bahrain: 127 rights groups call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab

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23.08.2018 8 min read

NGOs raise concerns about Bahrain’s human rights mechanisms in case of Hassan Mushaima

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22.09.2017 3 min read

Bahrain: UPR commitments unlikely to restrain assault on free expression

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Bahrain: FCO Silence on Nabeel Rajab “Appalling”, Say 17 Rights Groups & MPs Ahead Of His Trial
08.08.2017 8 min read

Bahrain: FCO Silence on Nabeel Rajab “Appalling”, Say 17 Rights Groups & MPs Ahead Of His Trial

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07.08.2017 11 min read

Bahrain: Rights groups condemn UK FCO silence over Nabeel Rajab

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Bahrain: Drop the charges against Sheikh Qassim
04.05.2017 7 min read

Bahrain: Drop the charges against Sheikh Qassim

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20.04.2017 6 min read

Bahrain: Release Photojournalist Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi

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06.04.2017 6 min read

Bahrain: Rights Groups to F1: Cancel the Race if You Can’t Guarantee Safety

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