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.

Bahrain: Formula One must investigate human rights violations
26.02.2024 14 min read

Bahrain: Formula One must investigate human rights violations

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Bahrain: Open discussion of religion must not be criminalised
30.03.2023 3 min read

Bahrain: Open discussion of religion must not be criminalised

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Bahrain: Stop using F1 racing to hide human rights abuses
02.03.2023 1 min read

Bahrain: Stop using F1 racing to hide human rights abuses

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Bahrain: New F1 boss urged to launch independent inquiry into Grand Prix human rights concerns
25.03.2021 4 min read

Bahrain: New F1 boss urged to launch independent inquiry into Grand Prix human rights concerns

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MENA: Release of Khashoggi papers indicate first steps towards ending impunity
24.02.2021 4 min read

MENA: Release of Khashoggi papers indicate first steps towards ending impunity

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Bahrain: Joint Letter to EU Ahead of Meeting With Bahraini Delegation
08.02.2021 11 min read

Bahrain: Joint Letter to EU Ahead of Meeting With Bahraini Delegation

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Bahrain: Open letter to Danish Prime Minister to take immediate action to free Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja
22.01.2021 11 min read

Bahrain: Open letter to Danish Prime Minister to take immediate action to free Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja

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Bahrain: Open letter opposing the decision by Formula 1 to resume racing amid ongoing abuses
25.11.2020 10 min read

Bahrain: Open letter opposing the decision by Formula 1 to resume racing amid ongoing abuses

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Bahrain: ARTICLE 19 condemns death sentences for activists
15.07.2020 2 min read

Bahrain: ARTICLE 19 condemns death sentences for activists

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