Bahrain Bi-Weekly Newsletter: Issue 3

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ADHRB Travels to Geneva Ahead of UN Human Rights Council Session

During the week of February 18, ADHRB traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet with UN officials, representatives from UN member states, and civil society leaders in advance of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 22nd session. In meetings with UN officials, ADHRB raised several concerns regarding the continuing use of excessive force against protesters, resulting in the death of at least one protester during protests on February 14; the revocation of citizenship of 31 Bahraini citizens, including ADHRB Director Husain Abdulla; and attempts by the Government of Bahrain to engage in reprisals against activists for their work, as in the case of Jalila al-Salman, who was fired from her teaching position just one day after participating in a public event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy and the Project on Middle East Democracy.

In meetings with officials from UN member states, ADHRB encouraged delegations to support a joint statement on Bahrain, prepared by Switzerland, which raises concerns regarding ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain. The statement, presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, February 28, was joined by 44 nations, including the United States. It is the second such statement in as many years to have been issued on Bahrain. The joint statement issued in 2012 received support from only 27 countries; the United States was not one of them. ADHRB issued a press statement welcoming the joint statement, lauding the United States’ decision to sign on, and urging the Government of Bahrain to heed the concerns of the international community.

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Bahrain News

Protester Killed 
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister

Officers Acquitted in Death of Protester
Bahrain Court Acquits Two Policemen in Protester’s Death

Zainab al-Khawaja Sentenced to Prison 
Bahraini Activist Zainab al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail 

Bahrain Bans Import of Masks Used by Protesters
Anti-Protest: Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks

44 UN Member States Sign Joint Statement on Bahrain
 Joint Statement on the OHCHR and the Human Rights Situation in Bahrain
 ADHRB Welcomes Joint Statement on Bahrain by UN Member States
Freedom House Applauds UN Effort to Call Attention to Repression in Bahrain

Bahrain Threatens Prosecution of Human Rights Organization Leaders
Mohammed al-Maskati: Where There is Hope: The Two-Year Struggle for Change in Bahrain (op-ed)

Tensions Mounting within Bahrain’s Ruling Family
A Palace Rift in Persian Gulf Bedevils Key U.S. Base

United Arab Emirates Denies Entry to Bahrain Critics
Gulf States Accused of Coordinating Crackdown on Dissent

Response to Misleading Statements by Bahrain Officials
FIDH: Reaction to Statement by Bahraini MPs
EU Parliamentarian Marietje Schaake: Statement on Misinformation in Bahraini Press

Representatives from Human Rights Watch Visit Bahrain
Human Rights Watch: No Progress on Reform
Ministry of Interior Responses to Press Statement of Human Rights Watch Representatives

NGO Statements on Bahrain
Project on Middle East Democracy: Jalila al-Salman Fired Despite Ongoing Appeal
Human Rights First: Bahrain’s Targeting of Civil Society with Judicial Harassment Continues
Carnegie Endowment: Unequal Distribution