Bahrain Bi-Weekly Newsletter: Issue 4

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International Women’s Day Commemorated

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March 8 marked the 38th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day when governments around the world are asked by the United Nations to recognize the achievements of women, and to reflect on the role women play in promoting peace, encouraging stability, and demanding that basic human rights be extended to all. ADHRB released a statement to commemorate International Women’s Day and the unique contributions women have made in an effort to promote peace and end discrimination worldwide. “Although we have made considerable progress in the goal of attaining gender equality and respect, dignity, and freedom for women and girls, much more needs to be done,” noted ADHRB Director Husain Abdulla.

During the Arab Spring, women were a pivotal force in demanding political and social reform. In Bahrain, women such as Maryam al-Khawaja and Nazeeha Saeed stood at the forefront of peaceful demonstrations, calling for reform and greater human rights protections. When the Government of Bahrain responded with a violent crackdown, women were among those abused, detained, tortured and killed. Doctor Fatima Haji, a medic who treated injured protesters at Salmaniya Medical Complex at the start of the protests, was beaten and sexually assaulted by security forces in an effort by them to extract a false confession. Jalila al-Salman, a leading member of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association who helped stage teacher’s strikes in support of the protests, was arrested and subjected to beatings and solitary confinement, threatened with sexual assault, and forced to sign a false confession. These are but a few examples of the treatment endured by women in Bahrain as they demand their basic human rights.

The United Nations marked this year’s International Women’s Day with the theme “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women,” and the release of a song, “One Woman,” to inspire men and women around the world to join in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights also released an International Women’s Day statement condemning the continued violations of women’s rights in Bahrain.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 18 | 12-1:45pm
Economic Turmoil in Arab Countries-Can Partners Help? (RSVP)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Monday, March 18 | 12:30pm
Obama to the Middle East: Expectations and Implications (Click to RSVP or watch livestream)
Washington Institute for Near East PolicyTuesday, March 19 | 12-1:30pm
U.S. Policy in the Middle East on the Eve of President Obama’s Trip (RSVP)
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor

Wednesday, March 20 | 5:30-7:30pm
After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies (RSVP)
George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW, Washington, DCFriday, March 22 | 3-7:30pm
Fourth Annual Georgetown Diplomacy and International Security Conference (RSVP)
Georgetown University
Mortara Center for International Studies
3600 N Street NW, Washington, DC

Friday, March 29 | 10-11am
Arab Uprisings and Mass Politics: Constraints, Change, Uncertainty (RSVP)
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Bahrain News

Two Officers Convicted, Five Acquitted, in Death of Prisoner
Five Officers Acquitted in Bahrain Torture Death Case, Two Found Guilty in Separate Murder

One Twitter User Acquitted, Six More Detained
Bahraini Court Acquits Leading Rights Activist of Twitter Charges
HRFAcquittal in Bahrain Twitter Case Comes as Dooley Denied Access Again
Bahrain Detains 6 People for Allegedly Tweeting Comments Offensive to Ruler

Use of Spyware Technology by Government of Bahrain Scrutinized
You Only Click Twice: FinFisher’s Global Proliferation
 Top Bahraini Company Infected with Government Spyware Sold by UK Firm
 Enemies of the Internet: Era of the Digital Mercenaries

Crown Prince of Bahrain Named Deputy Prime Minister
Elliot Abrams: A Glint of Hope in Bahrain
Bahrain’s King Expands Crown Prince’s Oversight in Possible Outreach to Opposition

Updates on the National Dialogue
Bahrain Refuses UN Presence in National Dialogue
National Dialogue Stalled over Agenda
Sarah Leah Whitson: Is Bahrain Serious About Reform? 

Bahrain and the United Nations 
Arab League Ministerial Meeting to Discuss Supporting Bahrain’s Nomination to UN Human Rights Council
 Gulf Human Rights Defenders Face Reprisals for Cooperating with UN

US Military Relationship with Bahrain Examined
Frederic Wehrey: With Friends Like These: Bahrain’s US-Backed Military and the National Dialogue
Here’s One Way to Stop the Brutal Repression in Bahrain
Mattis: US Needs Stable Bahrain as Host for Fifth Fleet

US, UK Leaders Meet with Bahrain Officials


Protests on Two-Year Anniversary of Arrival of GCC Forces in Bahrain
Clashes in Bahrain as Protesters Mark Anniversary