Newsletter #99

ADHRB, Formula One Reach Agreement on Human Rights Framework for Bahrain

Following a successful OECD complaint, Formula One has committed itself to respecting human rights in Bahrain and other countries in which it conducts business.

In 2014, ADHRB submitted a complaint to the OECD regarding Formula One’s links to adverse impacts on human rights in Bahrain in relation to its annual race. The UK National Contact Point for the OECD accepted that the complaint merited examination “on issues relating to Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Management Limited’s management systems, due diligence, human rights policy and communications with stakeholders and business partners,” and suggested that the parties mediate in order to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution.

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ADHRB, BIRD, BCHR Submit Report on Bahrain Torture to UN-CAT

End Reprisals against Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab

ADHRB Joins NGO Letter to the EU Concerning the Arrest of Nabeel Rajab

Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • More than 19 people arrested, including 3 children
  • 5 people sentenced to more than 15 years in prison
  • More than 145 trials postponed
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama – Nabeel Rajab’s letter to President Obama in the New York Times
Sunni v Shia: Why the Conflict is more Political than Religious –

Across the Middle East sectarianism has always been linked to the battle for power, resources and territory
US State Department Calls for Immediate Release of Nabeel Rajab – U.S. State Department calls for Mr. Rajab’s charges, both old and new, to be dropped.

Arabic Sources

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Saudi Arabia

Sacrifice to the State – Capital Punishment in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia the Saudi State, Ch. 1

ADHRB’s analysis, A Sacrifice to the State – Capital Punishment in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, examines the inner workings of the capital punishment mechanisms in both kingdoms, explaining how they are manipulated, exploited, and sometimes specifically designed to maintain state power. Read more here.

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