Newsletter #102

Barack Obama Must Push King Hamad to Free Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s Nelson Mandela

Nabeel Rajab has been accused by the prosecution service of “spreading tendentious rumors” about Bahrain

Dear President Obama,

When you first entered the political scene, I was initially sceptical that someone who shared my name would ever sit in the Oval Office. Your unwillingness to shy away from a rich and diverse background, however, foreshadowed a presidency sensitive to the popular aspirations of peoples living far from the United States.

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HASC Commissions Report on Security in Bahrain
USCIRF Releases Annual Report on Religious Freedom

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • More than 27 people arrested, including 3 children
  • 50 people sentenced to more than 600 years in prison
  • More than 31 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


Nabeel Rajab’s Harassment in Bahrain

An informative infographic of Nabeel’s ordeal in Bahrain

Unbiased Health Care Stifled in Bahrain

The release of a nurse imprisoned by Bahraini authorities is the latest chapter in the campaign against health professionals.

Dissidents’ Fury at Hammond’s Bahrain Visit

Bahraini human rights activists condemned Secretary Hammond for secretly visiting the repressive Gulf state’s leaders  the same day that Bahrain extended the detention of its most prominent critic.

Arabic Sources

Ahmed Mushaima Subjected to Systematic Torture

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Individuals Sentenced for Allegedly Killing Member of Security Forces

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Saudi Arabia


Upcoming Event: Discrimination Against Women in Saudi Arabia

Please join ADHRB and Human Rights First on 13 May 2015 at 3:30 PM in Room 441 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC for a discussion on the ongoing discriminatory practices the government of Saudi Arabia uses against women in the country. The event panel will include a number of Saudi women who will be speaking on issues such as the Saudi guardianship system, family law, women human rights defenders and the ban on women driving.

Read more about the event here.

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Mapping Saudi State Chapter 2: The MOI (Part 1)

News from Saudi Arabia

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The Burden of Being Female in Saudi Arabia
Municipal Elections in September
USCIRF Report on Saudi Arabia