Newsletter #109

Congressmen Send Letter To Obama Urging Reconsideration Of MNNA Status For GCC

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) strongly supports the recent letter sent to President Barack Obama by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) calling for the U.S. government to reconsider designating Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates as major non-NATO allies (MNNA).

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ADHRB at the UN

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calls Out Bahrain At Opening Of HRC29
BCHR Representative Highlights Children Denied Education in Bahrain at HRC29
ADHRB Supports Recommendations to UAE on Independence of Judges & Lawyers
NGOs Applaud New Joint Communications Report From UN Special Procedures 
Upcoming Event at HRC29: Women’s Rights In Saudi Arabia
Upcoming Event at HRC29: Political Prisoners & Human Rights Defenders In Bahrain

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ADHRB is Hiring

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • 22 arrested, including children and woman
  • 103 trials postponed
  • individual sentenced to a total of years in prison
  • Sheikh Ali Salman sentenced to 4 years in prison
  • 14 days added to detention of Taiba Darwish
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

Bahrain’s Rulers Now Flout The U.S. Openly

Washington Post Editorial Board highlights GCC disregard for U.S. policy in the region.

Sheikh Ali Sentenced To Four Years

Leading Shiite opposition figure was found not guilty on the most serious charge, but sentenced to four years on other charges.

Bahrain Frees Sunni Opposition Leader

Bahrain opposition leader, Ibrahim Sharif, has been released after four years in prison for plotting to overthrow Sunni leaders.

Arabic Sources

Bahrain MPs Call for Human Rights Delegation to be Blocked from Attending HRC

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Saudi Arabia

ADHRB Applauds USCIRF Letter To Saudi King On Prisoners Of Conscience

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) applauds the letter sent by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia calling on him to pardon and release activist Raif Badawi and human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair.

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News from Saudi Arabia

WikiLeaks Publishes The Saudi Cables
UK Ministers Have Started To Defend Saudi Arabia’s Flogging Of Raif Badawi 
Badawi Again Spared Flogging After Receiving Immigration Certificate