Newsletter #111

10 Orgs Call For Release of Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace On 100th Day of Hunger Strike

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), English PEN, PEN International, Index on Censorship, Scholars at Risk, Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association and the University College Union have joined together to express their solidarity with the imprisoned activist. We demand that Dr. al-Singace receives full access to specialized medical attention as a matter of urgency. We remind Bahrain of its obligations to comply with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. We also call on Bahrain to fully investigate the allegations of ill treatment and torture at Jau Prison, in line with its obligations under the Convention against Torture.

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ADHRB at the UN

Nawaf al-Hendal Cites Intense Restriction of Free Speech in Kuwait at HRC29
Ali al-Dubaisy Gives Intervention on Lack of Accountability for GCC States’ UPRs
ADHRB UN Liaison Delivers Intervention on Freedom of Expression in Oman
Ali al-Dubaisy Addresses Violence Against Women in Saudi Arabia at HRC29
Michael Payne Highlights Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in Saudi and Bahrain
Amanda Milani Gives Statement on Torture in Bahrain’s Infamous Jau Prison
Saudi Arabia Interrupts ADHRB Intervention at HRC29 on Destruction of Religious Sites
Amanda Milani Gives Statement on Bahrain’s Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities 
ADHRB Expresses Concern on Use of Anti-Terror Legislation to Criminalize Free Speech
ADHRB Delivers Oral Intervention on Cooperation between Saudi Arabia & OHCHR
ADHRB Expresses Disappointment at Lack of Cooperation Between Bahrain and OHCHR

More from ADHRB

Human Rights Prize Awarded to Waleed Abu al-Khair

ADHRB is Hiring

Communications Fellow

Advocacy Fellow For The Arabian Gulf

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • 52 arrested including children
  • 30 trials postponed
  • 27 individuals sentenced to a total of 223 years in prison
  • Majeed Milad remanded for 7 days pending investigation
  • Nafeesa al-Asfoor released from prison after more than years
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

U.S. Sends Conflicting Signals to Bahrain

Matar Matar discusses the U.S. decision to lift the Bahrain arms ban and what the impact will be on human rights in the country.

BCHR Condemns 5 year Sentence of Fadhel Abbas

BCHR calls on the Government of Bahrain to release and drop all charges against Fadhel Abbas.

Nafeesa al-Asfoor Released From Prison

Nafeesa al-Asfoor was sentenced to 5 years, for protesting Formula 1 in 2013.

Arabic Sources

Family Demands Urgent Medical Care for Detainee

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Saudi Arabia

ADHRB releases Mapping the Saudi State Chapter 4 on Media Censorship

In Mapping the Saudi State, Chapter 4: Media Censorship, ADHRB studies the complex and mutually-supportive system of government agencies and legal codes that control publicly-circulated content within the kingdom and prevent the development of an independent press.

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Lighting A Candle For Waleed Abu al-Khair

News from Saudi Arabia