Newsletter #114

Bahrain NGOs Commend WGAD Decisions on Bahrain

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) commend the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) for their decisions released today declaring an additional eight Bahraini prisoners of conscience to be arbitrarily detained. However, we are concerned that, despite the Working Group’s efforts to engage the Bahrain government, the government has not implemented the recommendations of the WGAD.

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • 38 arrested including children
  • 73 trials postponed
  • sentenced to 13 months in prison
  • individuals remanded to a total of 105 days in detention
  • The High Criminal Court began trial of 57 Jau Prison inmates accused of rioting in March. 29 defendants denied all charges.
  • Security forces continue to use Excessive Force including Tear Gas and Shotgun Pellets against protesters.

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Bahrain News and Opinion

Lifting Arms Ban Doesn’t Reflect Bahrain’s Ongoing Drop in Respect for Human Rights

BCHR calls on U.S. to stop supplying arms to Bahrain and to put pressure on the Bahraini govt to respect human rights.

UK Silent on Bahrain Human Rights Violations

Lord Avebury criticizes his own government for providing little incentive for Bahrain to reverse course and engage in meaningful reform and dialogue.

Journalism Briefly Flowered And Then Withered

Washington Post investigates the jailing, torture and killing of journalists in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia since the Arab Spring.

Arabic Sources

Dry Dock Prisoners: We Will Begin Hunger Strike on Saturday to Protest Ill-Treatment

Please click here for a PDF of this article in English

Saudi Arabia

Event Summary: Arbitrary Justice in Saudi Arabia

On 22 July 2015, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and Amnesty International cosponsored an event entitled “Arbitrary Justice in Saudi Arabia.” Joe Stork, the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Division in Washington, moderated the panel, which included James Suzano, the Acting Director of Advocacy at ADHRB; Abdulaziz Alhussan, a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Center for Constitutional Democracy and Saudi human rights attorney; Hala Aldosari, a Saudi activist and women’s health researcher; and Sunjeev Bery, the Middle East and North Africa Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA. Open Society Foundations provided space for the event.

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